Events

The centenary of the national university is celebrated throughout the year with a nation-wide cultural programme, an opinion festival and the largest gathering of alumni to date. The anniversary year draws to a close in December.

Please note that most of the events are held in Estonian.

Past Events

18 April | Exhibition opening “Main building of the University of Tartu in art”

16:00 University of Tartu Art Museum
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

The exhibition focuses on the main building of the University of Tartu – a symbolic building of Tartu and of educational life in Estonia. Exhibited are views of the main building in painting, graphic art and drawings dating from early 19th century to the present day, giving a unique cross-section of Baltic German and Estonian art. Curators: Kristiina Tiideberg and Ingrid Sahk. Designer: Peeter Laurits, Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of Tartu in the 2017/2018 academic year. The exhibition will be open until 6 December 2019.

26 April | Exhibition opening “World in the rucksack. 100 years of scientific expeditions”

16:00 Tallinn Zoo
Ehitajate tee 150, Tallinn, Estonia

The exhibition gives an overview of the beginnings of the Estonian school of natural science and its development over the last 100 years as seen through scientific expeditions. Through the contribution of nine scientists we can see how the materials and information collected during expeditions have given rise to ideas for preserving biodiversity and the natural environment. The travelling exhibition will be opened in the University of Tartu Natural History Museum on 27 November 2019.

29 April | Spring Concert of the University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra

19:00 University of Tartu Assembly Hall
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

Programme
J. C. Arriaga Symphony in D major, part I and II
J. Sibelius „Pelléas and Mélisande“
L. Boccherini Cello Concerto in D major, part II and III
P. Tchaikovsky „Pezzo capriccioso“
L. Boccherini „La musica notturna delle strade di Madrid“

Soloist on the cello: Maria Mutso

Conductor: Taavi Kull

29 April | 20th Anniversary of Tartu Student Club

20:00 Tartu Student Club
Kalevi 24, Tartu, Estonia

The concert features Inger, Lepatriinu, Miljardid and Lexsoul Dancemachine.
Tickets are available in Piletimaailm.

16 May | Exhibition opening “Estonia of the ideals. 100 years of search”

16:00 University of Tartu Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

The annual exhibition focuses on the Estonian national university and its role in the evolution of the Estonian state, covering events that have happened since the 1920s and made an impact on the Estonian state and the university. An important yet problematic topic from each decade has been highlighted.

The exhibition will be open until 6 September 2020.

Curators: Mairo Rääsk and Mari-Liis Hämelainen. Designer: Evelin Urm. Project manager: Mairo Rääsk.

17 May | University of Tartu Strategy Conference

10:00 University of Tartu Assembly Hall
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

Thanks to focusing on top-level research and science-based higher education, and the national education and research policy conducing to it, the University of Tartu has become the best university in New Europe. Creating new knowledge, disseminating it through teaching and applying it outside the university is also one of the main guarantees of preservation and development of the Estonian state.

The University of Tartu invites current and future decision-makers in the field of education, research and innovation, as well as the university’s partners, employees and students, and all others who are interested in the university development to the Development Conference on 17 May. We will gather to discuss the choices guiding the university’s long-term development, and to find enthusiasm to set new targets and move towards them together.

At the conference, we will seek answers to the following questions:

  • What is the role of universities in the modern world?
  • How to find – in the University of Tartu and more widely, in the society – balance between the preservation and development of the national language and culture and globalisation and openness?
  • How can the University of Tartu contribute to a more rapid development of Estonia’s economy?

The working languages at the conference are Estonian and English. Simultaneous Estonian-English translation is provided.

The Development Conference is a part of the strategic planning process of the University of Tartu and one of the events of the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university.

17 May | Conference “Juhan Peegel 100”

12:00 University of Tartu Institute of Social Studies, University Assembly Hall
Lossi 36 and Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

Juhan Peegel laid the foundation to teaching journalism at the University of Tartu. Without his contribution, the Estonian national university would be much poorer, and the society much blinder. To remember the great man and discuss his impact on the Estonia of today and tomorrow, a conference will be held to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Juhan Peegel on 17 May 2019. In the first half of the day, there are panel discussions moderated by teaching staff of the Institute of Social Studies and members of the Estonian Academic Journalism Association. In the second half, presentations are delivered in the university’s assembly hall. There will be an alumni event of Academica Peegeliana in the evening. Further information and registration.

17 May | 99th Anniversary of the University of Tartu Student Body

19:00 Erinevate Tubade Klubi
Kastani 42, Tartu, Estonia

The year 2019 is the centenary year of the Estonian national university. The Student Body of the University of Tartu is not much younger, celebrating its 99th anniversary. Former and current student representatives and their friends will gather to celebrate the anniversary in the upper-floor rooms of Aparaaditehas (Widget Factory) in Tartu to look back on past years and think about the future.
Ticket information: by invitation only, pre-registration required (info@tyye@ut.ee)

18 May | Alumni Get-together

All  day event

In the centenary year of the Estonian national university, the biggest ever alumni reunion is organised. All alumni of the University of Tartu from both Estonia and abroad are invited. The alumni event serves to express respect to our alma mater and all its people.

The celebrations will be held all over the city of Tartu. The day will be full of inspiring encounters, exciting discussions, sports activities and entertainment. There is also a procession and a grand party in the evening.

We expect all alumni from Estonia and elsewhere in the world to participate – if we have more than 4500 participants, our convention will be the biggest in the world and we’ll break the Guinness World Record. The participation of each alumnus counts!

More information is available on https://www.kokkutulek.utalumni.ee.

TICKET INFORMATION
Discount tickets are available for members of the University of Tartu alumni network UTalumni.

Join UTalumni www.utalumni.ee.

Tickets are available at Piletilevi.

18 May | Brainstorming

13:00 Toome Hill
Tartu, Estonia

On the day of the University of Tartu alumni get-together, discussions on nine socially important topics are held on three stages. We discuss the development trends of the university and city of Tartu, Estonianness, science, students and many other issues. The brainstorming event takes place in cooperation with Tartu City Government and the “Tartu 2024” team.

PROGRAMME OF BRAINSTORMING SESSIONS

University of Tartu Stage

UNIVERSITY OF TARTU: The University of Tartu in 100 years – sustainability of education in the Estonian language

ALUMNI: How to involve alumni in the activities of the city of Tartu and the University of Tartu?

RESEARCH: Invisible scientific achievements in our everyday life

Tartu 2024 Stage

TARTU: What is the uniqueness and advantage of Tartu in the world?

CAREER: Work, culture and work culture in a 21st-century city

STUDENTS: Student life: just studying or also creating (the city)?

Stage Three     

ENTREPRENEURSHIP: What does an entrepreneur need from the university?

ESTONIANNESS: I went away but came back. Why?

FUTURE: Man vs technology: impact of teachers in the society of the future

18 May | Premiere of restored documentary “Alma Mater Tartuensis by Theodor Luts”

16:45 University of Tartu Assembly Hall
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

The idea of the documentary was proposed to the jubilee committee by Johan Kõpp, the then rector of the university. President of the Student Body Ilmar Tõnisson, a multitalented young man who had already written at least one play, was asked to write the script and intertitles. The film was made by Theodor Luts, an experienced cameraman, author of two feature films and several documentaries. Simultaneously with making the university’s jubilee film, Luts was already preparing for his first sound film “Päikese lapsed” (“Children of the Sun”).

Material for the documentary was shot in two stages, on three film reels. Episodes of the university’s history and the daily studies at the university (20 min in total) were shot from May to June in 1932 and shown with intertitles to the university’s anniversary guests at the cinema Central in Tartu.
Ten more minutes of material were filmed of the anniversary events, and shown at the beginning of July in Tartu and Tallinn, and later elsewhere in Estonia. The final title of the documentary was “Alma Mater Tartuensis”, with the subordinate title “The 300-year history of the University of Tartu in pictures”.

It was advertised as a “film that gives a cross section of the history of the city and the university of Tartu, the activities of the university institutions, student life, and anniversary events”. The documentary was a silent film with intertitles, but the part showing the anniversary events remained without explanatory texts due to lack of time.

The restored version of the film with background music will be presented to the public during the centenary events of the Estonian-language university.

Jaak Lõhmus
Curator of the restoration of the documentary

27 June | Tree-planting dedicated to the anniversary of Estonia’s national university in UT Botanical Garden

10:00 Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu
Lai 38, Tartu, Estonia

Rector Toomas Asser will plant a tree dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university in the Botanical Garden of the University of Tartu. The Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris) to be planted in the Botanical Garden is a descendant of the world’s tallest pine growing at Ootsipalu, Põlva County. The Ootsipalu pine was measured to be 46.6 m at the end of 2015; its estimated age is 217 years.

On the same day, the Botanical Garden celebrates its 216th anniversary. Friends of the Botanical Garden and all those interested are invited to participate in an archaeological tour of the gardens focusing on the history of the area before the founding of the Botanical Garden. Archaeologist Ain Mäesalu will guide the tour through the Botanical Garden and speak of centuries-old events.

9–10 August | Opinion Festival in Paide

All day event
Paide, Estonia

The guiding idea of the seventh Opinion Festival is the future. The festival is organised in cooperation with the Steering Group of Estonia 100 and the Estonian national university. Particularly welcome are discussions that in one way or another prepare us for the future and ask questions that do not really have answers yet.

More information is available on https://www.arvamusfestival.ee/en

21–25 August | Forest University symposium in Kääriku

All day event
Kääriku, Estonia

The Forest University aims to bring people together to look for solutions to important issues in Estonia. The discussions take place in the forest, away from everyday life, so participants will be able to fully concentrate. Experts will guide the audience to the key issues, then a discussion follows and a brainstorming process, which may lead to solutions. Thereby we fulfil one of the most important requirements of democracy: citizens must be well informed so that they can provide solutions to problems themselves. The other target is to develop a democratic discussion, which requires the will to understand other people’s standpoints, make compromises and avoid personal criticism.

More information is available on www.metsaylikool.ee

2 September | Opening of photo exhibition “Faces of the University” on the side wall of Von Bock House

14:00
Ülikooli 16, Tartu, Estonia

The third photo exhibition, featuring scientists from the University of Tartu, will be opened on the end wall of the von Bock building (Ülikooli 16) in the jubilee year of the national university.

Over the next five years, 45 scientists from all fields and institutions of the university will be keeping an eye on the activities of both citizens of and visitors to Tartu from the 11 windows of the building. Toomas Asser, Alar Karis and Jaak Aaviksoo will be looking out of the rectors’ window.

Andres Tennus is the photographer behind the ‘Faces of the University III’ exhibition, which was designed by Maarja Roosi.

Mark Kivastik penned a humorous short play entitled ‘Looking for Sophocles’ for the opening of the exhibition. It was directed by Ain Mäeots.

‘Looking for Sophocles’ tells the story of Henrik Koppel (rector from 1920-1928), Arnold Koop (rector from 1970-1988) and linguist Paul Ariste in their search for Café Sophocles in the underworld, even though it was closed for good a long time ago. In the old days, Ariste would take his students to the café and this time he has ‘the boys’ in tow again. Instead of the café, they reach the window of the former Marx building.

2 September | Opening ceremony of the academic year at Kassitoome

16:00 Kassitoome
Tartu, Estonia

In the centenary year of Estonia’s national university the opening ceremony of the new academic year takes place in the valley at Kassitoome. All members of the university and new students are invited to attend the ceremony on 2 September at 16.

After traditional speeches the ceremony continues with a concert performance “Languages of the University”. Language as well as student folklore can be verbal, semantic, symbolic, musical, physical-kinesthetic, cultural, etc. The performance looks back at the last one hundred years through a musical and textual composition that brings the joy of both recognition and discovery.

Performed by students of the music and performing arts departments of UT Viljandi Culture Academy; the director of the concert performance is Raido Mägi, music directors and band leaders Liina Saar and Marek Talts, and producer Heili Lindepuu, all from Viljandi Culture Academy.

The ceremony is followed by joint singing.
All students, academic staff and employees are welcome to attend.
No food or drinks are offered so bring your own picnic basket and enjoy. The event lasts until about 19.

5 September | Book presentation “Rector Parrot”

17:00 University of Tartu Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

G. F. Parrot (1767–1852) was the author of the foundation deed of the Imperial University of Dorpat (Tartu) in 1802, and the first rector of the university. The idea and the objective of Parrot’s university was the emancipation of peasants and abolition of serfdom in the Baltic provinces. Thanks to Parrot, the university opened its doors to Estonians. This decision was invaluable for the educational aspirations of the Estonian and Latvian people, and later also for the birth of nationhood.

In its five chapters, the book deals with the different stages in Parrot’s life in Europe, Livonia and St Petersburg, as well as his varied activities in the broader educational and socio-political context.

Written by Epi Tohvri, editor Tõnu Tannberg. Published by the University of Tartu Press.

6 September | Festive lecture dedicated to the founding of the Chair of Estonian and Contemporary Folklore and its first professor Walter Anderson

14:15
Ülikooli 16-212, Tartu, Estonia

The lecture is delivered by Professor Timothy R. Tangherlini (University of California, Los Angeles).

In his best known monograph “The Emperor and the Abbot” (“Kaiser und Abt”) Walter Anderson posited the “law of self-correction” (German “das Gesetz der Selbstberichtigung”) and developed the methodology of the comparative study of folk narrative. Also his works in the field of experimental folkloristics were innovative; in these he explained the stability of the folk narrative tradition and its variation in the course of narrating. Anderson’s ideas prepared the ground for the research of large data masses in present-day digital folkloristics.

During the lecture, T. R. Tangherlini analyses the corpus of Danish folklore, collected in the 19th century, using digital methods and introduces three experiments. The first deals with the geographical spread of folklore topics in Denmark. The second aims to understand the interrelations between the places mentioned in the narratives and the places of narrating. The third geographical experiment studies the stability and variation of phrases in folktales in relation to genres, the storyteller’s repertoire and the regional spread of the tales. The end of the lecture deals with conceptual approaches to studying the archived and the “born-digital” social media folklore today.

29 September | International conference “Current state of literary theory, research and criticism in (non “centric”) national cultures”

The 13th international conference of the Estonian Association of Comparative Literature (EACL) and the Department of Literature and Theatrical Studies of the University of Tartu, “Current state of literary theory, research and criticism in (non-“centric”) national cultures” will be a homage to Gustav Suits, poet and the first chaired professor of literature at the University of Tartu.

Suits was invited to head the Chair of Estonian and General Literature at the university in 1919. Although his work in Tartu started somewhat later, the year still marks the 100th anniversary of the professorship that was the precursor of the professorships of Estonian and World Literature of the present-day University of Tartu.

Programme

1 October | Exhibition opening “The Academic Woman”. Colloquium and presentation of National Archives student research award

14:00 National Archives of Estonia
Nooruse 3, Tartu

The annual student research award competition of the National Archives of Estonia has been organised since 1996 to find the best student papers written on archives or archival research. At the event, authors of the best contributions present their work and the award winner is announced.

At 16:00, the exhibition “The Academic Woman” is opened. The exhibition is co-organised by the National Archives and the Filiae Patriae Sorority to mark the 100th anniversary of the Estonian-language university. The exhibition introduces women’s progress towards higher education and science before World War II.

2 October | Lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet “Creative Inspiration Sources and Memory Landscapes: Tradition, Inspiration, Innovation”

16:15 Von Bock House
Ülikooli 16-212, Tartu

The lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet is dedicated to the centenary of Estonia’s national university and aims to encourage the use of associative creative thinking which combines the innovative with the traditional, science with heritage, and creativity with enterprise.

Public lectures in the series are held on 18 September, 2 October, 16 October, 30 October and 4 December.

3-4 October | School of Law Alumni Get-together “100 Years Later”

All day event

The School of Law invites its alumni to a get-together in Tartu on 3–4 October to mark the 100th anniversary of the Estonian-language university.

The first day is dedicated to the science of law: at the alumni conference, topics researched at the School of Law are discussed in twelve theme panels, with more than 50 speakers. The conference will be opened by UT Rector, Professor Toomas Asser, greetings delivered by Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Villu Kõve and the Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise.

The day ends with an alumni party featuring a toasting competition, an auction, live music, and much more.

The second day of the event is focused on law education and career. The Career Fair brings together partners of the School of Law and law students. Also a legal history tour of the city and presentations of new publications take place.

The School of Law asks alumni to send memories related to their law studies and the School of Law – stories, photos and memorabilia – by 15 September. An exhibition will be compiled from items sent to the School of Law.

See the programme and register for participation on the alumni event website.

Join the alumni get-together event in Facebook.

TICKET INFORMATION
Buy your ticket here
Register before 30 June to qualify for a discount.

7 October | Discussion on societal and political topics in the series “University as a pathfinder”

19:15 convent house of Sakala fraternity
Veski 69, Tartu

On 1 December 2019 the 100th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Estonian-language university is celebrated. Within the centenary events programme of Estonia’s national university, academic student organisations hold a panel discussion series “University as a pathfinder”, which aims to introduce the possibilities of student life and discuss the significance of the University of Tartu in the life of Estonians. Participation is free.

On 7 October, well-known alumni of the university who are active in the public sector have been invited to participate in the panel. How can you become a government member or have a say in shaping life in Estonia? What is the impact of the university, fellow students and academic organisations on the student? Panellists also reflect on the significance of Estonia’s national university in their lives and on the role of the university in present-day Estonia.

The discussions take place every three weeks on Monday at 19:15. The four larger topics are:
○ Society and Politics (on 7 October in the convent house of Sakala fraternity, Veski 69, Tartu);
○ Entrepreneurship (on 28 October in the building of the Estonian Students’ Society, J. Tõnissoni 1, Tartu);
○ Civic sector (on 18 November in the convent house of Rotalia fraternity, Tähe 3, Tartu);
○ Education, Science and Culture (on 9 December in the convent house of Filiae Patriae sorority, W. Struve 4, Tartu).

The series is organised by the Estonian Students’ Society, the Estonian Students’ Society “Põhjala”, and the fraternities Vironia, Fraternitas Estica, Sakala, Rotalia and sororities Filiae Patriae and Amicitia. The series is supported by the University of Tartu and the University of Tartu Student Council.

All those interested are welcome to participate.

9 October | Conference “Professor Johannes Tammeorg 100”

10:30
Nooruse 1-121, Tartu, Estonia

The pharmacy conference marks the anniversary of Estonia’s national university and of the Faculty of Medicine, and is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of birth of the former professor of pharmacognosy, head of Chair of Pharmacy and vice rector for research Johannes Tammeorg (1919–1986). Johannes Tammeorg was educated in the pre-war Republic of Estonia but worked during the Soviet rule, thus acting as a kind of a carrier of continuity bridging the two eras in pharmacy. Besides Professor Tammeorg and pharmacognosy, the conference also focuses on other fields of pharmacy. Speeches and lectures are delivered by academic staff, the pharmacy students introduce the current situation on the basis of their research papers, and visionaries look into the future. Pharmacists who participate in the conference earn seven hours of continuing education.

10-11 October | Anniversary Conference of the Faculty of Medicine “100 Years of Personalised Medicine”

Ravila 19-1006, Tartu

In 2019 the Faculty of Medicine celebrates its 387th anniversary. This year’s events are dedicated to the centenary of Estonia’s national university – to also celebrate the anniversary of the beginning of medical higher education in Estonian.

At the conference the results of nearly one hundred research studies conducted at the Faculty of Medicine in the recent years are introduced. At the thematic conference “100 Years of Personalised Medicine”, experts of different fields discuss the development of personalised medicine.

11 October | Quiz “Estonia’s national university 100” by Estonian Students Society

19:00 Estonian Students Society
Jaan Tõnissoni 1, Tartu

The team quiz “Estonia’s national university” is a competition for the brightest minds. Exciting facts and fragments of information about the colourful history of the university emerge in the course of the quiz.
The University of Tartu students and academic staff members, as well as all the best quizzers in town are welcome to participate.

Winners receive prizes from the University of Tartu. The quiz is compiled by the quiz team of the Estonian Students Society.

Teams can sign up for the quiz on site. Each team may consist of up to six members.

The quiz is organised by the Estonian Students Society.

16 October | Lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet “Creative Inspiration Sources and Memory Landscapes: Tradition, Inspiration, Innovation”

16:15 Von Bock House
Ülikooli 16-212, Tartu

The lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet is dedicated to the centenary of Estonia’s national university and aims to encourage the use of associative creative thinking which combines the innovative with the traditional, science with heritage, and creativity with enterprise.

Public lectures in the series are held on 18 September, 2 October, 16 October, 30 October and 4 December.

18 October | Book presentation “Academic Freedom: Studentdom of the University of Tartu through the ages”

15:00 University of Tartu Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

This popular science publication gives an overview of the story of the university and student life in different periods. Richly illustrated with images and fragments of memoirs, the book gives an overview of what and where students ate, what a 19th-century student apartment looked like, how students planned their studies and spent their free time. All this helps the 21st-century student to learn about the rich and varied history of the dignified university.

The compiler of the book and project manager is Curator of the University of Tartu Museum Janet Laidla.

The book is in Estonian and English.

Publisher: University of Tartu Museum.

18 October | Book presentation “One hundred faces of the University of Tartu”

15:00 University of Tartu Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

The book is based on the photo exhibition “Get ready! One hundred faces of the University of Tartu”, which was dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Estonian national university. In 2017, one of the best known portrait photographers in Estonia, Birgit Püve took photos of one hundred outstanding researchers and professors of the university with an object reflecting their work.

21 October | Book presentation “Rector Jüri Kärner”

16:00 University of Tartu

Professor Jüri Kärner (1940–2010) was the rector of the University of Tartu from 1988–1993.

28 October | Discussion on entrepreneurship topics in the series “University as a pathfinder”

19:15 Estonian Students’ Society
J. Tõnissoni 1, Tartu

On 1 December 2019 the 100th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Estonian-language university is celebrated. Within the centenary events programme of Estonia’s national university, academic student organisations hold a panel discussion series “University as a pathfinder”, which aims to introduce the possibilities of student life and discuss the significance of the University of Tartu in the life of Estonians. Participation is free.

On 28 October, alumni of the university who have made a career in entrepreneurship have been invited to participate in the panel. What is the recipe for setting up and running a profitable company? Is it the knowledge acquired at the university, having the right partners, sheer willpower or something else? What is the impact of the university, fellow students and academic organisations on the student? Panellists also reflect on the significance of Estonia’s national university in their lives and on the role of the university in present-day Estonia.

The discussions take place every three weeks on Monday at 19:15. The four larger topics are:
○ Society and Politics (on 7 October in the convent house of Sakala fraternity, Veski 69, Tartu);
○ Entrepreneurship (on 28 October in the building of the Estonian Students’ Society, J. Tõnissoni 1, Tartu);
○ Civic sector (on 18 November in the convent house of Rotalia fraternity, Tähe 3, Tartu);
○ Education, Science and Culture (on 9 December in the convent house of Filiae Patriae sorority, W. Struve 4, Tartu).

The series is organised by the Estonian Students’ Society, the Estonian Students’ Society “Põhjala”, and the fraternities Vironia, Fraternitas Estica, Sakala, Rotalia and sororities Filiae Patriae and Amicitia. The series is supported by the University of Tartu and the University of Tartu Student Council.

All those interested are welcome to participate.

30 October | Lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet “Creative Inspiration Sources and Memory Landscapes: Tradition, Inspiration, Innovation”

16:15 Von Bock House
Ülikooli 16-212, Tartu

The lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet is dedicated to the centenary of Estonia’s national university and aims to encourage the use of associative creative thinking which combines the innovative with the traditional, science with heritage, and creativity with enterprise.

Public lectures in the series are held on 18 September, 2 October, 16 October, 30 October and 4 December.

12 November | Presentation of the Estonian National Atlas and exhibition opening at the National Library of Estonia

National Library of Estonia
Tõnismägi 2, Tallinn

The Estonian National Atlas summarises Estonia’s cartographic heritage and illustrates our current knowledge in cartography. The atlas is a collection of about five hundred thematic maps of Estonia of different periods. The maps together with the included explanations help to understand our culture and history.

The maps are organised thematically under 30 titles, introducing, for instance, the development of the Estonian border, the height relations, climate, the origin, folklore and religion of Estonians, the birthplaces of the Estonian elite of the 1930s and the ‘magnet’ areas in Estonia. Each thematic chapter ends with a present-day map. The exhibition in the National Library of Estonia presents the most interesting maps in the atlas, gives an overview of all atlases published in Estonia, and introduces the national atlases of other countries.

12-14 November | International Conference “Studying Traditional Crafts: Goals and Methods in Higher Education”

All day event
Viljandi, Estonia

The academisation of traditional crafts means studying traditional handicraft techniques, carrying out high-quality research in the field and being involved in creative activities. It requires developing new teaching and research methods by combining and integrating specialised expertise in the different fields within natural science, humanities and social sciences. However, it also brings along many challenges, such as the economic pressure to adapt to large groups with less contact time; high teaching costs and the need for well-equipped labs; balancing between theoretical research and practical training; balancing between tradition and innovation, etc.

Estonian Native Craft Department at University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy celebrates its 25th anniversary with an international conference dedicated to various topics that explore the role of craft studies in higher education.

More information is available on https://sisu.ut.ee/craftconference2019

18 November | Discussion on the civic sector in the series “University as a pathfinder”

19:15 convent house of Rotalia fraternity
Tähe 3, Tartu

On 1 December 2019 the 100th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Estonian-language university is celebrated. Within the centenary events programme of Estonia’s national university, academic student organisations hold a panel discussion series “University as a pathfinder”, which aims to introduce the possibilities of student life and discuss the significance of the University of Tartu in the life of Estonians. Participation is free.

On 18 November, university alumni who are influential in the third sector have been invited to participate in the panel. How are opinion leaders born and what gives them the courage to take the floor on important issues? What is the impact of the university, fellow students and academic organisations on the student? Panellists also reflect on the significance of Estonia’s national university in their lives and on the role of the university in present-day Estonia.

The discussions take place every three weeks on Monday at 19:15. The four larger topics are:
○ Society and Politics (on 7 October in the convent house of Sakala fraternity, Veski 69, Tartu);
○ Entrepreneurship (on 28 October in the building of the Estonian Students’ Society, J. Tõnissoni 1, Tartu);
○ Civic sector (on 18 November in the convent house of Rotalia fraternity, Tähe 3, Tartu);
○ Education, Science and Culture (on 9 December in the convent house of Filiae Patriae sorority, W. Struve 4, Tartu).

The series is organised by the Estonian Students’ Society, the Estonian Students’ Society “Põhjala”, and the fraternities Vironia, Fraternitas Estica, Sakala, Rotalia and sororities Filiae Patriae and Amicitia. The series is supported by the University of Tartu and the University of Tartu Student Council.

All those interested are welcome to participate.

19 November | Presentation of commemorative coin and postage stamp issued to mark the anniversary of Estonia’s national university

12:00 University of Tartu Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university, the Bank of Estonia will issue a two-euro commemorative coin and the Estonian postal service will issue a postage stamp.

Both the coin and the stamp have been designed by Indrek Ilves, a graduate in graphic design from the Estonian Academy of Arts. Ilves has worked as a designer and created stamp designs.

The two-euro commemorative coin “Estonia’s national university 100” is a specially designed coin. Its common side is usual but the obverse (national side) depicts the main building of the University of Tartu. The mintage is one million, incl. 17,500 coins packaged in coin cards.

The nominal value of the anniversary postage stamp is €0.65, i.e. the standard local postage rate for letters. The edition is 20,000 stamps, printed in Vaba Maa printing house. Together with the postage stamp, also the first-day cover is issued and first-day cancellation stamp is used.

19 November | Presentation of the Estonian National Atlas at the National Archives of Estonia

17:00 National Archives of Estonia
Noora 3, Tartu

The Estonian National Atlas summarises Estonia’s cartographic heritage and illustrates our current knowledge in cartography. The atlas is a collection of about five hundred thematic maps of Estonia of different periods. The maps together with the included explanations help to understand our culture and history.

The maps are organised thematically under 30 titles, introducing, for instance, the development of the Estonian border, the height relations, climate, the origin, folklore and religion of Estonians, the birthplaces of the Estonian elite of the 1930s and the ‘magnet’ areas in Estonia. Each thematic chapter ends with a present-day map. The exhibition in the National Library of Estonia presents the most interesting maps in the atlas, gives an overview of all atlases published in Estonia, and introduces the national atlases of other countries.

27 November | Exhibition opening “World in the rucksack. 100 years of scientific expeditions”

16:00 UT Natural History Museum
Vanemuise 46, Tartu, Estonia

The exhibition gives an overview of the beginnings of the Estonian school of natural science and its development over the last 100 years as seen through scientific expeditions. Through the contribution of nine scientists we can see how the materials and information collected during expeditions have given rise to ideas for preserving biodiversity and the natural environment. The travelling exhibition will be opened in the University of Tartu Natural History Museum on 27 November 2019.

28 November | International conference “National-language universities in the globalising world”

10:30 Conference hall of UT Library
Struve 1, Tartu

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania celebrated the 100th anniversary of their statehood in 2018. An independent nation-state needs to ensure the survival and development of its language in all areas of use, including higher education and research.

In 2019 we are celebrating the year of the Estonian language and the centenary of the beginning of the Estonian-language higher education in the Estonian national university. In our neighbouring countries, the provision of higher education in their native language was also clearly associated with the declaration of statehood. Will globalisation, digital revolution, market-economy values and open higher education space push the survival of cultures and languages to the background when priorities are set?

The conference looks back on the century of the Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian higher education language, analyses the role of these three languages as languages of instruction, and possibilities of finding the point of balance between national-language and English-language higher education.

28 November | Presentation of the collection “Humanities and Arts in the 100-year-old national University”

15:15 UT Library
Struve 1, Tartu

To mark the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university, the professors of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities publish a collection of articles (in Estonian), which gives an overview of the wide reach and internationally recognised high level of our arts and humanities researchers.

The collection includes both new and previously published papers, which have not been easily available to Estonian readers. Also the translations of selected papers by our new international professors are published. As our faculty is also the Faculty of Arts, the collection contains surprising works from the field of the arts.

The presentation takes place in cooperation with the conference “National-language universities in the globalising world”.

29 November | Opening of new permanent exhibition „The University of Our Lives“

16:00 UT Museum, Morgenstern Hall
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

The new exhibition dedicated to the centenary of Estonia’s national university will take the alumni to a nostalgic journey to the past, inspire today’s and future students and tell stories that concern even those people who have never had any affiliation with the university. Inspired by the interior of the historical library, the environment and gripping stories told over four centuries get intertwined with modern solutions.

Curators of the exhibition are Mariann Raisma, Lea Leppik, Terje Lõbu, Kristiina Tiideberg, Ken Ird, Virge Lell, Kaija-Liisa Koovit, Karoliina Kalda and Paula Põder. Designer: Mari Kurismaa

30 November | Premiere of “… windship with oars of light …” by Pärt Uusberg in Vanemuine Concert Hall

15:00 Vanemuine Concert Hall
Vanemuise 6, Tartu, Estonia

The large-scale composition for mixed choir and symphony orchestra, “… windship with oars of light …” by composer Pärt Uusberg (1986) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university.
Texts by Uku Masing and Kristian Jaak Peterson.

Performed by the University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra, Tartu Academic Male Choir, Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu and Chamber Choir of the University of Tartu.

Conductors: Taavi Kull, Triin Koch and Kuno Kerge.

Pärt Uusberg: “I thought long and hard which text to choose for creating the composition dedicated to the anniversary of Estonia’s national university. I read works by many Estonian poets who had connections with the University of Tartu until I suddenly realised that, here and now, my soul was ringing more and more to the poetry by Uku Masing. “… windship with oars of light …” is an attempt to express the unique poetic world of Uku Masing, with fragments from the works of Kristian Jaak Peterson, in music. By coincidence, also the 110th anniversary of the birth of Uku Masing is celebrated in 2019.”

Tickets are available in Piletimaailm and Piletilevi

30 November | Torchlight procession

16:15 from Vanemuine Concert Hall to the Toome Hill

The traditional torchlight procession starts in front of Vanemuine Concert Hall. The university flag and the flag of Estonia lead the procession. After the flags are the representatives of faculties, administration and support structure, as well as institutions of the university. They are followed by academic student societies in the order of seniority, and other student organisations and students.

The torchlight procession is organised as follows:

– Torches are handed out at 15:30 in the tent next to the monument to Juri Lotman, outside the University of Tartu Library.

NB! If you have a torch from a previous year, you can have it refilled in the cloakroom of the academic building at Vanemuise 46 on Friday, 29 November, 15:00–17:00.

– Participants gather for the procession in Vanemuine street in front of Vanemuine Concert Hall.

– The procession sets off at about 16:15–16:30, i.e. after the premiere concert by Pärt Uusberg ends in Vanemuine Concert Hall.
The head of the procession starts moving at the intersection of Vanemuine street and Ülikooli street. The participants march along Ülikooli street to the main building, where the rector and the president of student body say their greetings.
After the speeches, everyone will sing Gaudeamus igitur.

The procession continues around the main building: turns left at the University of Tartu cafe and proceeds to the back of the main building.

Then it moves to Jakobi street at the former church of the University of Tartu at Jakobi 1, passes the academic building at Jakobi 2, turns right to Ülikooli street and then again right to Lossi street. Next, the torch march goes along Lossi street to K. E. von Baer street, turns right and follows K. E. von Baer street up to the tennis courts.

As marchers reach the tennis courts, they must extinguish their torches before the beginning of the light show and put the extinguished torches in containers provided specifically for that purpose in the street.

The light show “The Spirit of Tartu” on the towers of Tartu Cathedral starts at 17:30. The audience gathers on the tennis courts, in K. E. von Baer street and on the slope of Kassitoome valley to watch the show.

30 November | Light show “The Spirit of Tartu”

17:30 in Cathedral ruins at Toome Hill
Lossi 25, Tartu

The most powerful event of the centenary celebrations, involving the whole city and the sky, is held on Toome Hill.

The magnificent light show, narrating the story of Estonia and of the university using video, laser and sound technology, was created specifically for the anniversary and is performed on the walls and towers of Tartu cathedral. The cathedral will become a time machine that takes the audience on a dreamy journey from the times of the first stone axe to the space cube.

The light show can be viewed in the valley in front of the cathedral towers and on the slopes of Kassitoome valley.

All university members, inhabitants of Tartu, friends and guests are welcome – everyone who love and care for our university and Tartu.

Idea and script by Arne Merilai
Co-authors PEATA FILM
Animations by PEATA FILM
Composer Ardo Ran Varres
Art director Mart Koldits
Project manager Silver Kaljula

30 November | Anniversary ball “Roots of the Future” at the Estonian National Museum

20:00 Estonian National Museum (B-entrance)
Muuseumi tee 2, Tartu, Estonia

The most vibrant event of the centenary year of Estonia’s national university will be held at the Estonian National Museum. All students, alumni, academic staff and other employees, as well as guests are welcome to the anniversary ball “Roots of the Future” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of providing higher education in Estonian.

The theme of the ball represents traditions and innovation, the past and the future. Specifically for this event, Director Tanel Jonas has staged a short performance of the same title, narrating the story of the university and the Estonian nation, because the Estonian-language higher education is the basis of the Estonian culture.

During the ball, several actors and musicians perform on stage: Adeele Sepp, Kaarel Targo, Jaanus Tepomees, Lauri Liiv and Sofia Rubina, Jarek Kasar and Tõnis Mägi, and the University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and folk dancers.

The hosts are Saara Pius and Priit Loog.

The Estonian National Museum’s B-entrance doors are opened at 19, the official beginning of the event is at 20, and the party lasts until 2 in the morning.

Bar and buffets are open.

Regular ticket €20
Discount ticket (for students and seniors aged 65 or older) €13

Group discount tickets (min 4 people): 17 euros per person
Group discount tickets for students/seniors (min 4 people): 10 euros per person

Tickets are available in Piletilevi.

Dress code: white tie / dark suit

1 December| Anniversary service in Tartu St John’s Church

10:00 Tartu St John’s Church
Jaani 5, Tartu, Estonia

The service is conducted by pastor loci Triin Käpp. Kaisa Kuslapuu accompanies on the organ. Also Tartu Academic Male Choir performs in the service.

1 December | Ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national University

12:00 University of Tartu Assembly Hall
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

  • Anniversary lecture
  • Conferment of honorary doctorates and PhD degrees
  • Presentation of the University’s Award for Contribution to Estonian National Identity
  • Presentation of Scholarship for a Visiting Professor from the Estonian Diaspora

There is simultaneous interpretation into English at the ceremony.

Live webcast of the ceremony on www.uttv.ee

The ceremony is followed by Rector’s reception in the university museum on Toome Hill.

Ceremony and reception by invitation only.

Dress code at the ceremony and reception: white tie / dark suit / national costume / decorations

2–3 December | High-level seminar of the Coimbra Group “Universities as drivers of socio-academic integration in multilingual Europe”

University of Tartu main building
Ülikooli 18, Tartu, Estonia

See the seminars webpage

4 December | Appreciation event of the University of Tartu

16:00 University of Tartu Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

The University of Tartu Best Teaching Staff Awards, the Best Programme Director Awards and the Award for Improving the Quality of Teaching, and the scholarships of the University of Tartu Foundation for the autumn semester will be presented at the appreciation event.

4 December | Lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet “Creative Inspiration Sources and Memory Landscapes: Tradition, Inspiration, Innovation”

16:15 Von Bock House
Ülikooli 16-212, Tartu

The lecture series by Professor of Liberal Arts Kärt Summatavet is dedicated to the centenary of Estonia’s national university and aims to encourage the use of associative creative thinking which combines the innovative with the traditional, science with heritage, and creativity with enterprise.

Public lectures in the series are held on 18 September, 2 October, 16 October, 30 October and 4 December.

5 December | Conference “From serfdom to an Estonian-speaking university in 100 years”

All day event
UT Museum
Lossi 25, Tartu, Estonia

The year 2019 is a year of several anniversaries. In 1819, serfdom was abolished and peasants were liberated in Livonia. One hundred years later, the Estonian-speaking university was founded, and exactly between those two events, in 1869, the first singing festival took place in Estonia. This rapid development from rural people into a cultural nation has not been fully interpreted yet in all its aspects. What steps had to be made along that journey? What were the successes and failures? The Learned Estonian Society and the University of Tartu Museum will discuss these themes at a conference on 6 December.

The conference is free and all those interested are welcome to participate.

6 December | Concert “… windship with oars of light …” by Pärt Uusberg in Pärnu Concert Hall

19:00 Pärnu Concert Hall
Aida 4, Pärnu

The large-scale composition for mixed choir and symphony orchestra, “… windship with oars of light …” by composer Pärt Uusberg (1986) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university.
Texts by Uku Masing and Kristian Jaak Peterson.

Performed by the University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra, Tartu Academic Male Choir, Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu and Chamber Choir of the University of Tartu.

Conductors: Taavi Kull, Triin Koch and Kuno Kerge.

Pärt Uusberg: “I thought long and hard which text to choose for creating the composition dedicated to the anniversary of Estonia’s national university. I read works by many Estonian poets who had connections with the University of Tartu until I suddenly realised that, here and now, my soul was ringing more and more to the poetry by Uku Masing. “… windship with oars of light …” is an attempt to express the unique poetic world of Uku Masing, with fragments from the works of Kristian Jaak Peterson, in music. By coincidence, also the 110th anniversary of the birth of Uku Masing is celebrated in 2019.”

Tickets are available in Piletimaailm and Piletilevi

7 December | Anniversary of the Department of Geography “Geography in Estonia 100”

10.30 Round auditorium,
Vanemuise 46, Tartu

The teaching and learning of geography in Tartu started when the Estonian-speaking University of Tartu was opened in 1919. Geographers have a long tradition to celebrate the anniversary of their department during the second weekend in December.

The jubilee will be celebrated on the 7th of December with the conference at Vanemuine St 46 auditorium 225 and later with a party at Estonian National Museum B-side (entrance from
the back side of the museum).

The Conference takes place from 10.30 to 14.30. The Rector of the University of Tartu Toomas Asser will welcome us and the Honorary Doctors of Geography, professors and alumni will give presentations.

The doors to the National Museum will open at 18.00 and the party starts at 19.00.
There will be a live band performance, traditional play by freshmen, lottery and more. It’s possible to purchase drinks and snacks from a bar.

The regular ticket price is 20€ and 15€ for students, PhD students and pensioners. You can pay via bank transfer EE261010102030758003 TIIA RÕIVAS (SEB bank). Explanation: your name, or in cash to Heli Raagmaa (room 326). In case you pay via bank transfer you will get your ticket in the evening at the Museum. Ticket price at the event 25€.

On the 6th of December the traditional basketball tournament between different year students will take place at Mart Reiniku School (Riia 25). Registration: http://tiny.cc/c2j5fz
More info from: Henri Loose (henriloose@gmail.com)

7 December | Art book presentation “Ars Academica: The University of Tartu’s 100 Works of Art” in Kadriorg Art Museum

15:00 Kadriorg Art Museum
Weizenbergi 37, Tallinn

This art book is the first one to give an overview of the university’s rich art treasures. So far, there have been just a few publications focusing separately on the art collection of the university museum and of the library, but none giving a comprehensive view of the entire art collection held by the university. One hundred symbolic works of art ranging from examples of antique art, early graphic art rarities to portraits of the university rectors have been selected for the book, giving evidence of the versatility and richness of the collection.

The book will accompany the exhibition opened in Kadriorg Art Museum on 1 November, “Ars Academica: The University of Tartu Art Collection”.

7 December | Concert “… windship with oars of light …” by Pärt Uusberg in Estonia Concert Hall

19:00 Estonia Concert Hall
Estonia pst 4, Tallinn

The large-scale composition for mixed choir and symphony orchestra, “… windship with oars of light …” by composer Pärt Uusberg (1986) is dedicated to the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university.
Texts by Uku Masing and Kristian Jaak Peterson.

Performed by the University of Tartu Symphony Orchestra, Tartu Academic Male Choir, Academic Women’s Choir of the University of Tartu and Chamber Choir of the University of Tartu.

Conductors: Taavi Kull, Triin Koch and Kuno Kerge.

Pärt Uusberg: “I thought long and hard which text to choose for creating the composition dedicated to the anniversary of Estonia’s national university. I read works by many Estonian poets who had connections with the University of Tartu until I suddenly realised that, here and now, my soul was ringing more and more to the poetry by Uku Masing. “… windship with oars of light …” is an attempt to express the unique poetic world of Uku Masing, with fragments from the works of Kristian Jaak Peterson, in music. By coincidence, also the 110th anniversary of the birth of Uku Masing is celebrated in 2019.”

Tickets are available in Piletimaailm and Piletilevi

8 December | Concert performance “Patterns of Being” by University of Tartu Folk Dance Ensemble

18:00 Narva Vaba Lava
Linda 2, Narva

The concert performance marks the 20th anniversary of Narva College and the 100th anniversary of Estonia’s national university.

Estonian folk dance and folk costumes speak the language of patterns. In the flow of time, being and dancing leave behind a countless number of invisible patterns. They will become visible when you apply them to the fabric, with a needle, fine yarn and skilful hands.

The mixed group, girls’ group and children’s group of the University of Tartu Folk Dance Ensemble perform in the concert performance.

Directed by Artistic Director Aveli Asber.

With invitations

9 December | Discussion on the topics of education, science and culture in the series “University as a pathfinder”

19:15 convent house of Filiae Patriae sorority
W. Struve 4, Tartu

On 1 December 2019 the 100th anniversary of the opening ceremony of the Estonian-language university is celebrated. Within the centenary events programme of Estonia’s national university, academic student organisations hold a panel discussion series “University as a pathfinder”, which aims to introduce the possibilities of student life and discuss the significance of the University of Tartu in the life of Estonians. Participation is free.

On 9 December, university alumni who are active in the field of education, research or culture have been invited to participate in the panel. We discuss how and when the people of these fields can have a say in Estonia. What is the impact of the university, fellow students and academic organisations on the student? Panellists also reflect on the significance of Estonia’s national university in their lives and on the role of the university in present-day Estonia.

The discussions take place every three weeks on Monday at 19:15. The four larger topics are:
○ Society and Politics (on 7 October in the convent house of Sakala fraternity, Veski 69, Tartu);
○ Entrepreneurship (on 28 October in the building of the Estonian Students’ Society, J. Tõnissoni 1, Tartu);
○ Civic sector (on 18 November in the convent house of Rotalia fraternity, Tähe 3, Tartu);
○ Education, Science and Culture (on 9 December in the convent house of Filiae Patriae sorority, W. Struve 4, Tartu).

The series is organised by the Estonian Students’ Society, the Estonian Students’ Society “Põhjala”, and the fraternities Vironia, Fraternitas Estica, Sakala, Rotalia and sororities Filiae Patriae and Amicitia. The series is supported by the University of Tartu and the University of Tartu Student Council.

All those interested are welcome to participate.

13 December | Colloquium “Folklore Studies at Tartu University: 100 Years in Half a Day”

12:15 von Bock house
Ülikooli 16, Tartu

In 1919 as part of the birth of an Estonian-language university, Folklore was established as a separate discipline at Tartu University. We will mark this centenary with a series of short presentations in which we both look back at history and also discuss new developments and directions for the future.

Programme:

12.15–13.45 In Estonian
Merili Metsvahi: Life in Tartu One Hundred Years Ago Through the Eyes of a Teacher (M. J. Eisen) and a Student (H. Metsvahi)
Jonathan Roper: The First English-language Doctorate in Folklore Studies at Tartu University

Madis Arukask: Evergreen Udo Kolk
Tiiu Jaago: Aino Laagus – a Researcher on the Border
Tiia Ristolainen: Fragments of the Birth of Vanavaravedaja and NEFA

13.45–14.15 Break for coffee and tea

14.15–16.00 In Estonian

Paul Hagu: Three Stages of Kisses for the Folklore Muse (Student, Researcher, and Lecturer)
Ülo Valk: Eduard Laugaste and Others Leading to Folklore: Lecture Notes as an Informative Source
Ergo-Hart Västrik: The Folklore Department’s First Computer (1992): Humanitarian Aid and the Humanities

Liisi Laineste: Kriku, Professor Extraordinary
Risto Järv: Once Upon a Time There Was Pinecone, and So the Story Ends. On the Fairy Tale Project
Anastasiya Astapova: Tartu University Folklorists at American Folklore Society Meetings

16.00–16.30 Break for coffee and tea

16.30–17.30 In Estonian

Roundtable featuring: Kristel Kivari, Lona Päll, Liina Saarlo, Kristi Salve and Kati Taal
Directed by Elo-Hanna Seljamaa

17.30 Wine and snacks

18.30 In English

Jonathan Roper: A Hundred Years of Folklore Studies at the University of Tartu (in ten minutes!)

The discussions will then continue in a free format

All are welcome! But please notify us of your attendance by December 4th whether by telephone: +372 737 53 04, or email: liilia.laaneman@ut.ee

Department of Estonian and Comparative Folklore, University of Tartu