March 26, 2013 // 3:30pm — 5:30pm
Soviet writers were some of the most publicly recognizable intellectuals and were tasked by the state to transform society. The presentation outlined Georgian and Lithuanian writers, members of Writers’ Union, focusing on their participation in the establishment and the dynamics of ideas. The perspective of three generations in both countries reveals the rise of ethnic (local) interests and the disconnection of everyday-life from official goals. Both writers’ organizations expressed a clear character of localism (mestnichestvo), but the Georgian case illustrates more active participation at the central level while Lithuanian writers maintained a more peripheral and less active role in the druzhba narodov (“friendship of peoples”) narratives.
November 26, 2012 // 2:30pm — 3:30pm
Julija Šukys, author of Epistolophilia: Writing the Life of Ona Šimaitė, carefully collected, preserved, and archived the written record of the life of Ona Šimaitė. Šimaitė, a librarian at Vilnius University, used her position to aid and rescue Jews in the Vilna Ghetto.
May 08, 2012 // 12:00pm — 2:00pm
This luncheon program will convey the continuing impact of the European Humanities University (EHU) through exchanges with current EHU students and remarks from the university’s founding rector, Anatoli Mikhailov and Eurasia Foundation President, Horton Beebe-Center. The students, a live example of civic education in action, will help to focus the session on the challenges and rewards of educating a rising generation, especially in a state with an authoritarian government.
Threats to the Free Press in the Baltic States: Assessing the Impact of Government Policies and the Financial Crisis
May 05, 2011 // 1:00pm — 2:30pm
The 2008 economic crisis had a dramatic impact on the societies and economies of the Baltic States. To give a sense of the scale: in Latvia, GDP plummeted from 11.9 percent in 1996 to -19 percent in 2009. Two journalists from the region, Inga Springe and Dainius Radzevicius, asserted that among the many other consequences of the crisis, it has had a significant impact on the quality of the media. The panelists discussed the impact that these developments may have on democracy in the region.
March 23, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success.
Shaping Lithuania's White House: From the Former Communist Party Leader Algirdas Brazauskas to the Newly-Elected Baltic "Iron Lady" Dalia Grybauskaite
October 19, 2009 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
September 30, 2009 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
October 17, 2008 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Leonidas Donskis, Professor of Political Science and Director of the School of Political Science and Diplomacy, Vytautas Magnus University
November 15, 2007 // 3:00pm — 5:00pm
History and Public Policy Program
On November 15, 2007, the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the third annual Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture in collaboration with the Ratiu Family Foundation and the Ratiu Democracy Center. The recipient of this year's award, Dr. Anatoli Mikhailov, Rector of the European Humanities University, currently in exile in Vilnius, Lithuania delivered a speech on Democracy as a Challenge. An introduction by former ambassador to Belarus, David Swartz, preceded Professor Mikhailov's address.
September 26, 2007 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Saulius Suziedelis, Professor of History, Millersville University