NEWS NEWS Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0300 en Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 +0300 Kaunas plans to erect statue to late philosopher Donskis <p style="text-align: justify;">Lithuania`s second-biggest city of Kaunas is planning to put up a statue of Leonidas Donskis, a prominent Lithuanian philosopher who died of a heart attack last year.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Sculpture Alfonsas Vaura`s project is among 12 works selected in the Kaunas Highlights contest of ideas.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The life-size statue will be made from bronze and stone and will be erected in Studentu Square near Vytautas Magnus University (VDU), where the professor worked.</p> NEWS Wed, 24 May 2017 00:00:00 +0300 Lithuania’s Foreign Ministry Honours The Memory Of Leonidas Donskis <p style="text-align: justify;">On 17 May, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania held a solemn event in memory of Prof. Leonidas Donskis and celebrated his contribution to the spread of European values. One of the halls at the Foreign Ministry was named the `Europe Hall` to remind our future generations about the values Prof. Donskis cherished.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">During the event, Jolanta Donskienė gave 30 books by Donskis in various foreign languages as a gift to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. A memorial plaque to Donskis created by the artist Saulius Valius was unveiled. The guests shared their memories about Donskis in the discussion `The European Trajectory in the Intellectual Biography of Leonidas Donskis`. The event was attended by former President Valdas Adamkus.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">While unveiling the plaque, the Foreign Minister Linkevičius noted that the Ministry would contribute to the promotion of the Prof. Donskis values, including through events and discussions aimed to foster the ability to listen and hear, and to maintain an open dialogue - one out of many values that were cherished by the Professor.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The event was also attended by Dr. Arūnas Gelūnas, representatives from Vytautas Magnus University, Prof. Irena Veisaitė, lawyer Yves Plasseraud, comrades-in-arms of Donskis.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For photos by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, please click here.</p> NEWS Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 +0300 VMU to Host Conference in Memory of Leonidas Donskis <p style="text-align: justify;">On May 11-12, VMU will be hosting an interdisciplinary conference in memory of philosopher, VMU Professor Leonidas Donskis, entitled The Interdisciplinary Intellectual Practices and Moral Imagination of Leonidas Donskis. More information here.&nbsp;</p> NEWS Tue, 02 May 2017 00:00:00 +0300 Kaddish in Butrimonys in memory of Leonidas Donskis <p>At peace, prof. Leonidas Donskis:&rdquo; I would be happy, if while I am still alive something similar would happen in Butrimonys&hellip; I feel a moral obligation to say Kaddish there with Jews&hellip;&rdquo; (2016.08.31 Delfi TV telecast, in the context of the Moletai march). On October&nbsp;23rd, 3 p.m. at the main Jewish mass grave in Butrimonys, we shall pay tribute to the memory of Leonidas Donskis. The Kaddish - by Rafailas Karpis.<br />Everyone is welcome.<br /><br />HOW TO FIND (<br />Driving from Butrimonys to Klydžionys village (4 km down road no. 1122), look for a way on the right side in a pasture field. In the distance you can see the tops of the fir trees that are surrounding the monument site. There are no signs leading to the mass execution site from the road. Following this small way through the fields you will reach a small river with a bridge over it. That&rsquo;s the main murder site.<br /><br />Latitude: 54.487367 Longitude: 24.258327</p> <p>You can also take free bus to Butrimonys. It will depart from Palace parking lot on 1 PM on Sunday. Pleae register for the bus when you decide to go:&nbsp;;/1o4vY1F8LCjaY7ieZI8hf6u9jhrJ&hellip;/edit</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Organized by Litvak World</p> NEWS Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Krzysztof Czyzewski. Leonidas Donskis - a Farewell <p style="text-align: justify;">How is it possible? In that one moment, early in the morning at the Vilnius airport on the way from &Scaron;eteniai to Petersburg, on that Wednesday the 21st of September, when the world was celebrating the Order of the Smile and in churches people joined in a Prayer for Peace, on the anniversary of Virgil&rsquo;s passing and the murder of 1159 Jewish neighbours by the death commando in Vėlučionys near Vilnius &hellip; (Continue...)</p> NEWS Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Lithuanian Donskis` political career marked with concern for human rights - colleagues <p style="text-align: justify;">During his brief political career, Lithuanian philosopher Leonidas Donskis was an engaged defender of human rights including rights for sexual minorities, which made him stand out among other politicians from Central and Eastern Europe, stated his fellow in the European Parliament`s Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, Sophia In`t Veld of the Netherlands. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Farewell to one of Europe’s leading thinkers, Leonidas Donskis (1962-2016) <p style="text-align: justify;">Leonidas Donskis died on September 21, 2016&nbsp;from an apparent heart attack. He was 54. The Lithuanian Jewish philosopher and public intellectual - he was a political theorist, historian of ideas, social analyst, political commentator, and professor - was little known in the West, but is a major figure in Eastern European thought. He was also a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2014. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Death of Utopia <p style="text-align: justify;">Niccol&ograve; Machiavelli, the quint-centenary of whose Discourses on Livy will be celebrated in 2017 as a great event in European history of political ideas (the treatise was written around 1517) is regarded as one of the founding fathers of modern political thought, and rightly so. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Fri, 09 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Is Europe Falling Apart? L. Donskis Discusses with Navid Kermani (video) <p style="text-align: justify;">Is Europe Falling Apart? This topic - at the heart of the discussion between Leonidas Donskis and&nbsp;the German writer and journalist Navid Kermani held at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. Watch the discussion here.&nbsp;</p> NEWS Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Doom Sayers Get it Wrong <p style="text-align: justify;">We live in the time of fear, panic, and doom-mongering. Never before did the modern Western societies have so little trust in their institutions, so little confidence in their ability to fulfill political visions and programs as they do now. We would be deceiving ourselves in thinking that it had always been so. Social criticism is not fear-mongering, just like the new waves of moral panic should not be equated with so many dystopian novels of the past. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Tue, 02 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0300 The scapegoat for all seasons <p style="text-align: justify;">My story is inseparable from my experience as a member of the European Parliament. During my term (2009-2014), I was in a position to witness the debates and political skirmishes in the House that allowed me to anticipate easily what happened recently in the United Kingdom. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Isaac Bashevis Singer: Devil in Eastern Europe <p style="text-align: justify;">Was the God s on the side of the poor and innocent, or did he side with evil due to being totally neutral and impartial to all of his creations? This was the central theological and philosophical issue for the Nobel Prize winning Jewish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991) - a major Eastern/Central European author who passed away twenty-five years ago. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Dialogue between Krzysztof Czyzewski and Leonidas Donskis about Living on Borderland (video) <p style="text-align: justify;">Leonidas Donskis discusses&nbsp;with the Polish writer, the founder of the Borderland Foundation and International Center of Dialogue in Krasnogruda, Poland, Krzysztof Czyzewski on what it means to live on the borderland in terms of bridging individuals, societies, and cultures. Location: Literary Cafe at the International Center of Dialogue. Watch the discussion here.&nbsp;</p> NEWS Mon, 11 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Grotesque, God and miracles <p style="text-align: justify;">Isaac Bashevis Singer (1902-1991), a great Polish-born Jewish writer, a poet of the East European Jewish soul, the guardian angel of the Yiddish language in modern literature, and a Nobel Prize winner, died twenty-five years ago. This brings us closer to his immense legacy that covers Jewish tradition and modernity, especially his short stories on how modernity came into Jewish life. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Fri, 01 Jul 2016 00:00:00 +0300 The banality of evil: The case of Vladimir Bortko <p style="text-align: justify;">That evil can be banal we learn from Hannah Arendt&rsquo;s book Eichmann in Jerusalem: The Report on the Banality of Evil published in 1963. As we all know, Israeli intelligence, the Mossad, caught the chief architect of the Holocaust in Argentina, and brought him to Israel where his trial took place. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Seeking Europe: A Wild Goose Chase <p>As we learn from William Shakespeare&rsquo;s Romeo and Juliet, a "wild-goose chase&rdquo; is a hopeless quest for something unattainable. It is a fitting metaphor for an Eastern European quest for Europe that no longer exists. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Thu, 26 May 2016 00:00:00 +0300 William Shakespeare’s prophetic words <p>William Shakespeare is usually celebrated as the author of great tragedies, comedies and historical chronicles. Yet his sonnets reveal Shakespeare as a poet and as a thinker who found a perfect form for his wit and breadth of his thought. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Reclaiming a Sense of Meaning <p style="text-align: justify;">We are living in an era that is rushed, short on time, and generally accelerated. How best to describe it? Haste. Constant bustle. Multitasking. We lack time for ourselves, for cherished friends and beloved books, and for enjoying life&rsquo;s simple pleasures. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 +0300 Great Baltic profiles: Two stories <p style="text-align: justify;">Born on September 11, 1935, the Estonian composer Arvo P&auml;rt is one of the most illustrious creators of contemporary academic music. Born on January 9, 1928, Irena Veisaitė is a person through whose incredible life story we could write the history of the twentieth century. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0300 A theory of self and human existence <p>A review of Initiation and preservation: Modes of cultural philosophy By: Arūnas Sverdiolas. (Continue...)</p> NEWS Sat, 26 Mar 2016 00:00:00 +0200