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December 03, 2015
Democracy and Revenge 
Clarion Dialogue with Dr. Leonidas Donskis (Continue...)
June 30, 2015
TEFF`15: Leonidas Donskis „Europe and the dilemmas of freedom“ (video) 
Video from this year`s ThinkEuropa Festival. What does the freedom of EU-membership entail for Eastern Europeans? Can cultural and histoical differences between Eastern- and Western Europe be united in a commen identity as an EU-citizen? Watch professor and philosopher, Leonidas Donskis, debate these issues. (Continue...)
June 17, 2015
Shakespeare’s Politics 
Inside the vast new auditorium at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk, Leonidas Donskis fizzes with excitement. Having recently finished five years of service as a Member of the European Parliament, he is promoting his new book and revelling in the exchange of ideas about Europe and its neighbours. His topic is literature, or rather the ideas that literature wrestles with and conveys. “Few political scientists predicted the horrors of the twentieth century,” he declares. But then comes a list of those who did understand what humanity was capable of, such as Zamyatin, Orwell, and Machiavelli. (Continue...)
February 07, 2015
Leonidas Donskis - an Encyclopedic Rennaisance Like Figure 
The report  made at the Doctor Honoris Causa conferred to Prof. Leonidas Donskis by Valahia University of Târgoviște on November 6th, 2014. (Continue...)
December 15, 2014
L. Donskis: lobbyism and guild distribution should be avoided in the awards of National Culture and Art Prizes 
In brief: There is much of lobbyism in the world of culture too; therefore, creative organizations strongly fight for candidates offered by them when prizes are awarded, the head of the committee of the National Culture and Art Prizes Leonidas Donskis states. “Still, the creative organization or an artists’ guild is not public voice necessarily. It is a professional group, influential in many cases but it may be tendentious, it may offer some lasting chief or activist with a number of merits. Why are we sure that a promising young artist is offered?” he asks.

Still, the professor emphasises that the committee of the National Culture and Art Prizes should see the entire cultural field, look at entire culture of Lithuania broadly and should not succumb to guild distribution. In the interview the professor speaks about mechanisms of transparency, publicity in the awards of prizes.
In his opinion, the report of the chairman of the committee should be announced after every meeting, so that people would know what is happening. Meanwhile, now some of the information is classified, secrets are almost public as the majority know what is being spoken about. He is sure that the mechanism of awards should be improved.
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July 15, 2016
Isaac Bashevis Singer: Devil in Eastern Europe 
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...)
July 01, 2016
Grotesque, God and miracles 
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...)
June 01, 2016
The banality of evil: The case of Vladimir Bortko 
That evil can be banal we learn from Hannah Arendt’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...)
May 26, 2016
Seeking Europe: A Wild Goose Chase 
As we learn from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, a "wild-goose chase” is a hopeless quest for something unattainable. It is a fitting metaphor for an Eastern European quest for Europe that no longer exists. (Continue...)
June 09, 2014
Letter from Kaunas, Lithuania: Springtime for Putin 
Checking out Russian television this spring, especially after switching from BBC News or French TV, I found it difficult to avoid a sense of déjà vu. Every tidbit of information about Ukraine reminded me of the events that followed January 13, 1991, when troops from the Soviet Union killed 13 peaceful civilians in Vilnius, Lithuania. (Continue...)
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