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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May 12, 2015
The Second Birth of Europe 
The year 2015 marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Therefore, it invites a closer look at postwar Europe and its brief assessment. What happened to Europe then? Historically and politically speaking, Europe changed beyond recognition. For centuries, war was as unavoidable in the old continent as clashes over faith and (dis)loyalty to the king or the queen. After WWII, it became obvious that peace came as a new political identity of Europe.This was the second birth of Europe. Needless to say, this applied for a long time exclusively for Western Europe.(Continue...)
May 07, 2015
Twentieth Century Revisited 
The Latvian film director Davis Simanis’ quasi-documentary Escaping Riga (2014) allows a standpoint from which to deal with the intrinsic logic of the twentieth century. Modelled after what we may well call the “mockumentary” (in terms of cinematographic language, it bears family resemblance to Woody Allen’s masterpiece Zelig), this film deals with two people of genius. (Continue...)
March 06, 2015
The Dilemmas of Freedom 
Zygmunt Bauman once wrote about human beings and their lives being rendered useless – reduced to throwaways by globalisation. No one needs or misses them; and when they disappear, the statistics, including various economic and security indicators, take a turn for the better. (Continue...)
March 05, 2015
Russia’s Unholy War Against Its Best People 
On 27 February 2015, the noted Russian politician and spokesman on human rights and civil liberties Boris Nemtsov was assassinated in the city center of Moscow, in the Kremlin’s vicinity. Was the red line crossed this time by those who orchestrated and committed this cynical murder (provided there is any in this surrealist and diabolical political game)? Who was behind the crime that left Russia and the world in shock and dismay? And who was afraid of Boris Nemtsov?(Continue...)
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