Discussion Title: "Social and Political Responsibility of Intellectuals in the Rise of Anti-Intellectualism"
LSE SU Baltic Society, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania, is organising a public talk at the London School of Economics to commemorate the life and work of prof. Leonidas Donskis, a leading philosopher in Lithuania and Europe, historian of ideas, social analyst, political commentator, human rights defender and former Member of the European Parliament (2009-2014).
Prof. Donskis wrote widely on the fluidity and dichotomies of identity, and the panel discussion aims to illustrate the multi-faceted aspects of his work: an academic among politicians, a politician among academics, a liberal in social and intellectual thought, a conservative in the arts, a Lithuanian in Europe, a European in Lithuania. The guest speakers will furthermore delve deeper into the responsibility of intellectuals in shaping the political discourse, civil society narrative, cultural direction and the international outlook of a country in the European context. In the age where anti-intellectualism is on the rise, do intellectuals have a responsibility to shape and influence politics and social discourse?
March 2, 2017 (Thursday)
7:00 pm - Welcome by the Chair, Dr Jennifer Jackson-Preece
7:15 pm - Video message by HE President Valdas Adamkus
7:30 pm - Panel discussion on the responsibility of intellectuals
- Dr. Arūnas Gelūnas, Member of the Lithuanian Parliament, former Minister of Culture and Ambassador to UNESCO
- Prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius, Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas
- Dr. Yves Plasseraud, historian, jurist, expert on the Baltic States
- (TBC) Baroness Sarah Ludford, House of Lords, former MEP
- (TBC) Dr. Mark Davis, Associate Professor of Sociology, The Bauman Institute, University of Leeds
8:30 pm - Closing remarks
9:00 pm - Informal part (location - TBC)
About Leonidas Donskis:
Prof. Donskis researched and lectured in the USA, United Kingdom, Sweden, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Finland and a number of other countries. His main scholarly interests lay in the philosophy of history, philosophy of culture, philosophy of literature, philosophy of the social sciences, civilisation theory, political theory, history of ideas, and studies in Central and Eastern European thought. Prof. Donskis was the writer or editor of more than 50 books, half of them in English, and his work has been translated into 18 different languages. In 2004, he was awarded the title of Ambassador for Tolerance and Diversity in Lithuania by the European Commission. Prof. Donskis also gave a guest lecture at LSE in 2014. From 2009 to 2014 he served as a Member of the European Parliament and spokesperson on Human Rights for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. His sudden death earlier in 2016 at the age of 54 came as a shock to the academic community, civil society activists and intellectuals not only in Lithuania but in numerous countries around the world.
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London School of Economics and Political Science
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