October – Lithuanian diaspora month


Declaring October to be the month of Lithuanian Diaspora, Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) has invited everyone to attend a series of events organized together with its partners.

VMU has maintained a close relationship with the scientific and artistic community of world Lithuanians for over three decades. Together with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Lithuanian World Community (LWC), and Association for Getting to Know World Lithuanians (AGKWL), VMU invites everyone to draw attention to the Lithuanian Diaspora: its history, the activities of its communities and Lithuanian schools, and studies offered at Vytautas Magnus University that are relevant to the youths of the Diaspora.



Events of the Diaspora MonthPlease mark the events that interest you

The discussion will raise the following questions: what do Lithuanian schools abroad mean to Lithuania and the Lithuanian Diaspora, how have these schools contributed to the preservation and strengthening of Lithuanian identity in the Diaspora, and how familiar are we with the world of these schools?

The event is coordinated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The language of the event is Lithuanian.

The discussion will take place remotely on 1 October, from 4 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. (EEST, Lithuania time).

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When learning new languages (and revising the forgotten ones), not only do we learn how to greet someone or ask for directions, but we can also explore the entire world of culture and its values: from grammatic constructions to words with meanings understandable only by the users of one language.

During this lecture, we will discuss the paradoxes related to one of the most archaic surviving Indo-European languages, namely the Lithuanian language. Old in construction, and fast to its reaction to the rapidly advancing world. What are the challenges learning it, and why should we learn it anyways? During the lecture, we will answer all these questions and introduce your next natural step towards comprehensive knowledge of Lithuanian language and culture, namely, online non-formal education programme of Lithuanian Language and Culture Studies for Foreigners and Lithuanian Diaspora.

The event is organized by Vytautas Magnus University.

The online lecture will be held by Agnė Poderytė, who teaches Lithuanian language at Vytautas Magnus university (VMU) and runs a VMU summer school platform - Baltic Summer University.

The lecture will be held remotely on 7 October, 3 p.m. (EEST, Lithuania time).

Registration is open till October 6th. 12 p.m. (EEST)

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Presentation will be held in Lithuanian, in person or remotely, at President Valdas Adamkus Library-Museum, Kaunas, 8 October, 4 p.m. (EEST).

Alfonso Eidinto knygoje „Lietuva ir masinė išeivystė 1868–2020 metais“ aptariamos masinės lietuvių emigracijos bangos, jų atsiradimas ir Lietuvos visuomenės bei politikų reakcija į jas. Keliamas nepaprastai svarbus klausimas – kaip emigracijos centrų buvimas veikia dabartinę išeivystę, koks yra tėvynės poveikis išeivijai, kaip tai veikia tautos egzistenciją, kokios kyla mintys dėl pačios emigracijos ir jos naudingumo ar žalos tautos bei valstybės raidai.
Knygos pristatyme dalyvaus knygos autorius, istorikai prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius ir dr. Daiva Dapkutė.

Norinčius dalyvauti kviečiame užpildyti registracijos anketą:

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Starting from the 1860s large waves of migration created Lithuanian communities in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Australia and other countries. Different reasons of migration (predominantly economic ones before 1940, or political ones in case of the WWII refugees following the Second Soviet occupation in 1944) notwithstanding, Lithuanians created their own social networks, voluntary associations and indulged in various cultural and social practices that were bringing their community together.

One of such practices was sport. In this lecture we aim at explaining the role of sport in the creation of Lithuanian diaspora, diasporic ties and diasporic consciousness among Lithuanians in the World. We will examine how sports clubs and organizations contributed to the socialization of “Lithuanian causes” among young Lithuanian migrants. We will explain how some of the prominent athletes of Lithuanian descent became heroes widely followed within the “Lithuanian world”. And we will look into ways in which sports were deepening bonds between Lithuania and Lithuanians abroad and among various Lithuanian migrant communities.

The event is organized by Vytautas Magnus University.

The lecture will be held remotely on 14 October, 3 p.m. (EEST).

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The module is intended for teachers of Lithuanian heritage schools.

This spring, Education Academy of Vytautas Magnus University starts the module lectures and seminars to help pre-school and primary school teachers. The module is based on didactics, pedagogy, psychology. The module also includes pedagogical practice.

During the seminar we will share insights on methods and Lithuanian language teaching materials for Lithuanian heritage schools. Teachers will share their experience and recommendations.

The event is organized by Vytautas Magnus University

The lecture will be held remotely on 15 October, 3 p.m. (EEST).

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VMU has maintained a close relationship with the Lithuanian Diaspora for over three decades. The university will host discussions in its spaces and will welcome participation by members of world Lithuanian communities, academicians, politicians, teachers and pupils of Lithuanian schools, representatives of Lithuania’s organizations that unite world Lithuanians and everyone who is interested in getting to know the Lithuanian Diaspora better.

The forum, which will take place on 21 October, will be organized by Lithuanian World Community (LWC) together with Vytautas Magnus University and the Association for Getting to Know World Lithuanians (AGKWL). The event can be attended in person or remotely.

The forum will consider how to maintain a connection with the Lithuanian Diaspora, review the activities of Lithuanian communities operating abroad, and discuss the goals of world Lithuanian regional communities (world Lithuanians from Alytus, Anykščiai etc.) as well as youth organizations that have assembled in Lithuania.

Participation in forum is possible in person, at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas, or remotely on Zoom. The event will also be broadcast on VMU’s YouTube channel and LWC’s Facebook page.

Those who wish participate on Zoom are requested to register before 20 October, 12 p.m. (EEST). Those who would like to attend in person at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas have to register before 15 October.

The event programme and more detailed conditions for participation will be available soon on the websites of the World Lithuanian Community and Vytautas Magnus University.

More information about participation possibilities and registration to the event.

We invite you to an online study fair for Lithuanian diaspora – about studies, studying and opportunities for world Lithuanians at Vytautas Magnus University. Study fair will take place online at the 27th and 28th of October.

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At this fair You will get acquainted with the formal and non-formal study opportunities offered by Vytautas Magnus University.
During the event you will find out about:

  • possibilities to study at VMU remotely;
  • international opportunities offered by the University (internships, exchanges, traineeships);
  • possibilities to study at VMU in Lithuanian and in English.
  • support provided by the University and the Lithuanian state to foreign Lithuanians, as well as scholarships for students studying Lithuanian migration and diaspora processes;
  • presentations of our faculties LIVE and ask questions about specific study programs;
  • Opportunities to study Lithuanian language, culture and history at VMU;
  • Experiences shared by world Lithuanians studying at the University.

Event is organized by Vytautas Magnus University.


Study fair will be held online:

October 27, 3-5 p.m. (EEST time) - in Lithuanian, focusing on studies, available in Lithuanian at VMU.
October 28, 3-5 p.m. (EEST time) - in English, focusing on studies, available in English at VMU.

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    VMU – University of the Diaspora

    Ever since 1989, VMU has operated and has been recognized as the university of the Diaspora. Almost every one of its faculties has established close relations with the scientists and artists of the Lithuanian Diaspora and has implemented projects that were a result of joint efforts by Lithuanian and Diaspora scientists.

    Over this time period, the university’s community has been joined by such world Lithuanians as Algirdas Avižienis, Bronius Vaškelis, Liucija Baškauskaitė, Arvydas Žygas, Milda Danytė, Viktorija Skrupskelytė, Algis Mickūnas, Birutė Galdikas, Emilija Sakadolskienė, Romas Vaštokas, Violetta Parutis, Dovilė Budrytė and many others. Organized events have included the Lithuanian Language and Culture Course, training for teachers of Lithuanian schools, project of Baltic centres, summer courses, and a traineeship programme for world Lithuanians.

    In 2013, the university launched the platform of World Lithuanian University (WLU), whose main activities include a diaspora education programme for the Lithuanian society and the world Lithuanian community, promotion of the history of world Lithuanians, focus on the cooperation between world Lithuanian scientists and researchers as well as students and world Lithuanians who seek to educate and become educated.

    This year, as the synergy increased between VMU and its partners who also devote special attention to the affairs of the Lithuanian Diaspora, the event series in October will aim to promote and reinforce the perception that the Lithuanian Diaspora is a part of Lithuania.