Program

Introductory eventsCultural programProgram of the Symposium

On 10 February 2022 historian Domas Boguševičius held a lecture about the idea of a university in the face of today's pragmatism. It was the first introductory event of VMU World Lithuanian University Symposium. The main goal of  these events is to dive into the discussion of scientific, artistic, and creative issues relevant to Lithuania and Lithuanians around the world in advance.

In the lecture D. Boguševičius talks about challenges that arise in and beyond the nowadays university and how to overcome the challenges on the strength of the tradition of Western academic life and experiences of Lithuania and the diaspora.

Video languag: Lithuanian.

The second introductory event of the VMU World Lithuanian University Symposium was held on 7 April 2022.

Remote working and studying between one place where you are physically present, and another where this activity is physically carried out has already become a well-known practice for both staff and students or school learners, as well as refugee and diaspora communities. The main goal of the event was to collect and summarize both the experience of previous years and during the pandemic, as well as the most recent experience of distance learning in the world and in Lithuania.

In the discussion we raised questions: would the creation of virtual university and school twins would make our life safer, cleaner and would we become closer? By maintaining vigilance will we be able to keep in mind the dangers of distance learning? How not to lose touch with physical reality and guard ourselves against the temptations of the virtual world?

The discussion was moderated by prof. Gediminas Karoblis (Norwegian University of Science and Technology)

Participants: dr. Darius Klibavičius, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
Prof. Gintautas Mažeikis, Vytautas Magnus university
Domas Boguševičius, Vytautas Magnus university
Aistė Žemaitytė, Vytautas Magnus university

The main goal of VMU World Lithuanian University Symposium introductory events is to dive into the discussion of scientific, artistic, and creative issues relevant to Lithuania and Lithuanians around the world in advance.

Video language: Lithuanian.

The poetry book „Kas buvo užrašyta vakar“ of poet, pastor Valdas Aušra was presented on 16 June 2022. It was the third VMU World Lithuanian University Symposium introductory event where Valdas Aušra and literary critic dr. Ramūnas Čičelis talked about the art of world Lithuanians under pandemic.

The poems in the poetry collection of Valdas Aušra, who lives in the USA, capture the crisis states of humanity surviving the pandemic and the individual's ability to find something to enjoy even in particularly difficult situations. „Kas buvo užrašyta vakar“ tells the reader about what daily life and communion are at a time when many care only about themselves.

Video language: Lithuanian.

Information will be available soon.

The exhibition will be opened on 26th of October, 6PM in The Valdas Adamkus Presidential Library-Museum (S.Daukanto g. 25, Kaunas).

The exhibition will be presented by prof. Dalia Kuizinienė and the curator of the exhibition Inesa Kuliavaitė-Čepaitienė. The exhibition will be available until 30th of December, 2022.

This is a preliminary program of the event.
Final program will be announced during September.

16.00–16.15
Opening

16.15–17.15
FREEDOM AND ITS FORMS

Moderator:
prof. Egidijus ALEKSANDRAVIČIUS, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Speakers:
Domas BOGUŠEVIČIUS, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
University and freedom of thought (LT)

prof. Gediminas KAROBLIS, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lithuania/Norway
Freedom of expression (LT)

dr. Judita SEDAITIS, New York City College of Technology, USA
Freedom, tolerance and liberation (EN)

Rimas ČUPLINSKAS, MB Umlautmedia, Lietuva
About freedom and anti-fragility (LT)

17.30–18.00
Keynote dr. Andriy NAHACHEWSKY, University of Alberta, Canada
Ukrainian diasporas: Past, present, and possible futures (EN)

18.00–18.45
Discussion

19.00
Buffet

9.15–9.55
Morning coffee

10.00–12.00
WHO CARRIES THE FLAME WHEN IT'S DARK? THE TRADITION OF THE UNIVERSITY OF LITHUANIA IN LITHUANIA AND EXILE (EN)

Moderators:
doc. dr. Daiva Kristina KUZMICKAITĖ, Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania
dr. Ilona STRUMICKIENĖ, Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania

Speakers:
dr. Mykolas DRUNGA, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania
VMU Re-Envisioned in the West (EN)

Ann SENN, USA
Carrying the Light From the Lithuanian University to Wisconsin and Back to Kaunas – Legacy of  Senns (EN)

dr. Indrė ČUPLINSKAS, University of Alberta, Canada
St. Antanas Institute of Religious Studies – VMU in Žemaitija (EN)

12.00–13.50
Break

14.00–16.00
THE REALITY OF EDUCATION IN THE FACE OF VIRTUALISATION

Moderators:
prof. Gediminas KAROBLIS, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Lithuania/Norway
Domas BOGUŠEVIČIUS, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Speakers:
Indrė GRIGARAVIČIŪTĖ, Kongsberg Digital AS, Lithuanian/Norway
Strategic Focus and Knowledge Management (LT)

dr. Jolita BUZAITYTĖ-KAŠALYNIENĖ, Vilnius University, Lithuania
Lessons from forced universal distant education: disembodied relationships, collapsed emotional containers and sociophobia (LT)

16.00–16.30
Afternoon coffee

19.00
Evening program

9.30–9.55
Morning coffee

10.00–10.40
Reflection of previous sessions

10.50–11.50
THRIVING UNDER UNPREDICTABLE CONDITIONS

Moderator:
dr. Darius UDRYS, Vilnius University, USA

Speakers:
prof. Saulius GENIUŠAS, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Productive imagination and self-realization in unpredictable conditions (LT)

Kristina DRYŽA, Lithuania/ Australia
Finding Certainty in an Uncertain World (EN)

11.50–12.15
Coffee break

12.20–13.50
Discussion

14.00–15.30
Break

15.40–17.00
OPEN DISCUSSIONS:

Forms of freedom at university (Moderator: prof. Egidijus ALEKSANDRAVIČIUS)
Forms of freedom in education (Moderator: Domas BOGUŠEVIČIUS)
Forms of freedom under unpredictable conditions (Moderator: dr. Darius UDRYS)

17.00–18.30
Closing remarks and wine