Live Broadcast of Conference Dedicated to the Baltic Way
During the first day of the conference, a discussion will take place in the Great Hall of the University of Latvia about the development models chosen by the Baltic countries and Eastern Europe, and the most important lessons taught by the geopolitical reality of today.
The second day of the conference will take place in the former KGB building on Brīvības iela, currently open to public as part of the project “Corner House. Case No. 1914/2014”, and it will be made up of two thematic divisions. The first will look into the individual under totalitarian rule, and the opportunities the individual has – collaboration, adaptation and resistance. The second part will deal with collective European memory. The past several decades have shown that equal treatment of crimes perpetrated by Communists and Nazis is one of the main challenges faced by the emerging collective European memory.
Participants in the conference are 32 political and cultural figures from Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Spain, France, Bulgaria, the United States, and Switzerland, including President of the German Bundestag Norbert Lammert, ex-President of Latvia Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People Refat Chubarov, Jan Kubik, Department Chair of Political Science at Rutgers University (the United States), the founder of Popular Front of Estonia (Rahvarinne), MEP Marju Lauristin, economist and politician, Warsaw School of Economics Professor Leszek Balcerowicz, political scientist Vita Matiss, former Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, now Member of the Ukrainian Parliament Mustafa Dzhemilev.
The conference will close with a moment of silence in memory of the victims of Stalinism and Nazism at 6 p.m. on the 22nd of August at the Corner House, when participants in the conference will light candles at the memorial “Black Threshold” created by sculptor Gļebs Panteļejevs. Minister of Foreign Affairs Edgars Rinkēvičs, Gints Grūbe, the curator of the “Riga 2014” thematic line “Freedom Street”, and Diāna Čivle, the Head of the “Riga 2014” foundation, will deliver speeches during the commemorative event. Also participating in the event will be the University of Latvia mixed choir “Juventus”. Anyone is welcome to attend the event.
The conference is organised by the “Riga 2014” foundation and the Latvian Academy of Sciences in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.