Discussion “I Hate History!” Live on Our Portal
The discussion will focus on whether learning history in the 21st century, at a time when you can google up anything, is worth the effort. Participants in the discussion include history teachers, schoolchildren, and respected personalities.
What good are those history classes!? What’s good about knowing that a long time ago people were doing things that nobody does today? I don’t care! But perhaps… Perhaps those people were not that different at all? Representatives of the generation for whom the historic truth held within the former KGB building may seem just “a ghost or horror story” are invited to the discussion at the Corner House.
Discussion participants: Mārtiņš Zvīdriņš (a guide at the Corner House), Aleksejs Popovs (11th-grader from the Riga State Gymnasium No. 1), Māris Antons (expert on digital media), Henriks Eliass Zēgers (young poet and author), Roberts Rasums (student of political science), Oskars Kaulēns (history teacher from “Mission Possible”), Ričards Muižnieks (11th-grader from the Riga State Gymnasium No. 2), Ģirts Jankovskis (Doctor of Philosophy), Raimonds Elbakjans (founder of “Ghetto Games”). Discussion moderator: Jānis Arājs (history teacher at the Riga State Gymnasium No. 2).
The event will close with a concert by the indie band “Gaujarts” in the courtyard of the Corner House.
The “Riga 2014” project “Corner House. Case No. 1914/2014” will be open to the public until the 19th of October, presenting the Occupation Museum's exhibition (admission free of charge), guided tours „In the KGB Basements”, and five more exhibitions - „(Re)construction of Friendship”, „A Latvian's Suitcase”, „In Spite of All”, ”Ten Objects' Stories of Person and Power” and "The Museum of Fateful Objects”, which present different interpretations of the relationship between the individual and the power in the past that still affects the people of the present day. The exhibitions at the Corner House were prepared by the “Riga 2014” foundation in collaboration with the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia, the association “Art Space”, the Exile Museum, Latvian Naïve Art Museum, culture and art project “NOASS”, the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation, and SIA “Kinolats”.
The European Capital of Culture Programme of Riga is prepared and run by the foundation “Riga 2014” in collaboration with state, municipal and non-governmental cultural organisations and creative associations. The Programme is financed by the Riga City Council, Ministry of Culture and the European Commission, and offered to the public in partnership with “Lattelecom”, which also provides technical support for the Programme. Insurance company ERGO is the official insurer of the events and exhibitions at the Corner House.