Imagining Lithuania: 100 Visions

Imagining Lithuania: 100 Visions

11 Apr 2018, 13:00 - 14:00

The Cross-Cultural Hub

This year, Lithuania (1918 – 2018) celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence. In the years since 1918, Lithuania has assumed its place in European and world history and developed a modern civil society that understands the importance of freedom and the duties that come with it. This discussion is an opportunity to revisit Lithuania’s hundred-year modern history through an exploration of political, academic and cultural visions.  The history of twentieth century Lithuania is a story of the tenacious efforts by its society to rebuild a free country and the constant attempts by outside forces to suppress that freedom and impose their own rule and visions for the future. The dreams advanced by Lithuania’s national governments, public organisations and people reflect both a desire to create an independent future and a constant confrontation with historical reality, presenting us with an opportunity to explore Lithuanian history from different perspectives, revealing the contradictions, dynamism and diversity of the past century. These visions can also help us understand Lithuanian history and culture within a broader European and global context.


  • Edward Lucas


    Writer, editor and consultant specialising in European and transatlantic security

    Edward Lucas is a writer and consultant specialising in European and transatlantic security. His expertise also includes energy, cybersecurity,...

  • Marija Drėmaitė


    Architectural historian, Associate Professor

    Vilnius University, Lithuania

    Marija Drėmaitė is an Associate Professor at Vilnius University, Faculty of History. She holds a PhD in History of Architecture (2006). Her research...

  • Eglė Rindzevičiūtė


    Senior Lecturer in Sociology

    Kingston University, London

    Eglė Rindzevičiūtė is a researcher in the field of culture studies. She has a long-standing interest in the development and legacy of cybernetics and...

  • Tomas Venclova


    Professor Emeritus of Slavonic Literature

    Yale University

    Tomas Venclova is a Lithuanian poet, prose writer and literary critic of world renown and the best known representative of Lithuanian culture. He is...

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