Guest Lecture

Embassy of Lithuania in Helsinki and Aleksanteri Institute of the University of Helsinki organised a guest lecture of

MEP Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis
Lithuanian Sajūdis and the Singing Revolution"

Introduction by H.E. Pertti Salolainen, Chair of Foreign Affairs Committee,
Parliament of Finland

Time: Friday, 23 May, 2008, at 14:30
Place: University of Helsinki, Main building, Runeberg hall, Unioninkatu 34

The late 20th century events in Central and Eastern Europe, which were marked by the appearance of independence movements in the Baltic States and resulted in the breakdown of the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, constituted an extraordinary historic period. These were the most fundamental changes Europe experienced after the World War II that determined the end of the Cold War and a new framework of Europe.

Lithuanian Independence Movement Sajūdis played the major role in restoring the independent Lithuanian state in 1990. Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis was member of the group which founded the Sąjūdis movement in 1988, and the first Chairman of the Sajūdis Council (1988-1990).

In 1990-1992, Vytautas Landsbergis was President of the Constitutional Assembly (parliament) of the Republic of Lithuania, which adopted Act “On the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania”, and Head of State during the first years of independence marked with united resistance of Lithuanian people against the Soviet military aggression on January 13, 1991.

An intellectual, who has been active in Lithuania's political arena for two decades, Professor Landsbergis is a world established politician and currently member of European Parliament.


14:30 - 14:35 Welcoming words
14:35 - 15:30 Guest lecture
15:30 - 16:30 Opening of the photoexhibition “Lithuanian road to independence”

Invitation (doc)