The Isaiah Berlin Day in Riga 2013 was held on October 9 at the premises of the Museum of the History of Riga and Navigation. The event was opened by the youth debate about the future of the European Union „EU is doomed” followed by the expert discussion „What we have learned from the Euro crisis (so far)?” and screening of the BBC documentary about life and times of Isaiah Berlin „Isaiah Berlin: Freedom and Its Enemies”. The fifth Isaiah Berlin Memorial Lecture was delivered by John Gray, British political philosopher.
14:30 – 15:30 Youth debates: The EU is doomed
In partnership with Latvian Debate Association
15:50 – 17:20 Panel discussion "What we have learned from the Euro crisis (so far)?"
Ivars Ijabs, Assistant Professor at the University of Latvia, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Political Science
Kristi Raik, Researcher, Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Tim King, Editor, European Voice
Roberts Ķīlis, politician and academic, Latvia
Moderator: Robert Cottrell, Editor, The Browser
17:45 – 18:35 Documentary "Isaiah Berlin: Freedom and Its Enemies"
A television documentary about the life and times of Isaiah Berlin, narrated by Michael Ignatieff and produced by David Herman, first broadcast in Britain, on BBC 2, in November 1997. This is the second part of a two-part. The first part, “The Making Of A Hedgehog”, was shown before last year’s lecture.
This showing will be introduced by David Herman
19:00 – 20:30 The Fifth Isaiah Berlin Memorial Lecture “Isaiah Berlin and the Meaning of Freedom”
John Gray, British political philosopher
Introductory remarks by Andris Aukmanis, Executive Director, Soros Foundation – Latvia