Isaiah Berlin Day in Riga 2013

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

Photo gallery from Isaiah Berlin Day in Riga 2013

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