The Centenary of the Birth of Sir Isaiah Berlin

Session Chair: Ian Buruma

10:00 – 10:20 Introductory remarks: Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga, Mārcis Auziņš (Rector of the University of Latvia), Inta Brikše (Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia), Andris Aukmanis (Executive Director, Soros Foundation – Latvia)

10:20 – 11:30 Henry Hardy, „Isaiah Berlin in Person”

11:45 – 13:00 Steven Lukes, „Isaiah Berlin The Liberal”

14:00 – 15:30 Avishai Margalit „Isaiah Berlin, Home and Homeland”

Venue: Small Guild, Amatu iela 3/5, Riga

Chair: Nils Muižnieks

19:00 – 19:10 Introduction: Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga

19:10 – 20:00 Timothy Garton Ash: „Isaiah Berlin, Europe, and Diversity”

June 2nd

Venue: Small Guild, Amatu iela 3/5, Riga

Session Chair: Gideon Lichfield

09:00 – 09:15 Introductory remarks: Evan Zimroth

09:15 – 10:15 Gershon Hundert: „Isaiah Berlin, Jewish History and Biography”

10:30 – 11:30 Aivars Stranga: „The Jews of Riga”

11:45 – 13:15 Barry Rubin: „What Would Isaiah Berlin Say About Israel Today?”

14:15 – 17:00 Bus tour of Riga ghetto, and Rumbula massacre site

17:00 – 18:30 Discussion at the Jewish Community Center, Skolas iela 6: „The Jewish Community in Riga Today”, with Arkady Sukharenko

June 3rd

Venue: Small Guild, Amatu iela 3/5, Riga

Session Chair: Pauls Raudseps

09:00 – 09:15 Introductory remarks: Pauls Raudseps

09:15 – 10:15 Aryeh Neier in conversation with Charles Grant: „On Positive Liberty”

10:15 – 11:15 Ian Buruma in conversation with Bill Emmott: „Isaiah Berlin as a public intellectual”

11:30 – 12:45 Larry Siedentop: „Isaiah Berlin and the Enlightment?”

Session Chair: Robert Cottrell

14:00 – 14:45 Tatyana Pozdnyakova „Akhmatova and Isaiah Berlin”

15:00 – 15:45 Jon Stallworthy: „The Philosopher King, the poet’s subject”

16:00 – 16:45 Extracts from Jonathan Levi’s opera, „Guest from the Future”

17:00 – 18:00 Justin Cartwright: „The Song Before It is Sung”

18:15 – 19:15 Paul Delany „Isaiah Berlin and the Animal Instinct”

Venue: Great Guild, Amatu iela 6, Riga

19:30 Alla Demidova reads poetry of Anna Akhmatova (in Russian)

Venue: K. Suns, Elizabetes iela 83/85 k.3, Riga

21:30 – 22:30 Arkady Ostrovsky: „The Coast of Utopia”. A night owl session with drinks in a cinema. Moderated by Baņuta Rubess

June 4th

Venue: Soros Auditorium, Stockholm Schools of Economics, Strēlnieku iela 4a, Riga

15:30 – 17:30 „Liberalism in Latvia and the region today”. Discussion open to the public, led by Latvian participants in the Centenary Seminar Group, relating Berlin’s thought to practical issues in contemporary Latvian society and politics

18:30 – 20:00 „Nationalism is a threat to Europe”. Oxford-style public debate between treams of invited speakers, with questions and vote

Moderator: Charles Grant

Speakers: Ian Buruma, Maria Golubeva, Anatole Kaletsky, Edward Lucas

June 5th

Venue: Kino Riga, Elizabetes iela 61, Riga

15:00 Premier of Gints Grūbe documentary film, „Isaiah Berlin”. And of interviews given by Isaiah Berlin to Bernard Levin (1981) and Michael Ignatieff (1992). Introduction by Roberts Ķīlis

Venue: Small Guild, Amatu iela 3/5, Riga

19:30 Piano recital . Jevgeņijs Samoilovs. Beethoven and Tschaikovsky

June 6th

Venue: National Library of Latvia, Kr. Barona 14, Riga

12:30 Dr Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga unveils the Centenary Bust of Isaiah Berlin, by Anthony Stones

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