LIBERTY AND FREEDOM:
KOŚCIUSZKO’S LEGACY

Virtual International Forum on Freedom and Liberty on the occasion of 275th anniversary of the birth of Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko

04
2021

Welcome To “Liberty and Freedom: Kościuszko’s Legacy” – an international forum commemorating and celebrating the 275th anniversary of the birth of a Polish-Lithuanian-Belarusian-American hero, Tadeusz Kościuszko. We celebrate Kościuszko’s inspiring contribution and legacy in Vilnius, Lithuania, on the date of his birth, February 4th, to be broadcasted worldwide.

European Humanities UniversityAndrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko Portrate

Opening Remarks

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Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen
Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Leader of democratic Belarus
Gerald E. Connolly
Congressman, U.S, President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly
Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein
Member of the European Parliament
Prof. h. c. Dr. Karl A. Lamers
German Federal Parliament
Asta Skaisgirytė
Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania
Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz
U.S.
Prof. h. c. Dr. Karl A. Lamers
German Federal Parliament
Asta Skaisgirytė
Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania
Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz
U.S.

Speakers

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Ian Brzezinski
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C., U.S.
Jimmy Cockroft
Mayor, Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.
Dr. Miriam Feldblum
Co-founder and Executive Director of Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Washington D.C., U.S.
Michael Ignatieff
Rector of Central European University, Budapest and Vienna, Hungary/Austria
Prof. h. c. Dr. Karl A. Lamers
Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the German Parliament, former Vice-President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Germany
Koen Lenaerts
The President of the Court of Justice of the European Union
Minna-Liina Lind
Ambassador at Large for Human Rights, Foreign Ministry of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
Oleksandr Merezhko
Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Committee on Foreign Policy and Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation, Ukraine
Professor John Micgiel
Studium Europy Wschodniej, University of Warsaw, Poland, former President of Kościuszko Foundation in U.S.
Professor Alexander John Motyl
Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., U.S.
Assoc. Professor Victor Martinovich
European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania.
Stephen Olejasz
US Army (Retired), Vice President American Association of the Friends of Kościuszko at West Point, Former Chief Coalition Affairs Policy, The Joint Staff, U.S.
Žygimantas Pavilionis
Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas, Lithuania
Professor Jenik Radon
Harriman Institute, Columbia University, U.S.
Assoc. Professor Dovilė Sagatienė
Mykolas Romeris University Law School, Vilnius, Lithuania
Tomasz Sieniow
President of the Board of the Rule of Law Institute and an Associate Professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
Alexandra M. Smith
President of American Constitution Society of The College of William and Mary in Virginia, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
Professor Hanna Suchocka
Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Leader of democratic Belarus and a human rights activist
Evan Welber
Attorney, American Bar Association Justice Defenders Program, and Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Fellow, formerly at Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, New York, U.S.
Carson Wen
Former Deputy, representing Hong Kong, to the National People’s Congress of China, Hong Kong
Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz
Adjunct professor at Georgetown University, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC.
Dainius Žalimas
The President of the Constitutional Court, Vilnius, Lithuania

The forum aims at highlighting how freedom and liberty can inspire and shape the developments in Central and Eastern Europe, focusing on Belarus, Ukraine and the Baltics, and advance collaboration and engagement among Europe and with the U.S. on freedom and liberty.

Law, politics, human rights and history experts from all over the world will speak at the international forum. The event will be attended by:

Leader of democratic Belarus Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya
Former Polish Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka,
President of the Court of Justice of the European Union Koen Lenaerts,
Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the German Parliament Karl A. Lamers,
US security expert Ian Brzezinski,
Central European University Rector Michael Ignatieff
and many others.

The event will gather political leaders, renowned lawyers, freedom activists, historians and other speakers from different regions and beyond in the field of foreign policy, law, history and social innovation.

Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko Portrate
Unknown artist. Tadeusz Kościuszko. 19th Century. The item is stored at the Lithuanian National Museum of Art

"He was as pure a son of Liberty as I have ever known and of that Liberty which is to go to all and not to the few or to the rich alone"

Thomas Jefferson

Principal author of U.S. Declaration of Independence and third President of the United States

“A noble volunteer in the cause of liberty in the New World and a fearless advocate for the freedom of his native land in the Old”

Niles’ Register

First national weekly news magazine in the United States, founded 1811

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