PROGRAM

The event includes the solemn introduction with Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, the Leader of democratic Belarus and other distinguished political leaders from participating countries. The forum will be moderated by Professor Jenik Radon (Harriman Institute, Columbia University), the father of the idea of the event. The program is centered around four panels, which address the main areas of Kościuszko’s legacy: democracy, the rule of law, security and social innovations as modern bridges to freedom and liberty. The final version of the program will be shared before the forum. The forum will start at 2 pm EET and is planned to finish at 7.00 EET. It will be held virtually. Eastern European Time is 7 hours difference from US Eastern Standard time. Please use time zone converter to be sure about the timing.

2.00 pm
EET
Welcome
Music interlude
Moderator: Professor Jenik Radon, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, U.S.
2.10 pm
EET
Opening Remarks
1. Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania
2. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of democratic Belarus
3. Gerald E. Connolly, Congressman, U.S., President of NATO Parliamentary Assembly
4. Róża Gräfin von Thun und Hohenstein, Member of the European Parliament
5. Prof. h. c. Dr. Karl A. Lamers, German Federal Parliament
6. Asta Skaisgirytė, Chief Advisor to the President of the Republic of Lithuania
7. Ambassador (ret.) Kenneth S. Yalowitz, U.S.
2.45 pm
EET
Bridge I
Kościuszko - His Life, His Legacy
The Bridge I will address Kościuszko’s leadership, his fight for freedom and liberty for Lithuania, Belarus, Poland, Ukraine and U.S., and how his legacy continues to live on.
Moderator: Marci Shore, Associate Professor of History at Yale University and Visiting Fellow at the Institüt für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna
Poetry reading: To Kościuszko - John Keats (1816) Grace Pan
1. Professor John Micgiel, Studium Europy Wschodniej, University of Warsaw, Poland
2. Assoc. Professor Victor Martinovich, European Humanities University, Vilnius, Lithuania. What is Freedom: From Kosciuszko to Belarus 2020
3. Assoc. Professor Dovilė Sagatienė, Mykolas Romeris University Law School,
Gediminas Kazėnas, Mykolas Romeris University Institute of Political Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania
4. Jimmy Cockroft, Mayor, Kosciusko, Mississippi, U.S.
5. Professor Alexander John Motyl, Rutgers University, Newark, N.J., U.S.
Q&A
3.35 pm
EET
Bridge II
Governance, Human Rights and Challenges to the Rule of Law
The Bridge II will discuss the importance of having robust institutions of governance and progressive judiciary and lawyering in ensuring justice, the core value of freedom, both nationally and internationally.
Moderator: David Schultz, Hamline Distinguished University Professor, U.S.
Poetry reading: To Kościuszko – Leigh Hunt (1815) Catherine Day
1. Koen Lenaerts, The President of the Court of Justice of the European Union, Luxembourg
2. Hanna Suchocka, former Prime Minister of Poland, Professor, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland
3. Dainius Žalimas, The President of the Constitutional Court, Vilnius, Lithuania
4. Alexandra M. Smith, President, American Constitution Society, William & Mary Law School Chapter, Williamsburg, Virginia, U.S.
5. Professor Jenik Radon, Harriman Institute, Columbia University, U.S.
Q&A
4.30 pm
EET
Bridge III
Freedom and Security
The Bridge III will underscore the importance, as the supporting pillars of freedom, of national security, buttressed by a common defense strategy, as well as stability, in Central and Eastern Europe, U.S. and Asia.
Moderator: Edward Lucas, author, Times columnist and Nonresident Senior Fellow, Center for European Policy Analysis
Movie about Kościuszko
1. Prof. h. c. Dr. Karl A. Lamers, Deputy Chairman of the Defense Committee of the German Parliament, former President of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly, Germany
2. Ian Brzezinski, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Atlantic Council, Washington, D.C., U.S.
3. Žygimantas Pavilionis, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Seimas, Lithuania
4. 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.
5. Carson Wen, former Deputy, representing Hong Kong, to the National People’s Congress of China, Hong Kong
Q&A
5.35 pm
EET
Bridge IV
Solidifying Kościuszko’s Legacy – Social Innovations
The Bridge IV will discuss how education, freedom of movement and progressive innovation are the necessary social building blocks cementing Kościuszko’s legacy.
Moderator: Ambassador Audra Plepytė, Permanent Represantative of the Republic to Lithuania to the United Nations, the President of UNICEF Executive Board for 2021
Young Voices
Adas 13, Lithuanian
‍Miron 16, Belarusian
Ksienija 15, Belarusian
Evelina 13, Pole
Hanna 17, Belarusian
Rae 17, American
Pilip 18, Belarusian
1. Michael Ignatieff, Rector of Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, Vienna, Austria
2. Dr. Miriam Feldblum, Co-founder and Executive Director of Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Washington D.C., U.S.
3. 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, U.S.
4. Minna-Liina Lind, Ambassador at Large for Human Rights, Foreign Ministry of Estonia, Tallinn, Estonia
5. 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
Q&A
6.30 pm
EET
Closing remarks

Professor Jenik Radon, Harriman Institute, Columbia University
African-American freedom songs. “We shall overcome” - P. Seeger; by David Dickens. & The Powell Boyz