Public lecture about Thanksgiving Day with the US Embassy to Lithuania

2016-11-14 Institute News

On Tuesday, November 22nd, 11:30 am the Institute will have a pleasure to welcome guests from the US Embassy to Lithuania. Mrs Althea Cawley-Murphee, the Assistant Public Affairs Officer at the embassy, will give a lecture about one of the most important holidays in the US – Thanksgiving Day!

She will talk a little about traditions and customs, but most of this lecture will be about how the story of Pilgrims and Native Americans sharing a meal 400 years ago became part of the American national identity and how they explain the origins of the United States. 


Several political dimensions of the holiday will also be discussed in detail, too. Those are:

- the historical significance of the Mayflower Compact, one of the first self-governance documents in the U.S;

- the diplomacy practiced by both groups including the signing of a treaty;

- the political battle in the U.S. in the 1800s for a story that would definite our national identity;

- the current struggle in the USA to deal with the history of affairs with Native Americans. 


Taking into account the most recent events in the US, namely, one of the largest political protests by Native Americans in U.S. history, which is now underway at a place called Standing Rock, this lecture gains even more relevance. The presenter will talk about the situation in North Dakota, which gets a lot of media coverage as well as attracts a lot of attention from the public. Copies of articles about the events will be handed out afterward. 

The lecture is a part of the curriculum of the first year students within the English language subject but is also open to the public.

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