Lithuania Program

On March 11, 1990, Lithuania declared its independence.  Or rather, on that day Lithuania reasserted its independence, one initially won after World War I. Free elections held in February 1990 had brought a non-communist government to power and the new government’s first act was to change its name from the Supreme Soviet of the Lithuanian SSR to the Supreme Council of the Republic of Lithuania.  With this change made, its members voted at 10:44pm to declare the re-establishment of Lithuanian independence.  Lithuania thus became the first Soviet Republic to attempt to secede from the Soviet Union.  It would take almost two years for independence to be guaranteed and only after the USSR itself dissolved at the end of 1991.

In 2020, the 30th anniversary of Lithuania's Declaration of Independence in 1990 corresponded with the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the Havighurst Center for Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. This provided a perfect opportunity to launch a new initiative: The Lithuania Program. 

Led by Associate Professor of Anthropology and Havighurst Center Faculty Associate, Dr. Neringa Klumbytė, the Lithuanian Program sponsors the undergraduate Lithuanian Club, brings one speaker to campus each year, and helps students wanting to study in Lithuania find the right program. The Havighurst Center will also start holding regular summer workshops in the Baltics under the auspices of this initiative.

For more, contact Dr. Klumbytė, or the Center’s Director, Dr. Stephen Norris.