Public lecture about Thanksgiving Day with the US Embassy to Lithuania - 2016 11 22
On November 22nd, the Institute had the pleasure to welcome guests from the US Embassy to Lithuania. Mrs Althea Cawley-Murphee, the Assistant Public Affairs Officer and Cultural Attache at the embassy, gave a lecture about one of the most important holidays in the US – Thanksgiving Day!
She talked a little about traditions and customs, but most of the lecture was 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 were discussed in detail, too. Those wee:
- 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 was of even greater relevance and usefulness to the students of political science.
The lecture was a part of the curriculum of the first year students within the English language subject but was also open to the public.
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