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2013-06-15 00:00:01

Damušis Democracy Studies Centre Opened at MRU

damusisopening June 15th, the daily newspaper, "Lietuvos Žinios" reports that the Adolfas Damušis Democracy Studies Centre was opened at Mykolas Romeris University (MRU) on June 13th, 2013.

On June 13th, dignitaries, Seimas parliament members and MRU academics were on hand for the opening of the Adolfas Damušis Democracy Studies Centre  established marking the 105th anniversary of the birth of chemist, inventor, statesman, academic, professor Adolfas Damušis (1908-2003) whose birthday is celebrated June 16th.

MRU Vice-Rector for Education Assoc. Prof. Giedrius Viliūnas made introductory remarks at the event along with MRU Institute of Humanities Director Robertas Jurgaitis.

Damušis' daughter, Ambassador Gintė Damušytė, along with Seimas parliament members Valdas Vasiliauskas, Povilas Gylys, former Ambassador of Lithuania to Spain Vytautas Dambrava, journalist Vidmantas Valiušaitis, MRU Humanities Institute Director Robertas Jurgaitis and others attended the event officially opening the Centre.

The goal of the Centre will be to conduct research on Lithuania, its independence and also the period of Russian occupation of the country. It will also study the opposition of Lithuanians to the occupation and authoritarian regimes and mark those individuals that were at the forefront of defending democracy and its values during the darkest days of the country.

Professor Damušis was one of the organizers and leaders of the June revolt in 1941 and minister of the Provisional Government of Lithuania. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1947 and it was only in 1997, six years before his death, that he returned to Lithuania with his wife, Jadvyga.

He was an academician of the Lithuanian Catholic Academy of Science (1964), a professor of Detroit University (1973-1983), winner of Stasys Šalkauskis Prize (1981) and an Honorary Doctor of Vytautas Magnus University (1997).

Damušis, the chemist, was an inventor who obtained 24 patents for his inventions in the field of polymer chemistry in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and France.