Madison Vilnius Sister Cities Annual 2014 Banquet

Posted by v.gediminas on April 18, 2014


See MVSC 2014 Banquet and the Ambassador visit to Madison pictures.
MVSC was honored and pleased to welcome Lithuania’s ambassador in the US, the Honorable Žygimantas Pavilionis, to two significant events in Madison. On Fri., May 2, Amb. Pavilionis spoke on the University of Wisconsin campus, at the Pyle Center, to an eclectic audience of students, academics, MVSC members, and the Madison community. He introduced his topic, Lithuania –Start Up Nation, with 2 dynamic videos, one on Lithuanian business and the other on Lithuanian education. These can be found on YouTube at :

Questions from the audience turned to the topic of Russian involvement in the Ukraine and the ambassador answered very frankly and gravely. This event was co-sponsored by CREECA (Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia), MVSC and  EUCE (European Union Center of Excellence).

The next day, Saturday, May 3, the ambassador was guest of honor and speaker at the annual MVSC banquet, held in the attractive Madison Club. After a delicious banquet of Lithuanian-inspired food, the Ambassador spoke more intimately of the subjects covered in the previous day’s talk, and encouraged more interaction between Lithuanian groups in the US and Lithuania. Madison’s Lithuanian community was delighted to meet the Ambassador and look forward to a return visit.