“Mind Sharpener” – a series of lively, thought-provoking talks and debates rooted in academic research but of general interest and open to everyone. Topics range from political theory to poetry, from violence in discourse to the origins of language. The idea is to bring the fruits of research to a wide and diversified audience, and let the audience become an active participant by raising questions, proposing solutions, engaging in the tasks and activities provided by the speaker.
Everything will take place in an informal and cosy atmosphere, enjoying a cup of tea or a glass of wine. All the discussions will be held in English.
“In a not-so-distant past, we could hardly imagine that we won’t need to go to a bookstore to get a book or to drive to a cinema to see a movie. But now there is nothing more natural than watching films, reading books or playing video games on the same screen of a laptop, a tablet or a phone. Media convergence dramatically changed our patterns of content consumption. But did it affect ways in which content is created and stories are told? Can the good old hero’s journey that is at the basis of all mainstream narratives withstand the trial of modern technology?”
Aiste Ptakauskė is a published author and creative content producer who successfully works across media and continents. She authored a collection of short stories and two best-selling novels for young adults, wrote five television shows, and made two documentaries. Ethnic Kitchen, Aiste Ptakauskė’s documentary about immigrant women in post- Soviet independent Lithuania, is included into curricula at several European universities. Aiste Ptakauskė is a winner of many prestigious national and international awards including an Augustinas Gricius Prize for the Best Fiction Debut in Lithuania, a Fulbright scholarship, and an Iconic Women Creating a Better World for All award from the Women Economic Forum. She is also a founder of The Ethnic Kitchen Productions, a boutique
development company that produces socially relevant audiovisual and cross media projects.
All the events will be shown live on our Facebook page.
Free entrance. Donations welcome.
Do you want to propose a talk and/or share your research with us? Contact Mind Sharpener for more info!