World-renowned French writer, film director, and photographer Alain Fleischer has been awarded an honorary doctoral degree by EHU. In a ceremony that took place on EHU’s campus in Vilnius, Fleischer reiterated the importance of continued dialog between artists and academia. For him, the awarding of the honorary degree symbolized a “dialogue between the arts and the humanities, between practice and theory, between all means of artistic expression, tradition and modernity, and certainly between two countries—France and Belarus.”
Since 2002 Fleischer has been regularly visiting Belarus, where he has held film retrospectives, participated in film festivals, and exhibited his works. He has also given lectures on film and photography, and has held workshops and master classes for EHU students. Alain Fleischer is the founding director of Le Fresnoy–Studio national des arts contemporains.
“From all my heart I am grateful to EHU for the honor. I admire all EHU faculty, staff, and students who had to go through such an ordeal when the university was closed,” said Fleischer upon accepting the degree. He was referring to EHU's forced closure by Belarusian authorities in 2004, which led to the University's relocation from Minsk to Vilnius.
On behalf of the University, the Chairman of EHU's Senate Pavel Tereshkovich thanked Fleischer for his contribution to the development of EHU, for his lectures, and his films. His words were echoed by the Head of EHU’s Media Department Almira Ousmanova, who thanked Fleischer for being involved with the University for so many years and for his contributions to Belarusian culture.
Fleischer was awarded the honorary doctorate for his outstanding contributions to the development of education in the areas of arts and culture and his contributions to strengthening cultural cooperation between France and Belarus.
He is the fourteenth person to receive an honorary doctorate from EHU. For more about previous awardees, please click here.