The most important role of the Romanian Academy is to defend the national identity, Academy President Ionel-Valentin Vlad declared in the opening of a Monday’s solemn session dedicated to the 150th anniversary of this forum.
“Today’s Academy, just as the yesterday’s and future one, looks ahead with full confidence in the virtues and power of life of the Romanian people. The prominent role of the Academy is to defend our identity, meaning its deep, unrepeatable spiritual values,” said Vlad.
In his address in the Academy’s auditorium, Vlad reviewed the 150-year work of this forum, recalling prestigious characters of the institution and the country, such as King Carol I, Ion Ghica, Victor Babes, Emil Racovita, Grigore Antipa, Anghel Saligny, Gheorghe Marinescu, Hermann Oberth, Stefan Odobleja, Nicolae Iorga, Lucian Blaga, Tudor Vianu, Constantin Radulescu-Motru, Horia Hulubei, Henri Coanda.
“By celebrating the Romanian Academy at its 150 years, we celebrate Romania,” said president Klaus Iohannis in his message, making an eulogy to its role of landmark of competence for the future elite generations and for the Romanian intellectual personalities living and working abroad for long time.
“Today, the Academy is a node of a whole network of research centres, collaborating with prestigious institutions abroad. Within our society, this high institution is a landmark of competence for the future elite generations and for the Romanian intellectual personalities living and working abroad for long time. The capital of confidence accumulated over time by the Academy allows it to get involved with credibility and professionalism into the great matters of Romania’s development, concentrating energies like few entities are able to, ” said President Iohannis.
Princess Margareta paid a homage, in her turn, to “a century and a half written together by two fundamental institutions of the nation, the Romanian Crown and the Romanian Academy.”
According to the Senate Speaker Calin-Popescu Tariceanu it is high time that the Academy “becomes in the public space the very core of intellectual debates, the place where the society’s most important topics could be scrutinized in full freedom and by evoking the most competent voices.”
Patriarch Daniel highlighted the collaboration of the Romanian Academy, “during the times of freedom,” with the Romanian Orthodox Church, as well as the role of the prestigious institution as forum of the Romanian scientific and cultural excellency.
Education Minister Adrian Curaj made an eulogy of the role of the school in the formation of the Romanian nation, starting from the Saint Sava College until the establishment of the Romanian Academy, where great personalities of the Romanian education have found their role, ministers such as Petre Aurelian, Titu Maiorescu, Take Ionescu, C. Istrati, Spiru Haret, Ion Petrovici, Petre Andrei.
Academician Gunter Stock, president of the ALLEA – the federation of All European Academies, academician Thierry de Montbrial – member of the Moral and Political Sciences Academy of France, academician Gheorghe Duca – president of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova and honorary member of the Romanian Academy sent messages on behalf of European academies.
At end-session, a jubilee plaque “Romanian Academy – 150 years in the service of the Romanian Nation” was unveiled, and an exhibition “Plastic artists, members of the Romanian Academy” was opened.
Celebrations closed with a gala at the Romanian Athenaeum in the afternoon, the event featuring a documentary film dedicated to the history of the Romanian Academy and an extraordinary concert by the George Enescu Philharmonic. After the concert, the Athenaeum’s lobby is due to host the exhibition “A century and a half of academic life in Romania.”