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Reflections on the "Round Table" and Transformation in Poland 25 Years Later


April 23, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall
April 23, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
Lower Level Conference Room, Busch Hall

The August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History was established at Harvard in 1983 in honor of the great 20th Century Polish economist, diplomat and politician.

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Mr. Michnik will speak in Polish - English translation will be available.

This event will be free and open to the public.

A reception will follow the lecture in the CES Atrium.


Adam Michnik, a historian and the editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, the biggest daily newspaper in Poland, is a co-founder of KOR (Committee for the Defense of Workers) established in 1976. Detained many times during 1965-1980, a prominent "Solidarity" activist during the '80s, he spent six years in Polish prisons for opposing the communist regime. A member of the Round Table Talks of 1989, and of the first non-communist parliament 1989-1991, he has received many prizes: the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award; The Erasmus Prize, The Francisco Cerecedo Journalist Prize as a first non-Spanish author; Grand Prince Giedymin Order; Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur. Michnik is also a recipient of honorary doctorates from The New School for Social Research in New York, the University of Minnesota, the University of Michigan, and Connecticut College. He is an honorary senator of the University of Ljubljana, and an honorary professor of the Kyiv Mohyla Academy. In September 2011 Michnik was awarded the Goethe Medal by the Goethe-Institut.

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