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August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History


This lecture series was established in 1983 through a generous gift from the estate of August Zaleski's widow, Ewelina Zaleska, to "organize lectures on modern Polish history from the year 1795 to the present time." The lectures remain independent of any other courses or professorships and are known as "The August Zaleski Lectures in Modern Polish History."


Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University was the 2016 Zaleski speaker and discussed his book "Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning." View the video of his presentation.


Zaleski Speakers (1989 - 2019)



Series Events Calendar

Poland in the Global Wave of Populism CES 50th Anniversary Series — Poland in the Global Wave of Populism
November 13, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Anna Grzymała-Busse – Douglas Professor of International Studies, Stanford University; CES Senior Fellow, Harvard University
  • Bart Bonikowski – Past Resident Faculty
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
"It is Our Court": Defending the Rule of Law in Poland – An Address by Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights, Republic of Poland August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History — "It is Our Court": Defending the Rule of Law in Poland – An Address by Adam Bodnar, Commissioner for Human Rights, Republic of Poland
November 8, 2018
5:00pm - 6:30pm
  • Adam Bodnar – Ombudsman for Human Rights, Republic of Poland
  • Respondent Vlad Perju – Professor of Law, Boston College Law School; Director, Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy, Boston College
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government & CES Director, Harvard University
Populism, Polish Style: Can Liberal Democracy Be Saved?​ August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History — Populism, Polish Style: Can Liberal Democracy Be Saved?​
March 28, 2018
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Jacek Zakowski – Director, Department of Journalism, Collegium Civitas; Journalist and Author
  • Wojciech Sadurski – Challis Professor in Jurisprudence, University of Sydney
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government and CES Director, Harvard University
Dismantling Democracy on the EU's Watch: Poland and Its Constitutional Tribunal The Annual Zaleski Lecture in Modern Polish History — Dismantling Democracy on the EU's Watch: Poland and Its Constitutional Tribunal
April 13, 2017
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Andrzej Rzeplinski – Professor of Jurisprudence, Warsaw University; President of the Polish Constitutional Tribunal (2010-2016)
  • Noah Feldman – Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law, Harvard Law School; Director, Julis-Rabinowitz Program on Jewish and Israeli Law
  • Kim L. Scheppele – Visiting Professor of Law & John Harvey Gregory Lecturer on World Organization (Spring 2017), Harvard Law School; Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Sociology and International Affairs, Woodrow Wilson School and the University Center for Human Values, Princeton University
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The Holocaust as History and Warning The August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History — The Holocaust as History and Warning
March 9, 2016
1:15pm - 3:00pm
  • Alison Frank Johnson – Professor of History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
  • Terry Martin – Faculty Associate, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies; George F. Baker III Professor of Russian Studies, Harvard University
  • Timothy Snyder – Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University
  • Roman Szporluk – Professor of Ukrainian History Emeritus, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
The Holocaust in Poland: Controversies and Explanations The Annual Zaleski Lecture in Modern Polish History — The Holocaust in Poland: Controversies and Explanations
March 8, 2016
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Timothy Snyder – Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
A Future for Ukraine: Lessons From Poland The August Zaleski Memorial Lecture in Modern Polish History — A Future for Ukraine: Lessons From Poland
November 20, 2014
5:15pm - 7:00pm
  • Radosław Sikorski – Speaker of Parliament (2014-2015), Republic of Poland; Minister of Foreign Affairs (2007-2014), Republic of Poland; Senior Fellow, CES, Harvard University
  • Moderated by Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Reflections on the "Round Table" and Transformation in Poland 25 Years Later Reflections on the "Round Table" and Transformation in Poland 25 Years Later
April 23, 2014
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Adam Michnik – Writer, Activist, Solidarity leader, and Editor-in-Chief, Polish Daily Gazeta Wyborcza
  • Chair Grzegorz Ekiert – Laurence A. Tisch Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University
Annual August Zaleski Memorial Lecture: "Poland in Modern Ukrainian History: 1795-1991" Annual August Zaleski Memorial Lecture: "Poland in Modern Ukrainian History: 1795-1991"
October 25, 2012
4:15pm - 6:00pm
  • Roman Szporluk – Professor of Ukrainian History Emeritus, Harvard University; Faculty Associate, CES, Harvard University
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