Panel Discussion and Exhibition
Friday, October 11th, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm,
join us at Georgetown University for a discussion
on the lasting legacy of Jerzy Giedroyc, the editor of Kultura and
one of the key Central European intellectuals of the 20th century.
Intercultural Center (ICC) 301
37th & O Streets NW,
Washington, DC 20007 (map below)
5:00 pm, an introduction to the exhibition, Jerzy Giedroyc and His Achievement
by Professor Iwona Sadowska, the Director of Polish Studies at Georgetown
5:30 pm, a panel discussion, The Eastern Partnership before 1989: The Paris Kultura and the impact of Giedroyc’s vision on Poles, Lithuanians, Belarusians and Ukrainians
The panelists, Vincuk Viačorka, Irena Lasota, and Saulius Sužiedėlis will discuss Giedroyc’s legacy in the context of the last 30 years of transformation and democratization processes in Eastern & Central Europe. Experts will debate the challenges facing democracy and the role of the United States in its support. We ask: can Europe be whole and free without fully incorporating Eastern European nations? Can Central and Eastern European experiences strengthen societies in the age of governments’ efforts to limit civic and political space? Could they encourage democratic processes farther to the east? How does the EU Eastern Partnership program help to bring us closer to a peaceful, democratic and free continent?
Professor Iwona Sadowska will deliver an opening address on the cultural, literary and political role of Kultura followed by remarks by Marcin Przydacz, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (Poland), the Ambassadors of Poland, Piotr Wilczek, and Lithuania, Rolandas Kriščiūnas.
A light meal featuring Central European specialties will be served at 5 pm.
Admission is free - registration not required.
Friday, October 11 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm
37th and O St., N.W., Washington
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