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On Thursday, March 19, at 4:00 pm, we official welcomed guests to our New Media/New Democracy Forum at Centrum Artystyczne Fabryka Trzciny.

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Deputy Chief of Mission Pamela Quanrud opened the Forum and officially welcomed visitors to view our exhibits of the Democracy Video Challenge entries from Poland, the Democracy Photo Challenge finalists on display in the gallery, and an extraordinary exhibit by Konrad Wedekind showing the U.S. presidential campaign.

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Since we’re celebrating the 90th anniversary of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations this year, it was an honor to feature an audio exhibit of clips from Radio Free Europe as well as an object exhibit of underground publications from the Communist era in Poland, featuring American writers such as Milton Friedman, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Samuel Huntington, and Ayn Rand.

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Konrad’s exhibit will be on view in other cities as well, and we’ll announce those exhibitions on this page and through the Embassy’s Facebook site.

Stefan Bratkowski gave the keynote speech, and two expert panels discussed the history of media in Poland and current Poland-based efforts to support free press for Belarus.

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We closed the day with a terrific performance by students of the Giedroyc College of Communication of Edward Gordon Craig’s “Democracy.”  We hear they will be doing more performances, so if you didn’t get a chance to see this one, you can get in touch with the College to find out more.

There are more pictures and content on guest David Silver’s blog and on the Gazeta Wyborcza blog, live from the conference.