May 2009


In honor of the G8 ministerial meetings going on today and tomorrow, we’d like to showcase some resources from the archives of eJournal USA:

* April 2009: Energy Efficiency: The First Fuel

* March 2008: The Greening of U.S. Corporations

* July 2006: Energy SolutionsClean

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Critics have called New York-based pianist/composer Dan Tepfer “brilliant” (Boston Globe), “one of tomorrow’s jazz stars” (Eugene Weekly) and “certainly among those clearly willing to play with familiar formulas and take new approaches, even as he incorporates strokes from the masters”   (Jazz review.com). (more…)

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Last night, Professor Rasma Karklins of the University of Illinois at Chicago joined an impressive panel of speakers at the public library on Koszykowa 26/28 for an “America Presents” event discussing corruption in post-Communist countries.  Along with Grazyna Kopinska from the Batory Foundation, Jacek Zakowski from Polityka, Ryszard Kalisz from the Sejm’s Justice and Human Rights Commission, Dr. Maciej Tyminski from Warsaw University, and social activist Jan Gebert, Professor Karklins discussed a number of the themes from her book, highlighting the role of institutions in combating corruption. 

Karklins noted that when she first started talking about corruption in 1996 with the World Bank, it was considered taboo — the “c word” — and people thought of her as simply moralizing.  Over ten years later, she notes that the discussion has transformed completely, and people now understand that corruption hinders the development of a functioning government, economy, and society. 

All the speakers illuminated on the theme from their personal experiences and took a range of questions from the audience.  Our discussion ran late — up to 9:30 — as audience members and panelists touched on a range of cases from Poland and struggled with issues such as the use of the word “corruption” as a political tool.  Professor Karklins’ book is available in Polish from SIC! publishing house.

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It is our pleasure to announce that Łukasz Szozda, one of over 26 Poles who submitted their videos for the “Democracy Is…”  YouTube/U.S. Department of State Video Challenge, was chosen as one of the 18 global finalists and will represent Europe in the last stage of the contest.  The jury selected his animated film from among 196 submissions by filmmakers from around the world who made it to the semi-finals. Congratulations Łukasz!

Public voting to select six grand prize winners opened on May 15 and will continue until midnight on June 15 (EST).  The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw would like to encourage everyone to vote for their favorite video here.

Six winners will be selected from the 18 finalists – one each from the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South and Central Asia and East Asia/Pacific – and grand prize winners will be announced in mid-June 2009. The winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip in September to Washington, New York and Hollywood. The prize package includes time on television/film sets, meetings with film professionals, democracy advocates, the media, government officials, and special screenings of their videos.

The finalists, chosen from among a pool of more than 900 entries from 95 countries, represent Brazil (2), Cote d’Ivoire, Germany, India, Iran (2), Japan, Nepal, Philippines, Poland, Serbia, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, the United States, Uzbekistan, and Zambia. These videos provide an array of voices and visions about democracy from around the world. The finalists were selected by an independent jury, co-chaired by Michael Apted (President of the Directors Guild of America) and Hernando de Soto (President of the Institute for Liberty and Democracy).

Here’s what’s going to happen next: (more…)

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If you’re interested in the financial crisis, but can’t make it Dr. John Karaagac’s talk tomorrow, you might want to check out the latest eJournal USA, which includes:

* Brown University Professor Mark Blyth, “The End of American Capitalism?  Mark Twain, Lake Wobegon, and the Current Crisis”

* The New Republic Senior Editor John B. Judis, “Debt Man Walking”

* Manhattan College professor of finance Prof. Charles R. Geisst, “Globalization and the World Financial System”

* Soros Fund Management Chairman George Soros, “Revise Regulation: The Theory of Market Equilibrium is Wrong”

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Photo 08The Warsaw School of Economics and
The Embassy of the United States in Warsaw

are pleased to invite you to a discussion with:

Dr. John Karaagac, Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and a Lecturer in American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C.

 “The Nature of the Financial Crisis”
Wednesday, May 20 at 11:45am
Warsaw School of Economics, building C, 4th floor, lecture hall # 4B
Al. Niepodległości 128, Warszawa

This event is open to the public. The discussion will be held in English. 

Dr. John Karaagac is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and a Lecturer in American Foreign Policy at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington D.C.  (more…)

The Emanuel Ringelblum Jewish Historical Institute
The Museum of the History of Polish Jews and
The Embassy of the United States in Warsaw

are pleased to invite you to a discussion with:
Professor Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University
 “The Other Polonia:  Polish Jewish Émigrés and Poland, 1919-1939”

Tuesday, May 19th at 6 p.m.
Exhibition space of Błękitny Wieżowiec, pl. Bankowy 2 (Tłomackie street entrance)

This event is free and open to the public. The discussion will be held in English. 

Rebecca Kobrin works in the field of American Jewish History. She received her B.A. (1994) from Yale University, (more…)

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