90th-anniversary-logo-newThe American Corner in Gdansk and the City Public Library, together with the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw, have the pleasure of inviting you to a special event on

Tuesday, May 12, 2009
at 2:00 pm

American Corner Gdansk
ul. Targ Rakowy 5/6, Gdansk

We will unveil a new exhibition commemorating the 90th anniversary of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations, which covers 11 important moments in our shared history.  To honor the moment, our special guest Michael Dobbs will have a lecture and discussion entitled:

“Atoning for Yalta: The United States and Poland, 1945-1989”

Michael Dobbs was the first Western reporter to visit the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk in 1980 — you can read a Polish version of his reflections from this era, “How Poland Changed My Life”/”Jak Polska odmienila moje zycia,” here

Dobbs spent much of his journalistic career as a foreign correspondent reporting on the collapse of communism.  After his experiences in Gdansk, he served as the Post’s bureau chief in Warsaw (1980-1982), Paris (1983-86) and Moscow (1988-1993).  He has also been a State Department and foreign policy reporter for the Post and covered the 2008 presidential election campaign.  Dobbs’ books include Down with Big Brother: the Fall of the Soviet Empire (Knopf, 1996), which was also published in Polish (Rebis), and a biography of Madeleine Albright (Henry Holt, 1999).  Most recently, he published an-hour-by hour study of the Cuban missile crisis entitled One Minute to Midnight: Kennedy, Khrushchev, and Castro on the Brink of Nuclear War (Knopf, 2008), which will also be translated into Polish.  Dobbs is currently a fellow at the American Academy in Berlin, where he is researching a book about the Yalta and Potsdam conferences and the origins of the Cold War.