May 2010


The U.S. Embassy Warsaw and the Center of Citizenship Education would like to invite you for the opening of the Democracy is… Photo Competition exhibition that will take place on May 28 at 17:30 in InfoQultura  on Plac Konstytucji 4. The exhibit is hosted at InfoQultura at the courtesy of the Cultural Department of the City Hall of Warsaw. After the opening we invite you for a discussion with Tomasz Tomaszewski, one of the Democracy is… Photo Competition 2010 jurors and the Grand Press 2010 winner, who will speak about featuring the theme of democracy and Poland in contemporary photography in his presentation “Photography, democracy, Poland – how to combine them?”

The exhibition features the winning photograph by Maciej Kowalówczany from Warsaw  and nine photographs acknowledged by the jury, which comprised professional photographers, U.S. Embassy diplomats and representatives from the Center of Citizenship Education, the official partner of the Democracy is…Photo Competition 2010.  The contestants had to present in a photograph of their own what democracy means to them. The competition was addressed to participants between 15 and 17 as an accompanying project of the second edition of the global Democracy Video Challenge competition.

 We are pleased to announce that Poland has a finalist in the Democracy Video Challenge for the second year in a row!  “Democracy is Like a Keyboard” by Krzysztof Rzesniowiecki has made it through to the Finals, and it is now up to you to vote for the winner.  Voting will be open until June 15.

 Last year’s grand prize winner, Łukasz Szozda of Poland, travelled to New York, Washington DC and Hollywood in September 2009, where he and five grand prize winners from other regions around the world met with democracy activists and members of the film and television industry.  With your votes, Krzysztof can have the same opportunity. 

 Vote now at http://www.youtube.com/democracychallenge

 Good luck Krzysztof!

Polish IVLP alumna Malgorzata Gorska holding the Goldman Environmental Prize

Polish International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) alumna Małgorzata Górska was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize on April 19, 2010.  Górska, an environmental activist from the Polish Society for the Protection of Birds, won the award for her successful campaign to halt the construction of a highway that would have cut through the Rospuda Valley, one of Europe’s last patches of undisturbed wilderness and home to a variety of wildlife and endangered bird species.

The Goldman Environmental Prize comes with a $150,000 cash award and is informally known as the “Green Nobel Prize.”  The Goldman Prize Committee said that Górska was ” was “instrumental in fostering a citizens’ movement (…) to protect the Rospuda Valley from construction.” Górska took part in an IVLP project entitled “Balancing Environmentalism and Transportation” in 2008.

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Zapraszamy na spotkania połączone z prezentacją Stephena nt. jego uczestniczenia w wyprawie STS-130 do Międzynarodowej Stacji Kosmicznej w lutym b.r., po której nastąpi dyskusja oraz zdjęcia pamiątkowe.

Zapraszamy!

10 maja poniedziałek

8:30-10:15
Spotkanie z młodzieżą szkół licealnych
Gdańskie Liceum Autonomiczne 
Adres: Osiek 11/12, aula Ł3, Gdańsk

11:00-12:30     
Spotkanie ze studentami Politechniki Gdańskiej, Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, Wydział Zarządzania Ekonomii Politechniki Gdanskiej
Adres: Audytorium im. prof. Synowieckiego [007], ul. Traugutta 79, Gdańsk

12:30-13.00
Konferencja prasowa

Adres: Politechnika Gdanska, Sala Rady Wydziału nr 318/319, Gdańsk

15.30-16:30
Spotkanie z uczniami szkół podstawowych
American Elementary School
Adres: aula szkoły, ul. Łowicka 41, Gdynia

Ambasada USA i Polsko-Amerykańska Fundacja Wolności serdecznie zapraszają na otwarte spotkania z astronautą Stephenem Robinsonem w Toruniu, 11 maja 2010 r. (życiorys poniżej)

Spotkania będą połączone z prezentacją Stephena Robinsona nt. jego uczestniczenia w wyprawie STS-130 do Międzynarodowej Stacji Kosmicznej w lutym b.r., po której nastąpi dyskusja oraz zdjęcia pamiątkowe.
Zapewniamy tłumaczenie na język polski.

11 maja, wtorek

11:00 – 12:30
Spotkanie ze studentami Uniwersytetu Mikołaja Kopernika
Adres: Centrum Astronomii UMK, 87-148 Łysomice, Piwnice k/Torunia

14:00 – 15:30
Spotkanie z młodzieżą licealną i słuchaczami Uniwersytetu Trzeciego Wieku
Spotkanie połączone z prezentacją łazika marsjańskiego
Adres: Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury, ul. Przedzamcze 11/15 

 Więcej o Stephenie Robinsonie:
Życiorys:
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/robinson.html

STS-130 preflight interview:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts130/interview_robinson.html

Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Robinson

2005 NASA article:  STS-114 Mission Specialist Steve Robinson: What a Wonderful World
http://www.nasa.gov/vision/space/preparingtravel/steve_robinson_profile.html

The works of five American artists will be presented among 130 entries from the 51 countries represented in the 13th International Triennial of Tapestry taking place in Łódź in May 2010. Camille J. Cook, President of the Illinois-based organization Friends of Fiber Art International , has once again been invited to serve as an advisor to the Triennial.
The international jury will award the Grand Prix,  two silver medals, three bronze medals,  honorary mentions, and the Best First Appearance prize (of the Akapi Foundation).  The curators of the museum will award their own Medal.  Jury members include: Włodzimierz Cygan, Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Łódź, Poland; Kyoko Kumai, Professor, Nagaoka Institute of Art Design, Japan; Androna Linartas, President, Mexican Association of Artists Weavers, Mexico; Velta Raudzepa, Deputy Director, Museum of Decorative Arts, Riga, Latvia; Lauren Whitley, Curator, Department of Textile Art and Fashion, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA; and Norbert Zawisza, Director, Central Museum of Textiles, Łódź, Poland.
The 13th International Triennial of Tapestry will hold its opening ceremony and announce the results of the competition on Monday, 10th May 2010 at 1:00 p.m.
Ambassador Feinstein is pleased to be one of the Honorary Patrons of the Triennial.
For the list of exhibitions to accompany the Triennial, click here.

Secretary Clinton and PM Sikorski

Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski began  a three-day visit to the United States today.  Sikorski is scheduled to meet with the Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, U.S. National Security Advisor James Jones, and representatives of the U.S. Congress and Washington-based think tanks.  The main topics of the visit will be international security and U.S. – Polish relations.
 Foreign Minister Sikorski’s April 29 meeting with Secretary Clinton will re-launch the Strategic Dialogue between Poland and the United States.  The Strategic Dialogue is one of three formal consultative mechanisms outlined in the August 2008 Declaration on Strategic Cooperation between the United States of America and the Republic of Poland.  The first is the High Level Defense Group, which met in Warsaw in October 2009 to discuss topics such as ballistic missile defense cooperation and Patriot missile rotations to Poland.  The second mechanism, the Strategic Cooperation Consultative Group, also met in Warsaw, in February 2010, to discuss topics such as arms control and revising NATO’s Strategic Concept.  The Strategic Dialogue is the most senior of these yearly formal consultations, and involves broader issues of security.  This year’s Strategic Dialogue will include a side session emphasizing energy and climate security cooperation led by Ambassador Richard Morningstar and Deputy Minister of Economy Marcin Korolec.  The session will also include discussion of collaboration on nuclear energy, unconventional gas, and development and deployment of clean energy technologies.