The U.S. Embassy in Warsaw invites you to a presentation and discussion with Wanda Urbanska, TV producer and author/host of “Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska” on PBS television. She is long-time advocate of sustainability, who has been identified by The New York Times as the “spokeswoman for a phenomenon known as the simplicity movement.” This event will take place on March 25 at 5:00 pm at Warsaw’s Main Public Library at ul. Koszykowa 26/28. The event is open to public and simultaneous translation will be provided. Wanda Urbanska is an author and co-author of several books on the simple living concept: The Heart of Simple Living: 7 Paths to a Better Life, Less is More; Simple Living; Nothing’s too Small to Make a Difference; Moving to a Small Town. She has recently spent most of her time in Poland on sabbatical leave, writing a new book. She will share some insights of her Polish experience on simple living during the presentation. For more information about Wanda Urbanska please visit her website:

W czwartek, 29 października warsztaty teatralne “Theater and Trauma” w  Gdańsku poprowadzi między innymi Anne Nelson pisarka, korespondent wojenny, wykładowca na Columbia School of International and Public Affairs i autorka sztuki “The Guys”.   

Anne Nelson

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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.


On May 19th, at 19:00 in the Warsaw public library on Koszykowa street, we will have a special America Presents event with Rasma Karklins, Professor of Political Science at the University of Illinois in Chicago and author of “The System Made Me Do It: Corruption in Post-Communist Societies.”  The volume was published in Polish by Sic! Publishers earlier this year under the State Department’s Books in Translation program.

We’ll have simultaneous translation into Polish, and the event is free and open to the public.  Zapraszamy!

On March 10, the Chicago-based Melvin Taylor Blues Band — with Melvin Taylor on vocals and lead guitar, Felton Crews on the bass, and Krzysztof Zawadzki on drums — performed a special concert at Warsaw’s Intercontinental Hotel.

Jamming at the Intercontinental Warsaw

Jamming at the Intercontinental Warsaw

Melvin’s fingers moved faster than our camera could capture.   He also played with the guitar behind his head, with a glass… we’re not saying you should try it at home, but it was definitely cool. 

While they were touring Poland, the guys also held a jazz clinic for the students of Bednarska Music College.   We had a lot of fun and hope they come back.

While we’re at it, if you want to make sure you’re invited to other cultural events, make sure we have your contact information by writing to us at culture – underscore – warsaw – at – state – dot – gov.