We’d love to remind our friends in Gdansk about our newly reopened American Corner, a resource center for American books, movies, and reference materials; resources for teaching English to elementary students; and events affiliate with the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw.  More photos from Michael Dobbs’ recent visit can be found here, courtesy of our American Corner staff Ania and Marta.

Michael Dobbs with Marta Mazur

Michael Dobbs with Marta Mazur

What was it like to be a foreign reporter in Poland during Communism and under martial law?  What role should foreign governments and NGOs play in supporting resistance movements?  How critical is journalism to a functioning democracy? 

On Monday, we discussed all these questions and more with our latest American Expert in Poland, Michael Dobbs, at an event hosted by POLIS – the Association of Young Journalists at “Sklep z kanapkami.”  Thanks again to Marta and Piotr for their fantastic moderation of the discussion and to everyone for their insightful questions.  If you want to make sure you hear about future events like this, you can find us on Facebook or send an email to asking to be added to our mailing list.


The U.S. Embassy and the Association of Young Journalists “POLIS” is pleased to invite you to a discussion with former Washington Post reporter and author Michael Dobbs on:

Monday, May 11
at 7:00 pm

Sklep z kanapkami (top floor)
Krakowskie Przedmieście 11

The event will be in English, and all are welcome.  

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), (more…)