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From now through September 30, 2009, you are invited to view an exceptional exhibit in Warsaw’s main public library on Koszykowa Street.   The exhibit includes a variety of materials from the library’s collection, including newspapers, memoirs, photographs, and drawings, illustrating how the U.S. was perceived by Poles in the years 1764-1919. Special attention is given to key topics such as: the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Polish immigrants after the November uprising, Poles participation in the Civil War, American relief efforts for Poland during World War I and the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. 

As we celebrate the 90th anniversary of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations this year, the Warsaw Main Public Library’s exhibition is a fascinating and compelling reminder that the relationship between the Polish and American peoples extends much further back in time than the formal relationship between our two countries. The exhibition  will be open for viewing at Warsaw Public Library, Koszykowa 26 till September 30, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm, and Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm.  

We’re excited to present you with the opportunity to meet our latest American Expert in Poland – Lt. General Lawrence Farrell (retired), CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association.  He’ll be speaking at a debate hosted by demos Europa this Thursday, June 26, at 15:00 at the Warsaw University Library (see announcement below – registration is required), where he’ll discuss the impact of energy choices on national security policies.  For more information, keep reading… (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.

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…)

 Avenza Revisited II, 1968-69

Works by renowned American artists Louise Bourgeois and Eva Hesse will be shown at the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art as part of its latest exhibition, Awkward Objects: Alina Szapocznikow,  Maria Bartuszova, Pauline Boty, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Paulina Ołowska.  “Awkward Objects” debuts TODAY, May 14 and will continue until July 6.  This presentation juxtaposes pieces by Bourgeois, Hesse, Boty, and Bartuszova and Szapocznikow to show how these female artist-pioneers – as they experimented with material, with its form and expression, often including pre-feminist motifs – sought recognition from the artistic mainstream of their time.  They now have become a major focal point of interest for new art history.

In conjunction with this exhibition, the Warsaw MoMA will host an international conference devoted to the work of Polish sculptress Alina Szapocznikow on May 15-16.  The conference will be a forum for renowned art historians, critics and artists from Europe and the U.S. to add new aspects to interpretation of Alina Szapocznikow’s work in the international context.  It aims at combining multi-faced insights into the artist’s diverse work and her importance in the global context. 

The U.S. Embassy is a proud sponsor of the exhibition and the conference.

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[This event will take place entirely in Polish. / Te wydarzenie będzie prowadzone w języku polskim.]

Ambasada amerykańska w Warszawie i Fundacja Forum Różnorodności serdecznie zapraszająna kolejną dyskusję w serii pt. “Polityka Tożsamości – transnarodowość a integracja”.

Spotkanie: “Pojęcie ‘rasy’ w Europie i w Stanach Zjednoczonych – porównanie z perspektywy historycznej.”

Po wyborze Obamy na prezydenta Stanów Zjednoczonych, wielu komentatorów ogłosiło nadejście ery “post-rasowej”, w której różnice etniczne i koloru skóry nie mają znaczenia. W trakcie spotkania, dr Ewa Łuczak (Uniwersytet Warszawski) zastanowi się nad tym, jak dążenie do ideału spójnego społeczeństwa różnorodnego w USA powoduje pewien konflikt między perspektywą “uniwersalną” i wizją społeczeństwa “ponad-rasowego”, a perspektywą podkreślającą różnice etniczne i wykorzystujące do tego celu pojęcie “rasy”. Dr Łuczak przedstawi również różnice w sposobie traktowania pojęcia “rasy” w Stanach i w Europie.

Wypowiedzenie: dr Ewa Łuczak (Uniwersytet Warszawski
Prowadzenie: Artur Celiński (członek redakcji Res Publica Nowa)

Data: czwartek, 21 maja
Godzina: 19.00
Miejsce: Res Publica Nowa (ul. Gałczyńskiego 5) 

 **Ostatnie wydarzenie w serii: (more…)