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9s Annual Copernicus Lecture. “Poland since 1989: A Critical Appraisal.”

Thursday, October 29, 2009
12:00 AM
Founders Room, Alumni Center, 200 Fletcher

David Ost, professor of political science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Magdalena Sroda, Gazeta Wyborcza; Slawomir Sierakowski, Krytyka Polityczna. Sponsors: Copernicus Endowment, CES-EUC, CREES.

The Copernicus Endowment, based at CREES, supports lectures, conferences, film screenings, and other programs. Noteworthy events have included a semester-long Polish Music Festival in 1995, a conference on the Polish Round Table Negotiations in 1999, the Solidarity Conference in 2000, Aleksander Kwasniewski's residency in 2006, and a lecture and exhibition featuring Stasys in 2008. Since 1980, income from the Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment has supported the Annual Copernicus Lecture. These presentations at the University of Michigan have featured the rich variety of Polish intellectual and cultural life.

“The Nines: Brinks, Cusps, and Perceptions of Possibility—from 1789–2009”

In Fall 2009, the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia, along with other partnering units at the University of Michigan, will present programs exploring the relationship between world-historic events and the alternative futures they inspired. From the explosion of alternatives in 1919 to the normalization of democratic destinies in 1989, from the crisis of 1929 to the anxieties of 2009, this series will delve into the many iconic “nines” of the modern era.