Annual Copernicus Lecture. The Glory and Poverty of the ’68 Generation
Adam Michnik is editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s first independent newspaper and currently its biggest daily. A historian, Michnik co-founded the Committee for the Defense of Workers (KOR) in 1976, and was a prominent Solidarity activist during the 1980s. He was detained many times during 1965-80, spending a total of six years in Polish prisons for activities opposing the communist regime. Michnik participated in the Round Table Talks of 1989 that led peacefully to the first contested elections since the start of the communist regime. He was a member of Poland’s first non-communist parliament from 1989 to 1991. His many notable awards and honors include the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award, Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur, the Goethe Medal, and the Erasmus Prize, as well as honorary degrees from several institutions including the University of Michigan.
Part of the Minorities series at the Weiser Center for Europe & Eurasia, which focuses on the fates and challenges various minorities face, from ethnic and racial groups to people with disabilities and members of LGBT communities. How do different political regimes come to define groups as minorities, and how do they engage with them as a result? What can the experience of minorities in the other parts of the world teach us?
|Building:||Museum of Art|
|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||Democracy, European, History, International, Jewish Studies, Poland, Social Justice|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Copernicus Center for Polish Studies, International Institute, Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia|
The Copernicus Center for Polish Studies organizes a number of public events each year such as lectures, conferences, and films, many in collaboration with other U-M units. Please use our searchable events calendar for information about upcoming programs sponsored by CCPS.
To see all events organized by CCPS and other affiliates of the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia this semester, click the image to the right for a PDF calendar.