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Polish Elections by Dr. Pienkos (CREECA lecture)
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 04:00pm - 05:15pm
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UW-Madison Center for Russia, East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA)
Co-sponsored with Polish Heritage Club-Madison WI

SINCE 1989 -
POLAND'S DEMOCRATIC EXPERIENCE

by Donald Pienkos
 Professor Emeritus of Political Science and
Chair of the Polish Studies Committee
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Podcast of this lecture is now available on SoundCloud
link to the lecture podcast

From the CREECA website: In 1989, Poland, thanks primarily to the efforts of the Solidarity movement, emerged from 44 years of Soviet Russian domination to establish a new system of representative democratic government. Given its people's extremely difficult situation at that time (coupled with Poland's failed experience with democratic governance in the years after its national rebirth in 1918), few observers were hopeful about the chances for democratic governance after 1989. Why they were proven wrong, how Polish democracy has developed over the past three decades, and what we can learn from Poland's experience - both from its successes and its challenges - are covered in this talk.


Links to uxillary reading materials for lecture attendees:

Elections in Poland since 1989

A Quick Chronological Overview of Poland's Political History 

Witness to History: Polish Americans and the Genesis of NATO Enlargement

About the speaker: Donald Pienkos is Professor Emeritus (Political Science) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He has published extensively on Poland's politics and was a founder of UW-Milwaukee's programs in Russian and East European Studies and Polish Studies. in the 1990s he worked for Poland's admission into NATO.  A past president and national director in a number of academic bodies and organizations focused on Poland, including the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America and the Polish American Congress, he was awarded the Officer's Cross of Service from the President of Poland in 2010.  He holds his PhD from the University of Wisconsin (1971.

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