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First European Debate

14 th of March we inaugurated series of European Debates. First meeting was dedicated to common European memory.

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First debate

Common European Memory: myth or reality?



17.30     Welcoming Remarks

Maciej Witucki

President of the French Chamber of Commerce and Industry; President of the Polish Telecommunication; President of the Programme’s Council of the Polish Civic Forum, which initiates discussion in the field of economic, political and social development as well as Polish national identity, member of the Council of Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre. Poland

Debate     17.40- 19.00


Jarosław Kurski

Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza daily; in the years 1989-90 he was a spokesperson of Lech Wałęsa, he resigned when "the war above" broke out; author of the first biography of Courier from Warsaw - "Jan Nowak - Jeziorański", biography of Raymond Aron "The room with the view on history", and the book about Lech Walesa "Leader" ("Wódz"). Poland


Jarosław Hrytsak

Historian, professor at The Ukrainian Catholic University, taught also at Columbia University (1994, 2004), Harvard (2000-1) and Central European University (1995-2009); author of ca. 500 publications, including 8 books; received many awards including recent one from Austrian Institute for the Danube Region and Central Europe - Anton Gindely-Preis für Kultur und Geschichte Mittel-, Ost- und Südosteuropas"

Aleksander Smolar

Political scientist. Chairman of the Board of Stefan Batory Foundation; co-founder and member of the Board of the European Council on Foreign Relations; Vice Chair of the Academic Advisory Board of the Institut für die Wissenschaften vom Menschen in Vienna; political advisor to Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki, later foreign policy adviser to Prime Minister Hanna Suchocka; member of the Council of the Professor Bronisław Geremek Centre. Poland

Paul Thibaud

Philosopher, essayist and journalist; long-standing Editor-in-Chief of catholic-left wing Esprit monthly, former President of the ‘Judeo-Christian Friendship’; often contributes to French magazine ‘Marianne’; he’s a frequent commentator of the French politics on the French-Culture radio station.