Cofounder of Solidarity Movement in Poland to Speak in Scranton

Nov 3, 2014

The Solidarity Movement in Poland will be discussed by the movement’s co-founder in a free, public lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 5:30 p.m. at The University of Scranton.

Adam Michnik, the movement’s cofounder and the editor-in-chief of Poland’s largest newspaper, Gazeta Wyborcza, will be joined by Elzbieta Matynia, Ph.D., editor and translator of “An Uncanny Era: Conversations between Vaclav Havel and Adam Michnik,” for the discussion, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Pearn Auditorium of Brennan Hall. Their presentation, “An Uncanny Era: The Underpinnings of Democratic Transformation in Eastern Europe,” will examine how the struggles between democratic aspirations and pragmatic realities are at work even more widely in today’s world.

Matynia also serves as a professor of sociology at the New School for Social Research in New York City.

The lecture is presented by the University’s Schemel Forum in collaboration with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York and the New School.

Reservations are requested for this free event, which also includes a book signing following the discussion.

To make a reservation, contact Emily Brees, Schemel Forum assistant, at 570-941-6206 or by email at


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