Revolutions, maidans and protests in contemporary Ukraine


euromaidan 01You are cordially invited to participate in the upcoming conference “Revolutions, maidans and protests in contemporary Ukraine. The current state of research and future directions”.  The conference is organised within the framework of the "Three Ukrainian Revolutions" research project carried out by the European Civilization Chair in cooperation with the Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute, the Instytut Studiów Politycznych PAN, the Studium Europy Wschodniej Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego, the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (University College London), the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies (University of Alberta), the Centre d'études des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen, Paris. 

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Meetings with poets during the Miłosz Festival

miloszLectures, concerts and workshops – the Miłosz Festival allows us to taste the language of poetry in many dimensions; however, it is the direct contact between the reader and the creator, that is the domain of the festival in Krakow. The meetings range from small and intimate to grand scale ones – this year the evenings with poets will take place in the beautiful Tempel Synagogue and St Martin’s Church.


The relationship between the poet and the reader is the core of Miłosz Festival, which originated from the tradition of meetings of the poets of the East and West. The festival gives opportunity to ask about artistic inspirations, but it is also an occasion to listen to poets reading their own creations. On the first day of the Festival (the 9th of June), the Evening in the Synagogue will feature the following poets: Breyten Breytenbach, Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki, Ashur Etwebi, Jerzy Kronhold, Piotr Matywiecki, Agnieszka Mirahina, Przemysław Owczarek, Tadeusz Pióro, Joanna Roszak and Olga Sedakova. Jerzy Illg will be the host of the exceptional meeting.


On the next day (the 10th of June), the participants of the Festival will see new poetic confrontations. Krzysztof Siwczyk will ask Ashur Etwebi about the struggle between the poetry and regime and connections between medicine and literature. Olga Sedakova will describe to Adam Pomorski, how her poems combine metaphysics with everyday life. Agnieszka Mirahina, Bartłomiej Majzel, Tadeusz Pióro and Przemysław Owczarek will tell Anna Kałuża, how they understand Poems in travel. The second day of the festival will end with a poetry evening in the St Martin’s Church, during which Kacper Bartczak, Stefan Hertmans, Barbara Klicka, Aldona Kopkiewicz, Bartłomiej Majzel, Michael Ondaatje, Piotr Przybyła and Julia Szychowiak will read their poems. The meeting will be conducted by Wojciech Bonowicz and Marcin Oleś, an outstanding bass player will enrich it with his music.


On Saturday, the 11th of June Breyten Breytenbach will meet with readers. The discussion with this exceptional South African author will be conducted by Jerzy Koch. Stefan Hertmans – one of the most renowned Dutch poets, known in Poland for his book War and Turpentine will discuss with Sławomir Paszkiet. Paweł Kaczmarski will ask poets about the sound of Poems from not so far beyond – Barbara Klicka, Aldona Kopkiewicz, Piotr Przybyła and Kacper Bartczak will try to answer that question. On the same day, Hatif Janabi will talk with Adonis about the complicated identity of a poet, torn between Arabic and Western culture.


The final day of the Miłosz Festival (the 12th of June) will start off with a meeting with this year’s laureates of Wisława Szymborska Award. Right after, Bronisław Maj will remember the late Zdzisław Jaskuła – translator, poet and director of Teatr Nowy in Łódź. Sława Lisiecka – the author’s wife and translator, as well as Krzysztof Siwczyk, Jerzy Jamiewicz and Joanna Orska will share their memories of the author.


On the same day, Agata Hołobut will ask Michael Ondaatje about the influence of multicultural roots on his poetry. Polish poets – Jerzy Kronhold, Piotr Matywiecki, Joanna Roszak and Julia Szychowiak will discuss the Poems in words and silence with Marta Koronkiewicz. Eugeniusz Tkaczyszyn-Dycki will talk with Paweł Matywiecki about his newest book, Nie dam ci siebie w żadnej postaci / I will not give myself to you in any form (Lokator 2016), which will premiere during the festival.


The City of Krakow, Krakow Festival Office and the City of Literature Foundation invite everyone to travel with poets along the trails drawn by lines of poems and pages of collections.


More information about the Festival can be found at:

Miłosz Festival 2016

miloszYou are cordially invited to this year's edition of the Miłosz Festival, which will take place between June 9 and 12 2016 and is titled “Road-side dog” in reference to Czesław Miłosz's book with the very same title. 

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Shaping our NATO: Young Voices on the Warsaw Summit 2016

AtlanticcommAtlantic Community's new policy workshop competition gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to reflect on the most pressing issues facing NATO today and to shape the future of the Alliance. Five winners will receive a trip to Berlin to present the collective ideas to decision-makers.


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World in Focus. Warsaw International Gathering

world in focusThe European Council on Foreign Relations and the Heinrich Böll Foundation cordially invite you to the POLIN Museum in Warsaw on the 3rd-4th June 2016 to participate in the first edition of the event World in Focus. Warsaw International Gathering, a two day journey through the most important and interesting issues of the modern world in the company of renowned intellectuals, experts and many interesting debaters from various countries.


Where is the world heading and what kind of future awaits Europe? How are today’s uncertainties affecting Poland and how will we deal with them? The World in Focus is an invitation to engage in meetings and discussions on international issues. Discussions, films and workshops will allow us to study contemporary challenges from various perspectives. We will discuss Russian propaganda and what the conflicts of the future could look like, how the elections in the USA will affect its foreign policy and whether “Islamistan” could emerge on European soil.


We will also meet with reporters and refugees living in Poland. Concluding the event, we will seek an answer to the question of how Poland should act in Europe and beyond in these turbulent times full of multi-faceted challenges.


The guest list of World in Focus includes: leading European thinker Ivan Krastev, renowned commentator of Le Monde Sylvie Kauffmann, author of bestselling essays Mark Leonard, as well as Judy Dempsey, who has written the biography of Angela Merkel and has been a contributor to the New York Times for numerous years.


The Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland, Adam Bodnar, has granted his patronage to the event and both current and former Commissioners will discuss the value of civil rights in our region in the light of current challenges.


The World in Focus is for all those who share our fascination with the world and concerns about its future. We kindly ask that you register for the event in advance via this special form. Further information, including profiles of our guests and a range of educational and informational content, is available at: