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POSTPONED: 10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Spring Symposium

Sat, Apr 4, 2020, 1:00pm - 6:30pm

**This event has been tentatively rescheduled for June 20th**

You are cordially invited to the
10th Annual Kościuszko Chair Spring Symposium
in honor of Lady Blanka Rosenstiel
This event is sponsored by the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies and the Center for Intermarium Studies.

Saturday, April 4th
1:00 PM – 6:30 PM

The Institute of World Politics
Commodore John Barry Room
1521 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C.


Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz
Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies and Director of the Center for Intermarium Studies, The Institute of World Politics
1:00 PM – 1:10 PM

More than Wings: Early Modern Polish Commanders and the Use of Combined Arms
Dr. John Radzilowski
Professor of History, University of Alaska
The Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s small armies, based around a seemingly outmoded form of heavy cavalry, Winged Hussars, were able to hold their own against numerically superior foes, including those using tactics and weapons designed specifically to defeat such cavalry for more than two hundred years. This lecture discusses how armies of the Commonwealth and their commanders successfully used a combination of troops and tactics to “shape the battlefield” and overcome superior enemy forces time and again.
1:10 PM – 1:55 PM

The First World War and the German Occupation in the East
Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz
Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies and Director of the Center for Intermarium Studies, The Institute of World Politics
This lecture will examine the conditions under the German occupation during WWI in the so-called eastern borderlands.
Following these remarks, Dr. Chodakiewicz will discuss the book Disinformation by Natalie Grant-Wraga.
1:55 PM – 3:25 PM

Hors d’Oeuvres
3:25 PM – 3:55 PM

Exiled Children – Damned or Delivered?
Mrs. Maria Juczewska
Associate Director, Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, The Institute of World Politics
Reinstatement of political relations between the Polish government-in-exile and the Soviet government in July 1941 resulted in so-called amnesty for the Polish citizens deported to USSR between 1940 and 1941. The lecture will discuss the circumstances accompanying the evacuation of Polish children-deportees from the USSR as a part of the so-called General Anders’ Army.
3:55 PM – 4:40 PM

Film Screening: Auschwitz Report
Directed and Produced by Mr. Krzysztof Brożek
In 2020, we commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first dispatch of transport of victims to the Auschwitz concentration camp. Auschwitz Report discusses the reporting of the Polish Underground State to the Allies in the West on the genocidal nature of the camp throughout World War II.
4:40 PM – 6:10 PM

Q&A with Krzysztof Brożek
Mr. Krzysztof Brożek
Historian/Screenwriter and Documentary Film Director
6:10 PM – 6:30 PM

About the Speakers:

Dr. John Radzilowski (Arizona State University, 1999), is a professor of history at the University of Alaska. He specializes in American and Polish history and is the author or co-author of 17 books and numerous articles, including Poles in Illinois (2020, co-author with A. Gunkel) and Frantic 7: The American Effort to Aid the Warsaw Uprising and the Origins of the Cold War (2017, co-author with J. Szczesniak).​

Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz holds The Kosciuszko Chair in Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, where he also serves as a Professor of History and teaches courses on Geography and Strategy, Contemporary Politics and Diplomacy, Russian Politics and Foreign Policy, and Mass Murder Prevention in Failed and Failing States. He is the author of Intermarium: The Land Between the Black and Baltic Seas and numerous other books and articles. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University and has previously taught at the University of Virginia and Loyola Marymount University.

Mrs. Maria Juczewska is a communication specialist with versatile international experience. Her education in linguistics, cultural studies, and international affairs, combined with years of living abroad, makes her point of view unique and comprehensive. Mrs. Juczewska has worked for the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies since 2014. In her scholarly work, she is especially interested in propaganda.

Mr. Krzysztof Brożek is a historian (Jagiellonian University graduate) and a screenwriter and documentary film director (graduate of The Leon Schiller National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź, Poland). His films include KatyńTajne Spec. ZnaczeniaZdradzeni o świcieMacedoński AdamGdzie jest Porozumienie Gdańskie, and Raport z Auschwitz/Auschwitz Report.

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