Above: Dr. Marek Jan Chodakiewicz speaks at the 10th Annual Zdzislaw Zakrzewski Kościuszko Chair Conference in November 2017.
IWP professor Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz has recently been appointed to the Academic Council of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation.
IWP faculty and leadership have a longstanding relationship with VOC, which is a nonprofit educational and human rights organization devoted to commemorating the more than 100 million victims of communism around the world and to the freedom of those still living under totalitarian regimes.
VOC Chairman Dr. Lee Edwards has taught at IWP as an adjunct professor in the past. In March, he spoke at IWP on "The Many Myths of Marxism." In 2016, IWP Dean Dr. Mackubin Owens and IWP Professor Paul Goble both spoke at VOC's commemoration events. Prof. Goble has also received VOC's Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom for his outstanding work aiding policymakers in Russian affairs. Two other Truman-Reagan Medal honorees, including Anna Walentynowicz, have visited IWP. Amb. Aldona Woś, an IWP trustee who grew up under communism, is currently Vice Chairman of the Board of VOC.
Most recently, Dr. Chodakiewicz moderated a panel on "The Failure of Marxism and the Collapse of the Soviet Union" at the Victims of Communism Centennial Commemoration in November 2017.
Of his appointment to the Academic Council, Dr. Chodakiewicz comments: "I am honored and delighted to be of service. This is an extremely worthy cause, undeservedly sidelined following the demise of the Cold War. We should never forget the victims of the most extensive ideological bloodletting in global history."
Above: The Victims of Communism Memorial in Washington, D.C.