Panel Discussion: Human Solidarity, Polish Solidarnosc
This panel discussion will open an exhibit of photographs and eyewitness testimonies that document the story of the rise of Polish Solidarnosc, the non-violent social movement that began the end of Communism in Europe. Human Solidarity invites a fresh look at Polish events through the experience of American social movements–labor, civil rights, and peace. What was in the minds and hearts of the people who decided to stand up for what was right, without any certainty about how it might all turn out? Co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland; Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and The International Studies Living Learning Center.
Ewa Junczyk-Ziomecka is the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York. She also served as Secretary of State at the Chancellery of the President of the Republic of Poland in charge of social issues. She graduated from the Law Department and post-graduate journalistic studies at the University of Warsaw. In her early career she worked for the Sztandar Młodych daily, Panorama Weekly (the Warsaw edition). In August 1980, she was at the Gdaosk Shipyard at the time of the Solidarity-ignited strike. During the martial law in Poland, she was officially banned by the communist regime from working as a journalist. In 1982, Junczyk-Ziomecka left for the U.S. to join the émigré community of the former Solidarity members.
Andrzej W. Tymowski is Director of International Programs at the American Council of Learned Societies. These include the new African Humanities Program; the Humanities Program in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine; the initiative on East and Southeast Asian Archaeology and Early History; the Committees on East European Studies and Language Training; and the recently concluded Social Science Translation Project. He has taught political science at Emory University and interdisciplinary seminar courses at Yale College and the University of Warsaw. His current interest is the comparative study of academic cultures and its consequences for practice.
Richard Hornik is Director of Southeast Asia Programs for the Independent Journalism Foundation, focusing on training journalists in Vietnam and Cambodia. He also served as the interim director of the Center for News Literacy and is a lecturer in Stony Brook’s School of Journalism. He was business editor of TIME’s European edition (1998 to 2000) in London and deputy chief of correspondents and news service director of TIME in New York (1994 to 1997). He served as TIME’s bureau chief in Warsaw (1981 to 1983), Boston, Beijing, and Hong Kong, and its national economics correspondent in Washington, D.C. Hornik co-authored Massacre in Beijing and has written for Foreign Affairs.
Timothy Moran’s research and writing focus on social inequality and mobility, global political economy, Latin American studies, and quantitative methods in the social sciences. He is a faculty member in Stony Brook’s Department of Sociology. Together with Roberto Patricio Korzeniewicz he published Unveiling Inequality: A World-Historical Perspective. At present, Moran is working on three lines of research: a project seeking to rethink, theoretically and empirically, stratification and social mobility from a global perspective; a project investigating how globalization affects the social rights of citizenship at the start of the 21st century; and a NSF-funded project on contentious collective action in Latin America.
Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood, Department of European Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Stony Brook University, received her M.A. in English philology from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan and her Ph.D. in Slavic literatures from Yale University. She specializes in Polish and Russian 19th-century literatures and East-Central European cinema. She teaches courses in film studies, cultural studies, and literature.