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Poland's Consul General to speak

Agnieszka Magdziak-Miszewska, consul general of the Republic of Poland in New York, will visit Rochester at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 28, to discuss "Collective Memory as a Factor in Polish-Ukrainian Relations." Her talk, sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, will take place in Lander Auditorium of Hutchison Hall.

Miszewska, who graduated from the University of Warsaw in Polish literature and from Jagiellonian University in theater studies, began her career as a staff writer for the monthly Wiez, a journal started by former Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki and connected to KIK or the Club of Catholic Intelligentsia. A year later in 1985, she was one of the creators of the independent Center for International Studies in Warsaw, a research unit later banned by the Communist authorities.

After 1989, when the country was renamed the Republic of Poland and a free-market economy was established, Miszewska joined the Polish diplomatic core and was appointed the charge d'affair of the Embassy in Moscow from 1991 to 1995. From 1995 to 2001, she served as assistant editor-in-chief of Wiez, and for three years during that period was an advisor to former Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek for Polish-Jewish relations. Since April 2001, she has been the consul general of the Republic of Poland with offices in New York and serves residents of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

Miszewska has published numerous articles on topics of foreign policy and international security, specifically on Ukraine and Polish-Jewish relations.

A reception will follow her talk, which is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Skalny Center at x5-9898.

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