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Andrzej Nowak, ‘The ‘Polish Connection’ in American Sovietology’
September 27, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Polish intellectuals played a significant role in shaping the view of the Soviet Union in post-war Europe and the United States. Andrzej Nowak will expand on the notion of the “Polish Connection” in American Sovietology by examining the political context and life experiences of its major contributors: Adam Ulam, Leopold Labedz and Richard Pipes. He will chart the evolution of their perspectives on Russia and the Soviet Union and discuss their influence on the Cold War discourse.
Nowak is a Polish historian, public intellectual and professor of Eastern European history at Jagiellonian University and at the Institute of History (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw). He served as editor-in-chief of a political-cultural bimonthly ARCANA from 1994 to 2012 and has published more than 20 books, mostly on Eastern European political and intellectual history. He was a visiting professor and lecturer at many universities in the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. Nowak is currently the chairman of the Advisory Council of The Center for Polish-Russian Dialogue and Understanding and a member of the National Development Council, appointed by the Polish president Andrzej Duda.