The 11th Annual Kościuszko Chair Conference

On November 3, 2018, Dr. Marek Chodakiewicz opened the 11th Annual Zdzisław Zakrzewski Kościuszko Chair Conference. This year the topics revolved around Polish independence as well as real and potential threats to it. Ms. Maria Juczewska discussed General Haller’s Army’s diplomatic and military contribution to the rebirth of Poland. Mr. Matthew J. O’Brien analyzed the dangers European countries are facing due to their immigration policies. His lecture led to the conclusion that Poland and its neighbors may become the next victims of the immigration crisis. The second part of the conference last fall entailed a unique film screening. Mr. Robert Orlando premiered his documentary The Divine Plan on the extraordinary partnership between the American President, Ronald Reagan, and the Pope, John Paul II, in fighting the Soviet Union. Drawing on the discussions with scholars, politicians, historians, and journalists, Mr. Orlando delved into the religious and political history of the partnership between the Pope and the American President that overthrew communism. The program of the conference entailed the following lectures:

  1. Introduction

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, Ph.D., the Head of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies at The Institute of World Politics, introduced the main themes of the conference.

  1. Saved from Overseas: Contribution of the General Haller’s Army to the Independence of Poland 

Mrs. Maria Juczewska, an Associate Director of the Kościuszko Chair of Polish Studies, gave a lecture commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence. One of the factors that greatly contributed to the rebirth of Poland was the support of General Haller’s Army, created on the American soil. The lecture discusses the Army’s diplomatic and military contribution to Polish independence.

Click here to watch the lecture.

  1. Radical Islam and Resettlement Jihad: Are Poland and Its Neighbors the Next Potential Victims?

Mr. Matthew J. O’Brien, the Director of Research at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, explained how the nations of Europe are rapidly becoming the victims of their unnecessarily generous immigration. He further analyzed their – possibly too broad – concepts of religious freedom and unwillingness to defend Judeo-Christian culture from Islamic encroachment. In the conclusion he posited a question whether Poland and its neighbors would be the next casualties of this disturbing trend.

Click here to watch the lecture.

  1. The Divine Plan – a feature film presentation

Mr. Robert Orlando, an author and filmmaker, took viewers behind the scenes of a partnership that changed the world between the American President, Ronald Reagan, and the Pope, John Paul II. Told in part as a graphic thriller, this highly stylized motion picture film pushed beyond the bounds of conventional documentary-making, reviving and revising the history of the Cold War.

Click here to watch the Q&A.

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