Poland and the Twentieth-Century Totalitarianisms

The S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish Studies at Central Connecticut State University and the Janusz Kurtyka Foundation  present a meeting with Polish historians Professor Andrzej Nowak and Dr. Przemysław Benken, entitled Poland and the twientieth-century totalitarianisms. The meeting will be held online on Zoom on May 25, 2023, at 12.00 am. (GMT-4)


1. Welcome address from the project manager 
2. An introduction to the project from the Vice President of the Board of the Janusz Kurtyka
Foundation (10 min.)
3. An opening address delivered by Dr. Mieczysław Biskupski
4. Guest speaker’s lectures by Professor Andrzej Nowak and Dr. Przemysław Benken
5. A Q&A session

Zoom Link to the meeting: https://zoom.us/j/91626399192

ABOUT THE panelist

Professor Andrzej Nowak is a Polish Sovietologist and historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Polish and general history. He is head of the Sub-Department of Eastern European History at the Jagiellonian University Institute of History, and head of the Section for the History of Eastern Europe and Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Empires in the Department of the History of the Twentieth Century at the Polish Academy of Sciences. His interests include: the history of Eastern Europe, Polish-Russian relations, and Sovietology. He is author of over 30 books, over 200 scholarly articles and reviews, and over 400 newspaper articles as well as the winner of numerous prizes and distinctions. He is a member of Poland’s National Development Council, the College of the Institute of National Remembrance, and the mixed Polish–Russian Commission on History, and of several other organizations. He is editor-in-Chief of Kwartalnik Historyczny and a member of the board of editors of Dzieje Najnowsze. Among the distinctions he has received are Knight of the Order of the White Eagle, holder of the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, and winner of the 2020 Janusz Kurtyka Award.


Dr. Przemysław Benken is a Polish historian and political scientist who graduated in International Relations and Political Science from the University of Szczecin and earned his Ph.D. from the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He has been an associate of the Szczecin branch of the Institute of National Remembrance since 2012 and is currently the chief specialist in the branch’s Historical Research Office. For several years he held a teaching appointment at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń. Research interests: nineteenth- and twentieth-century military history (including the Second Indochina War) and the contemporary history of Poland, especially of the Communist security apparatus. Author of ten scholarly and general interest books (including Wypadki gryfickie 1951 r., Szczecin: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej – Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu, 2014; Ofensywa Tet 1968. Studium militarno-polityczne, Szczecin: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej – Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu, 2014; Hamburger Hill 1969, Warszawa: Tetragon, 2016; Tajemnica śmierci Jana Rodowicza „Anody”, Warszawa: Instytut Pamięci Narodowej – Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu, 2016


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