Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society Hosts Polish Archbishop Józef Życiński

Princeton Institute for International and Regional Study’s Program in Contemporary European Politics and Society hosts Józef Życiński, Archbishop of Lublin and Poland’s most famous Catholic intellectual, for two days of lectures and dialogues in November. The events launch the “Europe and Its Identity” fall lecture series.

The Archbishop, who is also a philosopher and a professor at the Pontifical Theological Academy in Krakow, was named “Man of the Year” by the leading Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza in 2007. The award is bestowed to “honor individuals who contribute to the development of democracy by promoting tolerance, acting in the interest of open societies and supporting the battle for human rights.”

 In a lecture on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at 4:30 p.m. in Bowl 1, Robertson Hall, Życiński will consider the debates about religious and secular values in constituting European and Polish identity.  At noon the following day in Dodds Auditorium, Robertson Hall, he will engage in a dialogue on Christian–Jewish relations with Princeton University Professor of History Jan Gross, author of the recent book Fear: Anti-Semitism in Poland after Auschwitz.

These events are cosponsored with the Department of History and the Center for the Study of Religion and are open to the public. For more information contact Audrey Mainzer at