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Polish journalist to discuss 'Dictatorship's Past,' March 14

Polish journalist and activist Adam Michnik will deliver a lecture titled "A Dictatorship's Past: The Cleansing of Collective Memory" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in 219 Burr Hall.

The lecture will focus on the difficulties of dealing with the past in societies with newly established democratic regimes. Michnik will examine transitions to pluralism and democracy in Germany after World War II, in various Latin American countries in the 1980s and 1990s, in post-apartheid South Africa and in post-communist East-Central Europe.

Michnik was a leading figure in the struggle for freedom of speech and democratization in Eastern Europe in the 1960s and was imprisoned for six years in communist Poland. Since 1989, he has been editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, which was the first free daily newspaper in post-communist East-Central Europe. Michnik was one of the founders of the Workers' Defense Committee in Poland and a leading member of the Solidarity trade union movement.

The lecture is sponsored by the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies. It is designated as the 2005-06 Cyril Black Memorial Lecture and the annual PIIRS Distinguished Lecture.

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