Poland's Lech Walesa on campus May 28Winner of Peace Prize to give lecture, participate in panel Lech Walesa, former president of Poland and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, will speak at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, in Mandel Hall as a guest of the University of Chicago Political Union. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Following the talk, a panel of University faculty members will join Walesa for a discussion of NATO expansion into Poland.
Walesa will speak through an interpreter both for his lecture and for his exchange with the faculty panel.
A former shipyard electrician, Walesa was awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his work on behalf of democracy. He led a wave of strikes five years later that pressured the Communists into ceding power.
In 1990, he was elected president of Poland, a position he held until his defeat in Poland's 1995 election.
The University of Chicago Political Union is a nonpartisan student organization founded in January. Its mission is to enhance political and social awareness on campus through a speaker program, campus debates and organized political discussions among students, faculty members and local, national and international leaders.
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