Why Poland Matters: East European Lessons for the Time of Trump - A Lecture by David Ost

WhenFebruary 21, 2017 05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
WhereFranke Institute for the Humanities
Event Websitehttps://ceeres.uchicago.edu/content/why-poland-matters-lecture-david-ost
Contact InformationCenter for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies (CEERES)
DescriptionIn the 16 months since the Law and Justice Party won elections, Poland has been thrust into the center of global interest. It has radically changed laws governing the courts, schools, media, and police. It has reduced the retirement age, introduced cash payments to parents, and begun a campaign against “gender ideology.” It refuses to accept refugees, has increasingly frosty relations with the European Union, but better relations with its own trade unions. It has also restricted the rights of the opposition.

Is Poland no longer a democratic country? Or does it finally have a government that represents the real interests of its people? Today no one doubts that Poland is transforming Europe. With other countries turning to the right, some see it
as a new model for the world. It may well provide hints of what to expect from the Trump presidency.

This talk is about how Poland’s recent history tells us so much not just about Poland, but about our world today.
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