Freedom Games Program

Please bear in mind that this is a preliminary program. It might be altered or further modified. It also does not present a complete list of all speakers. The full program will be published on October 30, 2018

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16.00 – 17.00


17.00 – 17.30

Freedom Games 2018 Opening

  • Welcome address by Błażej Lenkowski, President of the Board of Liberté! Foundation, the Organizer of Freedom Games,
  • Welcome address by Hanna Zdanowska, Mayor of the City of Lodz,
  • Welcome address by Detmar Doering, representative of the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom for Central Europe and the Baltic States in Prague
  • Welcome addresses by the partners of Freedom Games 2018

17.30 – 18.15

“Freedom of Speech: History and the Future” – a lecture

  • Michael Abramowitz – President of Freedom House. Before joining Freedom House in February 2017, he was director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Levine Institute for Holocaust Education. He was previously National Editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post


“Brexit: Forward to the Past” – a lecture

  • Brendan Simms – Professor of History of European International Relations, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Peterhouse. He has been involved in policy work through the (Conservative) BOW Group, the (Labor) Foreign Policy Centre, the British Irish Association, and the Bosnian Institute (London). He is also co-president of the Henry Jackson Society and President of the Project for Democratic Union. He has been interviewed by BBC 4, BBC World Service, RTE, and numerous Balkan radio programmes


Saving from Oblivion: The Shared Polish-Jewish History ” – a panel discussion

  • Anna Bikont – a Polish journalist, reporter, and writer,
  • Joanna Tokarska-Bakir – a Polish culture anthropologist and Religious Studies researcher, Institute of Slavic Studies of Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Moderator: Mikołaj Mirowski – a Polish historian and columnist, Director of the Department of Publications and Digital Repository of Polish History Museum


“How Democracies Die” – a panel discussion

  • Anna Materska-Sosnowska Institute of Political Sciences, University of Warsaw,
  • Aleksander Smolar – President of the Stefan Batory Foundation,
  • Marcin Król – a Polish historian of ideas and aphilosopher, Professor at the Warsaw University
  • Moderator: Tomasz Kamiński – an assistant professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz, Liberté!


The Love and Beauty Seekers – a concert

  • The Love And Beauty Seekers is a Polish trio founded in Copenhagen in 2013. The band explores the sounds based on saxophone-string bass-drums, trying to find and express the beauty and love, while at the same time questioning the existing definitions of the two terms. Their original compositions and unbound jam sessions go hand in hand with the homogeneous Scandinavian-Slavic sound, creating the sensation of freedom, honesty, energy, and youthful uncompromising nature


Afterchatting – 6. Dzielnica, 102 Piotrkowska St.

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9.00 – 10.00


10.00 – 11.00

“November 11, 2018. Poland and Europe. Two Anniversaries, Two Lessons a lecture

  • Donald Tusk President of the European Union

11.00 – 12.20

“Battle of Identity” – a panel discussion

  • Janusz Palikot – a Polish author, former politician and the leader of the Your Movement party,
  • Andrzej Leder – a Polish philosopher of culture, psychotherapist, and author, full Professor at Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN),
  • Piotr Augustyniak – a Polish thinker, philosopher, and essayist, lecturer at the Cracow University of Economics
  • Moderator: Magdalena M. Baran – a Polish philosopher, historian of ideas, and columnist, Liberté!

12.30 – 13.50

“Remembrance Policy” – a panel discussion

  • Luba Jurgenson – a Full Professor at the Department of Slavic Studies of Sorbonne University,
  • Paul Gradvohl – a French historian of Central Europe, lecturer at the University of Lorraine,
  • Janusz Marszalec – a Polish historian, Gdansk Museum
  • Moderator: Sebastian Adamkiewicz – a member of the editorial team of the “” portal, assistant in the historical department of the Museum of Independence Traditions in Łódź, collaborator of the Children’s University of Curious History, co-founder and member of the board of the Humanities Foundation
  • The panel discussion is organized in cooperation with the Bronisław Geremek Foundation

12.30 – 13.50

“Conversing about Responsibility” – a roundtable

  • Brunon Bartkiewicz – CEO of ING Bank Śląski,
  • Artur Nowak–Gocławski – CEO of ANG Group,  CEO of the “Będę Kim Zechcę” foundation, the leader of the project
  • Aleksandra Przegalińska Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT,
  • Henryk Wujec – a Polish politician,  democratic opposition activist in the times of Polish People’s Republic, former Minister of Agriculture,
  • Jacek Filek – Professor in the Department of Ethics at the Institute of Philosophy of the Jagiellonian University,
  • Piotr Voelkel – Owner of Vox Capital Group, Founder of SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities,
  • Piotr Pawłowski a Polish social activist, Founder and the Director of Stowarzyszenie Przyjaciół Integracji and Fundacja Integracja
  • Moderator: Jarosław Traczyński – Founder and President of Fundacja Kolegium Tutorów
  • The roundtable is organized in cooperation with

12.30 – 13.50

Gray Smoke, Polish Smoke” – a literary meeting with:

  • Ziemowit Szczerek – a Polish award-winning writer, journalist, and translator. He debuted as a co-author of Paczka radomskich (2010). His book Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje, czyli tajna historia Słowian – a collection of reportage texts from a trip to Ukraine written in gonzo style – was awarded with the Polityka Passport in 2013. Apart from that, he is the author of an alternative vision of Polish history contained in the book Rzeczpospolita zwycięska (2013)
  • Moderator: Joanna Ellmann Secretary of the Board at Aureus Link Foundation, Liberté!

12.30 – 13.50

“How to Teach Recent History in Poland?” – okrągły stół

  • Jan Wróbel – a Polish journalist, columnist, columnist, teacher, and historian,
  • Joanna Kluzik-Rostkowska – a Polish journalist, politician, MP of the Civic Platform, former Minister of Education,
  • Jacek Michałowski – a Polish public official, social activist, former head of the office of the President of the Republic of Poland, Bronisław Komorowski,
  • Adam Rębacz – a history teacher in the 9th Hoffmanowa High School in Warsaw,
  • Mikołaj Cześnik – a Polish sociologist, Director of Institute of Social Sciences, Dean’s Proxy for Scientific Development at the SWPS University,
  • Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz – a Polish politician, historian, and commentator, former Minister of Inferior
  • Prowadzenie: Agata Stremecka – President of the Board of the Civic Development Forum (FOR)


  • The roundtable is organized in cooperation with the Civic Development Forum  (FOR)



14.00 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.20

“Polish Glare” – a literary meeting with:

  • Eustachy Rylski – a Polish fiction writer, playwright, and screenwriter. He debuted in 1984 with a diptich titled Stankiewicz. Powrót. He is the author of such novels as Człowiek w cieniu, Warunek, Na Grobli, Obok Julii, as well as collections of short stories Tylko chłód, Wyspa, Szara lotka, and essays – such as, for instance, Po śniadaniu
  • Moderator: Przemysław Owczarek – Director of the Literature House of Lodz

15.00 – 16.20

“The History of LGBT” – a panel discussion

  • Artur Dunin – MP, Civic Platform,
  • Monika Rosa – MP, Nowoczesna,
  • Remigiusz Ryziński – a Polish writer and commentator,
  • Krzysztof Tomasik  –a Polish writer, editor, LGBT activist, a member of Krytyka Polityczna,
  • Moderator: Andrzej Kompa – a Polish historian, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Philosophy and History, University of Lodz

15.00 – 16.20

“Civil Society vis-à-vis Elections: Cooperation Opportunities. Examples from Poland and Hungary” – a panel discussion.

  • Paweł Kasprzak – a Polish columnist, the leader of the Citizens of Poland (Obywatele RP) movement,
  • Andrea Virág – a Hungarian researcher and analyst at Republikon Institute,
  • Balázs Gulyás – a Hungarian sociologist and activist, lecturer at Eotvos Lorand University (ELTE),
  • Kamila Gasiuk-Pihowicz – a Polish politician, lawyer, MP of the .Nowoczesna (.Modern) party
  • Moderator: Piotr Beniuszys Liberté!
  • A special event organized by European Liberal Forum in cooperation with Republikon Institute

16.30 – 17.50

“Capitalism / Liberalism / Globalization – A Success Story” – a panel discussion

“Good and Bad Transitions” – introduction to the discussion

  • Leszek Balcerowicz a Polish economist, founder and Council Chairman of Civil Development Forum (FOR), Head of the Department of International Comparative Studies at Warsaw School of Economics,  former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, former President of National Bank of Poland (NBP)


  • Jamie Whyte – Director of Research at Institute of Economic Affairs,
  • Detmar Doering representative of the Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit for Central Europe and the Baltic States in Prague,
  • Radovan Durana – a Slovak analyst, Co-Founder of the Institute of Economic and Social Studies (INESS),
  • Katarzyna Lubnauer – Leader of the Nowoczesna party
  • Moderator: Marek Tatała – Vice President and Economist at Civic Development Forum (FOR)
  • The panel discussion is organized in cooperation with Civil Development Forum (FOR)

16.30 – 17.50

“Historical Truth vis-à-vis Literary Fiction – How to Create a Good Story?” – a literary meeting with:

  • Elżbieta Cherezińska – a Polish writer specializing in historical novels, a theatrologist. She graduated from the faculty of theatre studies of the Theatre Academy in Warsaw. As an author of historical novels she debuted in 2005. She writes her books in cooperation with historians, archeologists, and other experts in the field. She does not, however, shy away from enriching the stories she tells with elements of fantasy
  • Moderator: Barbara Piegdoń – a publisher of the Książki. Magazyn do czytania magazine

16.30 – 17.50

“With Sienkiewicz on The Trilogy” – a meeting with:

  • Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz – a Polish politician, historian, and commentator, former Minister of Inferior
  • Moderator: Bartłomiej Radziejewski Nowa Konfederacja

18.00 – 19.20

“Jacek Kuroń – The Architect of Disobedience” – a literary meeting with:

  • Anna Bikont – a Polish journalist, reporter, and writer.She is the author of over a dozen of books, including: Pamiątkowe rupiecie, przyjaciele i sny Wisławy Szymborskiej (1997, with Joanna Szczęsna), Lawina i kamienie. Pisarze wobec komunizmu (2006, also with Joanna Szczęsna), for which she was awarded Culture Foundation Grand Award.For her book My z Jedwabnego she received European Book Prize and National Jewish Book Award (category: book about Holocaust), whereas the U.S. edition of the book was listed by The New York Times as one of the most important books of the year 2016
  • Moderator: Krzysztof Iszkowski  a member of the editorial team of the “Liberté!” magazine, the author of “Ofiary losu. Inna historia Polski

19.30 – 20.50

“Pride or Shame – Conflict over Polish History” – a panel discussion

  • Andrzej Friszke (tbc)  a Polish historian, associated with Collegium Civitas, deputy chairman of the Council of the Institute of National Remembrance,
  • Krzysztof Iszkowski  a member of the editorial team of the “Liberté!” magazine, the author of “Ofiary losu. Inna historia Polski,
  • Rafał Stobiecki – a Polish historian, Head of the Department of the History of
    Historiography and Auxiliary Sciences at the University of Łódź
  • Przemysław Żurawski vel Grajewski – a Polish political scientist and political advisor, lecturer at the Department of Theory of Foreign and Security Policy at the University of Lodz,
  • Andrzej Saramonowicz – a Polish film director, actor, journalist, and scriptwriter, Member of the Board of the Directors’ Guild of Poland,
  • Moderator: Mikołaj Mirowski – a Polish historian and columnist, Director of the Department of Publications and Digital Repository of Polish History Museum
  • The panel discussion is organized in cooperation with the Museum of Independence Traditions in Lodz as a part of the „Plus czy Minus – konfrontacje historyczne” series


Karolina Cicha & Company – a concert

  • Karolina Cicha draws from the richness and diversity of her home region – Podlaskie, located in the very northeast of Poland, which is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse areas in the whole Poland – the borderland between the East an the West. Her albums – such as ‘9 Languages’ or the latest “Płyta tatarska” – draw from traditional musical scales. However, they are not a compilation of archive material, but a coherent whole, speaking modern musical language, based on the original Cicha’s style, her charisma, individual expression, and musical experience she gained in The Centre For Theatre Practices “GARDZIENICE”


Afterchatting – 6. Dzielnica, 102 Piotrkowska St.

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10.30 – 11.00


11.00 - 12.20

“Historical Policy in Cinematography” – a panel discussion

  • Agnieszka Holland – a Polish film and TV director and a screenwriter, a Chairperson of European Film Academy in Berlin,
  • Olgierd Łukaszewicza Polish film and theatre actor, former President of the Polish Union of Stage Actors,
  • Joanna Kos-Krauze  a Polish film director and screenwriter, President of Directors’ Guild of Poland
  • Moderator: Ewa Tyszko – TV Toya
  • The panel is organized in cooperation with Łódzki Komitet Obrony Demokracji

11.00 – 12.20

“Digital New Deal” – a roundtable

  • Marcin Frenkel – Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz, a member of the Liberté! editorial team
  • Máté Hajba – Director of Free Market Foundation,
  • Kryštof Kruliš – Research Fellow at Association for International Affairs,
  • Martin Reguli – Analyst at F. A. Hayek Foundation
  • The roundtable is organized in cooperation with Association for International Affairs & Visegrad Fund

11.00 – 12.20

“Battle of Animal Rights – The History of Animal Rights Movements”  – a panel discussion

  • Dorota Danowska – a dietitian and bioethicist, animal rights activist, the owner of VEGA , the oldest vegan restaurant in Wroclaw,
  • Dariusz Gzyra
    a Polish author, columnist, researcher, vegan, activist for animal rights,
  •  Krzysztof Wychowałek

    Director of the Łódź Center for Ecological Activities “Źródła”

  • Moderator: Przemysław Staciwa – TV Toya

12.30 – 13.30

“Globalization: The History and the Future” – a meeting with:

  • Shalini Randeria – Rector of the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, as well as the Director of the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy
  • Moderator: Magdalena M. Baran  a Polish philosopher, historian of ideas, and columnist, Liberté!


“100 Years of Women’s Vote in Poland” – a panel discussion

The year 2018 marks a 100th anniversary of two crucial events: regaining Polish independence and women’s vote in Poland. The debate  will offer insights into the fight for women’s rights from various perspectives and in various aspects. The guests will discuss the notion of “herstory”, womens’ participation in social transformations, and their role in creating the foundations of the Second Polish Republic, Polish People’s Republic, and Third Polish Republic, as well as the price they paid for it. We will also investigate the current situation and the contemporary Umbrella Revolution.  

  • Barbara Nowacka – a Polish politician and feminist activist, the leader of Polish Initiative and Civic Coalition,
  • Małgorzata Tkacz-JanikPlenipotentiary of the Congress of Women for the Centenary of Women’s Rights celebration,
  • Agnieszka Grzybek – Equality expert, translator, and editor, Co-Founder of STER Foundation for Equality and Emancipation,
  • Monika Auch-Szkoda – a Polish sociologist, feminist activist, Warsaw Women’s Strike,
  • Sylwia Spurek – a Polish lawyer, Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland
  • Moderator: Aleksandra Knapik – Member of the Board of Gals for Gals Lodz Association
  • The panel is organized in cooperation with Łódzkie Dziewuchy Dziewuchom


“State Policy on Technology” – a roundtable

  • Małgorzata Starczewska-Krzysztoszek – Chief Economist of the Lewiatan Confederation
  • Michał Boni – a Polish MEP, a former Minister of Labo and Minister of Administration and Digitization of Poland,
  • Ada Florentyna Pawlak – a technology anthropologist, Polish Transhumanist Association, Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Lodz,
  • Sebastian Szymański – Ethics philosopher, Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, Chairman of the ethics group in the expert team of the Ministry of Digitization for the Polish strategy of AI,
  • Marcin Anaszewicz – a Polish lawyer and sociologist, President of Instytut Myśli Demokratycznej, a think tank founded by Robert Biedroń
  • The roundtable is organized under the patronage of Orange

14.00 – 15.00


15.00 – 16.20

“Building Local Memory” – a literary meeting with:

  • Stefan Chwin A Polish novelist, essayist, literary critic, and historian of literature whose life and literary work is closely linked to the city of Gdansk. He holds a post of Literature Professor at the University of Gdansk, his professional interests are focused on romanticism
  • Moderator: Michał NogaśGazeta Wyborcza

15.00 – 16.20

“The Ukrainian Night and the History of Polish-Ukrainian Relations” – a meeting with:

  • Marci Shore – Associate Professor of history at Yale University. She is the translator of Michał Głowiński’s The Black Seasons and the author of Caviar and Ashes: A Warsaw Generation’s Life and Death in Marxism, 1918-1968; The Taste of Ashes: The Afterlife of Totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, and most recently, The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution
  • Moderator: Magdalena M. Baran – a Polish philosopher, historian of ideas, and columnist, Liberté!

16.30 – 17.20

“Poland in Europe” – a lecture

  • Robert Biedroń – Mayor of the City of Słupsk since 2014. For many years he has been a consultant for numerous Human Rights organizations, both in Poland and abroad. He is also a co-founder and a long-standing president of the Campaign Against Homophobia. Since 2009, he has acted as the president of the Podkarpacki Institute, which is an organization focused on the development of civil society

17.30 – 18.20

“Europe or Sarmatism. Could Poland Be a Better Version of Itself?” – a meeting with:

  • Radosław Sikorski – a Polish politician and journalist. He was Marshal of the Sejm (2014–2015) and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk’s cabinet (2007–2014). He previously served as Deputy Minister of National Defense (1992), Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (1998–2001) in Jerzy Buzek’s cabinet, and Minister of National Defense (2005–2007) in Kazimierz Marcinkiewicz and Jarosław Kaczyński’s cabinets
  • Moderator: Tomasz Kamiński – an assistant professor at the Faculty of International and Political Studies, University of Lodz, Liberté!

18.30 – 19.20

“New Technologies vis-à-vis the Work of a Writer – a literary meeting with:

  • Dorota Masłowska – a Polish author, playwright, columnist, and composer. She won the Nike Literary Award for her novel Paw królowej. She penned the acclaimed Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną, for which she was awarded the Polityka Passport award. She is also the creator of plays performed around the world, including Dwoje biednych Rumunów mówiących po polsku and Między nami dobrze jest
  • Moerator: Marta Zdanowska – Literature House of Lodz

19. 30 – 21.00

“Independent Polish Woman” – power speeches


Natalia Przybysz / Raphael Rogiński – a concert

During the concentrs this charismatic duo performs songs by such artists as: Shy Albatros, David Bowie, Nina Simone, Wanda Warska, Terry Callier, and Agnieszka Osiecka, among others.

  • Natalia Przybysz is a charismatic Polish singer and lyricist. She is best known for her soul and R&B duet Sistars. After the band stopped performing, her solo career under the name of NATU or as Natalia Przybysz started to pick up. She cooperated with various artists, including Envee, Trębski, and Zabrodzki, becoming one of the most energetic lead singers in the country
  • Raphael Rogiński is a versatile Polish artist, guitarist, composer, improviser, and cultural animator. He received both jazz and classical musical education. He studies musical folklore, looking for inspiration in various places, embracing all kinds of ideas. Critics dubbed him a “living phenomenon”. He has strong ties to the Jewish culture and music, which is evident in his works, including his cooperation with the Shofar and Cukunft bands


Afterchatting – 6. Dzielnica, 102 Piotrkowska St.

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