Andrzej Saramonowicz

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish film director, actor, journalist, and scriptwriter. Member of the Board of the Directors’ Guild of Poland.

He studied history at University of Warsaw before turning to journalism. He collaborated with some of the main polish mainstream magazines, such as Gazeta WyborczaViva, and Przekrój.

In 2000, his first screenplay and movie Pół serio won him the main award at the 2000 edition of the Festival of Polish Fiction Movies in Gdynia and kickstarted his career as a filmmaker.

He then went on to write, produce and direct some of the biggest commercial successes of Polish cinema in the last decade. His comedies Testosteron, Lejdis, and Idealny facet dla mojej dziewczyny alone totaled 4.6 million viewers, approximately a quarter of all tickets sold in that period.


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Donald Tusk

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish politician who has been the President of the European Council since 2014. He served as Prime Minister of Poland from 2007 to 2014 and was a co-founder and chairman of the Civic Platform political party.

Tusk has been involved in Polish politics since the early 1990s, having founded several political parties and held elected office almost continuously since 1991. Tusk was one of the co-founders of the free-market-oriented Liberal Democratic Congress party. He entered the Sejm in 1991, but lost his seat in the 1993 election which went badly for the Congress.

In 1994, the Congress merged with the Democratic Union to form the Freedom Union. In 1997, Tusk was elected to the Senate, and became its deputy speaker.

In 2001, he co-founded another centre-right party, Civic Platform (PO), and he was again elected to the Sejm, and became its deputy speaker.

He was elected Prime Minister in 2007 and with his party’s victory in the 2011 Polish parliamentary election, he became the first Prime Minister to be re-elected since the fall of Communism in Poland.

In 2014, he became President of the European Council, and was re-elected to this position in 2017. He resigned as Polish Prime Minister to take the role, having been the longest-serving Prime Minister of the Third Polish Republic.


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Michael J. Abramowitz

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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 led the museum’s genocide prevention efforts and later oversaw its public education programs.

He was previously National Editor and then White House correspondent for the Washington Post.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and former fellow at the German Marshall Fund and the Hoover Institution. A graduate of Harvard College, he is also a board member of the National Security Archive.

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Barbara Nowacka

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish  politician and feminist activist, the leader of Polish Initiative and Civic Coalition.

A left activist, formerly in Labor United, and later in Your Movement, in October 2015 she became leader of the United Left coalition for the Polish parliamentary election, 2015, bringing together Labor United, Your Movement, the Democratic Left Alliance, the Greens, and the Polish Socialist Party.

In 2014, she  joined Janusz Palikot’s Your Movement, becoming a joint leader, and helped to create the United Left, a broad coalition.

In 2016, Foreign Policy magazine included Nowacka, together with Agnieszka Dziemianowicz-Bąk of Razem, on its annual list of the 100 most influential global thinkers for their role in organizing protests against a total ban on abortion in Poland.


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Shalini Randeria

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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.

She is currently a member of the Editorial Boards of the American Ethnologist, Public Anthropologist and The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Anthropology as well as a member of the Advisory Board of the journal Comparative Migration Studies. She serves on the Board of Trustees of the Central European University (CEU), the Academic Advisory Board of the Wien Museum as well as the Advisory Board of the Higher Education Support Program of the Open Society Foundations.

Her research foci include the anthropology of law, state and policy, particularly the transnationalisation of law, normative pluralism; reproductive rights, population policy and gender; displacement and privatisation of common property resources; the anthropology of globalisation and development; post-coloniality and multiple modernities; and civil society and social movements.

She studied at the universities of Delhi and Heidelberg, was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, received her Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from the Free University, Berlin in 1992, and habilitation in 2002.

She was Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Zurich, as well as Professor and Founding Chair of the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the Central European University Budapest, and has held Visiting Professorships at Ludwig Maximilians University, Munich, at the University of Vienna and at EHESS, Paris as well as at the Berlin Social Science Research Center and the Free University of Berlin. 

She has been a Member of the Senate of the German Research Council (DFG), President of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA) and a Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies, Berlin. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Wenner-Gren Foundation, New York and as member of the Editorial Board of Annual Review of Anthropology.

Recent edited volumes include: Migration and Borders of Citizenship (with Ravi Palat, special issue of Refugee Watch. A South Asian Journal on Forced Migration, 2017); Border Crossings. Grenzverschiebungen und Grenzüberschreitungen in einer globalisierten Welt (vdf Hochschulverlag, 2016); Politics of the Urban Poor (with Veena Das, special issue of Current Anthropology, 2015); Anthropology, Now and Next. Diversity, Connections, Confrontations, Reflexivity. Essays in Honour of Ulf Hannerz (with Thomas Hylland Eriksen and Christina Garsten, Berghahn Publishers, 2014); Jenseits des Eurozentrismus. Postkoloniale Perspektiven in den Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften (with Sebastian Conrad und Regina Römhild, 2nd edition, Campus Verlag, 2013); and Critical Mobilities (with D’Amato, Gianni, Panese, Francesco, Ruedin, Didier, and Ola Söderström, Routledge, 2013); Eckert, Andreas and Shalini Randeria, eds. Vom Imperialismus zum Empire: Nicht-westliche Perspektiven auf Globalisierung (Frankfurt a. M.: Suhrkamp, 2009); Fuchs, Martin, Antje Linkenbach, and Shalini Randeria, eds. Konfigurationen der Moderne: Diskurse zu Indien (Special issue, Soziale Welt 15, Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlag, 2004).

Agnieszka Holland

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish film and TV director and a screenwriter. Her first steps in cinematography she took by Krzysztof Zanussi’s side. She received her first significant award in Cannes for movie Aktorzy prowincjonalni, after which she gained international recognition.

Her films were quickly noticed worldwide, which resulted in her being nominated for an Oscar three times, for the movies Gorzkie żniwa, Europa, Europa, and W ciemności. In works she often raises serious topics that stem from war experiences of the protagonists. Her films are often compared to that of Andrzej Wajda.

Since January 2014, she is the Chairperson of European Film Academy in Berlin.

Robert Biedroń

Freedom Games 2018

Mayor of the city of Słupsk, a former MP, local government official, expert on human rights organizations in Poland and abroad, columnist.

A member of the advisory group on gender equality, forced displacement, and protection at the United Nations. A former delegate to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. A former vice-chairman of the Seym Committee on Justice and Human Rights and a member of the Sejm Foreign Affairs Committee.

A graduate of the School of Political and Social Leaders and the Human Rights School at the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights.

The Founder of the Podkarpackie Institute – a foundation that develops civil society in Podkarpacie. The Founder of the Institute of Democratic Thought.

Jamie Whyte

Freedom Games 2018

A New Zealand politician who is a former leader of ACT New Zealand, a free market political party of New Zealand.  In February 2017, he joined the Institute of Economic Affairs as Director of Research.

He is a former philosophy lecturer, currency trader, and management consultant. He has written books and newspaper columns about reasoning and politics.

Since 2004, he has written books for general audiences and newspaper columns, aiming to expose shoddy reasoning, especially by politicians. In 2006 he won the Reason Foundation Bastiat Prize for journalism (jointly with Tim Harford of the Financial Times) and in 2010 he was named runner up. In June 2014, he won the Institute of Economic Affairs Arthur Seldon Memorial Award for Excellence for Quack Policy (2013).

He is the author of Crimes Against Logic (titled Bad Thoughts: A Guide to Clear Thinking in the UK; 2004), A Load of Blair (2005), and Free Thoughts (2012), and has also written columns for many notable publications, including The Times, City A.M., Standpoint, Financial Times, and The Wall Street Journal.

He has also occasionally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and television.

Whyte’s political philosophy is classical liberalism, in the tradition of Friedrich Hayek.


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Dorota Masłowska

Freedom Games 2018

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.
On May 9, 2018, Wydawnictwo Literackie released her latest novel, Inni ludzie.
A columnist at the Dwutygodnik magazine.

Photo: Karol Grygoruk

Radosław Sikorski

Freedom Games 2018

A Polish politician and journalist. He was Marshal of the Sejm from 2014 to 2015 and Minister of Foreign Affairs in Donald Tusk’s cabinet between 2007 and 2014. He previously served as Deputy Minister of National Defense (1992) in Jan Olszewski’s cabinet, 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.

From 2002 to 2005, Sikorski was a resident fellow of the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and executive director of the New Atlantic Initiative. He was editor of the analytical publication European Outlook.

As Poland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, he was a strong supporter of closer ties with the EU’s Eastern Neighbors. He opted for the integration of those countries into European structures, advocated anchoring Ukraine within the European Union and called for economic changes in Belarus.

Sikorski was the main architect, along with his Swedish counterpart and friend Carl Bildt, of the eastern policy of the EU – which came to be called the Eastern Partnership.

On November 6, 2015, he was appointed a Senior Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. He is also a distinguished statesman with the Brzezinski Institute on Geostrategy at CSIS.

On February 11, 2016, he was elected the Chairman of the Board of the Bydgoszcz Industrial-Technological Park.


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After the Freedom Games 2018

Battle of History

November 9-11, 2018 || Lodz, EC1 - City of Culture

135 speakers, over 3,000 participants and three days filled with panels, meetings and concerts. Together, we have proved that one can celebrate Polish independence by talking and discussing both the past and the future of the country, and not in the smoke of flares and the noise of nationalist drums. We will remember the inspiring speeches of great speakers from the world of politics, culture, science and business, headed by Donald Tusk, Robert Biedron, Jolanta Kwaśniewska and participants of the panel Polish Independence.

The 6th edition of the Freedom Games will take place in Łódź on 4-6 October 2019. More information soon.

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What are Freedom Games?

Freedom Games are a meeting of individuals who are curious about the world and open to new ideas. It is a gathering of renowned experts and intellectuals, and a discussion about the key challenges the Western societies must face in the 21st century. Being a unique interdisciplinary event of this kind held in Poland, its main objective is to offer a creative space for exchanging ideas between the representatives of culture, business, and public life, among others. Freedom Games 2017 gathered over 2,000 attendees.

Freedom Games are the biggest and most prominent event organized by the  Liberté! Foundation. Our goal is to make it the leading intelectual event in Lodz, Poland.

Freedom Games Program

The Organizer reserves the right to modify parts of the program

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16.00 – 17.00

Registration

17.00 – 17.30

Freedom Games 2018 Opening 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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 Marshall of Łódzkie Voivodeship Witold Stępień,
  • Welcome address by Detmar Doering, representative of the Friedrich-Naumann Foundation for Freedom for Central Europe and the Baltic States in Prague

17.30 – 17.40

“Battle for the Role of Parliament” – a speech

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • Barbara Dolniak – Deputy Speaker of the Sejm of the Republic of Poland of the 7th term, a former judge (in the years 1987-2015), member of the National Board of the Nowoczesna party

17.40 – 18.10

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

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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

18.10 – 19.10

“The State, in Theory ” – a literary meeting with:

// Room A (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz – a Polish politician, historian, and commentator, former Minister of Inferior of Poland
  • Moderator: Bartłomiej Radziejewski – a Polish political scientist and columnist, the founder and Director of Nowa Konfederacja

18.10-18.40

“Brexit: Forward to the Past” – a lecture 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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

18.40 – 19.10

“Third Polish Republic: What Next?” – a lecture 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • Tomasz Lis – a Polish journalist,TV and radio host, and press columnist, Editor-in-Chief of the Newsweek Polska weekly

19.20-20.20

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

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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

19.20 – 20.20

“Private History” – a literary meeting with:

// Room A (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Tomasz Lis – a Polish journalist,TV and radio host, and press columnist, Editor-in-Chief of the Newsweek Polska weekly

20.20-21.20

“How Democracies Die” – a panel discussion 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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!

22.15

The Love and Beauty Seekers a concert

// Machine Hall

  • 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

23.00

Afterchatting 

// 6. Dzielnica, 102 Piotrkowska St.

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9.00 – 10.00

Registration

10.00 – 11.00

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

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • Donald Tusk  a Polish politician, President of the European Council, a former senator, deputy speaker of the Sejm and Senate and Prime Minister, Co-Founder of the Civic Platform and its Chairman in 2003-2014

11.00 – 12.20

“Battle of Identity” – a panel discussion 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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!

11.00 – 12.20

“The Battle of Economy and a Fight for the Dignity of a Pole/Entrepreneur” – a roundtable

// Room A (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Michał Brzeziński – a Polish economist, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Economic Sciences at the University of Warsaw, social expert of the Polish Committee of the European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN Poland),
  • Marek Góra – Head of the Department of Economics I at the Warsaw School of Economics,
  • Mariusz Książek – a Polish entrepreneur and economic activist, President of the Board of Marvipol Development SA, President of the British Automotive Holding Capital Group,
  • Ignacy Morawski – a Polish economist and financial journalist, Director of the Reports and Analyzes Department at Bonnier Business Polska, Head of the SpotData analytical platform,
  • Robert Sobiech – a Polish sociologist, Director of the Institute of Public Policies at Collegium Civitas
  • Moderator: Grzegorz Cydejko – a Polish journalist, economic, political, and business commentator, member of the boards of the REPROPOL Association of Journalists and Publishers, Modern People Association of  Miasto2077

12.30 – 13.50

“Remembrance Policy” – a panel discussion 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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 “Histmag.org” 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

// Room A (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Brunon Bartkiewicz – CEO of ING Bank Śląski,
  • Krzysztof Dudek – A Chief Director of the New Theatre of Kazimierz Dejmek in Lodz, former Director of the National Center for Culture,
  • Artur Nowak–Gocławski – CEO of ANG Group,  CEO of the “Będę Kim Zechcę” foundation, the leader of the Nienieodpowiedzialni.pl 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 Nienieodpowiedzialni.pl

12.30 – 13.50

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

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO A ROAD ACCIDENT

  • 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 President of the Board at Aureus Link Foundation, Liberté!

12.30 – 13.50

“How to Teach Recent History in Poland?” – a roundtable

// Room C (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • 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,
  • Andrzej Friszke –a Polish historian, former member of the College of the Institute of National Remembrance and deputy chairman of the Institute of National Remembrance Council, professor of humanities, correspondent member of the Polish Academy of Sciences,
  • 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 of Poland
  • 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

Intermission

15.00 – 16.20

“Polish Glare” – a literary meeting with: 

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • 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 Polish History of LGBT” – a panel discussion

// Room A (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Artur Dunin – MP, Civic Platform,
  • Monika Rosa – MP, Nowoczesna, Chairwoman of Nowoczesna in Silesia,
  • Joanna Ostrowska  a Polish historian, the author of the book “Przemilczanie – seksualna praca przymusowa w czasie II wojny światowej” (Silence – Sexual Forced Labor during World War II),
  • 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

// Room C (2nd floor) // in English

  • 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 party,
  • Borys Budka Deputy Chairman of Civic Platform, Polish lawyer, doctor of economic sciences, academic teacher, former Minister of Justice
  • 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 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

“Globalization and Its Critics” – an 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)

Speakers:

  • 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,
  • Shahin Vallée – an economist, European Institute of the London School of Economics, former Senior Economist for Soros Fund Management and personal advisor to George Soros, former economic advisor to Emmanuel Macron at the French Economy Ministry and to the President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy,
  • 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:

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • 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:

// Room A (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz – a Polish politician, historian, and commentator, former Minister of Inferior of Poland
  • Moderator: Marcin Celiński – a columnist, commentator, entrepreneur, Co-Founder and President of Arbitror Publishing House, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Liberté!

18.00 – 19.20

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

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • 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

18.00 – 19.20

“Reason of State vis-à-vis Geopolitics – Yesterday and Today” – a panel discussion 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • Leszek Jażdżewski  Editor-in-Chief of Liberté!,
  • Sławomir Sierakowski  Editor-in-Chief of Krytyka Polityczna,
  • Brendan Simms Professor of History of European International Relations, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge, co-president of the Henry Jackson Society, President of the Project for Democratic Union,
  • Adam Szłapka MP, Secretary General of Nowoczesna, a member of Foreign Affairs Committee and the Committee for Special Services
  • Moderator: Katarzyna Pisarska – Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy and the Visegrad School of Political Studies

19.30 – 20.50

“Was Polish History Male-Dominated?Herstory” – a panel discussion

// Machine Hall // with simultaneous translation

  • Marta Madejska – a Polish writer, journalist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Łódzka Gazeta Społeczna “Miasto Ł”, Museum Center of the Museum of Art in Łódź, the author of the book Aleja Włókniarek,
  • Bogna Świątkowska – President of the Board of the Bęc Zmiana Foundation,
  • Ludwika Wujec – a Polish local government official, opposition activist in the People’s Republic of Poland associated with the Workers’ Defense Committee and Solidarity, former Secretary General of the Democratic Union, 
  • Kazimiera Szczuka – a Polish literary historian, writer, academic teacher, journalist, television host, and feminist activist,
  • Moderator: Daria Hejwosz-GromkowskaLiberté!

19.30 – 20.50

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

// Room C (2nd flor) // in Polish

  • Andrzej Friszke –a Polish historian, former member of the College of the Institute of National Remembrance and deputy chairman of the Institute of National Remembrance Council, professor of humanities, correspondent member of the Polish Academy of Sciences,
  • 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

22.00

Karolina Cicha & Company – a concert

// Machine Hall

  • 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”

23.00

Afterchatting 

// 6. Dzielnica, 102 Piotrkowska St.

EC1 Łódź - City of Culture

10.30 – 11.00

Registration

11.00 - 12.20

“The Truth of Time, the Truth of the Screen – Historical Policy in Cinematography” – a panel discussion 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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,
  • Konrad Szołajski a Polish film director and screenwriter,
  • Maja Komorowska – a Polish theatre and film actress
  • Moderator: Ewa Tyszko – a Polish journalist, TV Toya
  • The panel is organized in cooperation with Łódzki Komitet Obrony Demokracji

11.00 – 12.20

“Digital New Deal” – a roundtable

// Room A (2nd floor) // in English

  • Máté Hajba – Director of Free Market Foundation,
  • Kryštof Kruliš – Research Fellow at Association for International Affairs,
  • Martin Reguli – Analyst at F. A. Hayek Foundation
  • Moderator: Marcin Frenkel Liberté! editorial team
  • 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

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • 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,
  • Dariusz Paczkowski – President of the Board at Klamra Foundation,
  •  Krzysztof Wychowałek

    Director of the Łódź Center for Ecological Activities “Źródła”

  • Moderator: Przemysław Staciwa – a journalist, TV Toya

12.30 – 13.30

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

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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!

12.30-13.50

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

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

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

12.30-13.50

“State Policy on Technology” – a roundtable

// Room C (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Małgorzata Starczewska-Krzysztoszek – a lecturer at the Faculty of Economic Sciences of the University of Warsaw, Society of Polish Economists, Coalition for Polish Innovation,
  • 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 – a lecturer at the Faculty of “Artes Liberales” of the University of Warsaw, Chairman of the ethical and legal group in the expert team of the Ministry of Digital Affairs 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,
  • Paweł Rabiej –Vice-Mayor of the City of Warsaw, a Polisha Polish journalist and columnist, politician affiliated with the Nowoczesna party,
  • Zbigniew Pisarski Founder and President of the Casimir Pulaski Foundation
  • Moderator: Marcin Frenkel  Liberté!
  • The roundtable is organized under the patronage of Orange

14.00 – 15.00

Intermission

15.00 – 16.20

“Building Local Memory” – a literary meeting with:

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • 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: 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • Robert Biedroń – the Mayor of the city of Słupsk, a former MP, local government official, expert on human rights organizations in Poland and abroad, columnist

17.30 – 18.20

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

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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: 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

  • 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

18.30 – 19.20

“Make Yourself a Nation!” – a literary meeting with: 

// Room B (2nd floor) // in Polish

  • Marek Migalski – a Polish political scientist, doctor of humanities, academic teacher, political journalist, and politician, the author of Naród urojony and Budowanie narodu. Przypadek Polski w latach 2015-2017
  • Moderator: Magdalena Melnyk – a Polish columnist, author, expert in the areas of Spanish-speaking countries, political transformation, social movements, and women’s rights

19. 30 – 21.00

“Independent Polish Woman” – power speeches 

// Machine Hall (with simultaneous translation)

The finale of the Freedom Games 2018 takes place under the slogan Independent Polish Woman. On the stage we host outstanding women representing various industries and professions who will deliver strong, socially important, short speeches inspired by November 11. Independence has also a feminine face!

  • Jolanta Kwaśniewska –a Polish lawyer, social activist, President of the Porozumienie Bez Barier foundation, the First Lady of the Republic of Poland in 1995-2005
  • Henryka Krzywonos-Strycharska – a Polish opposition activist during the times of the Polish People’s Republic, MP affiliated with Civic Platform
  • Sylwia Gregorczyk-Abram – Polish lawyer, associated with the Clifford Chance law firm, a Member of the Board of Zbigniew Hołda Association, co-creator of the Free Courts civic initiative
  • Kasia Gauza – an activist of the Krytyka Polityczna Club in Lodz, Łódzkie Dziewuchy Dziewuchom, and the Łodzianka historical group
  • Magda Melnyk – a Polish columnist, author, expert in the areas of Spanish-speaking countries, political transformation, social movements, and women’s rights
  • Anna Dziewit-Meller – a Polish writer and journalist, the author of bestselling children’s books from the Damy, dziewuchy, dziewczyny series
  • Olga Kozierowska – a Polish business journalist associated with the Eurozet Group, social activist, motivational speaker, trainer, and mentor, Founder of Sukces Pisany Szminką
  • Hanna Lis – a Polish journalist and TV presenter, in the past associated with Polish Television (TVP) and TVN, a host of the talk show “Between Words” at Polsat Café,
  • Bożena Przyłuska – a Polish entrepreneur, social activist, sociologist, management specialist, activist of the Warsaw Women’s Strike and Vice-President of the Congress of Secularity association
  • Krystyna Boczkowska President of the Board of  Robert Bosch, Representative of Bosch Group in Poland
  • Sylwia Spurek – a Polish lawyer, Deputy Commissioner for Human Rights of the Republic of Poland
  • Aleksandra Przegalińska Assistant Professor at Kozminski University, Research Fellow at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT
  • Orina Krajewska Polish actress, theater instructor, co-founder and President of the Małgosia Braunek “Be” Foundation, promoting an integral approach to health in prevention as well as in the treatment of chronic diseases, especially oncological diseases

22.00

Natalia Przybysz / Raphael Rogińskia concert

// Machine Hall

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

23.00

Afterchatting – 6. Dzielnica, 102 Piotrkowska St.

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