Celebrating 100 Years of U.S.-Polish Diplomatic Relations: Alumni Association Organizes Debate on Democracy in the United States

Alumni Association together with the Department of Regional Strategic Studies of the Cardinal Wyszyński University of Warsaw and the U.S. Embassy, Warsaw organized a presentation for the university’s students about democracy in the United States. Prof. David F. Forte and Prof. Zbigniew Lewicki spoke at the event hosted by Vice President of Alumni Association Prof. Dariusz Góra-Szopiński, Head of the Department of Regional Strategic Studies.

David F. Forte is the current Distinguished Fulbright Chair at the Faculty of Law of the University of Warsaw and Professor of Law at Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. In 2016 and 2017, he was Garwood Visiting Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Politics. He holds degrees from Harvard College, Manchester University, England, the University of Toronto, and Columbia University. He writes and speaks nationally on topics such as constitutional law, religious liberty, Islamic law, the rights of families, and international affairs. During the Reagan administration, Professor Forte served as chief counsel to the United States delegation to the United Nations and alternate delegate to the Security Council. He has authored a number of briefs before the United States Supreme Court and has frequently testified before the United States Congress and consulted with the Department of State on human rights and international affairs issues.

Prof. Zbigniew Lewicki is Professor of American Studies at the Cardinal Wyszyński University of Warsaw and author of numerous publications about America and American culture. He started his studies from American literature and culture, moving to politics and international relations. His past positions include Director of Department of Americas in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of the American Studies Center at Warsaw. He was awarded scholarships by American Council of Learned Societies, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, The Huntington Library and Winterthur Library. He was a visiting scholar at different American universities.

The debate in Warsaw is the first in a series of events organized by Alumni Association to celebrate the centennial of U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations. Alumni Association is formed by former participants of exchange programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, such as Fulbright, International Visitor Leadership Program and many others. You can find more information about the Association here: http://usalumni.org.pl/en/alumni-association/