DIFFICULT QUESTIONS ON POLISH-JEWISH RELATIONS
A CONVERSATION WITH
KONSTANTY GEBERT & JOANNA PODOLSKA
MODERATED BY CONSUL GENERAL
JOANNA KOZIŃSKA – FRYBES
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2012, BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA
Konstanty Gebert is an international reporter and columnist at “Gazeta Wyborcza”, Poland’s biggest daily. He was a democratic opposition activist in the Seventies, when he was also an organizer of the Jewish Flying University, and an underground journalist in the Eighties under martial law.
He is the founder of the Polish Jewish intellectual monthly Midrasz, and a board member of the Taube Centre for the Renewal of Jewish Life in Poland and of Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He has taught in Poland, Israel and the US. He wrote ten books, e.g. on the Polish democratic transformation and on French policy toward Poland, the Yugoslav wars and the wars of Israel, Torah commentary and post-war Polish Jewry. His essays have appeared in two dozen collective works in Poland and abroad, and his articles in newspapers around the world.
Joanna Podolska is a journalist and broadcaster, a graduate and a professor of the University of Łódź, and the current director of the Marek Edelman Center for Dialogue (Centrum Dialogu im. Marka Edelmana). She initiated the "Colorful Tolerance" project in 2000 and also serves as President of the Institute of Tolerance (since 2003). She is widely published and authored eight books on the history of Jewish community in Poland, especially in Łódź. For her work promoting tolerance, Ms. Podolska received numerous awards.
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
March 4, 2012 at 7 p.m. - Monsieur Chopin at the Pasadena Playhouse (30% discount on tickets for Modjeska Club members)
March 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. - Maria Pilatowicz's New Novel, with Sue Zhou, pianist, Ruskin Art Club, Los Angeles
March 23, TBA - Alina Szapocznikow Exhibition at the Hammer Museum
April 22, TBA - Beth Holmgren's biography of Modjeska (Indiana University Press), reading and book signing at the Bowers Museum, Santa Ana, cosponsored with Helena Modjeska Foundation of Orange County
May 13, 2012, TBA - Maciej Grzybowski, piano - An Adventurous Recital
June 23, TBA - Annual General Meeting of the Modjeska Club