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“World War I, Its Impact, and Those Who Made Poland’s Rebirth Happen”

October 25, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Poster for Pienkos event with 20th century Polish national heroes with soldiers in background

Speaker: Don Pienkos, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

World War I ended on the western front on November 11, 1918. That same day in Warsaw Joseph Pilsudski proclaimed Poland’s independence. The short and long term significance of these two intertwined events is the subject of this illustrated presentation.

Donald Pienkos is Professor Emeritus of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he taught courses on Soviet and post Soviet politics and foreign policy, and the politics of Eastern Europe from 1969 to 2013. Don completed his MA, PhD, and Certificate in Russian Area Studies at the University of Wisconsin and earned his doctorate under the guidance of one of the University’s foremost scholars, Prof. John A. Armstrong. At UW-Milwaukee, Don was a founder of the Russian and East European Studies Committee in 1970 and the Polish Studies Committee in 1979. His many publications have focused on Poland and the Polish diaspora in America. In the 1990s he was engaged in the admission of Poland, the Czech Republic, and Hungary into the NATO Alliance. His work has been recognized on a number of occasions, most notably in 2010 when he received the Officer’s Cross of Service from the president of Poland.

This talk is being given in tribute to two legendary UW-Madison professors, Dr. John A. Armstrong (Political Science) and Dr. Michael Petrovich (History)

The Polish Heritage Club will host a reception immediately following the talk, in the space outside Room 226.

*Please note that this event takes place at Rm. 226 of the Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street.


October 25, 2018
4:00 pm - 5:15 pm


Pyle Center
702 Langdon St
Madison, WI 53706
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