Poland: Then and Now

With the fall of the Iron Curtain, the politics and
economics of Eastern Europe have been at the
forefront of American news coverage. Occasionally it is
refreshing to look into the culture and history of the
people who survived this turmoil. The voice of the
Polish people and their culture can be heard in the
writings of Czeslaw Milosz, the CMC history department's choice in our Academic Leaders series.

Professor Milosz was a leading avant-garde poet in
Poland in the 1930s. During World War II he participated in the Resistance movement against the Nazis.
After several years in the diplomatic service, he severed
his ties with the post-war Polish government and came
to America. He is professor emeritus of Slavic languages
and literatures at the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Milosz received the Nobel Prize for literature in 1980, the Neustadt International Prize for
literature in 1978, and is a member of the American
Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. His books
include Bells in Winter (1978), Selected Poems (1973), The Separate
(1986), Unattainable Earth (1986), The Collected Poems, 1931-1987 (1988), and The
Seizure of Power

Join us for a chance to meet this distinguished poet of
the history of his times. The reception begins at 5:30 and
dinner follows at 6:00. Mr. Milosz's presentation will
commence at 7:00.