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Human Rights and A Just Society Returns to Poland This Fall

Event begins Saturday, 10/15/2022 at 12:00am
Event ends Monday, 10/17/2022 at 12:00am
Location / Place Warsaw, Poland

Human Rights and A Just Society returns to Poland this Fall on October 15-17, 2022.  This program is again offered to all and sponsored by Loyola Chicago’s John Felice Rome Center (JFRC) and Nicolaus Copernicus University (NCU) in Torun, Poland.  A change in the leadership of the JFRC, an unprecedented global pandemic and the unprovoked Russian invasion of the Ukraine bring us back together in unique ways.  This year the JFRC is tackling their most ambitious program since their inception in 2006. The program will take place in Warsaw and Torun.

John Kurowski, one of the founders of Human Rights and A Just Society, has ties to the Jan Karski Educational Foundation's Advisory Board. In past years, programs about Jan Karski and other past and present heroes have been presented.

The War in Ukraine is the largest ground conflict in Europe since the end of World War II. Millions of people have been displaced, their lives dramatically changed, and the death toll is rising daily.  Despite this, the bravery of the Ukrainian people in the face of insurmountable odds has inspired the world. Humanitarian and military aid from the international community has been able to make a difference in the lives of refugees, soldiers, and civilians still left in Ukraine

This year’s program, will focus on the human rights issues triggered by the war in Ukraine.  The JFRC will examine the geopolitical and historical relationship between Russia, the Ukraine, Poland and other countries giving rise to the war, the enormous exodus of from the Ukraine what are now millions of refugees, the incredible response to the influx of these refugees by Poland and others, the atrocities committed by the Russians violating human the human rights of innocent Ukrainian citizens and a discussion of the impact of this war, on our world and what you can do about it.

The JFRC has received commitments from a wide range of people who will attend, speak and interact with you.  In addition to leading academics, political leaders and journalists you will hear from actual refugees who remain in Poland today.   You will hear the stories of Ukranians who desperately escaped from Mariupol, Kyviv, Kharkiv and the Donbas region.  You will hear how humanitarian aid workers and shelters in Warsaw and other parts of Poland sheltering them and are managing this crisis.  You will hear from an American entrpreneur who, once the war began in February, got on a plane to Poland and then drove into Ukraine with his Ukranian girlfriend and for 35 straight days helped rescue, comfort and feed Ukranians stunned by the horror of this war.   Finally we welcome again a representative of Human Rights Watch on the ground in the Ukraine to discuss the investigation of the atrocities being committed by the Russians in the war and its impact on international justice.

In addition to the JFRC's traditional schedule on Sunday evening and Monday, they have added a Saturday afternoon session in Warsaw that tentatively will take place at Warsaw University with a unique and special program.

On July 1, 2022 the JFRC was thrilled to learn that Todd Waller, who helped initiate this program in 2006 with John  Kurowski and was a part of it for most of its prior years, was appointed the director of the JFRC. He immediately resumed this symposium and has made it a critical part of the Fall curriculum in Rome. The early responses from incoming JFRC students has been strong and we expect a significant contingent from NCU and perhaps Warsaw University. Social events are planned for Saturday each evening of the symposium in Warsaw and Torun.

The JFRC expects to have the program by early September. Save the date and make plans now to join it.