Andrea Bartoli– World class expert in the field of international conflict resolution. Dean of the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University in New York. He founded and directed research centers at George Mason University and Columbia University. He has been engaged in conflict resolution and peacemaking around the world for over two decades, cooperating with the UN, World Bank and US State Department on issues of religion and foreign policy. He has served in numerous peacemaking processes including in Mozambique (1990–1992), Guatemala (1995), Algeria (1995), Kosovo (1998), Burundi (1999-2000), Democratic Republic of the Congo (1996-current) and Casamance (1994- current). He has taught at leading universities in Italy and America and worked with governments of governments of Norway, East Timor, Portugal, Sweden, Poland and Switzerland. His published works include Peacemaking: From Practice a Theory (2011) and Negotiating Peace (2013).
Daniel Philpott – Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies and Director of the Center for Civil and Human Rights at the University of Notre Dame. World-renowned authority in religion and global politics, reconciliation, international relations, transitional justice, and peacebuilding. He combines research with his commitment to peacemaking in conflict-stricken regions of Asia and Africa. He recently published God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics (2011) and Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation (2012), which derives from theological and philosophical roots an ethic of reconciliation that offers concrete guidelines to political orders facing pasts of authoritarianism, civil war, and genocide. On the same topic, Philpott has edited The Politics of Past Evil: Religion, Reconciliation, and Transitional Justice (Notre Dame, 2006). Philpott’s first book, Revolutions in Sovereignty: How Ideas Shaped Modern International Relations (Princeton University Press, 2001), is a historical account of how ideas about justice and legitimate authority fashioned the global sovereign states system.
Jan Kubik- Professor and Chair in the Department of Political Science, Rutgers University in New Brunswick. He also serves as a Recurring Visiting Professor of Sociology, Centre for Social Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw. Author of many book chapters and articles as well as two award-winning books: The Power of Symbols against the Symbols of Power. The Rise of Solidarity and the Fall of State Socialism in Poland and Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland, 1989-1993 (with Grzegorz Ekiert). A recognized expert on post-communist transformations, his research interests include: culture and politics, protest politics and social movements, communist and post-communist politics, interpretive and ethnographic methods in political science, and the politics of memory (Twenty Years After Communism: The Politics of Memory and Commemoration, edited with Michael Bernhard, Oxford University Press, forthcoming July 2014).
Jacek Kopciński – historian of literature and theatre critic, editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine “Teatr”. Professor at the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences, where he directs the Centre for Research on Contemporary Polish Drama. Head of the Chair of Film and Theatre Research at the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw. He is interested in the history of the Polish and European theater, as well as the theory and history of drama. He is the author of published basic monographs on playwriting by Miron Białoszewski – Gramatyka i mistycyzm (1997) and Zbigniew Herbert – Nasłuchiwanie (2008).
Zdzisław Krasnodębski – sociologist, social philosopher, “Solidarity” activist in the 1980s. He taught theoretical sociology and social philosophy at universities in Germany and the United States. Professor at the University of Bremen and the Jesuit University Ignatianum in Krakow. Expert on German philosophy (Weber, Plessner, Koselleck, Habermas). Actively involved in public life since the beginning of the Polish political transformation. His books include Rozumienie ludzkiego zachowania (1986), Upadek idei postępu (1991), Demokracja peryferii (2003) and Już nie przeszkadza (2010).
Ireneusz Krzemiński – Professor at the Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw. In the 1970s and 1980s, he was involved in the democratic opposition. In the times of “Solidarity”, he practiced “hot sociology”, which resulted in a unique portrait of the Polish society – Polacy – Jesień 80 [Poles - Autumn 80]. He is interested in the study of symbolic interactionism, sociology of social movements and anti-Semitism. He devoted his last two books to the heritage of “Solidarity”: Solidarność. Doświadczenie i pamięć (2010) and Solidarność. Niespełniony projekt polskiej demokracji (2014), which constitutes a summary of over three decades of research.
Czesław Porębski – philosopher, lawyer, professor of humanities, lecturer at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University and at the Tischner European University in Krakow. He was vice-Rector of the International Academy of Philosophy in Liechtenstein. Presently, head of the Department of Philosophy at the Institute of European Studies of the Jagiellonian University. He has lectured in Europe and America. He works in the field of social philosophy, axiology and ethics. He has authored such books as Polish Value Theory (1996) and Umowa społeczna. Renesans idei (1999).
Zbigniew Stawrowski – philosopher, Professor at the Institute of Political Science of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw and the Institute of Political Sciences of the Polish Academy of Sciences, lecturer at Collegium Civitas. In 1982-1990 student and assistant of Rev. Prof. Józef Tischner. Founder and director of the Institute of Józef Tischner Institute in Krakow. Main research interests: political philosophy and philosophy of law, theology and political demonology. He has published: Prawo naturalne a ład polityczny (2006), Niemoralna demokracja (YEAR?) and Solidarność znaczy więź (2010) which made him the most consistent defender of the spiritual vision of solidarity.
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Gerald J. Beyer – philosopher, ethicist, lecturer at the Villanova University. He studied at Georgetown University, the Jagiellonian University and the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow. His main fields of interest include Catholic social teaching, secularism and political ethics. Under the influence of Fr. Józef Tischner, he became interested in the experience of “Solidarity”. His book Recovering Solidarity: Lessons from Poland’s Unfinished Revolution (2010) shows “Solidarity” as a still unrealized idea for the entire world.
Sebastian Duda – philosopher, theologian, writer. He graduated in Philosophy from the University of Warsaw and Religious Studies and Theology at the Catholic University of Leuven. He specializes in biblical studies, the thought of St. Paul and contemporary French humanities (Derrida, Girard). Lecturer at the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences. He was the editor of the magazine “Przegląd Powszechny”. Since 2013, member of the editorial board of the magazine WIĘŹ.
Mateusz Fałkowski – sociologist. Recently published a monograph on underground printing house CDN – Biznes patriotyczny. He is interested in the philosophy of values, historical sociology and economic sociology. Together with Paweł Sowiński he directs a research group “Solidarity – a new approach to the analysis of the social movement” at the Collegium Civitas.
Dariusz Gawin – historian of ideas, philosopher, vice-director of the Warsaw Uprising Museum, the editor of “Teologia Polityczna”, Head of the Civil Society IFiS at the Polish Academy of Sciences. Member of the Historical and Program Council of the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk. He has published, among others, Lekcja sierpnia. Dziedzictwo Solidarności po dwudziestu latach (2002), Blask i gorycz wolności. Eseje o polskim doświadczeniu wolności and, recently, Wielki zwrot. Ewolucja lewicy i odrodzenie idei społeczeństwa obywatelskiego 1956-1976.
Paweł Kuczyński – sociologist, opposition activist in the 1980s, participant of classic studies of “Solidarity” conducted by Alain Touraine and Jan Strzelecki, co-author of Solidarność: analiza ruchu społecznego 1980-1981. Co-founder and manager for public opinion and market research companies. He taught at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Warsaw and at higher schools of management. CNRS scholar in Paris and Harvard Business School in Boston. He specializes in public consultations related to infrastructure investments and manages the organization ZARS (Analysis of Social Movements Team).
Marta Kwaśnicka – cultural historian, lecturer at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in the Department of History of Culture and Education. She published a book Wtórna kolonizacja (2010) on the influence of theology on the social life of the Paraguayan reductions, and Niedokończona dyskusja on the intellectual polemics between Ivan Gagarin and Aleksey Khomyakov. She is the author of the popular “blog o kulturze”: kwasnicka.kresy.pl.
Paweł Rojek – philosopher, sociologist, Doctor of Philosophy. Editor-in-Chief of the Jagiellonian Club’s quarterly “Pressje”. Author of Semiotyka solidarności (2009), a harbinger of the renewal of public interest in “Solidarność” in Poland. Translator of Russian philosophical literature. He teaches at the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Krakow.
Marek Rymsza – holds a PhD in sociology and works as a lecturer at the Institute of Applied Social Sciences, University of Warsaw. He collaborates with the Institute of Public Affairs as an expert and Editor-in-Chief of the quarterly “Trzeci Sektor”. Member of the editorial board of the magazine WIĘŹ. He specializes in social policy and civil society.