The University of Texas’s Clement Center for National Security announced that it would be hosting anti-communist activist and Polish politician Lech Wałęs. He will be giving a talk on May 5th at the AT&T hotel and conference center regarding “Russia’s War on Ukraine and Its Global Impact.”
Mr. Wałęsa is internationally acclaimed for his anti-communist activism in the 1980s–for which he won a Nobel Peace Prize. Starting off as a union organizer at a Polish shipyard, he eventually rose to leadership of the Solidarity movement, which led to the fall of the Soviet-backed Polish government. He was the first democratically elected President of Poland since 1926, and he held office from 1990 to 1995.
Co-sponsors of the event include The Polish Club at UT, the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, the Center for European Studies, the Department of Government, the Liberal Arts Honors Program, the McCombs School of Business Department of Business, Government & Society, and Texas Global.
Tickets for the event can be found here.