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Academic Seminar: Polish Diaspora in Ireland: Yesterday and Today this Sunday

Location: DCU, Business School, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9, room Q122
Time: Sunday 26/06/2011, 12.00 – 16.00

Seminar Format: presentations and discussion of academic papers
Language of presentations: in English or in Polish

Co-ordination: Mrs Barbara Rakowska WSRL (Poland) and dr Jaros?aw P?achecki WSRL (Ireland)

Seminar Hosting: Ms Anna Szewc IPS

Patronage: Honorary Consul of Poland in Ireland Mr Michael Mulcahy and
Mr President of Local Government College (WSRL) Prof. Witold Rakowski

Ms Anna Szewc, Host for the Seminar, economist, Vice-Chairman of the Irish-Polish Society, Member of Ministerial
Council on Integration, President of Cogito Toastmaster Club.
Prof. Witold Rakowski, President and Founder of Local Government College (WSRL), for many years Dean in Warsaw
School of Economics, experienced lecturer and scientist, author of many publications, academic papers and articles.

Mrs Barbara Rakowska, Chancellor at Local Government College, lecturer in European integration and fund rising,
experienced organiser of the College affairs, author of many academic publications.

Mr Patrick Quigley, former public servant, writer and novelist, columnist for magazine “Polish Neighbour “, his first novel
“Borderland” was published in 1994, currently working on novel based on the life and romance of Constance and Casimir
Markievicz, Board Member and Treasurer in Irish-Polish Society.

Mrs Hanna Dowling, interpreter and journalist in Italy and Ireland, for many years Secretary in Irish Polish Society, since
1980 lives in Ireland. Correspondent for “Gazeta Wyborcza” and “Polityka”.

Ms Emilia Marchelewska, Health Advocacy Officer with Cairde and a project leader of the Cairde Balbriggan Integration
Through Common Experience Initiative, leader of Forum Polonia, director of the Centre for Addiction Counselling,
communication specialist, formerly editor of and columnist with the Evening Herald, Metro Eireann and RTE


12.00- 12.30 Welcome and Guests presentation
Mrs Barbara Rakowska Chancellor WSRL- Presentation of the WSRL Agenda for 2012
Prof. W. Rakowski President WSRL; Keynote Speech: Migration as a socio-economic phenomenon

12.30 -13.30 Session I: Polish Diaspora in 20th century Ireland
Mr Pat Quigley IPS – Kazimierz Markiewicz and his times
Mr Tomasz Wybranowski – Prof. Jan ?ukasiewicz’s; life and scientific activities
Mrs Hanna Dowling IPS – Polish Diaspora after WW II

13.30-14.00 Coffe Break – (DCU Canteen 2nd floor)

14.00 -15.00 Session II: Polish Emigrants in Ireland after UE enlargement in 2004
Dr Jaroslaw P?achecki WSRL – Polish Organisations in Ireland after 2004
Mr Przemys?aw Kolasi?ski – Image of the Emigrant in Polish Media in Ireland
Ms Emilia Marchelewska FP – Return Home; perspectives, chances and threats for Polish Emigrants

15.00-15.20 Discussion on the Seminar Papers and Questions
15.20-16.00 Ceremonial Part
Enter of the College Executives and Graduates in ceremonial robes
Presenting graduates with the diplomas of WSRL; Mrs Barbara Rakowska Chancellor WSRL
Farewell speech; Prof. Witold Rakowski President WSRL
Selected presentations and conference papers will be accessible in bilingual publication and academic journal

Organising Committee:

Dr Jaros?aw P?achecki, Lecturer in Local Government College (WSRL-Dublin)

Mrs Barbara Rakowska, Chancellor of Local Government College (WSRL-Dublin)
Mr Jan Kami?ski, Co-founder and First Chairman Irish- Polish Society
Ms Anna Szewc, Vice-Chairman of Irish-Polish Society
Mr Witold I?ycki, Manager of Polish School (SPK) in Waterford
Mrs Halina Sochacka, Chairman of Polish Educational Association
Ms Anna Pa?, Board Member of Forum Polonia
Mr Wojciech Wrona, President of Polish Business Club
Mr Miros?aw Karczmarczyk, Group Leader for 87 Polish Scout Group

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