Former prime minister of Poland to provide 2014 Nanovic Forum Lecture

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Hanna Suchocka, former prime minister of Poland and former ambassador to the Holy See, will deliver the 2014 Nanovic Forum Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 28) in the Jordan Auditorium in the Mendoza University of Business at the University of Notre Dame.

Sponsored by the Nanovic Institute for European Scientific studies, the lecture, titled “Democratic Poland: 25 Years Following the Fall of Communism,” is free and open to the public. Suchocka will also participate in a luncheon and lecture hosted by the Nanovic Institute at the Notre Dame International Gateway in downtown Chicago later on in the week. Initially announced in the spring, these occasions have been rescheduled following Suchocka recovered from an sickness.

Born in Pleszew, Poland, Suchocka studied constitutional law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She taught at the Catholic University of Lublin just before joining the Polish parliament as a member of the Democratic Party in 1980. Right after voting towards a law that banned Solidarność, a Polish trade union, she was expelled from the Democratic Celebration. In the submit-Communist parliament following 1989, she once again held workplace and earned a popularity for transcending political divides. In 1992, she was asked to serve as the first female prime minister of Poland and instituted reforms that shaped Poland’s financial transition to capitalism. She left workplace in 1993 and was later appointed Minister of Justice under Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek. She spent above a decade in Rome as properly, serving as ambassador to the Holy See in the course of the papacies of St. John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis. Today she serves as a member of the Council of Women Globe Leaders.

The Nanovic Institute for European Studies established the Nanovic Forum through the generosity of Robert and Elizabeth Nanovic to deepen Notre Dame’s rich tradition of connections to Europe by bringing prominent figures to campus in a broad selection of fields to discover, talk about and debate the most pressing queries about Europe these days. Previous speakers have included Lord Patten of Barnes, chancellor of the University of Oxford Horst Koehler, former president of Germany Bernhard Schlink, a German novelist and constitutional court justice and Wolfgang A. Herrmann, president of the Technical University of Munich.

Far more information on Suchocka’s check out and an archive of past lectures is offered at

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