Conference to honor scholar of Russian history


A conference Jan. 20-21 (Friday-Saturday) in McKenna Hall at Notre Dame will honor the Universitys world-renowned scholar of Russian history, Andrzej Walicki, on his 75 th birthday.

TitledIdeas and Power in Modern Europe: A Conference in Honor of Andrzej Walicki,the two-day conference will include presentations by eminent scholars whose work bears upon Walickis major intellectual interests: the history of 19 th -century Russian and Polish social thought, the history of Marxism and the history of modern liberalism.

Prior to his appointment at Notre Dame in 1986, Walicki, a native ofWarsaw,Poland, served as head of the Department of Modern Polish Philosophy and Social Thought at theInstituteofPhilosophyand Sociology in thePolishAcademyof Sciences.He was elected full member of the academy in 1998.

Walicki is the author of 12 books includingMarxism and the Leap to the Kingdom of Freedom: the Rise and Fall of the Communist Utopia,which won the Vucinich Prize for best book in Slavic Studies from the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies.In 1998, the Italian government awarded Walicki the International Balzan Prize in History for lifetime achievement in scholarship.He is the only Notre Dame faculty member ever to receive the award.

The ONeill Family Professor Emeritus of History, Walicki retired in 1999 but continues working on a comprehensive history of national ideologies in partitionedPolandand on a monograph on the responses to Catholicism in 19 th -century Russian thought.

The conference is sponsored by Notre Dames Department of History, Henkels Lecture Series/ISLA, the Nanovic Institute for European Studies and the Program in Russian and East European Studies.

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