3rd program in Lecture Series examines Hungarian and Polish democratic revolutions.

Please join us at the Cleveland Hungarian Museum on Saturday, April 15th, for the 3rd program in our 2023 Spring Lecture Series!

“Democratic revolutions in Authoritarian States: Analysis of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and the 1980 Polish Solidarity Movement”,

Presented by Marcin Zgiep.

Marcin Zgiep

Modern democracy is a Western (American, British or French) ideal which is related to the three revolutions which paved the way to the establishment of democratic systems. This ideal is not limited to Western democracies. There are many different variants of democracy in the world. In this talk, Marcin Zgiep will look into the recent history of two nations that fought to undermine autocratic governments and eventually brought about democratic systems. The 1956 Revolution in Hungary and the 1980 Solidarity Movement in Poland are examples of how the universal ideal of “government of the people, by the people, for the people” can be instituted, espoused, and practiced. Regardless of any differences in  circumstances and actions taken, Polish and Hungarian revolutionaries show us how regimes based on physical and symbolic violence can be changed “from within” in a profound, radical and truly democratic manner.

Marcin Zgiep received his MA in Political Science from the University of Warsaw, Poland and is currently working on his PhD dissertation; he is presently on a sabbatical in Cleveland. In 2014 he was a Visiting Scholar at the Indiana University in Bloomington.

Coffee and refreshments will be served after the program, and our guests will have a chance to meet and talk to Marcin Zgiep.

This program will be in English and will be held at the Museum and will not be recorded for later viewing.

Suggested donation for adults is $10.

The Museum, Gift Shop and Library will be open from 1 pm. The Museum is located on the Lower Level in the Galleria in Downtown Cleveland.

$7 parking is available in the Galleria underground garage. The garage is a credit-card only facility.

Hope to see you! A viszontlátásra!

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