International Conference "Individual steadfastness - community permanence"

On October 19-21, the National Museum of the Przemysl Region hosted a conference titled "The Steadfastness of the Individual - the Persistence of the Community. The event, part of the annual Festival of the Culture of the Republic, organized by the Cultural Center
in Przemyśl was attended by the Speaker of the Polish Parliament Marek Kuchcinski.

Many distinguished guests came to Przemyśl at the invitation of Professor Zdzisław Krasnodębski. The conference was opened by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Prof. Piotr Gliński, who reminded us that the individual is the driving force of history and that among the many types of outstanding individuals there are unbroken individuals who believe in their ideals to such an extent that they are ready to sacrifice themselves for them. Their steadfastness is often a hope in hopeless situations, and their presence in a given community has an undeniable impact on its durability.

The conference program was based on three main themes. The first concerned the philosophical reflection on community and the role played in it by outstanding individuals, considerations on the types of memory and national heroes and sacred places for individual national and religious communities. Session I entitled "Community as a space of values" was attended by: Prof. Zdzisław Krasnodębski, PhD, Prof. Krzysztof Malicki, PhD, and Prof. Piotr Wróblewski, PhD, UŚ.

Session II, "Personal Role Models and Collective Identity," consisted of stories from the following four speakers. Each of them was dedicated to outstanding, steadfast individuals. Maciej Łopiński recalled the profile of President Lech Kaczyński, Dr. Mariusz Krzysztofiński gave a lecture based on many years of research on Archbishop Ignacy Tokarczuk, Prof. Andrzej Zięba from Jagiellonian University talked about the steadfast shepherds of the Church in Central Europe: Archbishop Jozef Teodorowicz, Archbishop Andrzej Szeptycki and Archbishop Stefan Wyszynski, while Prof. Dr. Martin Pekár gave an interesting lecture on the Slovak politician of the last century Andrej Hlinka.

In session III, devoted to the construction, persistence, and character of communities, conference participants heard four very interesting contributions devoted to: "Przemyśl as the birthplace of the Ukrainian language". - Prof. Dr. Michael Moser, the community of Polish Armenians - Prof. Dr. Grzegorz Pełczyński of the University of Warsaw, Karpatorusins - Prof. Paul Robert Magocsi and Belarusians - Prof. Dr. Ryszard Radzik.




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