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Jul 14, 2024

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Dr. Radzilowski Awarded
Lech Walesa Media Award

Thaddeus C. Radzilowski, Ph.D., President of the Piast Institute: A National Center for Polish and Polish American Affairs in Hamtramck, Michigan has been awarded the annual Lech Wałęsa Media Award for his lifetime achievement in researching and telling the Polish story in Europe and America and promoting Polish Culture and Heritage. The award will be conferred by President Lech Wałęsa to Dr. Radzilowski on February 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida at the Annual International Polonaise Ball hosted annually by Lady Blanka Rosenstiel, President of the American Institute of Polish Culture.

President Lech Wałęsa premiered the Lech Wałęsa Media Award in 2010. The award is bestowed upon individuals whose lives and works have impacted the world through the written word and the field of communication. The award is the only one that President Wałęsa confers in the United States. Dr. Radzilowski is the fifth recipient of the award.

The Piast Institute is a national research and policy center which focuses on the Polish American Community.  It is an official Census Information Center (CIC) and a designated Homeland Security Certified Immigrant Assistance Site that works with Polish as well as other immigrant groups.  Through its research section and its CIC, Piast provides data analysis, historical, sociological and survey research as well as capacity building services to a wide variety of local and national non-profit organizations, schools, community groups, governmental agencies and governments.  In the last years, it has worked with Wayne County MI, the European Community Organization Network (ECON), The Fund for Development of Civic Ideas- a Polish NGO, the Academy of International Studies, the City of Hamtramck and the Polish Consulates General in New York and Chicago.  At the local level, in addition to research and analyses, it serves Polish and other immigrant and ethnic groups through community building and leadership of coalitions such as the Hamtramck Drug Free Community Coalition. It also oversees The Dekaban Foundation’s faculty exchange programs between the University of British Columbia (Agriculture), the University of Glasgow (Economics) and the University of Michigan (Engineering) and counterpart universities in Poland.

For more information please contact Virginia Skrzyniarz at 313.733.4535 or by email at