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Minister Macierewicz To Speak
At Rutgers University-Newark

NEW JERSEY – Antoni Macierewicz will address the Rutgers Council on Public and International Affairs, or Rutgers CPIA, inaugurating its World Leaders Forum, on Tuesday, February 24 at noon.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held at Rutgers University-Newark. A question and answer session and a reception will follow the lecture. Those interested in attending are requested to RSVP at

The Rutgers CPIA is a student-run nonpartisan organization sponsored by the School of Public Affairs and Administration, referred to as SPAA, at Rutgers University-Newark.

Minister Macierewicz was crucial in Poland’s nonviolent fight against its communist regime, co-founding the Workers Defense Committee, simply KOR, the forerunner of Solidarity, and later heading the trade union’s Center for Public Research.

In his 5th term as a Member of the Parliament of Poland, Minister Macierewicz has held some of his nation’s highest government positions and political offices. He was the Minister of Internal Affairs under Poland’s 3rd Prime Minister, Jan Olszewski.

A leading national research university, Rutgers University is the eighth-oldest institution of higher education in America. Rutgers has over 65,000 students, according to its website.

Dr. Marc Holzer, the Founding Dean of SPAA and Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, is the Chairman of the Rutgers CPIA’s Board of Advisors. Dr. Holzer is one of the foremost scholars in the field and has led the American Society for Public Administration as its 59th President.

“Developments in Poland have been important to Americans since 1776, and this dialogue on recent democratic developments in Poland, at a forum organized by the Rutgers Council on Public and International Affairs is an important step in providing informed perspectives to the newest generation of American students as they begin to assume policymaking positions at all levels of our governing structures,” observed Dr. Holzer.

SPAA is ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the nations best 7 programs in public management and administration. Faculty members have held the presidencies of the main organizations in the discipline and several are part of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration.

“We are pleased that Minister Macierewicz has accepted our invitation to inaugurate the Rutgers Council on Public and International Affairs’ World Leaders Forum,” said Edmund J. Janniger, a SPAA student who serves as Founding President of the Rutgers CPIA and is a Rutgers University Senator.

“We recognized Minister Macierewicz based on his heroic efforts founding KOR and lifelong commitment to public service,” Mr. Janniger continued, “As part of our World Leaders Forum, we look forward to hosting statesman from around the world and from all sides of the political spectrum.”

In December 2014, the Rutgers CPIA hosted Dr. Robert Krueger, a former U.S. Senator from Texas, U.S. Congressman, and three-time U.S. Ambassador, as its Inaugural Distinguished Lecturer. The group was scheduled to feature a presentation on bipartisanship by Herbert Klein, a former U.S. Congressman and New Jersey Legislator, on Tuesday, February 17.

Minister Macierewicz directed the Military Counterintelligence Service, chaired the Verification Commission, and disbanded the Military Information Services, all during the prime ministership of Jarosław Kaczyński.

Minister Macierewicz will speak on “Peace and Security in Central Europe: Challenges and Opportunities,” addressing many issues encompassing diplomacy, international politics, geostrategy, and military intelligence, as well as peace and conflict studies. This discussion occurs on the backdrop of Russian military aggression in Ukraine.

Minister Macierewicz is the Vice President of Law and Justice, or PiS, one of the two leading political parties in Poland, which is ahead in current opinion polling for October’s parliamentary election, according to GfK Polonia. Minister Macierewicz also administers the independent investigation of the 2010 Polish Air Force Tu-154 crash being conducted by the Parliament of Poland.

At its weekend convention, Minister Macierewicz’s party vowed to increase social equality and protect underprivileged groups.

Submitted by John Czop