On December 3, the Woodrow Wilson Center's History and Public Policy Program, in cooperation with the Institute of National Remembrance in Poland, will host an exhibition opening commemorating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University and the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award at the Woodrow Wilson Center co-hosted the 2009 World Youth Democracy Forum for DC-Area Students. The Forum featured 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Awardee Adam Michnik.
Adam Michnik, a political activist and retired member of Poland's first democratic parliament, was presented the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Award on December 3 at the Woodrow Wilson Center. At the event, Michnik delivered year's Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture: Democracy: Traps and Question Marks.
Adam Michnik, recipient of the 2009 Ion Ratiu Democracy Lecture Award and editor-in-chief of Gazeta Wyborcza published an essay in The Guardian on the role of Poland's Solidarity movement in the events of 1989.