The European Solidarity Centre and New Eastern Europe organized the 10th edition of the Solidarity Academy, an international educational project aimed at maintaining and developing the tradition of the Solidarity Movement.
European Solidarity Centre as well as co-organizers and partners – The Jan Nowak-Jezioranski College in Wroclaw (Poland), Common Europe Foundation (Poland), The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes (Czech Republic), Ad hoc (Slovakia) and József Attila Circle Literary Assocation (Hungary) – of the Solidarity Academy 2016 invited young journalists from the Visegrad states (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia) to the 12th edition of the Solidarity Academy which will be held in Gdansk between 21st-27th February 2016.
Adam Reichardt is the Editor-in-Chief of New Eastern Europe. Prior to assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief, Adam served as the magazine’s Managing Editor. He previously spent eight years in public policy in Washington DC, as well as a large portion of his studies in Krakow, Poland, where he now permanently resides. Adam has an MA in Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management from the George Mason University in Fairfax Virginia USA, and a BA in Political Science and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. In 2012, Adam was short-listed for the European Press Prize in the category of “editor” and in 2014 was named to the “New Europe 100” list of the region’s top innovators.
Jędrzej Morawieck is adjunct, Ph.D , The Institute of Journalism and Social Communication at the University of Wroclaw, a lecturer of Artistic and Literary Studies at the Jagiellonian University, a lecturer at the Solidarity Academy (ECS – European Solidarity Centre in Gdańsk) since 2013, an editor of semi-annual journal “Znaczenia. Kultura-Komunikacja-Spoleczenstwo”(printedversion + www.e-znaczenia.pl).A member of the editorial of Rocznik Instytutu Polsko-Rosyjskiego/Ежегодник Русско-польского института, an establisher and editor of Dziennikarze Wędrowni (Roaming Journalists, since 2002,www.dziennikarze-wedrowni.org), free lance journalist, author of 5 non-fiction and 3 academic books.
Jacek Kołtan, PhD, is a philosopher and political scientist. He is the Head of the Department of Social Thought at the European Solidarity Centre in Gdansk and responsible for research programmes in social theory, new social movements (including Polish Solidarity) and the ECS publishing series. Koltan has a PhD in Social Philosophy from the Freie Universitat in Berlin. He took part in many projects on social and political theory (conferences, debates) and also organises international education projects and conferences on solidarity and modern society.
Karolina Demus is child of the 1980s, fan of intellectual journeys across Eurasia. A die hard believer in human studies and graduate of Warsaw University, she has been immersed in the European NGO, media and publishing sectors since 2005. Within the Common Europe Foundation, as a member of an international team, she works on interdisciplinary concepts, including transborder and transcultural media projects dealing with politics, society… and food.
Paweł Lickiewicz is an editor, pundit and activist. At his work in Common Europe Foundation, he is striving to create independent media in practice. A co-founder of open platform Eastbook.eu, gathering more than 200 authors from Europe and beyond, debating the present and future of Eastern Europe. He developed Eastbook.eu it into one of the most important Polish media on Eastern Europe. Graduated from Warsaw University – European Studies. Studied also in beautifully sounding Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem in Budapest. Eastern Europe enthusiast. Doesn’t like operating with absolutes.
Łukasz Wojtusik is a journalist, editor, publisher and reporter. Graduate of journalism at the Jagiellonian University /Cracow/. Head of the Agora Radio Group’s Krakow newsroom (Tok FM/Złote Przeboje/Rock radio). Author of a number of interviews broadcast at the Tok FM radio station / “Krakowskie Przedmieście”/. Member of the Malopolska Journalists’ Award chapter house. At 2013 awarded as the best culture journalist in Malopolska. Lecturer at the Children’s University and a long-standing collaborator of New Eastern Europe Magazine.
Iwona Reichardt, PhD, is the Deputy Editor and Lead Translator for New Eastern Europe. She has been part of the editorial team since the very beginning of the magazine. She holds a PhD in political science from the Jagiellonian University (Cracow, Poland). Her previous experience includes spending one year as an intern with Foreign Policy Magazine in Washington, DC. She also worked for five years as policy researcher with the World Bank. Iwona Reichardt is also the author of a number of academic and policy papers, published in Polish and English.
Basil Kerski is a director of the European Solidarity Centre. A Polish-German manager of culture, political scientist and essayist of Polish-Iraqi descent. He worked as the international politics expert at the Aspen Institute in Berlin, the Research Institute of the German Council on Foreign Relations and the Bundestag. He was a lecturer of political science and modern history. Since 1998 he is an editor-in-chief of the Polish-German Magazine DIALOG”. Kerski is author and editor of many publications about history, culture and politics translated into German and Ukrainian.
Adam Balcer is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer at the Centre for East European Studies, the University of Warsaw. He is an adviser at the Presidential Expert Programme. 2001-2009 he was an expert at the Department of Central Europe (Balkan section) and 2005-2009 Project Leader “Turkey after the launch of EU accession negotiations – foreign policy and internal affairs” at the Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw. 2010-2013 he was programme director at demosEUROPA Centre for European Strategy, Warsaw. In the years 2010-2012 he was a member of task force in the National Security Council of the President of Poland. In the years 2010-2011 he was an adviser to Marek Siwiec, MP at the European Parliament (the Eastern Partnership). In the years 2010-2012 he was a member of the Advisory Group to the Committee of Foreign Relations at the Polish Parliament. He graduated from the Centre for East European Studies (M.A) and from the Institute of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology, the University of Warsaw.
Paweł Pieniążek In 2012 he reported from the protests in Moscow and in 2013-2014 from the Ukrainian Maidan, were he spent about two months. After that he went to eastern Ukraine. He spent there about four months. For example, he spent about two weeks in Slovyansk during the Anti-Terrorist Operation, reported from the illegal referendum and elections in Donetsk, Hrabove (MH-17 plane crash). He has been writing about Eastern Europe (mostly Ukraine) since 2009. He was a staff writer at Krytyka Polityczna (Dziennik Opinii) and an editor of Nowa Europa Wschodnia and New Eastern Europe. Since 2013, he has been working as a freelancer. He often cooperates with Dziennik Opinii, New Eastern Europe, Polish Radio, Tygodnik Powszechny. His articles have been published in Dissent, Gazeta Wyborcza, Newsweek, Polityka, Przekrój, Tygodnik Powszechny, Wprost, Ukrainian Week and other publications.
Anna Fedas is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. She works as a Civic Education Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at the European Solidarity Centre. Besides, she is a manager of civic, social and cultural projects. She is also a trainer, facilitator and PhD student of Wrocław University. Her previous experience includes working for both nongovernmental and governmental organizations in Polish and foreign projects in the field of social inclusion, social and civic development of local communities, civic awareness, human rights and multicultural dialogue. One of her biggest projects was the Polish Social Responsibility Program of POLAND UKRAINE UEFA EURO 2012. Supporting civic and social initiatives never makes her tired.
Patrycja Medowska is a deputy director of the European Solidarity Centre, head of Civic Culture Department. She holds MA in German from University of Warsaw. Journalist, culture manager and translator. She has worked as a journalist for several Polish media, such as Nasza TV, Radio dla Ciebie S.A. and Polskie Radio S.A. She has also worked for a Konrad Adenauer Foundation as a PR specialist. In European Solidarity Centre since 2008.
Kacper Dziekan is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. He works as a European Projects Specialist in a Civic Projects Department at European Solidarity Centre. He is also a PhD student at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland. Dziekan holds BA and MA in history and BA in Eastern Studies from the abovementioned University. He is also a graduate of a European Academy of Diplomats, Moscow School of Civic Education and a former student of Irkutsk State University, Russia. Kacper Dziekan worked as a Project Coordinator and Youth Worker for several government organizations and NGOs. Moreover he is Involved in educational, cultural, social, history and civic projects, especially regarding post soviet countries.
Paul Toetzke was a participant of the 2013 edition of the Solidarity Academy. He is currently doing a Master in East European Studies and Political Studies at the Freie Universität in Berlin. He received his Bachelor degree in European Studies from the University of Maastricht and worked in the International Program Department of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw. Besides, he currently writes for the political section of the magazine FURIOS.
Bartosz Marcinkowski is an Assistant Editor with New Eastern Europe. He holds a MA in Political Science from Jagiellonian University. He has studied also at the University of Zagreb and the University of Split. He previously served as a trainee at the Polish Embassy in Belgrade.
Dobrosława Korczyńska-Partyka is a coordinator of Solidarity Academy since 2013. She is a PhD candidate at the University of Gdansk. Her academic interests are related to urban studies, memory studies, post-dependence studies and innovation pedagogy. She is a certified academic tutor. Dobrosława has experience in coordinating many international cultural and educational projects. She currently works as a researcher at the University of Gdansk and as a Polish language teacher in the Center for Youth Co-operation and Mobility in Gdynia.
Kseniya Kalashnikova Activity and motion was by my side from the very beginning: I moved to Minsk when I was 4 and spent every summer in Svetlogorsk, a small town in my country. School years were rich with competitions and contests of all kinds as well as with new meetings. Acquaintance with my future Maths tutor was turning point: after hard working I was accepted to the BSUIR in 2012. I’m a student majoring in integrated engineering and economy. Having a completely technical specialization, not pertaining to the humanities, I was extremely interested in journalism. Besides university studies I was working as an own correspondent of two local newspapers. I have been learning English since I was 6, and nowadays I use it both in my journalistic job and debate clubs which I held in my university. Range of my interests is huge and all of them are various: from playing guitar and working as a seamstress to learning Korean and teaching children from junior school.
William Schreiber is a teaching fellow at the European Studies Council at Yale University. He currently advises the Kyiv City Public Administration on municipal reform and the coordination of development aid. As a journalist, he has written about Central and East Europe for The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Newsweek, The Atlantic, Kyiv Post, Business Ukraine, Ukrainskiy Tydzhen and others. He is a co-editor and author of two books, Moldova: Arena of International Influences (Lexington Books, 2012) and the forthcoming Digital Eastern Europe (College of Eastern Europe, 2015). His previous experience includes serving as Executive Director of the Washington DC-based American Polish Advsiory Council and a role at the Warsaw-based Community of Democracies. He holds a degree in international relations and European, Russian and Eurasian studies from The George Washington University.
Awele Oguejiofor has a varied professional experience garnered from the academia, nonprofit, private sector, government and the diplomatic community in the Philippines, Nigeria and Korea. He holds a Doctor of Public Administration degree from the University of Philippines, Masters in Development studies and Bachelor of Arts in French. He is fluent in Igbo, English and French. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Liberal Arts of Internationalization at Gyeongju University, Korea.
Ievgen Voropai has master degree in Journalism and postgraduate diploma in Media Management. Participant of different international events. Editor of the Ukrainian version of Eastbook.eu. Areas of expertise: social marketing, online journalism, education & media, civil society initiatives via Internet. His background and focus on online communications has led him to a number of volunteer opportunities and community leadership roles. Lives in Kyiv, Ukraine. Ievgen Voropai combining his media work with some marketing activities. Going to get PhD at edemocracy area.
Matthew Luxmoore is a British/Polish freelance correspondent, born in Warsaw and specializing in Russia and Eastern Europe. He is fluent in Russian, German and Polish and has travelled extensively throughout the region, most recently reporting from Ukraine for Kyiv Post, New Republic and New Eastern Europe, among others. He has appeared on Ukrainian-, Russian- and English-language media to discuss the crisis in Ukraine and is a contributor to Russia!, an online blog on regional affairs. Since October 2014 he has been based in Moscow, conducting research into Russia’s media landscape alongside his work as a journalist.
Iuliia Mendel I’m a Ukrainian based in Kyiv and an investigative journalist for ICTV, one of the three largest television channels in my country. I also have experience in print media, please see my columns for Ukrainska Pravda (http://life.pravda.com.ua/society/2011/11/29/90341/), for Forbes (http://forbes.ua/woman/1358631-slozhnosti-legkoj-promyshlennosti) and my channel’s own blog (http://fakty.ictv.ua/ua/index/read-blog/id/92). I was born in Kherson, a town in the South of Ukraine 03.09.1986 and moved to Kyiv in 2003 for study at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University. 2008 – Master of Philology, 20012 – PhD in Philology.
Farooq Yousaf A research analyst, programme consultant and content editor at the Centre for Research and Security Studies (http://crss.pk/the-center/management/ ), Islamabad, and a Project Consultant at Habeas Corpus Project, London (http://habeas-corpus.org.uk/who-we-are/ ). He has recently completed his Masters in Public Policy and Conflict Studies from Erfurt, Germany, and is commuting between London, Erfurt and Islamabad for his professional commitments. Age 26, and belongs to conflict-hit Frontier region of Pakistan. On the side-lines, also writing for various international news sources with more than 50 publications in Express Tribune, The Diplomat and Global Times. He has also travelled to more than 15 countries for various conferences, trainings and excursions. His main focus is conflict and counter radicalisation, and has been associated with research projects of international organizations mainly The World Bank.
Aitor Sáez is a freelance photojournalist based in Greece. With a vocation for Journalism since childhood, he worked in local media since he began the Social Communication degree in the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. His interest in Photography developed further while he was studying in Brazil. He started his professional career as photographer in EL PAÍS newspaper and he widened his experience as reporter in Barcelona Televisió. After a year in Germany, by learning the language and working as a correspondent of the newspaper Ara , now he develops a European Volunteer Service in a Media group in Greece, dedicated to the Radio and Video Production, Social Nets and Project Management of solidary campaigns. His main interests are social diversity, minorities and global political issues. Having worked in various countries in Europe and South America, Aitor now speaks six languages.
Roman Osharov I was born and raised in the city of Irkutsk, the unofficial capital of the Eastern Siberia. In 2006, I was awarded a scholarship to study in Moscow, where I have been able to build a career in professional reporting at the same time as pursuing my studies – first a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and most recently as a Master’s student in International Relations. In my academic work I researching and writing on issues related to gender equality, international security, digital diplomacy and media in Russia and the post-Soviet states. Currently, I work as Moscow-based correspondent of the Russian Service of the Voice of America (VOA), part of the US government-funded international broadcasting. Primarily, I report on Russian domestic and foreign policy, relations between Russia and the West, as well as on civil society and human rights stories in the post-Soviet states. In addition, I contribute to various Russian-speaking and international news organizations.
Adilya Zaripova I was born in a small Russian town Kimry. Unlike most of the students in my school I always enjoyed writing essays in the literature class. At 14 I started writing for a local newspaper, two years later I moved to Moscow to study journalism at the Moscow state university. At the time when I finished my studies in 2009 I was already working as a special correspondent for the federal newspaper “Rossiyskaya gazeta”. In 2009 and 2010 I did internships with German newspapers “Rheinischer Merkur” and “Die Tageszeitung”. Last year I enrolled in the Erasmus Mundus Master course “Journalism, media and globalisation”. I studied first two semesters at the Aarhus university in Denmark. In summer I worked as an intern for the German broadcaster “Deutsche Welle”. Today I study and work on my Master thesis at the Hamburg university in Germany.
Syune Barseghyan Journalist at Armenian Armenpress News Agency While studying my Master’s degree in Cultural Studies at Yerevan State University I became interested in propagation of cultural heritage and media reporting of cultural processes in Armenia. In order to gain some insight into media world and closely research issues I was interested in, from 14 March 2013 I started working at Armenpress News Agency, first as a translator-editor and then as a full time journalist. During my two years work experience at Armenpress the scope of my interests expanded including issues facing the social sector, foreign relations and protracted conflict resolution. To brush up on my communication and leadership skills I took leadership courses at “Leadership School” Foundation (September 2013- January 2014).
Lidiya Chikalova I am Lidiya Chikalova, graduate student at International Journalism department at Saint Petersburg State University, Russia. Previously studied Journalism and Mass Communications and International Public Law at American University in Central Asia and Bard College, NY, the USA. My goals in career of journalist are to produce quality stories, seek for truth and enjoy my job. I have contributed to several online blog platforms and magazines. I practice portrait and documentary photography as well. I enjoy traveling and seeing the social and political problems through the prism of a journalist. I have reported from Lebanon for nearly two months and hope it is just a start of my journalistic career.
Thi Luong is a Vietnamese freelance writer who specializes in political and social affairs. With a special interest in investigative journalism, Thi contributes her work to several newspapers including the Global Security newspaper, Elle Magazine Viet Nam, and The Word – the most popular magazine for expatriates in Viet Nam. Thi is also one of the columnists for the popular Opinion Page of VnExpress, the most read e-newspaper in Viet Nam. Before going freelance, Thi worked with Viet Nam News, the largest English language daily in Viet Nam for three and a half years as a social affairs reporter and manager of the weekly-run Employment Page. Thanks to her dedication to investigative journalism, Thi has won various domestic and international journalistic awards and fellowships, which allowed her to be present for significant world events and insightful training opportunities overseas. In her spare time, Thi works as a key member for Book Book, a non-profit project which creates the space for book exchange for the public throughout Vietnam, translates books by foreign authors into Vietnamese, and writes travel stories about her exciting journeys around the world.
Natalia Rencic I’m Natalia Rencic, born at the beautiful island of Krk in Croatia. Recently, I was intern at the European Commission in Luxembourg, within Chafea – Consumers, Health and Food Executive Agency. I’m recent student of the Master program in the European studies at the European college in Parma and the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome, Italy. Previously, I was Master student in the Peace and Conflict studies at the European Peace University in Austria and before that I’ve obtained Master degree in Catholic Theology at the University of Zagreb. At the same time I have been working within the media and NGO sector. My biggest experience is in the journalism and communication field, also related to the PR and tourism. My main media have been local and national Croatian newspapers, as the international one, and the PR department of the Archdiocese of Rijeka, Croatia. Additionally, I was intern within the Service Civil International in Rome and the European Parliament in Brussels. I’m communicative and open-minded person, with the huge interest for travels, humanitarian work, meeting new people and cultures. Among my hobbies are reading, traveling, dancing and sea sports.
Christine Just My name is Christine Just, I am 29 years old, german with eastern european roots. I regard myself as european. I am active about Human Rights issues, internationale exchange and education. Peacebuilding activities and crosscultural exchange is my aim. In my work I focus on the possibilities and potentials how to strenghten the development of structures of civil society in Europe and beyond. I am an active and open hearted person, tough manager, fast learner and mediator between cultures. I learned as a social worker, thenduring my studies and after that in international youth exchange that it is worth believing in dreams. For together we can make a big difference.
Ary Khoshnaw is the Regional Director of an American Organization, Global Next, in Iraq. Further, he is a co-founder of a Youth Network (US-Middle East Youth Network). Ary is a fresh graduate of Business Management University of Kurdistan- Hawler. He has participated in several Youth and Community Development programs inside and outside of his county. Khoshnaw is a proud participant of the Solidarity Academy 2014 and IYLEP Alumni, Iraqi Youth Leaders Exchange program. He has also worked as an active Journalist in Rudaw Media Network, and still writes for different Iraqi Medias. Moreover, he is very interested to talk with people from different cultures and backgrounds especially those who are directly involved in their community.