Overview of Eastern European history opens speaker series

Dr. Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, will be the first speaker in this year's Globalization and Sustainability series, focusing on Eastern Europe and human rights. The presentation wil provide some historical perspectives on Eastern Europe.

Szymczak is a specialist in European, American, and Slavic history with a special emphasis on Poland and Polish Americans. He is an expert on the Katyn Forest Massacre of 1940, the subject of one of his two doctoral dissertations (D.A. Carnegie-Mellon; PhD University of Lancaster). A film on this tragedy was shown this month on campus.

One of Szymczak's recent publications is "The Vindication of the West: The Katyn Case in the West, Poland, and Russia, 1952-2008" in The Polish Review.

The talk will take place in Frable 117 from 12:15-1:30 on Tuesday September 28 and is free and open to the public.

Co-sponsored by Teaching International, Greener Allegheny, and the Honors Program.