Celebrating World Poetry Day

Professor Iwona Sadowska and Georgetown students celebrated World Poetry Day with a Polish poetry scholar and the Polish ambassador in McGhee Library on September 12, 2018. Professor Sadowska delivered opening remarks and welcomed her guest, Jarosław Anders, Deputy Director in the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, and author of Between Fire and Sleep, Essays on Modern Polish Poetry and Prose. Jaroslaw Anders gave a lecture on renowned Polish poet Zbigniew Herbert. Zbigniew Herbert (1924-1998), a leading poet of the Polish opposition and wrote poetry, essays, and dramas in the underground press. Before the lecture, Georgetown students heard from Professor Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland. World Poetry Day was established by UNESCO to “support linguistic diversity through poetic expression.”

This event was organized by Georgetown University’s Department of Slavic Languages and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC.