The Burden of Memory: How can we build solidarity when our memories clash?

We cordially invite you to the fifth seminar of “Re-thinking Leadership” series!

Commemoration of the 77th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II at Westerplatte (photo: P. Tracz / KPRM)


During the meeting entitled “The Burden of Memory: How can we build solidarity when our memories clash?” the speakers will focus on the changing memories before, during and after the conflict. They will examine the impact of war on the public memories in Russia and Western and Central Europe, the role of leadership in ending the war of memories, and ways in which we can build solidarity, even when our memories clash.


  • Lord Alderdice FRCPsych, Senior Research Fellow, Harris Manchester College and Executive Chairman, Changing Character of War, Pembroke College, University of Oxford
  • Richard Butterwick-Pawlikowski, Professor of Polish-Lithuanian History, Head of Research, UCL-SSEES

Special guest:

  • Robert Kostro, Founding Director of the Polish History Museum


  • Eva Grosman, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building
  • Prof. Michał Łuczewski, Two Wings Institute

This event is co-organised by the Two Wings Institute and Museum of Polish History, in partnership with the Oxford Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, Oxford Polish Association and the Polish Cultural Institute in London, and supported by the Polish National Foundation.

The event will take place on 27 October at 10:30 – 12:30 BST.


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