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Radoslaw “Radek” Sikorski will speak at UT’s Baker Center Sept. 21.
Radoslaw “Radek” Sikorski will speak at UT’s Baker Center Sept. 21.

Radoslaw “Radek” Sikorski, former foreign minister of Poland, will speak at UT’s Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy Wednesday, September 21, as part of the Ashe Distinguished Lecture Series.

Sikorski’s lecture, the “US Role in Today’s Europe,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Toyota Auditorium of the Baker Center. The event is free and open to the public. Public parking is available for $2 per hour in Volunteer Hall Parking Garage.

From 2014 to 2015, Sikorski served as the Marszal of the Sejm, a position similar to the US Speaker of the House. He served as a senator for Bydgoszcz in 2005, minister of defense from 2005 to 2007, and foreign affairs minister from 2007 to 2014. He has also served as a war correspondent.

Sikorski’s books include “Dust of the Saints” and “The Polish House: An Intimate History of Poland.” In 2012, he was named one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine for “telling the truth, even when it’s not diplomatic.” He serves as a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies.

Sikorski is a graduate of Oxford University. He is married to American Pulitzer Prize-winning author Anne Applebaum.

The Ashe Distinguished Lecture Series is part of the Baker Center’s Leadership and Governance Policy program and was established with a gift from former Knoxville mayor and US ambassador to Poland Victor Ashe. Ambassadors and mayors are invited to speak on a variety of public policy matters including foreign relations, diplomacy, world affairs and local government. Through their experience, they are able to reveal nuances and intrinsic information regarding topics that fulfill the center’s educational mission.


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