Krzystof Czyżewski is a Polish writer, philosopher, theatre director, editor. He is co-founder and president of the Borderland Foundation (1990) and director of the Centre “Borderland of Arts, Cultures and Nations” in Sejny. Together with his team he revitalized a manor house in Krasnogruda, near the Polish-Lithuanian border, that once belonged to the Czesław Miłosz family, and initiated there an International Center for Dialog (2011). Furthermore, he coordinates intercultural dialogue programs in Europe, Caucasus, Israel, Central Asia, Indonesia, Bhutan and USA.
Since 2015 he is a Visiting Professor at Rutgers University and at the University of Bologna.
Among his books of poetry and essays are: The Path of the Borderland (2001), Line of Return. Notes from the Borderland (2008), Miłosz. A Connective Tissue (2014), and The Krasnogruda Bridge. A Bridge-Builder’s Toolkit (2016).
The keynote speech by Krzysztof Czyżewski will be the opening of the Second Annual Leszek Kołakowski Symposium “Paradises Lost: Entzauberung, Utopia, and their Afterlives”. The closed conference will be preceded by an afternoon‐section on the philosophical work of Krzysztof Michalski (1948–2013), founding Rector of the IWM and erstwhile student of Kołakowski at the University of Warsaw.
Program of Kołakowski Symposium II