On Sept. 20, Texas iSchool Assistant Professor Jacek Gwizdka took part in a meeting with President of the Republic of Poland Mr. Andrzej Duda at the Kościuszko Foundation in New York City, where they discussed how to increase and improve scientific and scholarly exchanges at all levels between the United States and Poland.
Dr. Gwizdka was one of 25 scholars of Polish origin and ancestry who work at American universities and research institutions who were invited to the meeting. The 25 scholars were selected from STEM disciplines represented by Polish scientists in the Kościuszko Foundation Collegium of Eminent Scientists, to which Dr. Gwizdka was elected in 2015.
Founded in 1925, the Kościuszko Foundation is a national not-for-profit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian organization named for Thaddeus Kościuszko, a close friend of Thomas Jefferson's, with whom he shared ideals of human rights.
In 1798, Kościuszko dedicated all his American assets to the education and freedom of U.S. slaves. The Kościuszko Foundation is dedicated to promote educational and cultural exchanges between the United States and Poland and to increase American understanding of Polish culture and history. The foundation has also awarded scholarships and provided a forum to Poles who have changed history.