Franciszek Lyra R.I.P. (1932-2021)



It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing away on March 26 of Dr. Franciszek Lyra, co-founder of the Alumni Association, the first Polish Fulbrighter (1959), lecturer in American culture and literary studies at the University of Warsaw, an extremely warm and kind Man, our Friend …

Frank, we will miss you much here on our “unenlightened side of Reality”!


Management Board, Steering Committee and Audit Committee of the Alumni Association

“American Debates” – a series of discussions about contemporary America

We are launching a new project under the common title “American Debates”. We will discuss contemporary America, and more specifically the international, military and economic policy pursued by the US government, or the US’s relations with other countries, including Poland in particular. We will invite specialists, scientists and journalists to participate in the discussion and share their knowledge and opinions.

We invite you once a month at 6 p.m. by organizing a LIVE at:
– our fanpage on Facebook:
– our YouTube channel:

The “American Debates” project is supported by the US Embassy in Warsaw.

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“Talking about the future” – we continue our series of online discussions

We are continuing the series of discussions about the future of Poland and Poles under the joint title “Talking about the future”. Scientists, specialists, social leaders and practitioners from the Alumni Association will talk about various spheres of modern life that are changing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic and the social, political and economic changes of recent months. Together, we will consider the future of education, science, economy, business, the third sector, culture, international affairs, security, self-governance, society of the 21st century and others.

We meet once a month at 6 PM, organizing a LIVE on the Association’s fanpage on Facebook. This is where we created a dedicated streaming channel:

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IVLP – 80 years of exchange. Final chapter

On December 31 we finished our campaign of celebrating the 80th anniversary of “The International Visitor Leadership Program”, i.e. the well-known IVLP, implemented and financed by the U.S. Department of State.

Within a few months, we presented the Polish participants of this program on Facebook and LinkedIn. You could read their memories of stay in the US and their opinions related to the implementation of this program. Additionally, each report was supplemented with photos and/or videos.

You can still find them on:



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Integration trip to Jaroszowiec

28 people (Alumni with their families) came to Jaroszowiec near Olkusz (Lesser Poland Voivodeship) for the weekend of September 25-27, 2020. We were hosted by the “Leśny Zakątek” recreation center. During these days and in this place, an integration meeting of the members of the Alumni Association took place. Read More

“Talking about the future” – a series of discussions on Facebook

Alumni Association has started a new project under the joint title “Talking about the future“. We want to include every interested person in the discussion about the future of Poland and Poles. But it is the members of the Association: scientists, teachers, specialists, social leaders, practitioners, administrators that discuss various spheres of modern life. Together, we reflect on the future of education, science, economy, business, the third sector, culture, international affairs, security, self-governance, 21st century society and more.
And all this is now available on Facebook, where we have opened a special and dedicated streaming channel:



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Meetings over a coffee

In time of epidemics, home quarantine and in response to your signals, I would like to invite you to … Meeting over a coffee.

The meeting over a coffee is a virtual meeting on the ZOOM platform. With a good coffee and a cake, we will be able to meet virtually and see who is a neighbor in my city or region.
The meeting over a coffee will take place every Saturday and Sunday at 12:00. Invitations will be addressed to Alumni from a given voivodship, which will allow our members to initiate acquaintances that may translate into specific projects after the epidemic.
Members of the Alumni Association are present in all 16 voivodships of Poland. And each meeting is for a different voivodship, which means that we will be meeting for the next 8 weeks.

More information and details about individual meetings can be found on Facebook ( and on LinkedIn (

Rafał Pieprzyk
President of the Alumni Association