||September 27, 2001
Volume 32 Number 3
for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Lech Walesa Speaks October 12
Lech Walesa, Peace Prize winner and founder of Polands Solidarity
Labor Movement, will speak Friday, October 12, at 7:30 pm in Laxson Auditorium.
Walesa is the fifth Nobel Peace Prize winner in four years to speak as
part of the Presidents Lecture Series.
Walesa directs the Lech Walesa Institute, whose aim is to advance the
ideals of democracy throughout the world. He will speak on his continuing
crusade against communism.
In 1980, Walesa, an electrician, led the solidarity movement, which evolved
dramatically from a shipyard labor strike to a social revolution. The
Polish government declared martial law in 1981, and Walesa, along with
thousands of Solidarity members, was arrested. After his release from
prison in 1982, Walesa led the movement as an underground organization;
Solidarity was officially outlawed by the government.
In 1983, Walesa was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. The Polish government
re-legalized Solidarity and invited it to join the Communist Party in
forming a coalition. In 1990, Walesa became Polands first democratically
elected president. His term in office set Poland firmly on the path to
becoming a free market democracy, and sparked fundamental democratic changes
in Eastern Europe.
Walesas visit is co-sponsored by the Office of the President, Office
of the Provost, AT&T Wireless, Associated Students, City of Chico,
Butte College, and Chico Performances. }