The University of New Mexico International Studies Institute presents, "Europe 25 years after the great transformation: a Polish perspective, featuring Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles Mariusz M. Brymora, on Friday, April 17 from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Keller Hall in the UNM Center for the Arts. A Q&A and light reception follow the lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

The lecture opens with a short musical program by violinist Krzysztof Zimowski, concertmaster of the New Mexico Philharmonic and pianist Pamela Viktoria Pyle, UNM professor of collaborative piano, who will perform pieces by Henryk Wieniawski and Karol Szymanowski.

Brymora will also present Zimowski with the Knight's Cross Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Brymora is the recipient of Polonus award for activist of the year awarded by Wietrzne Radio for the most influential people of the Polish community in Chicago (2002) and Golden Link Award awarded by Polish American Association for outstanding service to Polonia (2003), as well as the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (2008). His publications include 400 Years of Polish Immigrants in America (2008), and a short history titled The Embassy of Poland in Washington DC (2009). He has also supervised the short documentary Polska?Tak!   

The event is co-sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles and the UNM Center for English Language and Culture.