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Professor honored by Polish government

GENEVA, N.Y. — David Ost, professor of political science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, has been honored by the government of Poland.

In a ceremony Sept. 28, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the birth of Poland’s Solidarity labor movement, Ost will receive a medal issued by the Polish government to recognize his outspoken support against the communist regime.

Ost, who joined the Colleges’ faculty in 1986, spent years living in Central Europe and accumulating a working knowledge of the political situation there. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and history from State University at Stony Brook, and a doctorate in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

His current scholarly interests include post-communist politics in Eastern Europe, particularly Poland. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, he teaches “Protests and Social Movements” and “Europe East and West,” which reflect his traveling experiences.

He is the author of two books, “Solidarity and the Politics of Anti-Politics: Opposition and Reform in Poland since 1968,” published in 1990; and “The Defeat of Solidarity: Anger and Politics in Post-communist Europe, published this year. He has also co-written and edited many publications and journal articles.

The awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28 at the Consulate of Poland in New York City. Lech Walesa, a leader of the Solidarity labor union movement and president of the Republic of Poland from 1990 to 1995, will present the medals.

An essay Ost wrote on the 25th anniversary of Solidarity may be viewed at “Solidarity, 25 years later”.