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Central European Summer School 2019

Road to Integral Leadership: United in Diversity – that’s the theme of the project of The Centre for the Thought of John Paul II, which main event will be the Summer School which will be held on 21 – 28 July in Lanckorona and Kraków.

The project, ‘Road to Integral Leadership: United in Diversity’, has the potential to change the regional community, because it works to increase the knowledge and skills of young people who will be leaders in their local communities. The most important part of the project will be the summer school in July 2019.

However, cooperation with participants will begin both before and last after the school. At the initial phase of the project, participants will diagnose the most important indicators of cultural identity of their regions, as well as the biggest problems and confusions, which are related to those indicators, and which result, for example, from the lack of knowledge of cultural specificity by the representatives of another country.

The goal of the project is to recover the witness of integral leaders of our region, so as to benefit our shared future. We want to invest in people who will make a difference in their social environments. This is why we have developed the concept of ‘integral leadership’, and why we are implementing it into social practice. Achieving goals and motivating people are important effects of leadership. But the essence of it is the question of who we are as persons.

Integral leaders practice virtues, widen participation, and fulfil their humane missions. They build strong relations with themselves, with other people, and with the higher, moral order. They continually undergo a process of personal growth.

If you feel the spirit of a regional leader in you, if you are not afraid of spending a few days on intensive learning (lectures, workshops, coaching sessions), book your time today between 21st and 28th July. See you in Lanckorona and Kraków.


Who is it for?

The school is open to undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, young professionals, and other future leaders up through 35 years old. It is particularly aimed at those from or interested in Central and East Europe.

When and where?

21 – 28 July 2019
Participants will stay in the picturesque Villa Tadeusz for the first four nights. The guest house is located between the village of Lanckorona and the sanctuary at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, two UNESCO World Heritage Listed sited. This region is of great spiritual and cultural significance, and was often visited by Karol Wojtyła.


Students will mostly participate in seminars between Monday and Friday. Each seminar course will consist of three 90-minute sessions led by expert tutors. Subsequently they will take part in workshops, discussions, and in Oxford-style debate. Participants of the summer school will receive a bibliography in June to prepare themselves for seminars and discussions. During the school they will deliver short presentations on relevant topics to the curriculum. Participants will also have the chance to immerse themselves in Polish culture and Slavic spiritual traditions. They will also visit places that deepen their understanding of the life and legacy of John Paul II.


Generous support of the Centre for the Thought of John Paul II and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung means that participants are asked to pay 500 PLN (about 120 EUR), which covers tuition fees, materials, room, and full board. Completed applications must be submitted by 30 May 2019.

Opublikowano 17.04.2019


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