CESS_baner_FB_2014_TRUTHTruth and Reconciliation

IV Central European Summer School

Cracow-Żmiąca, Poland
24-30 August 2014


Centre for Thought of John Paul II invites students as well as young PhDs to participate in the Summer School, which combines academic program, international exchange and civic activism.

The Summer School is open to participants from Central-Eastern Europe and aims at understanding relations between religion and reconciliation as well as at building peace among nations from this part of the world.

Generously supported by Polish History Museum, Central European Summer School is a part of Jan Karski Year.


Seminar 1. Martin Luteran (Bratislava): Splendor of Truth. Natural law ethics

Seminar 2. Michał Łuczewski (Warsaw): Religion and Reconciliation

Seminar 3. Paulina Bednarz-Łuczewska (Warsaw): The Dignity of Human Work

Seminar 4. Oleh Kindii (Lviv): Unity. The Golden Age of Patristic Theology

Seminar 5. Łukasz Kobeszko: Jan Karski, “Shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Gospel of St. John 8, 32)



Liaisons between truth and reconciliation should not be merely scrutinized intellectually. They should be fully experienced. The best place for such an experience is Żmiąca, a tranquil village tucked away in the Carpathians, which is located 70 kilometers away from Cracow. This mountain village, one of the most traditional villages in Poland, is a place where people have always been hospitable, landscape – always fabulous and trouts – delicious. Żmiąca stands out as an exceptional place not only nationwide, but worldwide as well: it was an object of two distinguished monographs, which granted to it a status of the location that has sparked researchers’ interest for the longest period in the history of the social sciences (Bujak 1903, Wierzbicki 1963). As we do not want to make the experience of Żmiąca superficial, the participants of the summer seminar will be accommodated not in a fancy hotel, but in traditional farmers’ cottages. Thanks to this, they will not be external observers of the village life, but for a short moment – through supporting the inhabitants – they will become part of it.