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A Letter from Warsaw: A Democratic Vote of Diversity in Poland

October 2011 by Roch Dunin-Wasowicz Though currently residing in London, as a Polish passport holder I participated in the country’s general election last Sunday. On October 9, 2011, to my satisfaction, the Polish public elected Europe’s first transsexual member of parliament, Poland’s first openly gay parliamentarian, and its second person of color to become a […]

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Mondli Hlatshwayo: Reconnecting after thirteen years!

In March 2011, I bumped into Dr. Elzbieta Matynia, the Director of The New School’s Transregional Centre for Democratic Studies, during a seminar at the University of Johannesburg. The last time we met was in Cracow in July 1998. Fortunately we recognized each other! I am one of those who had a privilege to attend […]

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TCDS conducts the 20th Democracy & Diversity Summer Institute in Wroclaw, Poland

From July 8-24, the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies conducted its 20th Democracy & Diversity Institute in the vibrant city of Wroclaw, Poland, formerly Breslau. Centered on the theme The World in Crisis: A Critical Reading, the 2011 institute brought together 31 advanced graduate students and professionals from the New School and around the world […]

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Introducing Letters from the Field

Letters from the Field is a new TCDS webpage devoted to news and commentary from our friends and colleagues around the world. Please check back for updates, and please submit your own “letters” to This is another way for us to stay connected in our global digital world, and we hope that your comments […]

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