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Name  Thaddeus Radzilowski

Education  University of Michigan

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Thaddeus C. Radzilowski or Tadeusz Radziłowski (born February 4, 1938 in Detroit) is an award-winning Polish-American historian, scholar, author, professor and co-founder of the Piast Institute, a national institute for Polish and Polish-American affairs. Dr. Radzilowski's work has focused on Poland and other Central and Eastern European nations, including Russia. He has written extensively on the histories of these regions as well as the migration of peoples from Central and Eastern Europe, with special emphasis on social history and historiography. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America and has published more than 100 monographs, edited collections, journal articles, book chapters and scholarly papers. In 1999, the President of Poland presented Dr. Radzilowski with the country’s high civil honor of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for distinguished contributions to the dissemination of Polish culture in the world.


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Piast Institute

Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski's current focus is the leadership of Piast Institute, the largest think tank in North America devoted to Polish and Polish-American issues. Dr. Radzilowski co-founded Piast Institute in 2003 with non-profit veteran Virginia L. Skrzyniarz, who serves as Piast's executive director, and Kay Hartman. Piast Institute is based in Hamtramck, Michigan and Dr. Radzilowski serves as its president.

Dr. Radzilowski has focused Piast as a research center, one of 59 U.S. Census Information Centers, and as a representative of Poland and Polish-Americans in the United States. With its internal staff and its worldwide network of Fellows, Piast develops and disseminates information through the development of position papers, conferences, seminars, popular articles, publications, teaching materials, exhibits and academic studies. Piast Institute also aids in the management of the Dekaban Foundations, which sponsor university faculty exchanges in economics, engineering and agriculture between Polish universities and institutions in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. In addition to the oversight of these programs, Piast Institute also sponsors and organizes annual Dekaban Lectures that have featured, among other speakers, former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Pulitzer Prize winning author Alex Storzynski.

Piast is also certified by the United States Department of Citizenship and Immigration as an official assistance site for immigration matters, and arranges social services for local immigrants of all ethnicities. In addition to helping immigrant families, Piast Institute works to mediate social and political conflicts among ethnic groups, including taking leadership in mediating a highly publicized national story covered by The New York Times, among others, regarding the Muslim community's airing of Calls to Prayer over loudspeakers in Detroit. In addition to working with America's Islamic community, Piast also works to reinforce cultural ties between the Polish-American community and those of African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans and Jewish-Americans.

Piast also takes a lead role in protecting Polish culture from defamation and ensuring healthy dialogue between groups of all cultures. In 2006, it promoted serious discussion of the book FEAR: Anti-Semitism in Poland After Auschwitz by soiologist Jan T. Gross, sponsoring an online international scholarly symposium ( on the highly debated charges made by the author. Piast was also a strong voice speaking against the common mischaracterization of Nazi concentration camps built on Polish soil as "Polish Death Camps," aiding in an effort that culminated with the United Nations renaming the "Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp" to the "Former Nazi German Concentration Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau."

Early career

Prior to co-founding the Piast Institute, Dr. Radzilowski taught at Madonna University, Heidelberg College and Southwest Minnesota State University, where he served as Chair of the Department of History, Director of the Regional History Center, Director of Rural Studies and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also served as the Acting Director of the Immigration Research Center of the University of Minnesota, co-directed a special program on International Business at the Wirtschaft Universitet in Vienna and chaired the International Conference on Migration at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

Dr. Radzilowski has also served as an advisor and consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Bureau of the Census. He was the National Endowment for the Humanities’ liaison to Ethnic and Community groups in the United States, a consultant for the New Jersey Department of Education and numerous other local and state government boards on ethnicity and pluralism. He has also written, produced, and consulted and advised on a number of radio and television productions, including award-winning films created in conjunction with organizations such as PBS and the Arts & Entertainment channel. Dr. Radzilowski received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.


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