The Fall of Communism, Russia, and the War in Ukraine

Lech Wałęsa, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Former President of Poland

Wednesday, November 16, 6:00 PM

Hosted by the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, Lech Wałęsa will discuss current world events, his view of the United States’ role on the global stage, the history of the Solidarity Movement, and his vision for a prosperous future. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by the Dean of the Kroc School of Peace Studies, Dr. Patricia Márquez.

Registration for this event is closed. Theater seating will be available on a first come, first served basis for pre-registered guests. Due to theater capacity, on-site registrants will be seated in an overflow room to watch the event livestream.

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Lech Wałęsa was the co-founder and leader of the Solidarity movement that led to the first democratic elections in Poland in 1989, the fall of communism in Poland, and helped lead to the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. Wałęsa was the first democratically elected leader of Poland since 1926 and the first ever Polish leader elected by popular vote. He presided over Poland’s transition from communism to free-market capitalism and liberal democracy.


Wednesday, November 16, 2022; 6:00 PM


Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice

5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110


We suggest that you enter campus through the West Entrance. You will see an entrance kiosk and can ask for directions there too. From the West Entrance, follow the road (Marian Way) to the second stop sign. Make a left into the West Parking Structure.


Event attendees can park on campus in the West Parking Structure. The 4 hour validation code for this event is 8637

  1. Be sure to note your license plate prior to approaching a pay station. It may be helpful to take a picture of your license plate with your smartphone.
  2. Upon approaching the pay station, push “Start” on the keypad if the screen is black, which will bring up the home screen.
  3. Push option “2” on the keypad for Enter Validation Code.
  4. Enter your license plate number, and push the green “ENTER” button with a check mark on the keypad.
  5. Enter the validation code 8637, and push the green “ENTER” button with a check mark on the keypad.
  6. The expiration time will be displayed, and the transaction is complete. A receipt will be printed for your reference, but there is no need to place anything on the vehicle’s dashboard.

USD trams are available in the West Parking Structure to take guests to the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice. Once you arrive, check in at the Peace and Justice Theatre. Check-in opens at 5:30 PM.




Can't make it to the event in-person? Watch the livestream below.