On Thursday, June 9th, five students from class 2A (group 1) and 4 students from class 3k (group 1) along with an English teacher, Proffesor Marzena Kossak-Wąchała, took part in a lecture entitled
„President Ronald Reagan, Prime Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II”.
The lecture was given by Peter M. Robinson – an American author, research fellow, television host and former speechwriter for then-Vice President George H.W. Bush and President Ronald Reagan. He completed his studies at Oxford and after Oxford, Robinson applied for a position at the White House. He was transferred to President Reagan’s staff as a special assistant and speechwriter, where he wrote the famed 1987 “ Tear down this wall” address. The speech, delivered by Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate in West Berlin on 12 June 1987, contained a memorable sentence: “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Mr Robinson is currently the host of Uncommon Knowledge, an interview show by Stanford’s Hoover Insitution in California. He is also a research fellow at this Institution as well as a co-founder of the Ricochet website.
The exposition was organized by The WSB University as part of the Fund for Support of Science co-financed by the Górnośląsko-Zagłebiowską Metropolia and started at 3p.m on Zoom platform.
Not only was it a great English lesson for us but also a solid dose of knowledge from history. The lecture revolved around the end of Cold War and three particular figures who played indispensable roles: Ronald Reagan, Minister Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II. We hear a great deal from historians these days that history is a matter of large and personal forces and individuals can only play small or insignificant roles. Peter Robinson, however, presented his view on it and talked through this one moment in history when things could not have happened as they happened and when they happened without these three remarkable individuals. The Pope helped ordinary Poles and East Europeans banish their fear of Soviet Communism, convincing them that liberation was possible. The Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher restored her country’s failing economy by reviving the “vigorous virtues” of the British people. The American president rebuilt America’s military power, its national morale, and its pre – eminence as leader of the free world. Together they brought down an evil empire and changed the world for the better.
The lecture was fortified with some videos of discussed characters’ speeches what made the lecture even more compelling. At the end of the meeting participants had a chance to put a question to Peter Robinson, which one of our students did! We were really glad and grateful that we could listen to this lecture and learn a lot of interesting facts. We are looking forward to the next one….
Wikipedia, photos from WSB
Written by Patrycja Stodółkiewicz from class 2a, edited by Ms M.Kossak-Wąchała