Monthly Meeting

Tuesday September 17, 2019

Cocktails – 6:30 pm; Dinner – 7:00
University Club – Main Dining Room
Tampa City Center – Top Floor  

On Tuesday, September 17, 2019, we are pleased to welcome Andrew Nagorski, Author and Journalist. His remarks are titled, “What Today’s Leaders Can Learn from Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin.”

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Nagorski spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. From 2008 to April 2014, he was vice president and director of public policy for the EastWest Institute, an international affairs think tank. He is the author of several books; his latest book is: 1941: The Year Germany Lost the War was published in June 2019.

From January 2000 to July 2008, Nagorski served as senior editor for Newsweek International, handling the editorial cooperation between the parent magazine and its expanding network of foreign language editions and other joint venture partners. The new magazines that were launched during his tenure were Newsweek Arabic in 2000; Newsweek Polska, Newsweek Russia in 2004; and Newsweek Argentina in 2006. He has been honored three times by the Overseas Press Club for his reporting.

As Berlin bureau chief from 1996 to 1999, Nagorski provided in-depth reporting about Germany's efforts to overcome the legacy of division, the immigration debate, and German-Jewish relations.

From 1990 to 1994, he served as Newsweek's Warsaw bureau chief, and he has served two tours of duty as Newsweek's Moscow bureau chief, first in the early 1980s and then from 1995 to 1996. In 1982, he gained international notoriety when the Soviet government, angry about his enterprising reporting, expelled him from the country. After spending the next two and a half years as Rome bureau chief, he became Bonn bureau chief.

From 1978 to 1980, Nagorski was the Hong Kong-based Asian regional editor for Newsweek International and then as Hong Kong Bureau Chief.

In 1988, Nagorski took a one-year leave of absence to serve as a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. In recent years, he has also served as an adjunct professor at Bard College's Center for Globalization and International Affairs. He is chairman of the board of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation, a member of the board of the Jacksonville World Affairs Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the Overseas Press Club.

In 2009, Poland's Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski presented Nagorski with the newly created Bene Merito award for his reporting from Poland about the Solidarity movement in the 1980s. In 2011, Poland's President Bronislaw Komorowski awarded him the Cavalry Cross for the same reason. In 2014, Poland’s former President and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa presented the “Lech Walesa Media Award” to Nagorski “for dedication to the cause of freedom and writing about Poland’s history and culture.”

Nagorski taught social studies at Wayland High School in Massachusetts before joining Newsweek. Born in Edinburgh of Polish parents (who shortly after his birth emigrated to the United States), he attended school overseas while his father was in the U.S. foreign service. He earned a B.A. magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 1969 and studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

Nagorski and his wife, Christina, have four children: Eva, Sonia, Adam and Alex.

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