September 30, 2011

Professor John Micgiel (center) was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

President Bronisław Komorowski (right) bestowed state decorations on 27 distinguished people at the Polish Consulate on September 22, while on a three-day visit to New York City.

The medals recognize those who have rendered great service to the Polish-American community in science, culture, business and politics, as well as their contribution to the Polish-Jewish dialogue.

In addition to teaching at SIPA, Professor Micgiel is director of Columbia’s East Central European Center.

Alex Burnett, September 30, 2011