Professor Barbara Skarga’s Ceremonial Lecture
Your Magnificence, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen! Words truly fail to express how grateful I am for the honor you have bestowed on me. May I thank the University, the Rector, the Senate, and all those who have contri- buted their efforts to implement the project, above all Prof. Lech Witkowski, my col- league, student, and friend of many years. I also thank my colleagues and friends who have supported the move by the University, sparing no praise for my career, even though I doubt if I deserve them in every respect. This high distinction demonstrates acceptance of, and recognition for, my philo- sophical work—something every intellectual dreams of. I cannot deny how moved I am. However, today has yet another meaning for me. I have a feeling that my life has come full circle, that I am returning to the beginnings of my path, to the place where I began my philosophical studies—to King Stephen Báthory University. I keep finding its traces in these Toru walls—traces of my professors and friends, both the close o- nes and those I only know by name and face. Amongst them is the first pro-rector of Nicolaus Copernicus University, Prof. Wadysaw Dziewulski, whose home in Vilnius I often visited owing to my close relations with his daughters. Along with one of them, I was tried by the War Tribunal of the Lithuanian Republic and exiled to the East. I remember Professors Jan Pruffer, Leon Lemanowicz, Zofia Abramowicz, and so...
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