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Stonewall University is the latest video series on our YouTube channel about the history of the LGBT+ community. Cultural journalist Mike Urbaniak is the lecturer.

What was the LGBT+ community like in the early 20th century? When has the community formed a political identity? How has it been influenced by World War II? What is “clinical homosexuality” and how to recognise it? Who was the first openly gay person to run for public office in the US? You’ll find the answers to these and other questions in the Stonewall University lectures!

Mike Urbaniak is a cultural journalist and theatre critic. He worked for the newsmagazine “Przekrój” and the Polish Radio. Currently, he works for “Gazeta Wyborcza”. He has interviewed a few hundred of the most prominent Polish cultural figures. For ten year now he has mostly been a part of the theatre scene: he worked in Teatr Rozmaitości and Nowy Teatr in Warsaw, was a juror at the Festiwal Prapremier (Festival of Prepremieres) in Bydgoszcz, a member of the Artistic Committee of Konkurs na Wystawienie Polskiej Sztuki Współczesnej (Contest for Exhibiting Polish Contemporary Art), a curator of a series of plays “Przepisy domowe” (“Rewritten at home”) at the Jewish Theatre, and the host of a series of meetings with the most outstanding actors of Polish stages entitled “Moja historia” (“My story”) at the Theatre Institute.

Commissioned by Teatr Polski in Poznań, Mike also interviewed all the actors from that theatre. In 2017, he translated into Polish a new performative reading of Larry Kramer’s drama “The Normal Heart” and directed it in Poznań . He wrote and directed the play “Michaś” about Professor Michał Głowiński.

A new lecture from the Stonewall University is published every Wednesday at 20:00 on the Stonewall TV channel.