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Dr. Robert Derewenda is the new Director of the Lublin Branch of The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN)

Dr. Robert Derewenda of the KUL Institute of History was appointed Director of the Lublin Branch of The Institute of National Remembrance (IPN). He will take up this position on January 10th, 2022.

Dr. Derewenda is an alumnus of the Catholic University of Lublin (KUL), and since 2017 he has been an assistant in the Department of Sources, Archival Studies, and History Didactics.  From 2004 to 2012 he was the Director of the Main Archive of the Light-Life Movement (Ruch Światło-Życie), and since 2012 he has been the Director of the Fr. Franciszek Blachnicki Institute.  In the years 2008 - 2021 he was a history and social studies (WOS) teacher at the Queen Jadwiga Private Lower Secondary and Upper Secondary School in Lublin.  From 2017 to 2019, he was a history teacher at the Stanisław Staszic 1st Secondary School in Lublin. He is an expert in the Ministry of Education and Science, and is involved in the work of teams developing core curricula in history and social studies.

His main areas of research include issues connected with the recent history of the Church, the history of the Oasis Movement, and the activities of Fr. Franciszek Blachnicki, as well as aspects related to history didactics in contemporary schools.

He is an active populariser of history, both in the media and during meetings with youth and adults.  He also holds the function of councillor for the 8th term of the Lublin City Council (2018 - 2023).