Medals for Norwid's Researchers
The year 2021 marked the 200th anniversary of the birth of Cyprian Kamil Norwid, and the year was proclaimed the year of this poet. At its end, the Medal of the Centenary of Regaining Independence was awarded to scholars from several centres dealing with the life and works of the fourth national bard. Among the honorees were retired lecturers of the Catholic University of Lublin, Prof. Stefan Sawicki and Prof. Józef Fert, as well as employees of the Centre for Research on Cyprian Norwid’s Artistic Heritage, Prof. Piotr Chlebowski and Edyta Chlebowska, PhD. They received the awards from Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on December 29th, 2021 during a gala summarising the competitions concerning the life and work of Cyprian Kamil Norwid, which took place at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.
The Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) is an important centre of norwidological research in Poland. Norwidological research at KUL began in the early 1980s. Since 1983, the year of the hundredth anniversary of the poet’s death, the university has been publishing a scientific journal "Studia Norwidiana" [“Norwidian Studies”], around which the research community was established. Two years later, a research and development unit was established, currently known as the Centre for Research on Cyprian Norwid’s Artistic Heritage. Its initiator was Prof. Sawicki, who managed its activities for many years and defined the most important directions of research. One of the most important tasks of the Centre, carried out jointly with the Scientific Society of the Catholic University of Lublin, is the preparation of a scientific edition of Norwid's writings, which will comprise 17 volumes of the poet's “Dzieła wszystkie” [“Complete Works”].