Appalachian Perspective: Poland's Longin Pastusiak: from Professor to Political Leader

Hosted by Appalachian State University's Chancellor Kenneth E. Peacock, Appalachian Perspective cable television program has featured prominent and interesting North Carolinians, the university's leading academic and public service programs, and other topics of statewide interest. Episodes air across the state on cable operators' community access channels. The 30-minute program is a production of the university's Office of University Communications.

Because of his expertise in American studies, Longin Pastusiak became a leading political figure in Poland as his homeland transitioned from communism to a democratic form of government in the 1990s. The college professor even served as president of the Polish Senate from 2001-05. Now a visiting professor of international politics at Appalachian, he talks about Poland's growing economy and U.S.-Eastern European relations.