On the 12 of April 2010, the day of Professor Olga Czerniawska's birthday, special seminar concerning her academic activity was held at the Scientific Society of Lódz. Professor Olga Czerniawska is outstanding humanist, representative of academic environment of Lódz. She perfectly joins in Her life roles of academic, expert, pedagogue, educational and social activist, teacher. It is approved by long academic work, achievements in research, the character of Her social activity and effects of educational work. After graduation from history at University of Lódz in 1952 She started to work as history instructor at the Youth Cultural Center and as a teacher at high school for adults. At the same time She was working part-time for University of Lódz and the Polish Academy of Science, starting Her academic activity. From 1962 to 1979 She was participant of seminar on social education leaded by Professor Aleksander Kaminski. Under Professor Kaminski's direction She wrote Ph.D. thesis 'Adult education and family', that She defended in 1968. Formally She started to work at the University of Lódz in 1972 and 6 years later She earned habilitation on the basis of publication 'Counseling as support for educational environment'. From 1981 She was chief of the Adult Education Division and later chief of the Theory of Education Chair and Adult Education Division at the Department of Education (the University of Lódz). In 1996 President of the Republic of Poland bestowed Her Professor's title. In research She is aimed at problems of adult education and its place in theory of andragogy. She is a pioneer of biographical research in Polish andragogy. She has also developed comparative andragogy through many years of co-operation with Germany, Switzerland, Italy and France, resulting in international conferences, translations of foreign publications (e.g. E. Gelpi, P. Dominice) and common publications. Very important part of Her interests is gerontology, that is enriched by Her international contacts, activity in different bodies and personal experience. After getting retired Professor Olga Czerniawska is still active as academic at the Humanistic and Economic Academy of Lódz. She is still full of creativity, passion and engagement, starting new projects. She wrote over 200 publications, among those 9 author's books. Many times She was rewarded for Her academic and educational activity. Professor Olga Czerniawska is mistress, for young academic staff - unprecedented example of academic in gaining new areas of research and passion. In this volume of the Andragogy Yearbook we publish report from Professor Czerniawska's Jubilee, Her curriculum vitae, lists of publications and speeches of Her pupils, colleagues and co-workers: Elzbieta Woznicka, Boguslaw Sliwerski, Jozef Kargul, Barbara Juras-Krawczyk, Kazimierz Zawadzki, Joanna Stelmaszczyk, Katarzyna Wypiorczyk-Przygoda.
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