By exclusive arrangement, Lech Walesa, former president of Poland, Polish hero and international symbol of the pursuit of freedom and democracy, will meet with our group in Gdansk to discuss his perspective on world progress through globalization. A worker in Gdansk's Lenin Shipyard, Walesa emerged as a worldwide symbol of the resistance against Communism during the shipyard workers' strike of 1980 and the establishment of the Solidarity labor movement. Despite winning the right to form an independent union, Walesa and Solidarity were forced to continue their struggle against the Soviet-backed regime of General Jaruzelski, which jailed Walesa and imposed martial law in Poland in December 1981. In 1983, Walesa received the Nobel Peace Prize, a watershed moment widely considered to have been the first crack in the Soviet Union's Iron Curtain that crumbled with the Berlin Wall in 1989. Only the third foreign dignitary, after the Marquis de Lafayette and Winston Churchill, to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress in 1989, Walesa served as president of Poland from 1990 to 1995.