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Volume 18, Number 4, September 1996


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Volume 19 Number 1 September 1996
IU Exchange with Warsaw University Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary
President Myles Brand, Rector Wodzimierz Siwiski and Peg Brand President Myles Brand, Polish Studies Director Timothy Wiles, and several IU representatives visited Poland in May 1996 to observe the twentieth anniversary of our exchange relationship with Warsaw University. They joined Rector Wodzimierz Siwiski as speakers at a symposium on the importance of academic exchanges in East Central Europe, both in the time of Soviet influence and in the post-communist period of social transformation. President Brand discussed several new academic initiatives during his visit to Poland, and as a result IU has extended invitations to scholars and administrators at both Warsaw University and Jagiellonian University to visit IU next year. Myles and Peg Brand and Dean of International Programs Patrick O'Meara enjoyed excellent visits in Kraków and Warsaw, full of meetings, meals, cultural events, and friendly reunions. This visit reaffirmed the importance of Poland to IU's European studies activities, and it strengthened the role of the Polish Studies Center in this regard. Poland was not the only country visited by Myles and Peg Brand, Patrick O'Meara, and Vice President for Government Relations Christopher Simpson this spring. This European tour was the first extended international trip for President Brand since he came to IU two years ago, and it was so (Continued on page 2) Bo ena Shallcross Appointed Associate Director of Polish Studies In a move to expand faculty participation in the management of the Polish Studies Center, the Office of International Programs appointed Bo ena Shallcross as Associate Director of Polish Studies beginning in September 1996. She and Timothy Wiles will share some of the duties of coordinating the Center's academic and cultural program. "We're moving more toward the idea of a team to direct this center," said Tim Wiles, "and I've very glad to have a person with so much enthusiasm and knowledge as Bo ena Shallcross for a partner." Shallcross is Assistant Professor of Polish Literature and Language in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. She joined the IU faculty in 1994 after several years of employment at Hunter College, and before that, she studied at the Jagiellonian University and the Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Literature, she worked at the Institute of Literature for several years. Her research interests include relationships between Polish literature and the visual arts, and the depiction of Jewish culture in Polish arts and writing. As a result of this appointment, opportunity arose for another native Pole to teach the introductory Polish language course at the Slavics Department this fall. We are glad to welcome Katarzyna Rydel Johnston as the instructor of P101/501 Elementary Polish. successful that the President will visit IU exchange centers on another continent next spring. The President's team started their tour with several stops in Spain, then spent a week in Poland, and concluded the business part of their trip by attending a conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, which marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the School of Business at IU and was attended by alumni of the school from all over Europe. The visit to Spain also had significance to IU's connections with the European business community. The principal host there was Spain's major commercial bank La Caixa, which funds one of Spain's largest academic fellowship programs with the U.S.--IU has served as La Caixa's American partner for financial management and for the screening and placement of the Spanish scholars for several years. The Brands also visited IU's overseas campus sites in Madrid and Barcelona and spent time with Hoosier students who were completing their year in Spain. Considering that these are large and financially-important overseas programs for IU, it is significant that President Brand spent seven days in Poland on this trip. Some of that time was devoted to needed recreation, and Myles and Peg Brand spend a weekend in the Tatra Mountains, where they toured highland villages, hiked and drove by horse cart to the high-elevation lake called Morskie Oko, and explored the resort town of Zakopane. Peg Brand is Polish-American and her family immigrated in the 1920s, and so it was possible for Peg to trace her roots back to her father's birthplace, the mountain town of Czarnej Dunajec. She located her grandmother's birth record in the church archive there this spring. Several of us who helped set up this tour were gratified that Peg's homecoming visit met with success. For the Indiana University party, visits to two great Polish university centers were the heart of this trip. First stop was Kraków, where we held the initial meeting between an IU president and the rector of the Jagiellonian University, an institution which dates from medieval times but which has a very dynamic program in the new Poland. For example, several Jagiellonian University faculty have visited various IU campuses during 1995-1996, and they are involved in programs which address the needs of society today and in the near future. Krzysztof Frysztacki, Chair of Sociology and a leader in the teaching of Social Work, is part of a program based at IUPUI and co-sponsored by the Center on Philanthropy which is aimed at reforming social work education and the funding of social services in post-communist Central Europe. Andrzej Swi tkowski, Professor of Law, in the Faculty of Law and Administration at Jagiellonian University, is a specialist on labor relations in contemporary Poland and the problems which arise as the state transforms to a democracy with a market-based economy. He has worked with the labor studies division of SPEA at the IU South Bend campus, and last spring he visited IUSB and Bloomington as a Fellow of the Institute for Advanced Study at IU. Their fields of research have clear connections with labor and social welfare issues in the state of Indiana, and they have been excellent partners for the Polish Studies Center in our effort to develop new programs in Poland. These should lead to new opportunities for faculty and student research. Myles Brand with Aleksander Koj, Rector of Kraków University. Professors Frysztacki and Swi tkowski were ideal hosts for us in Krakow. They hosted a dinner at which the IU party met their colleagues in sociology and law, and they organized the visit to the Rector's office. All these efforts came together when President Brand and the IU party met with Rector of the Jagiellonian University Aleksander Koj in a room dominated by a glass case filled with five 6-foot-high silver academic maces "which we use for various occasions," explained the rector. We enjoyed a good talk with Professor Koj, who is a biochemist and whose wife, also a biochemist, once spent some weeks in Bloomington on a research project. The result of the talk was an invitation extended by President Brand for a scholar from Jagiellonian University to make a short research and lecturing visit to IU later this year in a field related to modern Polish society. The second stop on our Polish visit was Warsaw, and this seemed more like a homecoming visit, even to the IU people who had never visited there before. We devoted some time to nostalgia and reminiscence, particularly since the President's group was joined in Warsaw by the person who founded the Polish Studies Center in Bloomington, Professor of Comparative Literature Mary Ellen Solt. But while we looked back at twenty years of accomplishment on this visit, we also looked ahead. President Brand met with Rector W odzimierz Siwi ski and affirmed our commitment to some of the new projects being pioneered through our exchange. (Continued on page 6) Above: Patrick O'Meara with musicians at Wawel Castle At right: A visit to the medieval Collegium Maius, the oldest building of the Jagiellonian University and the residence and teaching rooms of the faculty at the time of Copernicus, who taught here and lived in one of the upper apartments. With the Brands and Dean O'Meara are Andrzej Swi tkowski, Professor of Law (left), and Krzysztof Frysztacki, Professor of Sociology. Patrick O'Meara, Peg and Myles Brand touring the city. A highlight of the anniversary was a conference devoted to the history and significance of academic exchanges between American and East European universities, from the Cold War era to the present, with a focus on the IU - WU exchange. From left: Speakers at the conference included the two individuals most responsible for initiating our exchange in 1976 and fostering it with their governments in the initial years, Professor of History Andrzej Bartnicki and retired United States Information Agency officer Leonard Baldyga, who described the founding of our exchange; the directors of our partner centers, who assessed their institutions' current cooperation, Krzysztof Michalek, Director of the American Studies Center at WU and Timothy Wiles, Director of the Polish Studies Center at IU; and the chief executives, who spoke about the role of our exchange in the future, Myles Brand and W odzimierz Siwi ski. Above: Krzysztof Michalek and Timothy Wiles at the conference on U.S. - Poland academic exchanges. At left: Paul Marer and Monika Dabrowska (exchange alumna from Institute of Law). Behind them are several Polish students who are enrolled at the IU School of Business. Above: President Myles Brand at Warsaw University. Many friends of the Polish Studies Center and the IU - WU partnership reunited at the twentieth anniversary celebration. Clockwise from top left: founding fathers of the exchange and key liaisons with their government and education bureaucracies for two decades Andrzej Bartnicki and Leonard Baldyga; (top right) President Brand and Rector Siwinski; (bottom right) Peg Brand, who lectured on feminist aesthetics at Warsaw University, flanked by one of WU's alumni of our exchange, Professor of Politics Antoni Mrozek; (bottom left) and the person at IU most responsible for launching our Polish Studies Center and nurturing it as founding director for seven years, retired Professor of Comparative Literature Mary Ellen Solt, greeted by Andrzej Bartnicki.Warsaw University Visitors in Bloomington this Fall Several academics and university staff from Warsaw University are visiting IUB this fall. Feature stories about their activities will appear in the next issue of the Polish Studies Newsletter. For now, we'd like to inform you about these Polish guests and friends, and invite you to meet them. PSC secretary Lois Plew has their addresses and phone numbers: call 5-1507. Our visitors would be glad to talk with you--or your students-- about their work, and are happy to go out for a social occasion. Henryk Hollender, Director of the Library at Warsaw University, and his associate Anna Cwilag, Secretary of the Library, spend the first weeks of September at IU and discussed ways to utilize expertise at our library in the development of library services at the new facility being built in Warsaw. Marcin Zaremba, a doctoral student in Political Studies at WU, will spend Fall Semester at IU. His research area is communist-era politics in Poland. Marcin's wife, a journalist, will join him shortly. We welcome a good friend from the American Studies Center at WU, Ma gorzata Durska, who has been in charge of the entrepreneurship courses at the center for several years and is its development officer. For this year, she holds a Fulbright position, and she will take courses and consult with faculty at the School of Business. Malgosia is in Bloomington with her two children. We also welcome a Bloomington old-timer, Ma gorzata Korzycka-Iwanow, in the second year of her Fulbright appointment from the Institute of Law at Warsaw University. Her research involves problems of patenting new genetically-altered species, and at IU she is attached to the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. Malgosia is in Bloomington with her husband and two children. Visiting IU from Warsaw's Economics Department is Agnieszka Markowska, a doctoral student in environmental economics. This year, she holds an IREX fellowship, and she is affiliated with the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her research will compliment work done at IU last spring by WU environmental economist Jerzy leszy ski, and we welcome this opportunity to continue some investigations that follow up on the PSC's April 1996 conference on Economic Protection in Poland. Bartlomej Wazniewicz is also on an IREX fellowship in environmental studies at SPEA this year. He is a graduate of Jagiellonian University. Bartek's wife will join him shortly. Was anyone omitted? We want to introduce all academic visitors from Poland in our Newsletter, plus all staff and other visitors whose work relates to Polish Studies. Let us know who you are, and/or who is here! Please phone 812-855-1507 or e-mail polish@indiana.edu. Mary Ellen Solt and Susan Solt in Warsaw. As a student in 1977-78, Susan lived with Mary Ellen in Warsaw during Mary Ellen's year on our teaching exchange, just before she founded the Polish Studies Center at IU. Susan later put her Polish experience to use as an advisor for the filming of Sophie's Choice, the job that launched Susan's career in the film industry. She is now Dean of the School of Theatre, California Institute of the Arts. Mary Ellen now resides with her daughter in California. The visit to Poland coincided with Peg Brand's birthday. We held her party at the Wierzynek Restaurant in Kraków. Celebrating are Tim Wiles, Patrick O'Meara, Peg and Myles Brand. (Continued from page 2) One of these will be to offer consulting on the administration of the new Warsaw University Library which is currently under construction. Several IU and WU specialists in library services and information technology will be involved in this exchange, over the course of construction for WU's new $80 million, 5 million volume capacity library (scheduled to be ready for the "Class of 2000" in fact). As another new program, the President's office has invited WU to send some senior administrators to IU for short visits in the fields of financial management, student information systems, and fund raising over the coming years. Additionally, IU may be able to extend our efforts in promoting distance learning technologies and pedagogies to Poland, a subject President Brand discussed with U.S. Ambassador Nicholas Rey during his visit to Warsaw. These opportunities for cooperation on technical and applied matters were all discussed in depth during President Brand's visit with Warsaw University administrators. The fact that a Polish university is branching out into all these areas signaled to us that we have a very forward-looking and responsive partner in Warsaw. As Director of Polish Studies, I was glad that Myles Brand, Patrick O'Meara, and Christopher Simpson agreed that Warsaw was the center of a very dynamic country and culture, and that the leaders of Warsaw University were particularly well-connected with business and government leaders who are shaping Poland's transformation, and also re-shaping the profile of the public university in the leading country undergoing post-communist transition. One Polish business leader who met Myles Brand on this visit has some unique Indiana University ties. This is Zbigniew Dick Niemczycki, President and CEO of the European Office, Curtis International, Inc., an Indiana-based company with divisions in consumer electronics, housing construction, and other enterprises. Dick Niemczycki divides his time between Poland and Indiana, and in Poland he has been singled out both for his business success and for innovative management practices and worker-employer partnership relations he has cultivated. He is also an IU parent: his daughter Dorota Niemczycka received her bachelor's degree from the IU School of Business this spring, and she will work in Indianapolis for a year before applying to MBA programs. Dick Niemczycki sits on several boards which help oversee the public course of key academic institutions in our circle. He is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council of the IU School of Business. At Warsaw University, he is a member of the Advisory Council of the American Studies Center. In fact, Rector Siwinski and Dick Niemczycki noted that they sat together on four different boards in Warsaw related to university and public or government relations. Myles and Peg Brand will be meeting with the Niemczyckis and other leaders of the Polish and Polish-American communities over the coming months, as one way of strengthening our programs and IU's international dimension. Paul Marer (School of Business) represented IU as this year's academic appointee to the faculty research exchange. His visit coincided with President Brand's stay in Warsaw, and Marer was able to introduce the president to several Polish faculty and administrators in business education with whom he has worked over the years. Marer visited the American Studies Center and consulted on the entrepreneurship education program which he created at WU two years ago. Joining him was Richard Bliss, a doctoral candidate in Finance at the School of Business and one of our first graduate instructors at WU on the Young Professionals Abroad teaching program. They also met with the current entrepreneurship instructor, Christopher Meyer, who earned his MA in Russian and East European Studies in 1992. Marer's most recent project in Poland was to serve as co-editor with Krzysztof Cichocki of a volume published by the Polish-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Education for Transition to Market Economy in Countries of Central and Eastern Europe. The traditional academic strengths of our exchange, and its opportunities provided to IU people for teaching, study and research in Poland, were also evident to our IU administrative visitors during their visit. President Brand and colleagues met with several of the Warsaw University faculty who held or will soon hold the distinguished visitorship appointments which were initiated last year, including Jerzy leszy ski, an environmental economist and a leader last spring of the Center's conference on Environmental Protection in Poland; Hanna Komorowska, a linguist and expert in English language acquisition; Jerzy Grzelak, a social psychologist and newly appointed Vice Rector for International Programs; and Jacek Ho owka, a philosopher, expert in ethics, Jerzy Grzelak's immediate predecessor as Vice Rector and an alumnus of our own exchange program. Jacek Ho owka will be in residence at Notre Dame this year, and so we expect to see both him and Jerzy Grzelak on lecture visits before long. Incidentally, Vice Rector Ho owka was also the person chiefly responsible for arranging a lecture by Peg Brand (Department of Philosophy) on the topic of feminist aesthetics, which she delivered to an audience invited from the Institute of Philosophy and the American Studies Center. This year we offer opportunities for IU faculty and students to conduct research in Poland as part of our exchange, and we also will underwrite the position of an advanced graduate student from the IU School of Business to teach courses on entrepreneurship and business culture at the American Studies Center at WU. Scholars and artists from several Polish institutions are scheduled to visit IU at the invitation of the Polish Studies Center. As is our tradition, we are the host for several Polish post-graduate students this year, and I'd be glad for you to meet them and to offer them some personal hospitality while they are in Bloomington, if this is possible. These younger scholars will also be invited to make presentations about their research. Meanwhile, various IU students and faculty have been visiting Poland on programs which they devised themselves, and I also invite you to send us news about the work you have done as it relates to Polish studies, and to offer us a talk or offer to lead a brown bag lunch discussion, if you would like to present something. I hope you will enjoy the photos, captions, and related stories from President Brand's recent trip to Poland. Come visit us at the new Polish Studies House at 1217 East Atwater Avenue. A schedule of lectures and Polish Studies events of the first part of Fall Semester will be sent out soon, and there will be another newsletter in a few weeks announcing academic opportunities and our news of the new academic year. --by Timothy Wiles, Director, Polish Studies Center Moves to New Polish Studies House on East Atwater Avenue. For the third time in our twenty years of existence, Polish Studies has a new address. In late August the Polish Studies Center moved to a house of its own at 1217 East Atwater Avenue. This is in the block between Ballantine and Highland Streets, and so it is not far from our old locations, namely the limestone gothic manors of Goodbody and then Memorial Halls. Come visit us! This location formerly housed the Indiana Center on Global Change and World Peace, which has moved to 201 North Indiana Avenue. Because that building is under renovation, not all of the Global Center's equipment has been removed from our building yet, and so it will take a few weeks to make the public rooms like the lounge fully operational. However, our offices are open and ready for visitors! So is the double-width brick-columned front porch! First some vital information. 1217 E. Atwater Avenue is on the north side (campus side) of Atwater, so you don't even have to cross Atwater to find us. There is a good small "C" lot (a gravel lot) just across the street. We kept our old phone number, 812-855-1507, and the old fax number (855-4869) is still operational, although we may get another one later. The new house offers a number of opportunities. It has seven rooms plus a kitchen (and two baths!). We now have more room for the library and for visiting faculty and students. Best of all, we have space for a seminar room and on the ground floor, a lounge and browsing room--we've even been promised some nice sofas and chairs. Students and faculty are welcome to browse or study in our quarters, and we plan to hold some of our seminars and smaller talks right at the new Center. I would like to see the new house become a resource and meeting place for people working in the Central European area. The new Polish Studies Center is hardly 200 meters from Ballantine Hall, and it's a lot nicer than sitting around in BH 008, so come visit us. We plan to have an opening reception in a couple months. Indiana University Non-Profit Org. Polish Studies Center Bulk Rate 1217 E. Atwater Permit No. 2 Bloomington, IN 47405-6701 Bloomington, IN 47405