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Spring 2019


  • Tuesday January 15, 6 pm Wylie Hall 111. Overcoming Socialist Realism and the Emergence of the Polish School in Polish Post-War Cinema by Izabela Kalinowska
    Izabela Kalinowska is associate professor of cultural and film studies in the English Department at Stony Brook University. She works in the areas of Polish and Russian literatures and cinemas. She is the author of numerous articles dealing with issues of gender and nation in Polish and Russian cinema, including From Political Engagement to Politics of Abjection in Polish Author Cinema: The Case of Wojtek Smarzowski, From Orientalism to Surrealism: Wojciech Has interprets Jan Potocki, Russian Heritage Cinema and the Polish Question, Mothers and Lovers: Melodramatic Dimension of Polish-Soviet Friendship and many others.


  • February 21, 4.00 - 6.00pm. College of Arts and Sciences (CAHI), 1211 Atwater Ave. Join us at CAHI as we celebrate the publication of Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture Since 1918, coedited by Tamara Trojanowska (Univ. of Toronto), Przemyslaw Czaplinski (Adam Mickiewicz Univ., Poznan, Poland) and IU’s Joanna Nizynska. Several of the book’s contributors will be on hand for a discussion: coeditors Tamara Trojanowska and Joanna Nizynska, editorial assistant Agnieszka Polakowska (Univ. of Toronto), Bozena Shallcross (Univ. of Chicago), Karen Underhill (Univ. of Illinois at Chicago), George Gasyna (Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), and Benjamin Paloff (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor). The discussion will be moderated by IU’s Bill Johnston (also one of the book’s contributors) and Russell Valentino. A reception will follow.

  • February 22, 9.30 - 1.00pm. Faculty Room, University Club, IMU“Making Sense of Change: Poland 1918-2018,”, a roundtable discussion reflecting on 100 years of Poland's statehood. Introduced by Lee Feinstein (Dean, Hamilton-Lugar School of Global and International Studies and Former U.S. Ambassador to Poland) and with the participation of George Gasyna (U of Illinois Urbana Champaign), Benjamin Paloff (U of Michigan), Bozena Shallcross (U of Chicago), Tamara Trojanowska (U of Toronto), Karen Underhill (U of Illinois Chicago), and IU faculty members including Jack Bielasiak (Political Science), Jeffrey Isaac (Political Science), Bill Johnston (Comparative Literature), Padraic Kenney (History and International Studies), Joanna Nizynska (Slavic), Justyna Zayac (International Studies), and Dean Feinstein.


  • March 25, 8.00 - 9.00pm. Fine Arts Building 015 “Gdansk Railway Station” (Dworzec Gdanski, dir. Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, 2007), a documentary on the anti-semitic campaign of 1968.

  • March 27, 4.00 - 6.00pm. President’s Room, University Club, IMU
    6TH ANNUAL TIMOTHY WILES MEMORIAL LECTURE IN POLISH STUDIES Dariusz Stola: The 1968 “Anti-Zionist" Campaign" in Poland and its Echoes Today
    Followed by public reception. Sponsored by the PSC with the assistance of the Borns Jewish Studies Program
  • March 28, 6.00 - 8.00pm. GA3134
    “Graduate students in conversation with Dariusz Stola”
    Organized by graduate students from the Slavic Department Co-sponsored by the PSC and the Slavic Department


  • April 2, 2.30 - 4.30pm. TBA “Anti-Genderism,” a roundtable with participation of Eva Fodor (CEU), Agnieszka Graff (University of Warsaw), Bryan Pitts (CLACS) and Maria Bucur (History)

  • April 16, 6.00 - 8.00pm. SGIS 4067 Agnieszka Graff, “Claiming the Shipyard, the Cowboy Hat and the Anchor for Women. Polish Feminism’s Dialogue and Struggle with National Symbolism” Sponsored by the PSC and the Department of Gender Studies

Fall 2018


  • Saturday September 15, 11 am-2 pm Bryan Park. Polish Studies Center Picnic.
    The Polish Studies Center will host our annual opening party on September 15, 2018, and this year we have decided to bring back the PSC picnic at Bryan Park!
    Please join us from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Woodlawn Shelter (located on the east side of the park near the pool) to kick-off the academic year and to welcome back Joanna Nizynska who will return to her post as Director of the Polish Studies Center after a sabbatical abroad in Warsaw.


  • Friday October 12, 12 pm-1.30 pm SGIS 1060. Talk by Andrzej Turkowski.
    In his talk Andrzej Turkowski will present his research project focused on analysis of Polish debates concerning relations with Russia after the breakthrough of 1989. In addition to discussing the theoretical foundations, he will examine initial results of the inquiry into the origins, development and structures of the Polish space of opinion on Russia.


  • Saturday November 10, 7pm - 11 pm IMU President’s Room. Polish Studies Center Independence Eve Party .
    The Polish Studies Center will hold Polish Eve Party in memory of 100 years of independence. Please join us at the IMU President’s Room for the celebration. Food and drinks will be provided. Polish national colors are welcome.
  • Tuesday, November 27, 1:30-3.00 p.m. SGIS 4067 "A Great Friendship in the Shadow of the Cold War? Indo-Polish Relations under Jawaharlal Nehru"
    Lecture by Antonina Luszczykiewicz
  • Thursday, November 29, 6:30 p.m. SGIS 2067 Andrzejki (St. Andrew's Eve)


  • Wednesday Decemeber 12, 7pm - 11 pm IMU President’s Room. Polish Studies Center Annual Holiday Party .
    The Polish Studies Center welcomes you to our traditional Polish Holiday Party. Please join us at the IMU President’s Room for the celebration. Food and drinks will be provided.

Spring 2017


  • Thursday January 26, 5:30-7:30 pm Global and International Studies Building 1100. The Wall Speaks: Voices of the Unheard A presentation and conversation with a Polish-American artist Wojtek Sawa. Sawa’s multi-media art installation addresses historical narratives and the exclusion of ethnic, religious and racial groups. Reception to follow.


  • Tuesday February 7, 6-8:00 p.m. IMU Dogwood Room. The Return (2014), a documentary film by Adam Zucker exploring the unique reality of young Poles discovering their Jewish identity in contemporary Poland. Screening followed by a conversation with the director. Reception to follow.

  • February 28, 5:00 p.m. Global and International Studies Building 4067. Poetry and Pierogi. Reading of Polish poetry in translation organized by the students from the Polish Cultural Association. “Pierogi” to be served.


  • Wednesday March 8. A lecture by Graphic Artist and Visiting Professor Wojciech Tylbor-Kubrakiewicz
  • Thursday March 23. IMU State Room 4:30 p.m. Timothy Wiles Memorial Lecture 
    “Ebola from Brussels: The Right-Wing War on ‘Gender Ideology" in Poland and Beyond” Lecture by Agnieszka Graff, American Studies Center at the University of Warsaw, Poland.


  • Thursday April 6, 7:00 p.m. Global and International Studies Building 4067. Polish Folk Song Workshop. Workshop by Michael Young, Earlham College.
  • April 28-29.  “Polish Post-Soviet Postcolonialism? What we can learn from the South American case.” An International symposium with participants from Poland, UK, Hungary, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, and US. Sponsored by Polish Studies Center and New Frontiers New Currents Conference Grant.

Fall 2016


  • Thursday, December 8, 6:00 p.m. The President's Room at the University Club in the Indiana Memorial Union. Annual Holiday Party.


  • Thursday, November 3, 6-7:30 pm. Student Building 220. "The Life of Things in post-war Poland (1944-1956)" Lecture by Agata Zborowska, Warsaw University
  • Thusday, November 10, 6-8:00 p.m. Radio and TV Building 226. Polish Animation Night
  • Sunday, November 13, 3:00 p.m. IU Cinema. Contemporary Polish Cinema: Lives on the Margin: Papusza Directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, 2013.
  • Tuesday, November 15, 6-8:00 p.m.  Hodge Hall 2055 (Kelley School). "People’s Republic and Catholicism in Polish Narrative after 1989: The Postcolonial Disavowal" Lecture by Dariusz Skórczewski, Catholic University of Lublin, Poland
  • Tuesday, November 29, 6:00 p.m. Global and International Studies Building 1060. Andrzejki (St. Andrew’s Eve)


  • Thursday, October 6 Polish Cultural Association Night "Poetry and Pierogi" featuring the poetry of Tadeusz Różewicz.
  • Friday, October 14 - Sunday, October 16 The Ryder Film Series and Polish Studies Center present: Cosmos directed by Andrzej Żuławski, 2015.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 6-7:30 p. m. Woodburn Hall 121. "From Politics to Metaphysics: Varieties of Antiirrationalism in Poland" Lecture by Konrad Werner, Jagiellonian University, Poland
  • Thursday, January 21st, 6-8:00 p.m. “The Legacy of the Polish Underground State” Exhibit Opening. Lecture by Lukasz Kaminski, President of IPN. GISB Atrium.
  • Wednesday, October 26, 6-7:30 p.m. Woodburn Hall 121. “Polish Literature and Its Languages” Lecture by Marta Skwara, University of Szczecin, Poland


  • Saturday, September 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m. GISB Atrium. Fall 2016 Inaugural Event. Featuring a special performance and dance workshop led by the members of Polish ethno-jazz group Lautari. Presented in Partnership with Lotus Education and Arts Foundation, the IU Polish Studies Center, the Polish Cultural Institute, and
  • Thursday, September 29, 6-7:30 p.m. GISB, Rom 0013. “Reshaping Culture in Translation: On Slavic Vulgarities” Lecture by Kamil Szafraniec, University of Giessen, Germany.