Past Events | 2004
Polish Studies Center Picnic
September 11, 12pm-3pm
Bryan Park Woodlawn Shelter (Woodlawn Street at Sheridan near Bryan Park Pool in Bloomington)
Please bring a dish to share: salads, meats(there will be a ready grill), side dishes, deli items, desserts, etc, as well as a non-alcoholic beverage. Polish dishes are highly appreciated if you are able.All picnic ware will be provided, including cups, plates, forks, knives,napkins and ice.
Meet the Warsaw Village Band
Friday, September 17, 12pm
Polish Studies Center
Please join us to welcome these Polish musicians to Bloomington. The Warsaw Village Band is Coming to the Lotus Festival September 16 and 17.
Winners of the BBC3 2004 World Music Award for best Newcomers
This internationally recognized Polish band revives traditional music of Poland, like the bialy glo (white voice) singing of the highlands and the 16th century suka fiddle, and blends it with contemporary electronic techniques to produce something new - a genre they call hardcore folk. “ ...masterly performed, imbued with a youthful enthusiasm that revitalizes you on every listen and manifests why it still means something to be searching for music all over the land, instead of being content to listen to mainstream pop.” – Nondas Kitsos, Rootsworld.
A Celebration of the Life and Work of Czeslaw Milosz
Thursday, September 30th, 7pm
Federal Room of the Indiana Memorial Union
Please join us for readings of his work and a reception.
Czeslaw Milosz passed away in August at the age of 93. Milosz was a towering figure in Polish letters, a major presence in world literature, and winner of the 1980 Nobel Prize for Literature. To celebrate the work of this outstanding individual, the Polish Studies Center is holding this informal reading of his poetry and prose. Readings will be given in both English and Polish.
Presented by the Polish Studies Center and the Office of the Chancellor
A Witold Gombrowicz Centenary Celebration
This year has been named the "Year of Gombrowicz" in Poland in honor of his birth in l904. We join the celebration of this renowned writer with three events:
Thursday, Nov. 4: A reading of the play The Marriage
Audience participation is optional, but enjoyment is guaranteed.
6pm at the Polish Studies Center
Coffee, tea, and dessert will be served.
Friday, Nov 5: A lecture on Gombrowicz by visiting Professor Grzegorz Jankowicz
and readings by Bill Johnston from his new translation of Bacacay
6pm at the Lilly Library Lounge
1200 E. 7th St. Bloomingon
Followed by a reception
Saturday Nov. 6th: A new film of Pornografia
Based on the novel of Gombrowicz and directed by Jan Jakub Kolski
In Polish with English subtitles
7pm at Swain Hall East, room 105
729 E. 3rd. St. Bloomington
Presented by the Polish Studies Center
Two Lectures by Boguslaw Winid
Wednesday, November, 17th, 7:30pm in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union: "Polish-American Relations after NATO and EU Enlargement". Reception following.
Thursday, November 18th, 10am in Room 004, Ballantine Hall: "The Plunder of Poland's Art Treasure During the Second World War and the Restitution Efforts".
Boguslaw Winid is Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Poland, Washington D.C. Dr. Winid, historian and political scientist, has written extensively on Polish-American relations, NATO, and currently on the World War II era plunder of art, books, and archival documents and on Poland's efforts since l989 to recover them. He has been Deputy Ambassador at the Embassy of Poland in Washington D.C. since 2001. Previously he was director of the North American Department in the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Polish Studies Center Christmas Party
Please come to our annual holiday potluck.
December 9th, 5pm-7pm
Leo R.Dowling International Center
Come and celebrate the holiday with the sharing of the oplatek (Christmas wafer) the sharing of a meal and the singing of Polish Christmas carols.
Please bring a dish to share. The Center will provide ham, turkey, dinner rolls, soft drinks, and all dinner ware. Wine can also be brought to share and will be served by the bartender.
The Good, Bad, and the Vengeful: New Polish Films
Thursday February 26:
Hi, Teresa (Czesc, Tereska) 2002. Directed by Robert Glinski. Starring Aleksandra Gietner and Zbigniew Zamachowski. 86 mins.
Thursday March 4:
The Career of Nikos Dyzma (Kariera Nikosia Dyzmy) 2002. Directed by Jacek Bromski. Starring Anna Przybylska, Cezary Pazura, and Andrzej Grabowski. 105 mins.
Thursday March 11:
Revenge (Zemsta). 2002. Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Starring Roman Polanski, Daniel Olbrychski, Andrzej Seweryn, Janusz Gajos, and Katarzyna Figura. 100 mins.
All films will be shown in Fine Arts 102 at 7pm. Films in Polish with English subtitles. Admission is free.
Grazyna Jonkajtys-Luba Lecture
“The Fate of Poles Deported to the Soviet Union during the Second World War”
March 6, 2pm
Polish Studies Center
Please note that this lecture will be in Polish.
Antony Polonsky Lecture
“Poles, Jews, and the Problems of a Divided Memory”
Friday, March 26, 2pm
Antony Polonsky is currently the Albert Abramson professor of Holocaust Studies at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and Brandeis University. Polonsky has earned numerous honors, awards, and fellowships throughout his career and has published extensively. He is the author of Politics in Independent Poland: The Crisis of Constitutional Government, The Little Dictators: The History of Eastern Europe since 1918, and The Great Powers and the Polish Question, 1941-45.
The debate provoked by the publication of Jan Gross's book Sasiedzi: Historia zaglady zydowskiego miasteczka (Sejny, 2000) and its English translation Neighbors: the Destruction of the Jewish Community in Jedwabne (Princeton University Press, 2001) has been the most prolonged and far-reaching of any discussion of the Jewish issue in Poland since the Second World War. It is also probably the most profound examination of any social issue since the end of the communist regime in 1989 and the establishment of a pluralistic and democratic political system. Antony Polonsky, editor of a volume devoted to this controversy, will examine its nature and describe the positions adopted by the various participants. The debate, acrimonious and bad-tempered as it has sometimes been, is a necessary stage in the creation of the democratic and pluralistic Poland. It is part of a reckoning with the past long delayed by the negative impact of communist censorship and taboos. The issues it raises are echoed in many other European countries and have a wide significance in a world in which large numbers of national groups and states are struggling to come to terms with the difficult aspects of their past.
This event is co-sponsored by the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Center, and the Russian and East European Institute.
Andrzej Paczkowski Lecture
Reckoning with the Communist past: The Case of Poland
Friday, April 2nd, 10am
Distinguished Alumni Room, Indiana Memorial Union
Andrzej Paczkowski is Professor at the Institute for Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, where he also is a member of the Board of the Institute of National Remembrance. His most recent publication is The Spring Will be Ours: Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom, (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2003). He serves as editor of Intermarium: an Online Journal of East Central European Postwar History and on the editorial board of the Harvard Project on Cold War Studies. He co-authored, with Stéphane Courtois, Nicolas Werth, Jean-Louis Panné, Karel Bartosek, and Jean-Louis Margolin, The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression (1999).A reception and book signing of his recent book, The Spring Will Be Ours: Poland and the Poles from Occupation to Freedom will follow.
Public Opinion About the EU in East-Central Europe Conference
Speakers include: Jack Bielasiak (IU-Bloomington, Political Science), Krzysztof Jasiewicz (Washington and Lee University), and Radoslaw Markowski (Institute of Political Studies, Warsaw).
Co-sponsored by the Polish Studies Center.
Timothy Snyder Lecture
"The First Cold War: Polish Espionage in Soviet Ukraine, 1928-1933"
April 16, 4pm
Ballantine Hall, room 005
After 1926, when a coup d’état returned Józef Pilsudski to power in Poland, the Polish foreign ministry and army began plans to exploit the national question in propaganda and intelligence competitions with the Soviet Union. Between 1928 and 1933, Polish and Ukrainian agents organized diplomatic espionage, border crossings, and sabotage on a considerable scale. These actions, heretofore completely unknown to scholars, seem to have played a role in Stalin's justifications for policies of show trial, famine, and terror in Soviet Ukraine.
Sponsored by Horizons of Knowledge, the Polish Studies Center, the Department of History, and the Russian and East European Institute