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Past Events | 2005

Polish Studies Center Christmas Party

Friday, December 9th, 2005, 6pm-8pm
Leo R.Dowling International Center, 111 South Jordan Avenue

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.

Book Launch and Reading for three new publications by IU faculty and students

Wednesday, November 9th, 7:00pm
Faculty Room (Room 250) in the IMU

"The Black Seasons" by Michal Glowinski, translated by Marci Shore (IUB), published by Northwestern University Press

Special issue of "Lyric" magazine devoted to Polish poetry edited by Mira Rosenthal (IUB)

"White Magic and Other Poems" by Krzysztof Kamil Bacznski, translated by Bill Johnston (IUB), published by Green Integer

Event co-sponsored by The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program

Recital by New Concept Trio

Thursday, November 3rd, 7:00pm
Recital Hall

Polish musicians Katarzyna Bakowska (violin), Anna Sawicka (cello), and Marzena Buchwald-Rozyczka (cembalo) will play a combination of baroque and 20th century Polish and Hungarian music.

Event co-sponsored by The School of Music

Polish Studies Annual Picnic

Saturday, September 10, 2005, 12pm-3pm
Bryan Park Woodlawn Shelter (intersection of Woodlawn Street and E. Southdowns Drive)

Our annual potluck gathering to welcome friends of the Polish Studies Center to a new academic year. 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-alcohoic beverage. All picnicware will be provided, including cups, plates, forks, knives, napkins and ice. Polish dishes are highly appreciated if you are able.

Tomasz Basiuk Lecture

"The LGBTQ Movement in Poland Today and the Case of the Poster Campaign of 2003"

Tuesday, February 15, 7pm
Sassafras Room of the Indiana Memorial Union

The post-1989 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered and Questioning movement in Poland has had little visibility until recently, when adjustments for Poland's accession into the European Union occasioned more open discussion of LGBTQ rights. In 2003, anti-homophobic posters using the slogan “Let them see us” were used in a grass-roots campaign which marked a turning point for the movement but provoked immediate backlash.

Tomasz Basiuk is Assistant Professor at the American Studies Center at Warsaw University. He spent 1990-91 as an exchange scholar at Indiana University. He teaches courses in American literature, postmodern fiction and theory, gay and lesbian writing, and queer theory. He co-edited a collection of essays on queer studies in 2002, A Queer Mixture: Gender Perspectives on Minority Sexual Identities (in Polish, with Dominika Ferens and Tomasz Sikora, Wydawnictwo Naukowe Slask.) He is spending the current academic year at the CUNY Graduate Center (Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies) as Fulbright Scholar.

Sponsored by the Polish Studies Center and the Office for GLBT Student Support Services

Polish Film Series

All films are in Polish with English subtitles. All showings will be at 7:00pm at Swain Hall East, room 105.

Thursday, February 17:
Zurek (Sour Soup) 2003, Directed by Ryszard Brylski
Based on the story by Olga Tokarczuk, this film tells the dramatic tale of a woman's struggle to discover the identity of her grandchild's father. Starring Zbigniew Zamachowski, Katarzyna Figura, and Natalia Rybicka.

Thursday, February 24:
Zycie Jako Smiertelna Choroba Przenoszona Droga Plciowa (Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease) 2000, Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Tomasz, a sixty-year-old doctor, suspects that he has a fatal disease. The tests prove he is right. Tomasz is an atheist, but the closeness of death makes him think about the meaning of life and death. The answer - or a sign - is given to him in a hospital room. Starring Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Krystyna Janda, and Pawel Okraska

Thursday, March 3:
Zmruz Oczy (Squint your Eyes) 2002, Directed by Andrzej Jakimowski
This is a beautifully understated comedy about a spirited ten-year-old girl who has run away from her proudly affluent parents in town and finds safe haven on a derelict communal farm where her former teacher is watchman. Starring Zbigniew Zamachowski, Malgorzata Foremniak, and Andrzej Chyra.

Keely Stauter-Halsted Lecture

Women about Whom One Does Not Speak: Prostitution and the Articulation of a National Public Space in 19th Century Poland

Friday, March 25, 12pm
Ballantine Hall room 005

In the half-century before World War One, the Polish lands witnessed intense public discussion over the future of regulated prostitution. Journalists, law enforcement officials, doctors, and members of Poland's growing feminist movement expressed outrage at the flagrant solicitation of commercial sex in public spaces throughout Polish territory. A series of well-publicized white slavery trials focused attention on the plight of young women duped into following mostly Jewish traffickers to foreign ports, where they were imprisoned in brothels and harems. This presentation looks at the ways in which debate over Poland's domestic and international sex served as a prism through which to articulate competing futures for a unified Polish nation. Professor Stauter-Halsted examines the range of public attitudes on the prostitution question in divided Poland at the turn of the 20th century and demonstrates that the contemporary treatment of sex workers as innocent victims allowed publicists to sidestep more fundamental social ills driving women into the practice of commercial sex.

Keely Stauter-Halsted is Associate Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is the author of The Nation in the Village: The Genesis of Rural National Identity in Austrian Poland, 1848-1914 (Cornell University Press 2001), winner of the Orbis 2002 Prize for outstanding book on Polish affairs.

Presented by The Polish Studies Center, The Department of History, and The Russian and East European Institute

Gender and Feminism Under Post-Communism: An International Conference

March 31-April 3, 2005

The conference will focus on the development of feminism and the impact of feminist theories on the reshaping of gender roles in public policies, representations, and social and cultural practices in Eastern Europe, Russia, and China since 1989.

Sponsored by the Russian and East European Institute, the Polish Studies Center, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, the Center for the Study of Global Change, the East Asian Studies Center, the West European Studies Center, the Office of International Programs, the Humanities Institute, and the University Graduate School.

The conference will bring to campus ten prominent international scholars who will speak on four panels: "Economic and Social Justice Issues," "Representations," "History and Myth," and "Public and Private Spheres."

A Poetry Reading by Piotr Sommer

Reading from his new collection Continued

Thursday, April 21, 6pm
The Lilly Library Lounge, 1200 E. 7th Street, Bloomington

Continued (Wesleyan University Press, 2005) is a selection of poems by Piotr Sommer, spanning his career to date. A kind of poetic utterance, these “talk poems” are devoid of any singsong quality yet faithfully preserve all the melodies and rhythms of colloquial speech. Events and objects of ordinary, everyday life are related and described by the speaker in a deliberately deadpan manner. Yet a closer look at the language he uses, with all its ironic inflections and subtle “intermeanings,” reveals that the poem's “message” should be identified more with the way it is spoken than with what it says. The poems in this volume were translated into English with the help of other notable poets, writers, and translators, including John Ashbery, D.J. Enright, and Douglas Dunn.

“Piotr Sommer is the great poet of ‘everyday loneliness, contrary to your self, perhaps.’ Like Frank O’Hara, whom he has translated into Polish, he is on the lookout for what he calls ‘improper names’—the very ones that allow us to construe the unkempt and taciturn world that surrounds us.” — John Ashbery

A reception and book signing will follow. Copies of Continued, will be available for purchase.