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Past Events | 2006

Polish Studies Annual Picnic

Saturday, September 9, 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.

Hanna Gosk Lecture

Narrating Everyday Life in Polish Prose of the Late 20th and Early 21st Century"

Thursday, September 14th, 5:30pm
Polish Studies Center

Professor Hanna Gosk is a visiting faculty member from Warsaw University, where she teaches at the Institute of Literature, Faculty of Polish Philology.

Joanna Lawrynowicz Piano Recital

Thursday, September 21, 8pm
Auer Hall

Joanna Lawrynowicz is a doctor of music at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw. She appeared in public for the first time at the age of five in the Warsaw National Philharmonics. The artist is the winner of four international competitions: The Steinway and Sons Competition for Young Pianists (Berlin 1990), The International Chopin Competition (Darmstadt, Germany 1999), The International Piano Competition of Halina Czerny-Stefanska in Ajigasava (Japan 2000) and The International Piano Competition "Art Livre" in Sao Paolo (Brazil 2001).

Event co-sponsored by IU's Young Pianist program and The Jacobs School of Music

Halina Goldberg Lecture

"Phrase structure of Chopin's early works in light of Józef Elsner's instruction"

Friday, September 29th, 12:30pm
Simon Music Center, Room 267

Halina Goldberg is an assistant professor of musicology at the Jacobs School of Music. Her main research interest is the music of Chopin, while she has a general interest in the music of Poland and Eastern Europe. She is the editor of The Age of Chopin: Interdisciplinary Inquiries (2004) and the author of Music in Chopin's Warsaw (2005).

Bozena Shallcross Lecture

"Situating the Holocaust Object"

Wednesday, November 29th, 5:30pm
Ballantine Hall, Room 004

Bozena Shallcross is an Associate Professor of Polish Language and Literature in the Slavic Department at The University of Chicago. She works in the area of 20th century Polish literature and the visual arts; her other interdisciplinary research interests include the “thing” discourse, as well as the interrelationship between questions of identity and the home.

Solidarity 25 Years Later

April 20-21

Opening Reception
Sponsored by the Office of International Programs
Thursday, April 20
7:30-9pm
IMU University Club

Friday, April 21
IMU Sassafras Room

10am
Introductory Remarks: Jaroslaw Lasinski, Consul-General of the Republic of Poland

10:15am-12:15pm
“Solidarity: A Retrospective”
Jack Bielasiak, Indiana University (Political Science)
Konstanty Gebert, Gazeta Wyborcza
Irena Grudzinska Gross, Boston University
Chair: Jeff Isaac, Indiana University (Political Science)

2pm-4pm
“New Research Perspectives on the Solidarity Period”
Eva Cermanová, Indiana University (History)
Greg Domber, George Washington University (History)
Ania Muller, Indiana University (History)
Chair: Owen Johnson, Indiana University (Journalism)

Please join this group of outstanding scholars and activists for a thought-provoking discussion that will revisit the meaning and legacies of the Polish Solidarity, the workers’ union that helped topple the workers’ state.

This event is sponsored by the Polish Studies Center, Horizons of Knowledge, the Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program, the Office of International Programs, the Russian and East European Institute, and the Department of Political Science.

Kris Van Heuckelom Lecture

“The Idolatrous Booke: Bruno Schulz on Text and Image.”

Tuesday, March 28, 2006, 5:30pm
Ballantine Hall, Room 242

Dr. Kris Van Heuckelom, a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Chicago and Assistant Professor of Polish at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium, will give a lecture and a slide presentation on the Modernist Polish-Jewish writer and artist, Bruno Schulz (1892-1942): “The Idolatrous Booke: Bruno Schulz on Text and Image.”

The Writer Uprooted: A Conference on Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature

March 22-24, 2006
IU Bloomington campus

Event hosted by The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program.


Marek Chodaczynski and The Impossible Theatre from Poland

March 3, 2006, 5:30pm
Polish Studies Center

Marek Chodaczynski, the director of The Impossible Theater from Warsaw, Poland, will perform a 10-minute play "Balaam or the Problem of Objective Fault," based on a philosophical tale by Prof. Leszek Kolakowski (Oxford). He will also show a filmed version of another tale from the same cycle, "God or the Relativity of Misericordia," and will talk about his award-winning alternative puppet theater for adults.

All events are in Polish with English translation.

Series of New Polish Films

Thursday, February 23:
Vinci - 2004
Directed by Juliusz Machulski. Starring Robert Wieckiewicz, Borys Szyc, and Kamilla Bar. An immensely enjoyable comedy thriller from Seksmisja and Vabank director Machulski, Vinci tells the story of an elaborate plan by a (mostly) likeable bunch of rogues to steal Poland’s best-known painting—Leonardo da Vinci’s Lady with an Ermine, which hangs in the Czartoryski Museum in Kraków. Or does it?...
105 mins

Thursday, March 2:
The Wedding (Wesele) - 2004
Directed by Wojtek Smarzowski. Starring Marian Dziedziel and Tamara Arciuch.
This award-winning black comedy from first-time director Smarzowski
offers a hilariously jaundiced portrayal of a small-town wedding.
When Kasia and Janusz marry at a lavish wedding, wheeler-dealing nouveau-riche relatives,
crooked officials, and city mobsters all want a piece of the action.
110 mins

Thursday, March 9:
My Nikifor (Moj Nikifor) - 2004
Directed by Krzysztof Krauze. Starring Jerzy Gudejko, Krystyna Feldman,
Lucyna Malec, and Artur Steranko.
Krauze’s visually captivating, psychologically profound film depicts the unlikely relationship
between Nikifor, the famous naive artist from Krynica,
and painter Marian Wlosinski. Featuring a brilliant gender-bending performance
by eminent Polish actress Krystyna Feldman in the role of Nikifor.
100 mins

All films will be shown in the Radio-TV Center, Room 251 at 7:30 p.m. This building is in the southwest corner of the main library parking lot. Films in Polish with English subtitles. Admission free.

Jerzy Jarzebski and Michal Markowski Lectures

Monday, February 6, 2006, 5:30pm
Ballantine Hall, Room 004

Two distinguished Professors from Jagiellonian University will give guest lectures. The first, by Professor Jarzebski, is titled "Objects Inscribed with History: The Case of Contemporary Polish Prose". The second, by Professor Markowski, is titled "A Short History of Stones: Polish Poetry and the Real".

Event co-sponsored by the Horizons of Knowledge, Russian and East European Institute, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Office of International Programs, and the Polish Studies Center

Jerzy Jarzebski and Michal Markowski Lectures

Tuesday, February 7, 2006, 5:30pm
Polish Studies Center

Two distinguished Professors from Jagiellonian University will give guest lectures. The first, by Professor Markowski, is titled "Literature Meets Media, or How Polish Culture Politicizes Itself". The second, by Professor Jarzebski, is titled "Cultural and Literary Life in Today's Poland".

Event co-sponsored by the Horizons of Knowledge, Russian and East European Institute, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Office of International Programs, and the Polish Studies Center

Larry Wolff Lecture

February 21, 2006, 6:30pm
Lilly Library Lounge

Distinguished History Professor from Boston College will give a guest lecture titled "Searching for the Saharan Oasis: Galicia in the Age of Metternich and Fredro."

Event co-sponsored by IU's College Arts and Humanities Institute, Cultural Studies, Russian and East European Institute, West European Studies, and the Polish Studies Center

The Writer Uprooted: A Conference on Contemporary Jewish Exile Literature

March 22-24, 2006

Event hosted by The Robert A. and Sandra S. Borns Jewish Studies Program