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Past Events | 2007

Polish Studies Center Christmas Party

You are invited to our annual holiday potluck!

Tuesday, December 4th, 6pm-8pm
Leo R. Dowling International Center
111 South Jordan Avenue, Bloomington

Come and celebrate the holiday with the sharing of the oplatek (Christmas wafer) 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 dinnerware. Wine can also be brought to share and will be served by a bartender.

Andrew Nagorski Lecture

Tuesday, October 30, 5pm
Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union.

Andrew Nagorski, a senior editor at Newsweek International and long-serving correspondent in Moscow, Warsaw, Berlin and elsewhere, is visiting IU to talk about his latest book The Greatest Battle: Stalin, Hitler, and the Desperate Struggle for Moscow That Changed the Course of World War II.

Mr. Nagorski is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has reported from Warsaw, Rome, Hong Kong, Washington, Bonn and Berlin, he served two tours as Moscow bureau chief. After only fourteen months, his first tour was cut short in 1982 by the Soviet authorities who, angered by his enterprising reporting on a broad range of sensitive topics, expelled him “for impermissible methods of journalistic activities.” He served his second tour in the mid-1990s, and has visited Moscow regularly since then.

European Union and Transatlantic Policies Roundtable

Wednesday, September 26, 12pm-1:30pm
Woodburn Hall 218

The European Union Center of Excellence at Indiana University is leased to announce its first Roundtable on Transatlantic Policies for the 2007-08 year. Participants include:

Philippe Moreau Defarges, Senior Research Fellow at the French Institute of International Relations (IFri), specializes in European affairs and global governance. He is also co-director for IFri's annual publication, RAMSES, and has worked in several departments at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Józef Niznik, Professor in the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, is Head of the European Studies Unit and the Jean Monnet Professor in the Graduate School for Social Research of the Institute. Since 2000, he has been a professor in the Department of International Relations of the Collegium Civitas in Warsaw.

Jim Rollo, Professor of European Economic Integration at the University of Sussex, is co-director of the Sussex European Institute and co-editor of the Journal of Common Market Studies. Previously, he was a senior economic advisor to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.

John McCormick (moderator) is Chair of the Department of Political Science at IUPUI. His latest book, The European Superpower, argues that the rise of the European Union has created political and economic competition between itself and the United States.

This roundtable is co-sponsored by the European Union Center of Excellence, West European Studies, Department of Political Science, Russian and East European Institute, the Polish Studies Center, the International Studies Program, and the Center for the Study of Global Change.

Poetry Reading with Tomasz Rozycki and Mira Rosenthal

Thursday, September 27, 5pm
The University Club, Faculty Room at the Indiana Memorial Union

Horizons of Knowledge, the Polish Studies Center, the Russian and Eastern European Institute, and the Creative Writing Program invite you to a bilingual poetry reading with Tomasz Rozycki and Mira Rosenthal. They will be reading from The Forgotten Keys (Zephyr Press, 2007).

Polish poet Tomasz Rozycki is the author of six books of poetry and has received numerous awards in Poland. His work has been translated into many European languages. The Forgotten Keys, a selection from five of his collections, marks his English debut. His most recent book, Colonies, is shortlisted for the 2007 Nike Prize, Poland's top literary honor.

The translator Mira Rosenthal is a doctoral student in the Department of Comparative Literature at IU. She has been a Fulbright Fellow to Poland and edited a special issue of Lyric Poetry Review on new Polish poetry in translation. Her work has appeared in the journals Ploughshares, AGNI Online, American Poetry Review, and Notre Dame Review, among others.

Polish Studies Annual Picnic

Saturday, September 8, 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.

Polish-German Post/Memory: Aesthetics, Ethics, Politics

April 19-21

For more information go to the conference page.

Pictures from the conference

Adam Michnik Lecture

“Poland and Germany: The Return of Bad Memories ”

Thursday, April 19, 3:30pm
IMU, Dogwood Room

Adam Michnik is the Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Warsaw, Poland,and Visiting Professor of History at Princeton University.

George Gasyna Lecture

"Burning Man: On the Optics of Suspicion"

Tuesday, April 3, 5:30pm
Ballantine Hall, Room 214

George Gasyna is assistant professor of Polish and Comparative Literature at the University of Illinois, and writes on continental modernism, postmodernism, and exilic literature. He is currently researching the Polish avant-garde of the interwar period.

Abstract of "Burning Man: On the Optics of Suspicion" (Word Document)

Karen Kovacik Lecture

“Between Warszawa and Chicago”

Thursday, March 29, 7pm
Polish Studies Center

Karen Kovacik is Director of Creative Writing at IUPUI. She's the author of several collections of poetry, most recently “Metropolis Burning” (Cleveland State University, 2006). Her poetry and fiction have appeared widely in such journals as Glimmer Train, Chelsea, Indiana Review, and Massachusetts Review. She was recently awarded the Charity Randall Citation for poetry in performance from the International Poetry Forum. In 2004-05, she held a Fulbright Research Fellowship to Warsaw, Poland to work on translating contemporary women poets.

Polish Studies Film Series

All films will be shown in Swain Hall East, Room 105 at 7:30pm. Films in Polish with English subtitles. Admission Free.

Thursday, March 8
We're All Christs (Wszyscy Jestesmy Chrystusami) - 2006
Directed by Marek Koterski, Starring Marek Kondrat and Andrzej Chyra Adas Miauczynski is a frustrated highbrow who tells us about the hell which his family was given because of his addiction to alcohol. Each episode refers to religion but an alcoholism portrayed without mythological romanticism in Koterski's film compares grotesque with Christ's martyrdom. 110 mins

Thursday, March 1
The Debt Collector (Komornik) - 2005
Directed by Feliks Falk, Starring Andrzej Chyra
48 hours from the life of a ruthless debt collector. His despotism, nonchalant and arrogant attitude towards the debtors led to tragic events. He later tries to repair the damage but unfortunately, his enemies take advantage of the careless move he made. Worse, people he tried to compensate will not help him... 93 mins

Thursday, February 22
Jasminum - 2006
Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski
Director/writer Jan Jakub Kolski's fairy tale takes place in a monastery whose residents are merrily discombobulated by the arrival of a single mother charged with restoring the religious paintings. The restoration expert and her young daughter know a few things about mixing scents, and eventually they learn the secret of the lingering jasmine odor driving everybody crazy in the vicinity of the monastery. 103 mins

Justyna Wlodarczyk Lecture

“Translating Ideology: Anti-Choice Strategies as America's Export Product to Poland”

Wednesday, February 21, 5:30pm

Justyna Wlodarczyk is a Polish Fulbrighter from Warsaw University who is currently at the University of Indianapolis, where she is working on her doctoral dissertation in contemporary American Literature.

Zemsta / Revenge

Reading from the English version of the play followed by a screening of the film

Tuesday, January 16, 5:30pm-7pm Polish Studies Center