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Past Events | 2009

Polish Studies Center Holiday Party

You are invited to our annual holiday potluck!

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

Come and celebrate the holiday with the sharing of traditional Polish greetings 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.

Wesołych Świąt!


The Polish Studies invites you to take part in an informal reading of Balladina, a strange and wonderful tragi-comedy by Poland’s great Romantic poet Juliusz Słowacki (1809-1849), as translated by our own Bill Johnston.

Tuesday, November 17, 7pm
Polish Studies Center, 1217 E Atwater Ave

Balladina tells the story of a country girl who murders her sister, marries a count, and plots to take over the kingdom. Sometimes described as “Macbeth meets A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Balladina is Słowacki’s wild and crazy homage to Shakespeare, all against a backdrop of Polish legend. Part comedy, part fantasy, part tragedy, Balladina has it all. Bill Johnston’s translation was published this year by Cambridge Scholars Publishing; this will be its first public “performance” in the U.S., prior to a staged reading to take place in December as part of the annual meeting of AATSEEL (American Association for Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) in Philadelphia.

Coffee, tea and snacks will be served.

If you are interested in reading a part, please e-mail Bill at for more information. But remember, participation isn't required, and no previous experience is necessary for the readers! Come and join in the fun!

HelenaHelena: Rzecz o Modrzejewskiej

Marianowotarska in a play by Kazimierz Braun directed by Jerzy Kopczewski

Sunday, October 11th, 5pm
Indianapolis Latvian Community Center
1008 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN

Tickets are $20 for PCSI members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students

The performance will be in Polish. We invite you to meet with Kazimierz Braun and Maria Nowotarska after the performance. Refreshments will be served during intermission.

The Polish Studies Center at Indiana University will be collecting money for ticket orders until October 7th. Please make checks payable to: Polish CSI. Carpooling to Indianapolis will be made available through the Polish Studies Center. Please contact the Center if you would like to participate as either a rider or a driver.

Kazimierz P. Braun Lecture

American and Polish Theatre: Mutual Influences, Similarities and Differences

Monday, October 12th, 12:30pm
Indiana Memorial Union - Sassafras Room

BraunKazimierz Braun of SUNY-Buffalo is an exceptional figure in the field of international theatre and drama. One of Poland's best-known and most accomplished theatre directors at the time of his departure from Poland in 1985, since coming to the United States he has established himself here as a major director, playwright, scholar and teacher. With decades of experience both in Europe and North America, he is ideally placed to make important connections between theatrical traditions across the two continents. Professor Braun's talk will outline the major connections between Polish and American theatre traditions, emphasizing the numerous and lasting mutual influences both have shared, the commonalities, and also the major differences between them.

Sponsored by
Polish Studies Center
Russian and East European Institute
Department of Theatre & Drama

Rebirth of Polish Democracy: A Twenty Year Retrospective

A Polish Studies Center Symposium
Friday, September 18th, 8:30am-12pm and 1:30pm-5pm
Indiana Memorial Union - Maple Room

8:30 Gathering in Maple Room
8:45 Welcoming remarks by Patrick O'Meara, Vice President for International Affairs
9:00-12:00 Panel I: Political Transformations. Presenters: Andrzej Rychard, Polish Academy of Sciences; Padraic Kenney, Indiana University; Daniel Cole, IU School of Law, Indianapolis; Greg Domber, University of North Florida; Commentary by Regina Smyth, Indiana University
1:30 Prof. Marek Konarzewski, Embassy of the Republic of Poland: "Global Climate Change: the Polish Perspective"
2:00-5:00 Panel II: Transformations in Society and Culture. Presenters: Mira Rosenthal, Indiana University; Daniel Bishop, Indiana University; Anna Zachorowska-Mazurkiewicz, Jagiellonian University, Krakow; Justyna Beinek, Indiana University; Commentary by Bill Johnston, Indiana University

Polish Studies Center Picnic

Saturday, September 12, 12pm-3pm
Henderson Shelter, Bryan Park (intersection of Henderson Street and E. Allen Street, near basketball courts)

Please bring a dish to share: salads, meats (there will be a ready grill),side dishes, deli items, desserts, etc. All picnicware will be provided, including cups, plates, forks, knives, napkins and ice, as well as non-alcoholic beverages. Polish dishes are highly appreciated if you are able.


Marek Łaziński Lecture

Thursday, April 23rd, 12pm
Polish Studies Center

Pan, pani and human vanity. The need for an universal title in Polish forms of address.

Marek Łaziński is visiting professor at Humboldt University in Berlin and lecturer in the Institute of Polish Language at the University of Warsaw; he has been a member of the Management Board of the National Corpus of Polish since 2008. He has authored numerous books including Dystynktywny słownik synonimów, O paniachi panach, Polskie rzeczowniki tytularne i ich asymetrie rodzajowo-płciowe, Słownik nazw miejscowości i mieszkańców z odmianą and Słownik zapożyczeń niemieckich w polszczyźnie. His research interests include the verbal aspect in Polish, Polish forms of address, grammatical gender in Polish and its asymmetry for sex, corpus linguistics, grammar of Polish as a foreign language and sociolinguistic changes.

Remembering the Warsaw Ghetto with “The Pianist”

Holocaust Remembrance Day Concert

Sunday, April 19, 5pm
Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, 275 North Jordan Avenue

Edward Auer, piano
Junghwa Moon Auer, piano
Brian Arreola, tenor
Kasia Bugaj, viola
Ching Yi Lin, violin
Halina Goldberg, narration

The concert commemorates Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) through the musical legacy of Władysław Szpilman, best known in the United States for his wartime memoir and the film “The Pianist” that was based on it. Performances will run the full range of genres composed and performed by Szpilman, from popular song, through operetta repertory, to solo piano and chamber music.

The concert is free, but we encourage a donation for the benefit of the impoverished, elderly Righteous Gentiles, specifically Polish Gentiles who helped save Jews during the Holocaust. A call for such help came recently from the Children of the Holocaust in Poland, an association of Holocaust survivors who at the outbreak of the Second World War were 13 years of age or younger, and who are now in their 70s, struggling to continue to provide aid to the Righteous Gentiles as they have in the past. For more information see

The patronage for this event is provided jointly by the Polish Studies Center and Congregation Beth Shalom in Bloomington.

Anna Brzysk Lecture

Friday, April 10th, 4:30pm-5:30pm
Fine Arts 102

Art History Burke Lecture Series: Dr. Anna Brzyski, University of Kentucky "Who is Contemporary and Who is Not: Historiography and Modernism in East Central Europe"

Polish Film Series Spring 2009

All showings will be at 7:30 pm
Wylie Hall, Room 05, on the IU Bloomington Campus

All films are in Polish with English subtitles. Free and open to the public.

Theatre of the 8th Day / Portiernia (80 min.)
In November, Theatre of the 8th Day – Poland's legendary avant-garde theater group – came to Bloomington on their first-ever (in more than 40 years!) U.S. tour. If you were there, you'll want more. If you weren't, find out what you missed. The program includes a short excerpt from their 2004 production Visitors’ Reception (Portiernia) – a breathtaking commentary on post-communism – and a documentary (Theater of the Eighth Day) on the group. In Danish and Polish with English subtitles.

The Reservation (Rezerwat)
2008, dir. Lukasz Palkowski (100 min.)
The Reservation follows a young freelance photographer as he gets tangled up in the underside of nouveau-riche Warsaw. Even for a savvy Pole, the other side of the river is a culture clash, and seems like a journey back to another time. A warm, bittersweet comedy.

Katyn (Katyń)
2007, Andrzej Wajda (118 min.)
Katyn describes the tragedy of a generation, as seen by Poland's most acclaimed film director. The film follows the story of four Polish families whose lives are torn apart when, at the outset of WWII, thousands of Polish soldiers (who are also fathers, husbands and brothers) fall into the hands of Soviet troops and, in April 1940, are massacred by Stalin's police. The film also explores the complicated circumstances of Poland's position both in the war and after.
Special presentation to benefit the Polish Studies Center; donation suggested

Tricks (Sztuczki)
2007, Andrzej Jakimowski (95 min.)
From the director of Squint Your Eyes (Zmruż oczy, 2002), this film introduces Stefek, a young boy living in Poland’s rustbelt with his sister Elka and his mother. His father left some time ago, and Stefek believes he can manipulate his fate, and that the man he has glimpsed at the train station is really his father.

Portiernia Rezerwat Katyn Tricks