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Past Events | 2010

Artists in Residence, Concert, Sunday February 6

Alyssa Cox, soprano
Michael Pecak, piano
Jinhee Han, cello


The music of
Chopin Bacewicz
Lutoslawski Szymanowski

8PM Auer Hall second floor, simon music center, 200 s jordan ave
parking available across the street upper level of jordan garage

Admission is free, donations to the polish studies center will be gratefully received

sponsored by
polish studies center
office of the vice president for international affairs
jacobs school of music

Services for Drug Users in the Polish Criminal Justice System

The Polish Studies Center and the Department of Criminal Justice Indiana University Bloomington Invite you to a talk entitled "Services for Drug Users in the Polish Criminal Justice System" by Maria Stozek.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010, 5:15 PM
Sycamore Hall 101

Maria Stozek holds Masters in Law degrees from Jagiellonian University
(2007) and Harvard Law School (2010). Currently she is a Ph.D.
Candidate in Law at the Criminology Department at Jagiellonian University.

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Polish Studies Center Holiday Party

You are invited to our annual holiday potluck!

Thursday, 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, wine from Oliver Winery, and all dinnerware.

This year, for the first time, we would warmly like to invite you to participate in a friendly competition for the best Polish dish, in two categories: side/main dish and dessert.

Wesołych Świąt!

The Polish Studies Center
is proud to present a special screening of

7:30 pm Thursday, October 21st
Radio-Television Center Room 251 (1229 E 7th St)

The film will be preceded by a participatory demonstration of underground printing, presented by the "Technology of Revolution" students and their teacher, Witold Luczywo. Introductory remarks by Padraic Kenney.

open to the public

Be sure to check out the poster.

“The Solidarities of Communism: Trade Unions and Social Policy in Eastern Europe”

A Symposium of the Polish Studies Center, Indiana University

Friday, October 22, 1-5 PM
Kelley School of Business Graduate Center, CG 3046

1PM: Welcome: Padraic Kenney, Director, Polish Studies Center

Session 1: Workers and Consumers in Communist Eastern Europe
Brigitte LeNormand, Indiana University-Southeast: “The House that Socialism Built: Reform, Consumption and Inequality in Postwar Yugoslavia”
Malgorzata Fidelis, University Of Illinois-Chicago: “Trade Unions And The Question Of Gender Equality In Postwar Poland, 1945-49”
Comment: Padraic Kenney, Indiana University

Coffee Break

Session 2: The Social Contract of Polish Communism
Tomasz Inglot, Minnesota State University-Mankato: “Trade Unions And The Polish “Emergency Welfare State” – A Critical Reassessment”
Gerald Beyer, Saint Joseph’s University: “The Discourse and Ideals of Solidarność: Beyond Communism Towards a Republic of Equals”
Comment: Jack Bielasiak, Indiana University

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for International Affairs

See the accompanying exhibit in the Wells Library, Reference Reading Room:
“The Communist Information Monopoly in Poland, and How Polish Opposition Broke It Up.”

Be sure to check out the poster.

Polish trade union collection exhibit

October 4 - 29
Herman B Wells Library, Reference Reading Room

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Polish theater performance


Polish Cultural Society of Indiana (PCSI) cordially invites you to a Polish Theater performance screenplay by Joanna Sokolowska-Gwizdka "DOBRY WIECZÓR MONSIEUR CHOPIN" by Polish Theater from Toronto played by Maria Nowotarska and Agata Pilitowska.

The performance will be in Polish with English subtitles.

Refreshments will be served during intermission.

Indianapolis Latvian Community Center 1008 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis, IN

Sunday, October 24th, 2010, 5:00 pm.

$20 for PCSI members
$25 for non-members
$10 for students

Please send checks by October 14th 2010 payable to
Polish CSI to:
PolishCSI c/o Andrzej Orlik
14102 Warbler Way,
Carmel, IN 46033.

If you have questions please contact
Kathrina Kill at 566-0489 or E-mail

Witold Łuczywo and Democratic Movements and Independent Publishing Conference

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Witold Łuczywo, underground writer and printer of Solidarity's literature to visit Indiana University, Bloomington to take part in a conference about democratic movements and independent publishing

Witold Łuczywo, b. 23rd of Sept., 1946 in Dabrowa Gornicza. MA in Electronic Science, Warsaw University of Technology (1970).

Active participant of the Polish student protests (against the communist regime) in March 1968. Took part in the strikes at the Warsaw University of Technology. Active in numerous demonstrations/marches, production and distribution of protest leaflets and posters.

In 1976 co-organized and cooperated in providing aid to the workers who were repressed/persecuted by the regime after the 1976 strikes in Ursus and Radom. Help constituted in raising money and giving it to the needy. Co-worker of the Workers' Defense Committee (Komitet Obrony Robotników, KOR).

1977-1980 co-founder and publisher of the independent biweekly paper “Robotnik” (The Worker). Author of many inventions which had perfected the underground printing/press technique. Adapted the technique of silkscreen printing for the underground polygraphs. Thanks to the innovations circulation grew from a couple of hundreds to 60 000 in August 1980. In the years 1977-1980 was arrested 25 times for 48 hours each. His house was searched 25 times by the secret police.

Member of the “Solidarity” union from the beginning. Chief of polygraphs in the Mazovia Region “Solidarity” headquarters.

Went into in hiding under a false name when the Martial Law was declared on 13th December 1981. In the years 1982-1984 co-founder and publisher of a weekly “Tygodnik Mazowsze” (“The Mazovia Weekly”) – the largest paper of the underground “Solidarity” movement.
1983-1984 chief of the underground publishing house “Feniks”

In 1984 was arrested for a short period of time.

In years 1986-1989 member of the editorial staff and a publisher of an independent paper “21”.

In 1990 worker of the Citizens’ Committee “Solidarity”.

In 1991 returns to professional (not political) activities. Specializes in implemeniting computer systems in such institutions as the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the State Voting Committee, the Warsaw Stock Exchange, the Social Security Office.

Married, has two daughters and one granddaughter.

Polish Spelling Bee and Master Class on Oct. 7

Dear Friends of the Polish Studies at IU, It is our pleasure to invite you to two Polish events on Thursday October 7, 2010, in conjunction with Prof. Jolanta Tambor's (University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland) visit to IU to participate in the "Minority Languages in Europe" conference oragnized by the West European Studies program (October 7-9, 2010) Prof. Tambor, who is Director of the School of Polish for Foreigners at US and has taught Polish around the globe, will teach a master class: Second-Year Polish (P201) at 10:10-11 a.m. (Ballantine Hall 236). After the master class we will discuss the Polish language teaching methods. Later the same day at 6 p.m., Prof. Tambor will preside over the Polish Language Spelling Bee which will take place at the Polish Studies Center 6-7:30 p.m. (this is in lieu of our regular Polish Table that day). All learners and speakers of Polish are encouraged to participate regardless of level. Pizza and refreshments will be served. A big "dziekuje" goes to our sponsors: Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Polish Studies Center, and Russian and East European Institute. For more information, contact and/or "Do zobaczenia" on Thursday, Justyna Beinek Iwona Dembowska-Wosik

Polish Studies Center Picnic

Saturday, September 25, 12pm-3pm
Woodlawn Shelter, Bryan Park intersection of Woodlawn Street and E. Southdowns Drive ~ near Bryan Park pool~

Andrzej Stasiuk and Monika Sznajderman Reading

April 26, 7pm
Faculty Club, Indiana Memorial Union, Indiana University

Be sure to check out the poster.

Andrzej Stasiuk

Polish writer Andrzej Stasiuk is one of the brightest new literary talents to emerge in East and Central Europe since the fall of communism. Novelist, essayist, playwright, and public intellectual, Stasiuk has carved out a place for himself as a highly original thinker and stylist, conveying the bittersweet realities of the “New Europe” with grace, irony, and insight. His work has been widely translated throughout Europe; four of his books have been made available in English, including Tales of Galicia (2003), Nine (2007) and Fado (2009), the last two translated by IU faculty member Bill Johnston.

Andrzej Stasiuk will read from his work in Polish and in English translation, and will discuss his writing in the context of present-day Poland and Central and Eastern Europe. He will be accompanied by his partner, Monika Sznajderman, publisher of Wydanictwo Czarne, one of Poland’s premier literary presses. This event marks Andrzej Stasiuk’s first appearance in the U.S.; from Bloomington he travels to New York to take part in the opening reading of the PEN World Voices Festival, alongside such writers as Salman Rushdie and Patti Smith.

Reception to follow.

This event is free and open to the public.

“Stasiuk’s prose soars” Irvine Welsh, New York Times Book Review

“Stasiuk, exploring a region that so many have assumed to be irresistibly converging with the West, has mapped what Freud might have called its ‘genetic memory.’” Benjamin Moser, Harper’s Magazine

A Horizons of Knowledge Lecture

Co-sponsored by Polish Studies Center, Creative Writing Program, and Russian & East European Institute.

Tragedy at Smolensk

Dear Friends of the Polish Studies Center,

Most of you will know by now that on the morning of Saturday, April 10, 2010, a terrible tragedy struck the Polish nation. An airplane carrying President Lech Kaczynski and a great number of other national leaders crashed at Smolensk, Russia. All 96 people on board the plane were killed. The dead include President Kaczynski and his wife Maria; three deputy speakers of the Sejm; all the heads of Poland's armed forces; dozens of political, military, civilian, and religious leaders; and many others. The victims had been traveling to Russia to take part in a ceremony marking the 1940 massacres at Katyn, where 20,000 Polish officers were executed by the Soviets.

The Polish Studies Center community extends its deepest sympathy to the relatives and friends of those who perished, and to the people of Poland. We will be sending a letter of condolence to the Polish Ambassador in Washington, D.C.

At 5:30pm Monday, April 12, Professor Justyna Beinek is showing the film “Katyn” by Andrzej Wajda, to her P366 class. Guests are welcome. The class meets in Ballantine Hall 140.

A book of condolences will be available starting Wednesday, April 14, for you to write in. It will be left at the Center (1217 E Atwater Ave). The Center is open Wednesday 1pm-4pm, Thursday 8am-1pm, and Friday 1pm-4pm. At the end of the week the book will be conveyed to the Polish Embassy in Washington, DC.

On Friday, April 16th at 5:30pm-6:30pm a panel will be held in Wylie Hall 015 to present information on the tragedy at Smolensk, including its historical context and its repercussions for the present political situation in Poland. Many questions are being asked about the effect of the crash on the Polish political scene, the 20th- and 21st-century historical context of the disaster, and its meaning for Polish-Russian relations. New information, perspectives, and opinions are rapidly emerging. Please join us for this informal panel in which Professor Padraic Kenney (IUB-History) and Polish Studies Center director Bill Johnston (IUB-Comparative Literature) will present contextual background, describe Poland's recovery from the loss of a significant portion of its ruling class, and discuss likely future developments. All are welcome.

Finally, a special mass commemorating those who died in the plane crash and for the intention of Poland will be said on Saturday, April 17 at 10:30am at St. Paul's Catholic Center (1413 E 17th St). The mass will be held in both English and Polish. All are welcome to attend.

I hope you will join us in expressing our sympathy and concern for all those affected by this horrific occurrence.

Bill Johnston, Director

Polish Music: Chopin & Beyond at the Chopin Theatre in Chicago

March 20

Concert of Polish Music celebrating 200th anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth presented by Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University – Bloomington.

11a Studio - Complimentary brunch (w/cash bar) at the theater’s “Parisian” Cabaret Studio during which Prof. Bill Johnston introduces performing artists and program. Also informal talk on “Why Chopin is Polish, French, Israeli, Mongolian, Japanese, etc!"

1p Mainstage - “Fryderyk Chopin:Varsovian, Pole, Citizen of the World” multimedia lecture by Halina Goldberg, Professor of Musicology

120p - Performance by students Alexandre Tsomaia (piano), Laura Waters (voice) and Rafał Zyskowski (viola). All are receiptents of Polish Studies Artists in Residence scholarship.

240p - Performance by Edward Auer, Professor of Piano at Jacobs School of Music, IU. Mr. Auer is the first American to win a prize in the prestigious Chopin International Competition of Warsaw.

East-Central European Film Series

Be sure to check out the poster.

Sponsored by the Polish Studies Center and the Russian and East European Institute.
All films will be shown on Thursday evenings at 7.30 pm in Student Building (SB) 150.

Film Series postcard

In the immediate aftermath of 1989, most Central European cinema grappled with a new sense of freedom. The last decade, however, has seen a phenomenal output of creative energy in the region. This series of films represents some of the finest examples of 21st-century cinema from East-Central Europe. Showcased will be established directors like Andrzej Wajda exploring new themes and styles; a superbly talented middle generation of filmmakers like Petr Zelenka; and some wonderful emerging talents such as Corneliu Porumboiu and Xawery Żuławski. Films will revisit the region’s communist past (4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days; Little Moscow), examine 21st-century life in the region (The Polish-Russian War; Kontroll), and meditate on the processes of acting and cinema (The Karamazovs; Sweet Rush). The series is also marked by stylistic originality, including the bleached neon lighting of the Budapest subway in Kontroll, the frenetic cartoonish comedy of The Polish-Russian War, and the deapan brilliance of 12:08 East of Bucharest. All in all, this series offers spectacular evidence that Central European cinematography is undergoing one of its strongest and most impressive periods in history


Jan 21
Sweet Rush (Tatarak) (Poland, dir. Andrzej Wajda, 2009)
The latest film by Central Europe’s best-known living director shows Wajda at the height of his powers. In a fascinating meta-cinematic creation, he melds a pre-war  story of passion and loss with the real-life grief of Krystyna Janda, the lead actor in the film-within-a-film, who movingly describes the recent death of her cinematographer husband. 85 min.

Feb 4
Kontroll (Hungary, dir. Nimród Antal, 2003)
Antal’s hilarious, brilliantly crafted movie takes place entirely in the Budapest subway, and describes the fraught lives of an oddball assemblage of ticket inspectors in their effort to carry out their job under less than ideal conditions. 105 min.

Feb 18
The Polish-Russian War (Wojna polsko-ruska) (Poland, dir. Xawery Żuławski, 2009)
Based on Dorota Masłowska’s astonishingly successful 2002 novel “Snow White and Russian Red,” this film finds a new cinematic language to match Masłowska’s extraordinary, drug-addled vision of youth in the new Poland. Includes an enigmatic appearance by Masłowska herself. 108 min.

Mar 4
4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days (4 luni, 3 saptamâni si 2 zile) (Romania, dir. Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
A visceral, superbly detailed recreation of late communism in Romania. Otilia’s friend Gabriela is pregnant, and Otilia finds herself arranging an illegal abortion in a Bucharest hotel. One of the most moving and devastating movies to have emerged form Central Europe since the fall of communism. 113 min.

Mar 25
Little Moscow (Mała Moskwa) (Poland, dir. Waldemar Krzystek, 2008)
One of the most unusual and thoughtful films to explore Poland’s communist past, “Little Moscow” tells of a romance between a Pole and the wife of a Russian officer stationed in Legnica in western Poland in the 1960’s.  114 min.

Apr 8
The Karamazovs (Karamazovi) (Czech Republic, dir. Petr Zelenka, 2008)
A troupe of Czech actors brings a theatrical adaptation of Fyodor Dostoevsky’s “The Brothers Karamazov” to Nowa Huta in Poland, where they are to perform in an abandoned  steel mill. During a rehearsal of their play, real-life events are woven into the drama. A brilliantly original exploration of the purpose and privilege of theater. 100 min.

Apr 22
12:08 East of Bucharest (A fost sau n-a fost?) (Romania, dir. Corneliu Porumboiu, 2006)
A small group of “veterans” of 1989 gather in a run-down provincial TV studio to discuss the burning question: What was their true contribution to the revolution? With superb deadpan humor and brilliantly observed detail, director Porumboiu offers a hilarious yet profoundly thoughtful look at the memory and remembrance in relation to the end of communism. Winner of the Caméra d’Or for best first film at the Cannes Film Festival. 89 min.

Polish Music: Chopin & Beyond

Vocal and instrumental music of Chopin, Moniuszko, Lutosławski, Szymanowski, Bacewicz, Karłowicz

Performed by the Polish Studies Center 2009-2010 Artists in Residence
Alexandre Tsomaia, piano
Laura Waters, soprano
Rafał Zyskowski, viola

Saturday, February 13, 2010 8pm
Auer Hall (Second floor of the Simon Music Center, 200 S Jordan Ave)

Admission is free, but donations to Polish Studies Center will be gratefully received

Sponsored by
Polish Studies Center
Office of the Vice President for International Affairs
Jacobs School of Music

Concert poster