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Past Events | 2012


Visiting Guest Lecture Series with Jarosław Kuisz (Found/Editor-in-Chief, Kultura LiberalnaI; Lecturer, University of Warsaw).
20 September
 “New Media in the New Europe: A Collins Center Discussion with the School of Journalism”
6-8pm, Collins Living and Learning Center Coffeehouse (541 N. Woodlawn Ave)
24 September
“From Cataclysm to Utopia: Law, Film, and Propaganda at the Beginning of the Communist Poland”
12pm, Ballantine 004
25 September
“The Culture of Amnesia: Poland between the Revolutions of 1989 and the Arab Spring”
3pm, College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI), 1211 E. Atwater Ave

9 October
Visiting Guest Lecture „Access to the Past: Memory, Translation, and Polish Literature” presented by Dr. Tomasz Bilczewski, Center for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (Jagiellonian University Kraków) and IU Visiting Professor at the Collins Living-Learning Center.
3pm, College Arts and Humanities Institute (CAHI) 1211 E. Atwater Ave.

Film Series: The Cinema of Moral Disquiet
The Polish directors who coalesced into "The Cinema of Moral Disquiet" (kino moralnego niepokoju) looked deep into the origins of morality. From 1976 to 1981, these filmmakers – including Krzysztof Kieślowski and Krzysztof Zanussi - created tightly-focused stories of individuals forced to work through their beliefs and values in a politically-charged world of ambiguities, with morality prioritized behind personal ambition and expediency.

24 September
Camouflage (1977) by Krzysztof Zanussi with an introduction by Jarosław Kuisz
7pm, IU Cinema
In Camouflage (1977), Jaroslaw and Jakub clash over their approaches to students at a university summer linguistics camp.  Jaroslaw, a young liberal professor, allows a student whose views drift from the official line to attend the seminar, and Jakub, a manipulator, is furious.  As awards are given out at the end of the camp, there is tension between the faculty as mediocre students who stick to the party line are given top nods.

12 November
Blind Chance (1981) by Krzysztof Kieślowski , followed by Dessert & Discussion with Bill Johnston
7pm, IU Cinema
Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Blind Chance (1982) tells the story of Witek, who runs after a train.  Witek is a crossroads in his life, and must make a decision – each one potentially disastrous.  Called ‘transcendental,’ the film explores uses this initial setup to explore three different trajectories that could result from Witek’s decisions, each from a different point of view. The plot of the film was set by the Polish government’s clampdown of 1981, who subsequently banned the film; it was not shown publically until 1987.

5 December
Polish Studies Holiday Party
5:30pm, Center for the Study of Global Change, 201 N. Indiana Ave


29 January
Polish Film : “Essential Killing” (2010) by Jerzy Skolimowski
3pm, IU Cinema

8 February
A reading of recently translated work by Bill Johnston , including Dukla (Andrzej Stasiuk) and In Red (Magdalena Tulli).
5pm, College Arts and Humanities Institute

21 February
A Celebration of the Life and Work of Wisława Szymborska , Polish Poet and Nobel Laureate (Literature, 1996)
8pm, Faculty Room at the University Club (Indiana Memorial Union)

4 April
Visiting Guest Lecture : “The Jew with a Coin: Analysis of a Contemporary Folkloric Emblem” presented by Prof. dr hab. Joanna Tokarska-Bakir (Slavics Institute, Polish Academy of Sciences).
5:30pm, Walnut Room, Indiana Memorial Union

5 April
Pisanki and Polish Easter Traditions
6pm, Polish Studies Center

Polish Table

Thursdays, 6pm at the Runcible Spoon

The Polish Table is a weekly gathering of Polish speakers, and those who would like to learn to speak Polish better. You'll find native speakers, first-year students, and everything in between. Led by, Instructor of Polish, and Justyna Beinek, Assistant Professor of Slavic, the Table gathers every at the Runcible Spoon Coffeehouse, on 6th Ave. near the corner of Dunn St.