Author: Kat Dziwirek

James Felak on “Evolution and Revolution in the Year of Wonders: The Fall of Communism in Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia in 1989”

On January 23, 2020, University of Washington history Professor James Felak will discuss the collapse of Communist regimes in the “northern tier” of East Central Europe during the revolutionary year of 1989. The lecture will recount the dramatic events of that time, highlight the key personalities involved, and present some important insights bequeathed to us by…
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CANCELLED The Cabaret Goes to the Ghetto: The Fate of the Great Polish Jewish Songbook – Lecture by Beth Holmgren

We are sorry to inform you that due to unforeseen circumstances we have to postpone Prof. Beth Holmgren’s lecture. We hope to reschedule it and will notify you of the revised date and time as soon as possible.   Place:  Thomson 101 on the UW Campus Date:  March 11, 2019 Time: 6:00 pm Event is…
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Bridging Urban America: The Story of Ralph Modjeski

  JANUARY 31, 2019 at 7:00PM UW Campus, Thomson Hall, Room 101 BRIDGING URBAN AMERICA: The Story of Ralph Modjeski is “ about one of America’s leading engineers and how his passion for bridge building contributed to the urbanization of America, transforming cities and commerce through innovation and ingenuity and how eight strategically designed North…
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Poland Centennial Independence Day And Polish Home 100th Anniversary

Pictures from the Poland Centennial Independence Day And Polish Home 100th Anniversary celebration are now online. Please check out this link for great images from that night. A huge thanks to Piotr Horoszowski for the great photos.

The Promised Land

October 10, 2018 6:30 pm, Thomson Hall, room 101 UW campus The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana) is a 1975 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda, based on a novel by Władysław Reymont, 1924 Nobel Prize laureate. Set in the industrial city of Łódź, The Promised Land tells the story of a Pole, a German, and…
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FUNDRAISING DINNER and LECTURE: Paderewski and World Politics

SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2018 at the University of Washington Club on the UW campus Silent auction, music and cocktails start at 5:30 PM Dinner at 7:00 PM This year, Poland celebrates the 100th anniversary of regaining independence after 123 years of partitions between its three neighbors. Pianist, composer and statesman Ignacy Jan Paderewski played a…
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Gloomy or Glam? New Polish Cinema and Photography

Polish cinema is often seen as dark, cryptic, and often depressing with its focus on history. Yet, Martin Scorsese says, “Humour and tragedy are very close in Polish cinema”. New Polish cinema is becoming transnational and liberated, especially after the political transformation of 1989 and, more recently, the 2005 law regulating the film industry. What…
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The Art of Losing: Polish Poetry and Translation

How do we explain the remarkable international prestige achieved by Polish poetry in the last half-century? Why did the Russian Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky learn Polish in order to read what he called “the most extraordinary poetry” of the twentieth century in the original? What would American poets and critics do without Czesław Miłosz and…
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Exploring Polish-Jewish Relations

Join us for a presentation and panel discussion featuring Consul General of Poland Mariusz Brymora and Lila Cohen, Director of the American Jewish Committee Seattle. The speakers will discuss a historical context of Polish-Jewish relations, the Holocaust, and recent Jewish culture revival in Poland. The event will be followed by an official opening of the…
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They Risked Their Lives: Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust

The exhibit tells stories of ordinary people who made heroic choices to save their Jewish friends, neighbors, and often complete strangers, from being persecuted or sent to the concentration camps during the II WW Nazi German occupation of Poland. They demonstrated their courage and compassion for saving human lives by risking to sacrifice their own…
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From Newsreel to Posttraumatic films – Classic Documentaries about Auschwitz-Birkenau – a lecture by Tomasz Lysak, PhD

After WWII there was a significant shift in the visual principles of rendering the operations of the Nazi camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, its history and its moral significance. Soviet and Polish filmmakers established the cinematographic conventions of Holocaust documentaries which contributed to the conceptualization of concentration camps and industrial genocide as modernist events. The films in question…
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