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Jan Karski

The World Knew: Jan Karski’s Mission For Humanity

The exhibit presents the story of Jan Karski and the events that led to Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel’s assertion that “Thanks to him, more than one generation continues to believe in humanity.” During World War II, as a courier of the Polish Underground State and emissary of the Polish government-in-exile, Jan Karski traveled undercover to…
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John Paul II

John Paul II’s Pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979: How Poland’s Communists Interpreted It

The dramatic visit of Pope John Paul II to his native Poland in June 1979 was one of the most significant events of the twentieth century. Professor James Felak will draw from his research at the Archiwum Akt Nowych (The Central Archives of Modern Records) and Instytut Pamięci Narodowej (The Institute of National Remembrance) in…
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Femmes Fatales figures in late 19th and early 20th century Western art

European and American art of the19th and early 20th centuries responded to the birth of the New Woman and the beginning of the feminist movement by categorizing women into two opposite types. They were presented either as blood-thirsty creatures from Greek mythology, as Salome obsessed with the decapitation of a lover, as poison flowers and vamps or as…
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A Celebration of Witold Lutoslawski’s Centenary

UWPSEC presents an evening celebrating the life and music of the great Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski. The event will begin with an introduction by Prof. Huck Hodge from the UW School of Music, followed by a short documentary about Lutoslawski’s life and times by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Steven Stucky. Following the film, Partita for Violin and Piano will be performed by the…
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Polish Heritage, Aviation Career: Building Blocks for Life

Nicole Piasecki is vice president and general manager of the Propulsion Systems Division of Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA). Named to the position in March 2013, she is responsible for engine and propulsion systems strategy, procurement, contracting, engineering, and manufacturing integration for all commercial airplane programs, in addition to support for more than 12,000 in-service airplanes.…
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Dr. Maria Siemionow

April 25, 2013, 7:30 pm Kane 220 Challenges of Facial Transplantation co sponsored by UW Division of Plastic Surgery The lecture presents challenges encountered during establishment of Face Transplantation Program at Cleveland Clinic. These include medical, surgical as well as ethical challenges. The process of patient selection as well as face transplant outcomes are also…
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Dr. Dan Heller

April 10, 2013, 7:00 pm Thomson 101 Two Fatherlands? Zionist Youth and the Politics of Belonging in 1930s Poland Dr. Daniel K. Heller, Hazel D. Cole Fellow in Jewish Studies, Jackson School of International Studies, is an expert on Eastern European Jewish history and the history of Israel. By exploring the performances of a Polish-Zionist…
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Leszek Balcerowicz in Seattle

By Dr. Arista Cirtautas, Visiting Lecturer at the UW Jackson School of International Studies That Professor Leszek Balcerowicz is still very much a man with a mission was clearly in evidence during his lecture on “Post-Communist Transformation in Central Europe,” and his meeting with students at the University of Washington, Nov. 1-2, 2007. While his…
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Jazz on the Cover

Guest Speaker: Rafal Olbinski Date: January 17, 2013 Time: 7:30pm Place: Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall, UW Campus Free and open to the public; reception after the lecture Official opening of the exhibit by Rafal Olbinski Date: January 17, 2013 Time: 6:30PM Place: Allen Library North Lobby,UW Campus Date: January 8-29, 2013 Free and open…
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Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin

Timothy Snyder Kane Hall 120, UW Campus May 23, 2012, 7 pm Timothy Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University, specializing in the political history of central and eastern Europe. He received his B.A. from Brown University and his doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a British Marshall…
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Dr. Henryka Bochniarz

Poland: A New Growth Pole in Europe Thursday, January 12, 2012, 7:30AM-8:30AM Breakfast/Presentation World Trade Center 2200 Alaskan Way, Suite 410, Seattle, WA, 98121 The event is organized by Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest (PACCPN) To register, go to PACCPN website Poland is known to be the only EU member country not to…
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Prof. Robert Faggen

Milosz and the American Poets He Loved. . . and Hated January 11, 2012, 7:30PM Walker-Ames Room at Kane Hall, UW Campus Lecture is free and open to the public Czeslaw Milosz lived in the United States for more than four decades, most of them as citizen. Though his cultural and poetic roots were in…
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Maciej Pisarski

The Polish Presidency of the EU:Implications for Europe & Transatlantic Relations Maciej Pisarski,Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Poland November 14,2011 3:30 PM Allen Auditorium, Allen Library Maciej Pisarski is the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington,DC, a post he has held since August 2010. Previously, he worked as the…
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Tom Podl 1938-2011

Tom Podl Tom Podl was a great friend of Poland, renowned Polish art collector, a co-founder of the UWPSEC, a community leader, and a longtime active member of the Polish community in Seattle. A recipient of numerous awards and medals, Tom has been persistent in his support of Polish culture, inspiring Poles to discover their…
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Interview with Małgorzata Walewska

Opera Night with Polish Diva Małgorzata Walewska Following successful performances of two Polish superstars, Ewa Podleś and Mariusz Kwiecień, the Seattle Opera introduced this season Małgorzata Walewska, a fine singing actress with a stunning mezzo-soprano. She appeared in Bela Bartók’s opera Bluebeard’s Castle as Judith, and her performance has received enthusiastic reviews. A group of…
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A Night at the Opera with Małgorzata Walewska

Georges Bizet’s Carmen at Seattle Opera Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 3:00pm – Reception with Ms. Walewska Following successful performances in Don Quixote, Bluebeard’s Castle and Il trovatore, the Polish mezzo-soprano Małgorzata Walewska is returning to Seattle Opera.  This season, Miss Walewska will portray the thrilling but dangerous, seductive and capricious Carmen which has become…
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Report 2011

  Looking back at the past academic year It has been a busy and successful year: four lectures, a discussion panel, two fundraising events, an exhibit… The 2010/11 Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series was inaugurated by Prof. Barbara Romanowicz, the world’s leading seismologist, who gave us a peek into the Earth’s interior from crust to core.…
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Expanding the Imagination

Ryszard Horowitz Lecture May 5, 2011 at 7:30pm at Kane Hall, Room 110, UW Campus Free and open to the public Expanding the Imagination Photo Exhibit May 2 – 31, 2011 at Odegaard Library, Second Floor, UW Campus Free and open to the public Official opening of the exhibit before the lecture on May 5,…
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A night at the opera with Walewska

A night at the opera with the Polish Studies Endowment Committee and Malgorzata Walewska Saturday, March 5, 7:30pm ñ Don Quixote at Seattle Opera Sunday, March 6, 3:00pm ñ reception with the artist Following successful performances in Bluebeardís Castle and Il trovatore, the Polish mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Walewska is returning to Seattle Opera. This season Ms…
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The Energy Challenge of East-Central Europe

Speaker: Piotr D. Moncarz, Ph.D., P.E., SCPM Consulting Professor, Stanford University Chairman, US-Polish Trade Council Thursday, Feb 10, 2011, 7:30pm Place: University of Washington, Walker Ames Room at Kane Hall The relationship between per capita energy consumption and productivity, GDP, and market competitiveness is well-documented in macro- and micro-economical studies. It is not surprising, therefore,…
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Chopin – Mortal Man, Immortal Genius

Speaker: Dr. Steven Lagerberg Piano performance: Fred Kronacher Date: Thursday, January 20, 2011 at 7:00PM Place: Brechemin Auditorium at the School of Music, UW campus For years, Frederic Chopin has been thought to have suffered from the ravages of tuberculosis. A startling new controversy now claims cystic fibrosis and not tuberculosis was the cause of…
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Civic Society and Independent Media in Central Europe

Discussion Panel: Civic Society and Independent Media in Central Europe: 30 Years of the Solidarity Movement in Poland Guests: Henryk and Ludwika Wujec, Zbigniew Pietrzyk and Zbigniew Karwowski Moderator: Dr. Arista M. Cirtautas Time: 7:30PM Date: November 15, 2010 Place: Walker-Ames Room at Kane Hall UW Campus Organizer: UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UW PSEC);…
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Seismic tomography: a window into the earth’s interior from crust to core

Prof. Barbara Romanowicz October 27, 2010 at 7:30PM at Walker-Ames Room at Kane Hall, UW Campus Seismic waves generated by earthquakes travel through the earth’s interior, providing a way to investigate its structure all the way to the center, much as X rays in the medical tomography are used to image the human body .…
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A Night at the Opera with Aleksandra Kurzak

Saturday, October 16, 7:30pm – an opening night of Lucia di Lammermoor at Seattle Opera Sunday, October 17, 3:00pm – reception with the artist After fabulous successes at the most prestigious opera houses, the Metropolitan Opera and the Royal Opera House-Covent Garden, the Polish soprano, Aleksandra Kurzak will bring her ”luminous, impressively focused voice and…
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The Ghost of Shakespeare in Szymborska

Dr. Anna Frajlich Friday, May 21st, 2010 at 7:30PM Kane Hall, Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall Wisława Szymborska is a winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Literature for “poetry that with ironic precision allows the historical and biological context to come to light in fragments of human reality.” For Anna Frajlich, a poet herself,…
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