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A Trip To Nowhere

Historical Introduction by Martha Golubiec, UW PSEC Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM At Kane Hall, Room 210 “A Trip to Nowhere” is 30 minute documentary film written, directed and illustrated by Shannon Hart-Reed and produced by Grazyna Balut Ostrom and Martha Golubiec. The Executive Producer is Polish Home Ladies Auxiliary in Seattle. In…
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Return to Democracy or Constant Crisis? Polish Cinema after 1989

Dr Elżbieta Durys, Lodz University April 14th, 2010. 7pm. Walker Ames Room, Kane Hall During and after the 34th Polish Film Festival, which was held on September 14-19, 2009 in Gdynia, an astonishing thing occurred. In day-to-day reports, journalists were confused by the large amount of quality movies to discuss. People from the surrounding urban…
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The Central European Dimension of the Global Economic Crisis: Prospects for Recovery

Dr. Marek Belka March 5, 2010 at 7:30PM at Kane Hall, Room 220 Prof. Marek Belka is the current Director of the International Monetary Fundís European Department. He studied at the Economics Department at the University of Lodz, where he became Professor of Economics in 1994. He was Polandís Deputy Prime Minister in 1997 and…
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Night with Walewska

A Night at the Opera with Małgorzata Walewska in Verdi’s Il Trovatore at Seattle Opera Saturday, January 16, 2010 at 7:30pm A private reception with Małgorzata Walewska Sunday, January 17, 2010 From Seattle Opera Website: Polish mezzo-soprano Malgorzata Walewska made her Seattle Opera debut as Judith in Bartók’s Bluebeard’s Castle. Since making her debut in…
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Ideology and the Tragedy of East Central Europe in the 20th Century

Daniel Chirot December 10, 2009 at 7:00PM UW Campus, Walker-Ames Room at Kane Hall Professor Chirot will discuss the ideological underpinnings of events which took place in East Central Europe during the 20th century finally leading to the systemic transformation 20 years ago. He will present the larger historical and geo-political context of this European…
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Freedom on the Fence

The University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to Presentation and screening by producer/director Prof. Andrea Marks Oregon State University Thursday, December 3, 2009, 7pm Kane Hall on the UW campus, room 110 Illust. Mieczysław Górowski Freedom on the Fence is a documentary project about the history of Polish posters and their significance…
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Mariusz Kwiecień is back in Seattle

Polish Studies Endowment fund raising opera event Saturday, May 9, 7:30pm in Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro at the Seattle Opera Sunday, May 10, 6:00pm ‘up close and personal’ at a private reception Mariusz Kwiecień, the Polish baritone, whose Don Giovanni gave the Seattle audience goose bumps, received the 2007 Opera Artist of the Year’s…
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Interview with Mariusz Kwiecień

  Over the last couple of years, more and more polish names have appeared on the seattle music scene. This may be especially visible in the next season when three opera superstars will be singing here: Ewa Podleś (contralto), Małgorzata Walewska (mezzo-soprano) and Mariusz Kwiecień (baritone). Ewa Podleś and Mariusz Kwiecień will come back to…
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Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued Jews

January 29,2009 Dr. Przemyslaw Chojnowski: Irena Sendler’s Children Dr.Chojnowski is the 2008/09 Polish Studies Fulbright Lecturer at the University of Washington in Seattle. In Poland, he is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Polish and Classical Philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. He received his PhD from the European University Viadrina, Frankfurt…
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Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued Jews

January 22, 2009 Martha Golubiec: Żegota and Righteous Among Nations Ms. Golubiec is one of the founders of the UW PSEC, its past chair, and the organizer of the Polish Heroes series. A transplant to the Northwest from Chicago where she graduated from Loyola University in Political Science, she has been involved in the Seattle…
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Polish Heroes: Those Who Rescued Jews

January 15, 2009 Dr. Przemysław Chojnowski: Introduction In the introduction to the keynote address by Ms. Stanlee Stahl, Prof. Przemyslaw Chojnowski provided a brief history of the Jews in Poland, from early medieval times to the outbreak of WWII in September 1939. Przemyslaw Chojnowski, PhD, is the 2008/09 Polish Studies Fulbright Lecturer at the University…
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Polish Heroes

POLISH HEROES: THOSE WHO RESCUED JEWS 
 January 12 – February 13, 2009 
Suzzallo Library
 University of Washington in Seattle This moving exhibition by photographer Chris Schwartz tells the story of 21 Poles who rescued Jews during the World War II German occupation of Poland. Each of these heroic individuals still resides in the Krakow…
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Dr. Anna Niedźwiedź

October 21, 2008 Our Lady of Czestochowa: religious or national symbol of Poland? Dr. Anna Niedźwiedź is from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, where she teaches cultural anthropology. Her lecture focused on the symbolic meanings connected with the image of the Black Madonna in Polish culture and popular religiosity. Enhanced by ethnographical examples that…
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General Mirosław Hermaszewski

September 18, 2008 General Mirosław Hermaszewski, who in 1978 flew aboard Soyuz 30, gave a very interesting lecture about the history of space travel and his own experience as the first and only Polish astronaut. The hour spent with the cosmonaut provided everybody with rare impressions of the circumstances of space travel, the first successes…
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Adam Michnik

May 2nd, 2008 Revolution’s Aftermath: Twenty Years of Polish Democracy Mr. Michnik, former dissident, historian, essayist and one of Europe’s leading journalists, has been Editor-in-Chief of Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland’s first independent daily newspaper, since its inception in 1989. A life-long activist for human rights, he spent a total of six years in prison between 1965…
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Adam Michnik at the University of Washington

By Arista Cirtautas Visiting Lecturer at the UW Jackson School of International Studies Adam Michnik began his talk on “Revolution’s Aftermath: Twenty Years of Polish Democracy,” (April 30, Kane Hall, University of Washington) with the simple but striking pronouncement that “Poland is a success; finally a success.” The seemingly hopeless aspirations of the past, that…
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Professor Leszek Balcerowicz

November 1st, 2007 Post-Communist Transformation in Central Europe Professor Leszek Balcerowicz is a former Deputy Prime Minister <img src=”/static/images/balcerowicz.gif” alt=” [balcerowicz photo] ” class=”figure” /> , Minister of Finance, and President of the Polish National Bank. Currently Prof. Balcerowicz is Head of the International Comparative Studies Department, Warsaw School of Economics. He is the author…
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UW PSEC: Five Years of History in the Making

by Kat Dziwirek It is truly amazing to behold creation, to see something arise out of nothing thanks to the good will and generosity of a community. It is hard to believe that five years ago the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UW PSEC) did not exist and it is amazing to contemplate how much…
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Professor Richard Dunn

May 2007 Joseph Conrad: Supra-National Novelist Richard Dunn is a Professor and former Chair of the University of Washington English Department, where he has taught fiction and Victorian Literature courses since 1967. He is author or editor of 11 books and numerous articles and reviews, principally on the nineteenth-century English Novel. Professor Dunn will lecture…
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Polish Ambassador Janusz Reiter

April 2007 The Polish Perspective on the Future of Europe and the Trans-Atlantic Relationship Janusz Reiter became ambassador of Poland to the United States on Oct. 3, 2005. A graduate of the University of Warsaw, Ambassador Reiter in 1977 became editor of the daily newspaper Zycie Warszawy, but was later dismissed during martial law. In…
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Professor Jacek Furdyna

December 2006 How the Means Become the End in Scientific Discovery: the Impact of Unintended Consequences Jacek Furdyna currently holds the Marquez Endowed Chair in Information Theory and Computer Technology at the University of Notre Dame. He obtained his Ph.D. in experimental solid state physics at Northwestern University in 1960. After a period of postdoctoral…
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Professor Thaddeus Radzilowski

October 2006 Poles in the American Labor Movement class=”figure” />Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski is the President and co-founder of the Piast Institute: An Institute for Polish and Polish American Affairs and visiting Research Professor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He is President Emeritus of Saint Mary’s College of Ave Maria University in Orchard Lake, Michigan. He…
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Adam Makowicz

Adam Makowicz May 19, 2006 Recital As a youngster learning classical piano in mid-fifties Poland, when jazz was barely tolerated by the regime, Adam Makowicz discovered jazz on Willis Conover’s Voice of America broadcasts. It did not take long for jazz to discover Adam Makowicz: by 1977 he could be heard on 26 albums, had…
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Jan A.P. Kaczmarek

February 4th, 2006 Music without Borders Jan Andrzej Pawel Kaczmarek (usually called Jan A.P. Kaczmarek) is a Polish composer with a tremendous international reputation that continues to grow. Although initially trained as a lawyer, he became involved in composing music for the avant-garde and political theatre in Poland and music has been his driving passion…
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Shana Penn

December 2nd, 2005 Solidarity’s Secret: the Women who Defeated Communism in Poland Shana Penn, a Visiting Scholar at Mills College in Oakland, CA, is the author of several books including Solidarity’s Secret: The Women Who Defeated Communism in Poland (University of Michigan Press, Spring 2005), The Women’s Guide to the Wired World (Feminist Press, 1997)…
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