Adam Zagajewski and Edward Hirsch

May 1st, 2005 Czesław Miłosz and the Future of Poetry During the lecture, the two outstanding poets captured their audience by reciting their own and Miłosz’s poetry, talking about their artistic journeys, and displaying irresistible charisma. Adam Zagajewski, a professor of creative writing at the University of Houston, is a leading Polish poet of his…
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Lynne Olson And Stanley Cloud

April 1st, 2005 Question of Honor-The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud presented their fascinating book about the legendary Polish fighter squadron: Question of Honor – The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II . The lecture had a touching moment when Mr. Aleksander Herbst, a real…
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Bożena Shallcross

February 4th, 2005 Negotiating the Gaze: Olga Boznańska as A Portraitist Professor Bożena Shallcross gave a fascinating lecture about the work of the Polish 19th century postimpressionist painter Olga Boznańska. “Negotiating the Gaze: Olga Boznańska as a Portraitist” was well received and brought about many questions. Bożena Shallcross is an associate Professor in the Department…
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Agnieszka Holland

December 5th, 2003 Curiosity and Cinema Agnieszka Holland (b.1948 in Warsaw) ranks as one of Poland’s most prominent filmmakers and contributors to the Polish New Wave cinema. Following her graduation from the Prague Film School in 1971, Holland served as Krzysztof Zanussi’s assistant director during his filming of Iluminacja. She also worked with Andrzej Wajda…
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Polish Avant-Garde Film before 1945

October 18th, 2003 The Polish Cultural Institute and Pacific Film Archive of the University of California Berkeley Art Museum developed a collection entitled “Polish Avant-Garde Film before 1945.” The program presented eight rare Polish short films that had never before been seen in the United States.

Marek Chodakiewicz

October 3, 2003 The Warsaw Uprising 1944: Perception and Reality   The lecture by Professor Marek Chodakiewicz was devoted to the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis during World War II. Prof. Chodakiewicz was a historical consultant for the CNN documentary on the Warsaw Uprising that aired in June 2004. In Seattle, he gave the audience…
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Rafał Olbiński

May 16th, 2003 Total Art Rafał Olbiński (b.1946 in Kielce, Poland) is an illustrator, painter, graphic and stage designer. Educated in Poland, Mr. Olbinski has for the last 15 years been associated with the famous School of Visual Art in New York. His surrealist illustrations have graced the pages of Time, Newsweek, The New Yorker,…
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Aleksander Wolszczan

March 7th, 2003 In the Search for the Second Earth Aleksander Wolszczan (b.1945) graduated from Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland (1969), and then earned a Ph.D. in physics there in 1975. In the early 1980s he began his collaboration with the astronomical research centers at Princeton and Cornell. Since 1992 he has been a…
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Bogdan Czaykowski

February 14th, 2003 Czesław Miłosz and the So-called Polish School of Poetry Bogdan Czaykowski is a historian, literary critic, poet, and translator. He is a professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where he began his career in 1962, specializing in Polish and East European literature and history. His academic interests as…
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Eva Hoffman

November 13th, 2002 Conflicting Memories, Contested Past: Some Reflections on Polish-Jewish Relations Eva Hoffman was born in Krakow, Poland, where she received her early schooling and musical education before emigrating to Canada with her family in 1959. After receiving her Ph.D. from Harvard University, she taught literature and settled in New York City. While working…
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Witold Sulimirski

October 25th, 2002 The Future Is Not What It Was: Realities of the Economic Transformation of Poland Witold Sulimurski, a native of Poland and a graduate of Cambridge University, came to the United States in 1957 where he pursued an international banking career. He retired early in 1989 as Executive Vice President of Irving Trust…
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Witold Rybczyński

October 4th, 2002 The Perfect House of Andrea Palladio Witold Rybczyński, of Polish parentage, was born in Edinburgh (1943), raised in Surrey, and attended Jesuit schools in England and Canada. He received Bachelor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees from McGill University in Montreal, where he taught between 1974 and 1993. His architectural experience…
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Tom Podl

  Colors of Identity: Discovering My Roots Through Polish Art April 6th, 2002 Tom Podl was born in 1938 in Chicago to Polish parents who came to the United States at the beginning of the century and whose families permanently settled in the Chicago area. Mr. Podl graduated with a BSEE degree from the Illinois…
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