Category: Events

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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Call for Family Photos: Polish Festival Seattle Community Exhibit

At this year’s Polish Festival Seattle, we would like to celebrate members of our Polish community in a photo collage project. We are asking any and all people of Polish heritage to provide photos of themselves or family members currently living or have lived in the Pacific Northwest. You may have just moved here, or…
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July 13, 2019 Polish Festival Seattle website To volunteer at the Festival, sign up here

Pierogi Fest

Additional parking at Mt. Zion Baptist Church gravel lot at 19th Ave. & E Madison Str.

Meet the Author Dominika Wrozynski

May 29, 2019 at 7:00PM at Polish Cultural Center Dominika Wrozynski, an Assistant Professor of English at the Manhattan College in New York, will be reading from her poetry collection American Accent published in 2018. Book signing to follow. Free admission About the author. About the book.

EXHIBIT: Code Name Inka: a Schoolgirl in the Polish Resistance, 1944-1946. Condemned, Suppressed, Unbroken, Rediscovered

Allen Library UW Campus May 3-31, 2019 UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and UW Libraries present an exhibition about Danuta Siedzikówna (nom de guerre: Inka), a Polish national hero. She was a nurse in the 4th Squadron of the 5th Wilno Brigade of the Polish Home Army, which she joined in late 1943 or early…
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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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MAY 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM At a private residence You are invited to a private reception with Alex Storozynski and Olek Krupa, director and actor of the documentary Kosciuszko: A Man Ahead of His Time. The reception will be held at a private residence in Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood. The $50 ($30 tax-deductible) suggested donation…
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KOSCIUSZKO: A MAN AHEAD OF HIS TIME, Documentary film with Alex Storozynski, director and Olek Krupa, actor

  MAY 23, 2018 at 7:00PM Thomson, Room 101 on UW campus Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-American national hero, was a true man ahead of his time. In XVIII century he fought for universal liberty and equality for all, including native people and slaves, Polish peasants and Jews, and also women. He was one of George…
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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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Agata Zubel

Are Lyrics the Music Yet?

Agata Zubel, a Polish composer and singer, has been hailed by The New York Times as an important new voice in contemporary music. The artist’s talk will be dedicated to her own compositions with a focus on their vocal aspects. On October 28, 2016, Ms. Zubel will perform her composition Chapter 13 at the Benaroya…
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Santa Rosa


The documentary directed by Sławomir Grünberg relates a story of over 1400 Polish refugees freed from the WWII Soviet camps, including hundreds of orphans, who found a friendly home in Santa Rosa, Mexico from 1943 to 1946. Mr. Grünberg is a Polish-born American documentary film maker and will be present at the screening. Also present,…
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Jan Karski


Karski and the Lords of Humanity is a feature-length documentary that tells a story of the Polish underground envoy, Jan Karski.  During WWII, he carried his eyewitness reports from the Warsaw Ghetto to leaders of Great Britain and the United States, the “Lords of Humanity”, as Karski would call them.  The film combines animation with…
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Raise the roof

RAISE THE ROOF, a documentary

An international team chases an improbable dream: reconstructing one of Poland’s most magnificent, lost wooden synagogues. Presented by Stroum Jewish Community Center. More Information

Magdalena Sroka

Silent Auction And Dinner

Join us at Silent Auction and Dinner benefiting the University of Washington Polish Studies Program Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016 Time: 6:00 pm – Silent auction and cocktails 7:00 pm – Dinner Place: University of Washington Club on the UW campus (free parking after noon on Saturdays) Keynote Speaker Magdalena Sroka, General Director of the Polish…
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Jerzy Kukuczka

Jurek, a documentary film about the legendary Polish climber Jerzy Kukuczka followed by a Q&A with director Paweł Wysoczański

Jurek is a documentary about Jerzy Kukuczka (1948-1989), a Polish mountaineer, considered to be one of the best high-altitude climbers in history. He ascended fourteen of the world’s tallest mountains in less than eight years, a world record he held for 27 years. Kukuczka established several new mountain routes, ascending often in winter, and mostly…
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