- About Us
- A night at the opera with Walewska
- The Energy Challenge of East-Central Europe
- Civic Society and Independent Media in Central Europe
- A Night at the Opera with Aleksandra Kurzak
- A Trip To Nowhere
- Night with Walewska
- Freedom on the Fence
- Mariusz Kwiecień is back in Seattle
- Polish Heroes
- Adam Makowicz
- A night at the opera with Walewska
- Polish Avant-Garde Film
- Polish Studies
The Guardian of the Past
Film Screening: The Guardian of the Past
Introduction: Prof. Marek Wieczorek, UW School of Art
May 7, 2013, 7:00 pm Communications 120
Malgorzata Potocka is a Polish director who filmed The Guardian of the Past in 2004. It is a documentary about Borys Voznytsky, Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery, who in the face of Soviet tyranny fought relentlessly to preserve some twelve thousand works of sacred art hidden at the St. Bernard Monastery in Olesko, Ukraine. The film garnered awards at documentary festivals in Los Angeles (2005), Kyiv (2006) and Moscow (2007).
Borys Voznytsky (1926-2012), longtime Director of the Lviv National Art Gallery, honorary member of the Academy of Arts of Ukraine, and doctor emeritus of the Krakow Pedagogical Academy, devoted his life to Ukrainian and Polish art, traveling around Ukraine and its abandoned churches in search of neglected treasures such as icons, liturgical objects, and other remnants of religious art. The expeditions in which he involved art historians and enthusiasts saved about twelve thousand museum-worthy artifacts, which otherwise would have been destroyed as a part of the Soviet campaign against religion.
Marek Wieczorek is Associate Professor of Modern Art History at the University of Washington specializing in late 19th- and early 20th-century avant-garde art and culture with a focus on abstraction. His publications on modern and contemporary art include texts on De Stijl, Piet Mondrian, Georges Vantongerloo, Gerhard Richter, the Situationist International, and “bioart.” He has curated exhibitions in Europe and the US, and worked on the traveling retrospective of Vantongerloo and the exhibition of De Stijl at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.
Free and open to the public. Reception after the screening at Communications Building, Room 204
Co-sponsored by: Polish Cultural Institute, New York, Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures, UW Ukrainian Endowment Committee and Ukrainian Association of Washington State
Bloodlands: Europe between Hitler and Stalin
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 Scholar at Balliol College. He is the author of numerous scholarly articles and five award-winning books Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazimierz Kelles-Krauz (1998); The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus, 1569-1999 (2003); Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist’s Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine (2005); The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke (2008); and Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin (2010). Prof. Snyder is a member of the Committee on Conscience of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and sits on the advisory councils of the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, and other organizations.
Prof. Snyder will speak about his book Bloodlands, which won five awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and has been translated into more than twenty languages. The subject of the book and the lecture is the deliberate mass murder of 14 million civilians in the lands between Berlin and Moscow, comprising today’s Poland, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and the Baltic states, in the years when Hitler and Stalin were both in power. He will discuss Soviet and Nazi killing policies, from famine in Ukraine through the Holocaust of the Jews, with special emphasis on understanding why the lands between Hitler and Stalin were the most dangerous place on earth.
This event is organized by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee, and co-sponsored by several UW programs and departments: the Ellison Center, Baltic Studies, Job and Gertrud Tamaki Endowment, Jackson School of International Studies, the Stroum Jewish Studies Programand the Simpson Center for the Humanities, as well as community organizations and individuals: Paul Raidna, Honorary Estonian Consul, Jay and Jeanne Kapsi (Estonian Community), Center for Czech Education and Culture, Lithuanian American Community, Latvian Association of the State of Washington, and the Ukrainian Association of Washington State.
Elliott Bay Book Company will be selling Prof. Snyder’s books at the event. They offer a 20% discount for teachers and librarians!
Challanges of Facial Transplantation
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 discussed.
Prof. Dr. Maria Siemionow is a world-renowned Polish scientist and micro-surgeon. She gained public notice in December 2008, when she led a team of six surgeons in a 22-hour surgery, performing the first face transplant in the United States. Dr. Siemionow is leading the way in developing new technology for minimal immunosuppression in transplantation, and enhancement of nerve regeneration. Dr. Siemionow has been the Director of Plastic Surgery Research and Head of Microsurgical Training for Cleveland Clinic’s Department of Plastic Surgery since 1995. In 2005, she was appointed Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Siemionow has been honored with numerous awards including the Polish Order of Merit, the Commander’s Cross Polonia Restituta Award and the SAPIENTI SAT Medal. She currently serves as President of the American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation and is past president of the International Hand and Composite Tissue Allotransplantation Society, as well as the American Society for Peripheral Nerve.
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 acting director of the Department of Strategy and Policy Planning in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Warsaw, Poland. Mr.Pisarski has spent a considerable portion of his professional career working on Polish-American relations,including his work as deputy director at the Department of the Americas, political officer at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, DC, and U.S. desk officer at the Foreign Ministry in Warsaw. Before entering foreign service, he worked at the Polish Agency for Foreign Investment as a research officer Mr. Pisarski is a graduate of Warsaw Universityís History Department with a specialization in 20th century Polish-Jewish relations, and of the National Academy for Public Administration in Warsaw. He is a published author in Poland on U.S.-Polish relations, and on Polish-Jewish topics.
For more information visit: jsis.washington.edu/ellison, call (206) 543-4852 or email email@example.com.
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 alliance, Dr. Heller will not only shed new light on the complex politics of national belonging among Jews coming of age in interwar Poland, but will also propose new ways of understanding Polish-Jewish relations in the period.
This event is organized by UW Jackson School Stroum Jewish Studies Program and co-sponsored by UWPSEC and the Slavic Department.
We are sorry to inform you that, due to unforseen circumstances, the exhibit will close earlier than planned on December 9, 2011.
A Night at the Opera with Małgorzata Walewska
Friday, October 28, 2011 at 7:30pm – 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 her signature role. One of the most popular operas of all time, Bizet's Carmen packs all the sizzle of Spanish culture into an irresistible theatrical event, featuring an unrivaled procession of hit tunes.
Since making her debut in 1991 at the Polish National Opera, Małgorzata Walewska has appeared at opera houses throughout Europe, as Amneris in Aida, Ulrica in Ballo in maschera, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, and the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, among others. In 2005 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila. Last season Miss Walewska was heard at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and San Francisco Opera as Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore.
Join the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee at the Seattle Opera on October 28, 2011 and the following day, at a reception with Miss Walewska at a private residence. Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with the artist. To make reservations, please contact Krystyna Untersteiner or call 206.526.2981 by October 8, 2011.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment Fund.
Jazz on the Cover
Jazz on the Cover
Guest Speaker: Rafal Olbinski
Date: January 17, 2013
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
Place: Allen Library North Lobby,UW Campus
Date: January 8-29, 2013
Free and open to the public during library hours
Rafal Olbinski, is a renowned painter and illustrator. Born in Kielce, Poland, in 1945, he studied architecture before dedicating himself to painting and design. In the fall of 1981, he traveled from Poland to New York for an exhibit of his posters. On December13,1981, martial law was declared in Poland and Olbinski decided to stay in New York, where he soon established himself as a prominent illustrator and painter. In March of 1982, ìPsychology Todayì published his first American cover. Soon after this publication, covers for other magazines followed, among them ìTimeî, ìNewsweekî, ìBusiness Weekî, and ìPlayboyî. For many years, his painterly illustrations appeared regularly in the ìThe New York Timesî, where he worked with the legendary art directors Jerelle Kraus and Steven Heller. In the 1990s, he created a series of critically acclaimed posters for the New York City Opera. Although best known for his illustrations and posters, he also continues working as a painter, creating beautiful works in his signature style of poetic surrealism.
Jazz on the Cover Exhibit and Lecture Before his international career in New York began, Rafal Olbinski spent 10 years in Warsaw working as an art director for the Polish jazz magazine ìJazz Forumî, designing its covers and layouts. During this time, he created cover illustrations using various techniques, which gave the unique look to the magazine. Working with ìJazz Forumî helped prepare Olbinski for the world of graphic design and illustration in New York and served as a solid foundation upon which he mastered his amazing technique. The exhibit contains selected ìJazz Forumî covers created between 1970 - 1981, which not only represent Olbinskiís remarkable illustrations, but also capture a part of history of jazz behind the Iron Curtain
The event is organized by UW PSEC with cooperation of Tomasz Siebert Foundation
Credit for R. Olbinski picture: Paulina Pulka
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 Walewska will portray Dulcinea in Don Quixote, the opera by the French Romantic master, Jules Massenet. She will join a superb bass-baritone, John Relyea, with whom she performed in Bluebeard's Castle. Since making her debut in 1991 at the Polish National Opera, Malgorzata Walewska has appeared at opera houses throughout Europe, as Amneris in Aida, Ulrica in Ballo in maschera, Maddalena in Rigoletto, Olga in Eugene Onegin, and in the title role in Bizetís Carmen, among others. In 2005 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Dalila in Saint-SaÎnsí Samson et Dalila. Last season Ms Walewska has been heard at the Royal Opera Covent Garden and San Francisco Opera as Azucena in Verdiís Il trovatore. Join the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee at the Seattle Opera and - the following day - at a reception with Miss Walewska at a private residence. Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with the artist. To make reservations, please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska at EwaPoraj@q.com or call 206.362.3829 by February 15, 2011.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment.
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, that countries experiencing dynamic restructuring and re-definition of their economies in the post-communist era are even more concerned about their energy supply than established Western economies.
While governments in Central and Eastern Europe struggled with their dependence on a Russia-controlled supply of natural gas, some states– particularly Poland and Ukraine— were able to protect themselves from total Russian energy dependence using their immense reserves of coal. Since then, the Russian Federation has further strengthened its monopolistic position as CEE’s supplier of natural gas and the European Union has established draconian limits on greenhouse emissions for its existing and would-be member states. Under these circumstances, Poland and other transitioning states must consider alternatives such as imports of Liquid Natural Gas, nuclear power plant construction, coal gasification, and shale gas. With increased exploration of technological alternatives, it may soon be possible for Central and East Europe to meet European environmental standards without sacrificing geopolitical and economic security.
Program co-sponsored by
Polish American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest (PACC PNW)
University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UWPSEC)
Jackson School of International Studies/Russian, East European, Central Asian Studies (REECAS)
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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); Co-sponsors: Polish Airlines LOT, The Evans School of Public Affairs, Mr. & Mrs. R. Golubiec, MillionZillion Software, Inc.
Lecture is free and open to the public; reception follows
The panel discussion will focus on the roots of Solidarność and its role in initiating a peaceful revolution in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) leading to building civic society in that region. It will cover 30 years of history, from the origins of the Solidarity Movement through Martial Law and the Round Table Negotiations, to the role of NSZZ Solidarność in the transformation of Poland from a communist to an independent democratic state. The participants will assess the current status and the role of independent media in building a civic society in Poland and in CEE.
Henryk and Ludwika Wujec, journalists, activists, politicians, were instrumental in establishing independent trade unions and media in Poland. They were involved in KOR (Committee for Worker’s Defense), underground trade unions, and later, in building the basic structure of the Independent Trade Union Solidarność, particularly its media. Zbigniew Pietrzyk and Zbigniew “Ziggy” Karwowski, former Solidarity leaders and organizers, now residing in the US, will join Mr. and Mrs. Wujec in the discussion led by Dr. Arista Cirtautas, UW Professor from the Jackson School of International Studies.
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 winsome sweetness” (New York Times) to Seattle Opera. She will perform the leading role in Gaetano Donizetti’s most popular work, Lucia di Lammermoor. Miss Kurzak will portray a lovesick noblewoman who is driven to madness and murder by her wicked brother (this role was famously performed at the Met by the Seattle favorite, Mariusz Kwiecien).
Aleksandra Kurzak made her debut at the Wroclaw State Opera in Poland, and soon became a member of the ensemble of the Hamburg State Opera, where she sang numerous roles. In 2005 she made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera in the role of Olympia in Les Contes d’Hoffmann. In the same year she performed first time at the Royal Opera House in London where she has been returning regularly, achieving a real triumph on this stage (Don Pasquale, L'elisir d'amore, Matilde di Shabran). Most recently Miss Kurzak made her debut at the Teatro alla Scala in the role of Gilda in Rigoletto.
In 2010 Aleksandra Kurzak (soprano) recorded with Mariusz Kwiecien (baritone) a set of 19 songs of Frederic Chopin.
The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to the Seattle Opera on October 16, 2010. A reception at a private residence the following day will provide an opportunity to meet Miss Kurzak in person. Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with the artist. To make reservations please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska or call 206.362.3829 by September 30, 2010.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment
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 this animated film, a dynamic group of elderly Seattle women tackle their tragic childhoods by shedding light on the untold stories of the forced deportation of over a million Polish women and children to Siberian labor camps by the Soviet Union during WWII. Hundreds of thousands died within their first year of captivity. A fascinating and inspiring tale of survival, the film brings this tragic and secret part of the WWII history to the forefront through the stories of those who were rescued by Gen. Wladyslaw Anders.
Free admission; reception following the screening
SPONSOR: University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee
Night with Walewska
A Night at the Opera with
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 1991 at Polish National Opera, Malgorzata Walewska has appeared at opera houses throughout Europe, most recently as Ulrica in Verdi’s Ballo in maschera in Madrid and in the title role of Gnecchi’s Cassandra at Deutsche Opera Berlin. Her roles for Vienna State Opera include Maddalena in Verdi’s Rigoletto, Olga in Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin, the title role in Bizet’s Carmen, and Pierotto in Linda di Chamounix. At the Savonlinna Festival, her many appearances included Amneris in Verdi’s Aida, Santuzza in Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana, and Carmen. Other European opera credits include Teatro della Opera in Rome, Semperoper in Dresden, and Polish National Opera, amongst others. Walewska made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Dalila in Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila in 2005, followed by Amneris, and last season she debuted at the New National Theatre in Tokyo as Eboli in Verdi’s Don Carlos. Upcoming engagements include Deutsche Oper Berlin as Dalila, and Royal Opera Covent Garden and San Francisco Opera as Azucena in Verdi’s Il trovatore, a role she will reprise this season at Seattle Opera.
The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to Seattle Opera on January 16, 2010. A reception at a private residence the following day will provide an opportunity to meet Miss Walewska in person. Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with Miss Walewska.
To make reservations please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska at EwaPoraj@q.com or call 206.362.3829. All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment.
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 to the social, political and cultural life of Poland. Examining the period from WWII through the fall of Communism, “Freedom on the Fence” captures the paradox of how this unique art form flourished within a Communist regime. The documentary contains interviews with older and younger generations of poster artists, examples of past and current poster work, historic and current film footage of where and how posters are viewed, and commentaries from both American and Polish scholars and artists on the significance of the Polish poster as a cultural icon.
Admission free – reception to follow
The event will be accompanied by an exhibition of Polish posters from local collections. “The Polish Poster: A Visual Metaphor” exhibition, curated by Ewa and Krzysztof Poraj-Kuczewski, will be on display at the UW Allen Library North November 30 – January 15, 2010.
The event is sponsored by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee and the Polish Home Foundation
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 award. In May 2009, he returns to the Seattle Opera as Count Almaviva in a new production of The Marriage of Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s most popular, this opera is charming, lighthearted and endlessly enjoyable. It combines breathtaking arias and ensembles with a strong, highly entertaining plot. Le nozze di Figaro sparkles with genius.
The Marriage of Figaro at the Metropolitan Opera, 2007
Famous for his velvet baritone and magnetic stage presence, Mariusz Kwiecień opened the 2008/2009 season in Paris as Eugene in Eugene Oniegin. Among his recent engagements are: Don Giovanni in London Covent Garden and Opera Krakowska; at the Metropolitan Opera: La Boheme (Marcello), Lucia di Lammermoor (Enrico), and the 125th Met Anniversary Gala; Karol Szymanowski’s Król Roger at the Opera National de Paris; Le nozze di Figaro (Count Almaviva) at Teatro Real de Madrid and the Seattle Opera.
The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to the Seattle Opera on May 9, 2009. The reception at a private residence the following day will provide an opportunity to meet Mariusz Kwiecień in person. Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with Mr. Kwiecień. To make reservations please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska or call 206.362.3829 by April 15, 2009.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment. For more information visit www.polishstudiesuw.org
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 region today. This exhibition is a tribute to the “Polish Righteous Among Nations” created by the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Oswiecim, Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, and the Polish American Jewish Alliance for Youth Action.
The exhibit is accompanied by five Thursday lectures at the University of Washington: Kane Hall, Room 220. Admission is free.
|January 15 7:30PM||“Historical Background” by Prof. Przemysław Chojnowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland & Visiting Fulbright Scholar of UW Polish Studies , and “Challenges of Rescuers and the Rescued” by Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President, Jewish Foundation for the Righteous|
|January22 7:30PM||Two Short Films: "Żegota and Irena Sendler” and “Righteous Among Nations” Introduction by Martha Golubiec, UW PSEC|
|January29 7:30PM||"Irena Sendler's Children” by Prof. Przemyslaw Chojnowski, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań|
|February 5 7:00PM||“Henry Friedman, Holocaust Survivor: One of the Rescued” by Henry Friedman|
|February 12 7:30PM||"Rescue in the Polish Countryside- Politics, Differentiation in the Occupied Village" by Prof. Keely Stauter-Halsted, Michigan State University|
Sponsors: The University of Washington Polish Studies Endowment Committee (UW PSEC), Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, and Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center, in cooperation with the University of Washington Slavic Department, Jewish Studies Program, Ellison Center, and History Department.
May 19, 2006
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 performed on three continents, and been voted Number One Jazz Pianist of Europe by readers of the international periodical, Jazz Forum. In that year the legendary talent scout and producer John Hammond brought Makowicz to the mecca of jazz musicians, New York City. He arranged a ten-week engagement at the famous jazz club, The Cookery, in Greenwich Village, a solo album called Adam on the CBS – Columbia label, and a solo performance at Carnegie Hall on the same bill with jazz icons Earl “Fatha” Hines, George Shearing, and Teddy Wilson. Appearing in such august company, says Adam, “I was scared to death!”
Since then he has been a major attraction at jazz festivals all over the world; was guest solist with such orchestras as the National Symphony of Washington, the London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, and the Warsaw Philharmonic; and has expanded his discography to 50 albums, with 34 of them under his own name. These include CD’s individually dedicated to such beloved American composers as Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, and, in recent release, Duke Ellington. Now in addition to his brilliant improvisations on the popular classics, Makowicz occasionally performs his own compositions.
On one of his recent albums, Reflections on Chopin, Makowicz brings his extraordinary technical virtuosity to bear upon his own musical roots, presenting Chopin in a jazz idiom, as he did on the 150th anniversary of Chopin’s death when invited to perform at the French Embassy in Washington, DC. It is the only disc of its kind in America, and underscores his interest in building bridges between classical music and jazz.
Since 1989, Adam Makowicz has returned to his homeland every year, popularizing the music of American composers both in solo recitals and with the country’s finest symphony orchestras. His performances in packed halls have included Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, as well as a Rhapsody in Blue that features his own extended cadenza. Makowicz’s many honors and awards have included the Officer’s Cross of Merit of the republic of Poland.
A night at the opera with Walewska
A night at the opera and 'up close & personal' with mezzo-soprano Małgorzata Walewska
Saturday, February 28, 7:30pm - Bluebeard's Castle
Sunday, March 1, 5:30pm - cocktail party with the artist
Following successful performances of two Polish superstars, Ewa Podleś and Mariusz Kwiecień, the Seattle Opera will introduce this season another diva, Małgorzata Walewska.
Since making her debut in 1991 at the Polish National Opera, Małgorzata Walewska has appeared at opera houses throughout Europe (in Vienna she performed with Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo). In 2005 she made her Metropolitan Opera debut as Dalila in Saint-Saens' Samson et Dalila. In Seattle, Walewska, a "fine singing actress with a stunning mezzo", will appear as Judith in Bartok's opera Bluebeard's Castle, the enigmatic Hungarian fairy tale.
The UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee invites you to the Seattle Opera on February 28 (it is a double-bill: Bluebeard's Castle followed by Schoenberg's Erwartung). A cocktail party at a private residence the following day will provide an opportunity to meet Małgorzata Walewska in person. Your $100 donation will include an opera ticket and the reception with the artist. To make reservations please contact Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska at EwaPoraj@q.com or call 206.362.3829 by February 10, 2009.
All proceeds from the event will benefit the UW Polish Studies Endowment.
Polish Avant-Garde Film
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.