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JULY 15-18, 2012



Spring 2012 Events

Monday, February 13, 2012

12-1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

"The Impact of Shifts in US Defense Priorities on Poland's Approach to Transatlantic Defense Cooperation"

Clara Marina O'Donnell

Co-sponsored  by The Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War & Peace Studies.  

Clara Marina O'Donnell is a nonresident fellow at the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings and a Fulbright Schuman visiting scholar. She is an expert on the foreign policy of the European Union, European defense and the transatlantic defense market. Upon finishing her fellowship at Brookings, she will return to the Centre for European Reform, a leading European think tank based in London.

O'Donnell's publications include EU defence cooperation under the coalition government: Undermining British interests (International Affairs, 2011), A transatlantic defence market, forever elusive? (Centre for European Reform, 2010), The EU finally opens up the European defence market, (Centre for European Reform, 2009), The EU's approach to Israel and the Palestinians: A move in the right direction (Centre for European Reform and FRIDE, 2009), The EU, Israel and Hamas (Centre for European Reform, 2008) and European policy under Gordon Brown: Perspectives on a future prime minister, co-authored with Richard Whitman (International Affairs, 2007).

O'Donnell has been published in European newspapers, including The Guardian, Jane's Defence Weekly and European Voice. She provides commentary to a variety of media outlets in the United States and Europe, including the BBC, CNN, The Financial Times, France24, The New York Times and El País.

Prior to joining the Centre for European Reform in 2007, O'Donnell was a researcher on Europe at Chatham House. She has also worked for NATO at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and held placements within various EU institutions. She has an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and a BA in European Studies from King's College London, with a year at Sciences-Po Paris.
She is on the steering group for the Under 35s Forum at Chatham House and a member of the Advisory Council of the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

6-8 pm

1219 International Affairs Building


"Milosz's Theology of Gratefulness"

Professor Tadeusz Slawek

Slask University


Saturday, February 25, 2012

7 pm

Barnard Hall - Sulzberger Parlor (3rd Floor)

Chopin Piano Competition at Columbia University 

The Polish Student Society cordially invites members of the Columbia community to attend its Fifth Annual Chopin Piano Competition on Saturday, February 25, 2012 in Sulzberger Parlor (3rd Floor of Barnard Hall) at 7 pm. 

Enjoy a night of live classical music and refreshments, and watch participants compete to win cash prizes. The event is free of charge, but for organizational reasons please RSVP to Martyna at

Prizes funded by the Eastern Central European Center. Sponsored in part by the Arts Initiative at Columbia University. This funding is made possible through a generous gift from The Gatsby Charitable Foundation.


Wednesday, March 7, 2012


Lindsay Rogers Room

707 International Affairs Building

"Experimental Evidence on Partisan Cue-Taking in Multiparty Democracies"

Josh Tucker


This presentation is part of the Comparative Politics Seminar organized by the political science department, and the talk will discuss a paper looking at how voters follow party cues in three European democracies: Poland, Hungary, and Great Britain.


Fall 2011 Events

Thursday, September 15, 2011

12-1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

Nineteenth-Century Central Europe: A Cultural History

A Cultural History. Part 1: Culture and Nation

Dr. Tomasz Pudlocki, Jagiellonian University

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Catholic Ministry


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

6-7:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building


Nineteenth-Century Central Europe: A Cultural History

Part 2: Between Public and Private

Dr. Tomasz Pudlocki, Jagiellonian University

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Catholic Ministry


Thursday, September 29, 2011


1219 International Affairs Building


"Poland on the Eve of Elections"

John S. Micgiel

Columbia University


Sunday, October 2, 2011

12 pm

Columbia Polish Student Society marches up Fifth Avenue in the Pulaski Day Parade.

Current students, alumni, and friends are all are invited to meet at at the corner of 5th Avenue and East 36th Street.  Join us for after-party pierogi at the Kosciuszko Foundation!  

For further information contact  the Polish Student Society at  


October 3 - 28, 2011


“The Phenomenon of Solidarity: Pictures from the History of Poland, 1980–1981

prepared by the Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance, Poland

October 4, 2011

6-8 pm

Room 1512 International Affairs Building

Invitation to Opening Symposium


Tuesday, October 6, 2011


1219 International Affairs Building

"Politics and Debates in the Pursuit of Transitional Justice:  Comparing Albania and Poland"

Arolda Elbasani, Ph.D.

Social Science Research Centre, Germany



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

411 Fayerweather Hall


"Thinking with Poland:The Polish Church in the European Context"

Dr. Natalia Nowakowska

Oxford University

Sponsored by the History Department



Saturday, October 27, 2011


523 Butler Library

Czeslaw Milosz:  Correspondence, Books, and Memorabilia

The opening of the exhibition about the winner of the Nobel Prize in literature in 1980

will coincide with a multilingual reading of his poetry by members of the Columbia University community.

Professor Helen Vendler of Harvard University, prominent scholar and friend of Milosz,

will be an honorary guest at the event.

Invitation to Opening Reception


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

1-2:30 pm

411 Fayerweather Hall


"The Catholic Church, the Enlightenment, and the Polish Nation."

Richard Butterwick

UCL, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, London


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

6-7:30 pm (Reception to follow)

1501 International Affairs Building

"The Eastern Partnership:  A Step Towards European Integration"

Columbia University’s East Central European Center

and the

Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations


The Eastern Partnership was a Polish initiative realized jointly with Sweden. As an EU initiative, it was launched at the Prague Eastern Partnership summit in May 2009 where a joint declaration was adopted. It concerns six partner countries in Eastern Europe and the Southern Caucasus: the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Azerbaijan, the Republic of Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine. Through this initiative, the EU supports reforms in the partner countries that are aimed at consolidating democracy, the rule of law, the respect for human rights and an open market economy.  At the same time, it offers gradual integration into the European economy, greater mobility for citizens and closer political ties. Over the period 2010-13, approximately € 1.9 billion is allocated in the frame of bilateral and regional ENPI programs to support the implementation of the EaP.

The Eastern Partnership provides for Association Agreements with each of the participating states, which are to replace the existing Partnership and Cooperation Agreements. The new accords are to include deep and comprehensive free trade agreements. The negotiations for closer economic integration are complemented by a program of institution building for partner countries to enable them to implement the agreements. This is meant to improve the administrative capacity of partner countries and their compatibility with EU institutions, for instance through twinning programs, professional training and secondment of personnel.

Greater mobility of citizens is also a core objective of the Eastern Partnership. Visa-free regimes are a second step, provided that conditions for secure mobility are in place. To support cooperation on common challenges faced by the partner countries and good neighborly relations, the Eastern Partnership also contains a multilateral track. Four multilateral policy platforms have been established, concerning democracy, good governance and stability; economic integration and convergence with EU policies; energy security, and contacts between people. The EU supports the multilateral dimension of the Eastern Partnership with a budget of EUR 350 million over the period of 2010-13. Of these, around EUR 160 million will be spent on several Eastern Partnership flagship initiatives:

- Integrated border management flagship initiative

- Support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Flagship Initiative

- Regional energy markets, energy efficiency and Renewable Energy Sources flagship initiative

- Prevention, Preparedness and Response to natural and man-made Disasters Flagship Initiative

- Diversification of energy supply

- Environmental Governance Flagship Initiative

Meetings of Heads of State and government within the Eastern Partnership are scheduled every two years whereas foreign ministers meet every year. 

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Sunday, November 20, 2011

11am - 3pm
403, 404, 411 & 413 International Affairs Building

New York State Polish Regents Exam

Organized by the Educational Commission of the Polish American Congress, the Polish Supplemental Schools Council, and the East Central European Center

For registration information, please contact Ms. Jola Szulc at, or visit


Wednesday, November 30, 2011

1 - 2:30pm

411 Fayerweather Hall


Robert Frost

University of Aberdeen, Scotland


Saturday, December 3, 2011
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor of Barnard Hall, Barnard College, Columbia University

In the spirit of an annual tradition, the Polish Student Society at Columbia University and Barnard College would like to invite members of the Columbia Community to Wigilia – a Polish Christmas Eve Dinner, where we will celebrate the multicultural student body of Columbia and Barnard in the setting of a traditional Polish Christmas meal. The multimedia entertainment will feature a variety of famous Polish Christmas carols and some visuals of rural Polish Christmas traditions. Students of all ethnicities and creeds are warmly welcome.
The dinner is free of charge, but seating is limited, so please reserve your spot with
Martyna at

This event has been organized thanks to the generosity of the East Central European Center and the
Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures.