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Polish Studies Event Archive


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Academic Year 2010–11

Humanitarianism or Solidarity?:

Poland's Aid to Georgia, 2008-2009

Wednesday, 22 September 2010, 4:00pm–5:30pm
1512 IAB International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street

Elizabeth Dunn (University of Colorado at Boulder)

New York State Polish Regents Exam

October 31, 2010, 11 am through 3 pm
403, 404, 411 & 413 International Affairs Building

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

"Word, Image, Sound:  Literature and Visual Arts in the Polish Avant-garde" 

Monday November 8, 2010, 6.30pm

Hamilton 709, Columbia University

Beata Sniecikowska (Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences)

Beata Sniecikowska, currently a Visiting Scholar at the East Central European Center, will speak on Polish futurism (and its connections to European futurism) in literature, visual art, and film.

This event is sponsored by the East Central European Center and the Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures.


Monday, November 8, 2010, 3 pm

Brooklyn Technical High School

29 Fort Greene Place

Brooklyn, NY

John S. Micgiel (Columbia University)

A discussion of the 1940 massacre, its symbolic importance among Poles, and its impact on Polish-Russian relations today.

Sponsored by the Polish Culture Club: Orzel

An Invented Poland: Émigré Visions

Friday, November 12, 2010, 4:15 pm

1512 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th Street

M. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University)

Wigilia (Vigil)

Sunday, December 5th, at 6:00PM

Lerner Board Room 569

Polish Student Society at Columbia University and Barnard College presents Wigilia (Vigil), a festive Christmas Eve dinner.

Students are preparing a multimedia presentation of Polish Christmas customs to acquaint our American counterparts with this rich tradition


Screening of the Polish Army Veterans Association digital World War II archive

created by Dr. Malgorzata Pospiech

Thursday, February 3, 2011
6 pm
Room 1219 International Affairs Building

A presentation of the Polish Army Veterans Association digital World War II archive created byDr. Malgorzata Pospiech, documentary filmmaker and journalist, which partially can be seen on PAVA's YouTube channel (; the English version is at

The archive consists more then 80 interviews with World War II survivors and presents the historical materials, among others, interviews with survivors of Siberian mass deportation, history of the forming of the Polish Army in Soviet Union, evacuation of the Polish Army and civilians from Soviet Union, great battles on Italian front (Monte Casino), history of orphanages in Africa and India, interviews with Polish pilots fighting the Battle of England, survivors of the Polish underground movement in Nazi occupied Poland, survivors of the Warsaw Uprising and survivors of Nazi's concentrations camps.

A Night of Chopin: Fourth Annual Chopin Piano Competition.

Saturday, February 19
7 pm
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd floor of Barnard Hall, Barnard College, Columbia University.

The Polish Student Society at Columbia University and Barnard College presents an evening of classical music, wine and cheese.

An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz

Monday, 28 March 2011, 7:00pm
The Lindsay Rogers Room, 707 International Affairs Building

Inagurating Rok Milosza by celebrating the publication of An Invisible Rope: Portraits of Czeslaw Milosz with the editor Cynthia Haven, Bogdana Carpenter (Michigan), Anna Frajlich (Columbia), Elizabeth Kridl Valkenier (Columbia), James Marcus (Harper’s Magazine). Moderated by Alan Timberlake.

Nonconformism and Dissent in the Soviet Bloc: Guiding Legacy or Passing Memory?

Wednesday, 30 March 2011–Friday, 01 April 2011
Room 1501 International Affairs Building

The conference focuses on political and cultural nonconformism in Ukraine, Russia, and Poland in the 1960s to 80s. It brings together an international assemblage of scholars studying that period of time as well several noteworthy dissidents and artists. The conference offers a historical overview of the period andl presents the latest research conducted on the subject. Additionally, the conference will provide an analysis of the political and cultural legacies of these movements in today’s Ukraine, Russia, and Poland.

The conference examines these issues through a series of scholarly panels as well as roundtable discussions featuring prominent Soviet-era dissidents and nonconformist artists. The three-day conference begins with an evening keynote address by Dr. Myroslav Marynovych, former Ukrainian dissident and prisoner of conscience and, currently, Vice-rector for the University Mission of the Ukrainian Catholic University (L'viv, Ukraine); the address will be followed by a reception. Days two and three will include panels and roundtables followed by cultural programming in the evenings showcasing achievements in nonconformist film, music and literature of this era. The conference will conclude with a special North American concert by Victor Morozov, a legendary nonconformist cultural figure in Soviet Ukraine and a major recording artist in Ukraine today, at the Ukrainian Museum (222 East 6th Street).

Participants: Myroslav Marynovych, Pavel Litvinov, Henryk Wujec, Vitaly Komar, Ewa Wójciak, Volodymyr Dibrova, Mykola Riabchuk, Peter Reddaway, Ann Komaromi, Benjamin Nathans, Alexander Motyl, Justyna Beinek, Ksenya Kiebuzinski, Michael Bernhard, Jeri Laber, Mark Andryczyk, Catharine Nepomnyashchy, Anna Procyk, Christina Isajiw, William Risch, Anna Frajlich-Zajac, Yuri Shevchuk, Timothy Frye, Tarik Amar, Frank Sysyn, John S. Micgiel, and Victor Morozov.

Bloodlands: Between Stalin and Hitler

Monday, April 4, 2011
6 pm
1501 International Affairs Building

Timothy Snyder's Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin is a lucid, humane, and moving account of the history of the region between Hitler's Germany and Stalin's Soviet Union, with new information from formerly classified archives and rich with individual accounts of the horror.

Professor Snyder will speak about his book, and join historians Istvan Deak (Columbia University), Yaroslav Hrytsak (Lviv University), and Pawel Machcewicz (Warsaw University) for a discussion of new approaches to the history of terror in Central Europe. John S. Micgiel will chair.

This event is being cosponsored and generously cofunded by the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.

Polish Language Certification Exam

Saturday- Sunday, May 7-8 2011

Sponsored by the Polish State Commission for Polish Language, the Polish Supplementary School Council of America, and the East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center at Columbia.

For more information please access, or call 516-816-4417.

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Academic Year 2009–10

The EU’s Eastern Partnership

Thursday, September 17, 2009, 12-1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

Marek Cichocki, European Center, Natolin

Wonder and Knowledge: A conference on the origin of the universe in science and philosophy and the role of wonder in scientific discovery.

September 30, 2009, 8:00 pm

Earl Hall Auditorium, Columbia University Main Campus

Speakers: Msgr. Lorenzo Albacete. Theologian, author, columnist
Dr. Marco Bersanelli. Prof.of Astrophysics, University of Milan, author of From Galileo to Gell-Mann: The Wonder that Inspired the Greatest Scientists of All Time: In Their Own Words, Templeton Press
Fr. Michael HELLER-Prof. of Philosophy, PontificalAcad. of Theology, Krakow 2008 Templeton Prize winner

The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko

    and the Age of Revolution

Wednesday, October 7, 2009, 12-1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

Alex Storozynski, The Kosciuszko Foundation

The Remarkable State of the Polish Economy

October 14, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm
International Affairs Building, Room 1219

Prof. Patrycja Grzelonska (Yeshiva University)

New York State Polish Regents Exam

October 25, 2009, 11 am through 3 pm

403, 404, 411 & 413 International Affairs Building

Organized by the Educational Commission of the Polish American Congress, the Polish Supplemental Schools Council, and Columbia's East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center

A Teacher Training Workshop on Political, Security and Economic Challenges Facing the Balkans, East Central Europe, and Russia 

With a presentation on Poland by Dr. John S. Micgiel

Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 9 am – 3 pm

1512 International Affairs Building, 15th Floor

"Man of Marble," directed by Andrzej Wajda (1977)

Introduced by John S. Micgiel

Tuesday, November 17, 2009, 7:30pm

702 Hamilton

International Workshop on Lysenkoism

Friday, December 4, 2009, CUNY Graduate Center

Saturday, December 5, Columbia University

With a presentation on “Lysenkoism in Poland” by William deJong-Lambert, Bronx Community College, CUNY, and the Harriman Institute

More details may be found here.

The workshop program may be found here.

Wigilia (Vigil)

Saturday, December 5, 2009, 7 pm,

Sulzberger Parlor, Barnard Hall

Please join the Barnard/Columbia Polish Society for Wigilia (Vigil), a festive Christmas Eve dinner organized in cooperation with the Columbia Catholic Undergraduates and the Slavic Department at Barnard.

During the celebratory Wigilia dinner we will serve customary Polish Christmas dishes and delicious pastries. The entertainment will include a multi-media presentation of Polish landscapes and their Christmas traditions, as well as a rich musical background of famous Polish Christmas Carols. In the spirit of cross-cultural community among the students of Barnard and Columbia, the event is free to students of all religious and ethnic affiliations. For organizational reasons, we have to ask that participants RSVP by email in advance to Gosia Pawlak at

After the Dinner, there will be a follow-up event organized by Columbia
Catholic Ministry, an Advent Vigil Night of Prayer at 9 pm. All Dinner
participants are encouraged to attend. During the Vigil, Columbia Catholic
Ministry will be meditating on biblical passages on the Coming of the
Messiah and singing together before the Blessed Sacrament. The event will
continue past midnight and will end with a mass that will fulfill the Sunday

obligation. Please join them for this special night of prayer to celebrate the

season of Advent.

"Katyn,", directed by Andrzej Wajda (2007)

Introduced by Professor Istvan Deak

Thursday, December 10, 2009, 7:30pm:

702 Hamilton



The Brooklyn-based Polish Slavic Credit Union presented a check  to the University last February for the first endowed chair in Polish Studies. The credit union was the first donor to the project, giving a total of $500,000 after a five-year fundraising effort. Nicholas Dirks (fourth from right), vice president of arts and sciences,accepted the check for the last payment on behalf of the University. Bogdan Chmielewski, chief executive officer of the credit union, is at center.

 View photos of the press conference in Warsaw

  on the Polish Foreign Ministry website

  on the Foundation for Polish Science website


Polish Social/Conversation Hour

Thursday, February 18, 8pm-9pm

Hungarian Pastry Shop (Amsterdam Avenue at 111th Street).

Bring all your Polish skills: we will be speaking only Polish! All levels of proficiency are welcome and warmly invited.

Sponsored by the Polish Student Society at Barnard College and Columbia University.

Symposium- After Communism: Achievement and Disillusionment Since 1989

Friday, 26 February 2010, 2:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, 27 February 2010, 2:00pm-7:00pm

This symposium brings together scholars, politicians, dissidents and writers from both sides of the Atlantic to assess the global meaning of the revolutions of 1989 for Central and Eastern Europe and the world. Panels will explore the demise of communism, the nature of postcommunism, the legacy of dissent, the promise of democracy in the region, and the creation of narratives about the communist past. Participants include Adam Michnik, Alfred Gusenbauer, Archie Brown, Benjamin Barber, Elzbieta Matynia, Erhard Busek, Horia-Roman Patapievici, Ira Katznelson, Katherine Verdery, Stephen
Kotkin, Stephen Sestanovich and Vladimir Tismaneanu among others.

Location: President's Room, Faculty House, Columbia University. Directions may be found here.

To view the Program, please click here.

Registration for this event is required. To register, please click here.

Photo Exhibit

"The Polish Peoples' Republic -- so far away and so close by..."

Sponsored by the Polish Institute of National Remembrance

March 1 - 31

International Affairs Building Atrium, Ground Floor

Exhibit Opening by Professor Jerzy Eisler, Polish Academy of Sciences

March 2

6 pm

International Affairs Building Atrium, Ground Floor

Third Annual Chopin Piano Competition

March 28, 2010

Salzburger Parlor

To commemorate the 200th birthday of the greatest Polish composer, Frederic Chopin, the Polish Student Society at Columbia University and Barnard College is hosting its signature event, A Night of Chopin: Third Annual Chopin Piano Competition. The competition will take place in Salzburger Parlor.The East Central European Center has funded cash prizes for the winners:

For more information see:

"Three Religions and Five Confessions in One City:

Conflict and Coexistence in Seventeenth-Century Wilno."

Wednesday, April 7, 1:00pm - 2:30pm

411 Fayerweather

David Frick ( University of California, Berkeley)

"The Ecclesia Militans and the Polak-Katolik:

Religion and Nationalism in Modern Poland."

Wednesday, April 14, 1:00pm-2:30pm

411 Fayerweather

Brian Porter-Szucs ( University of Michigan)


Special Roundtable on the Polish Plane Crash in Russia and Its Consequences


The 15th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

Thursday, 15 April 2010–Saturday, 17 April 2010

Nations and States: On the Map and in the Mind

120+ PANELS on the Balkans, Central Europe and the Baltics, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Turkey, Afghanistan, China, and Nationalism Studies

SPECIAL SECTIONS on History, Politics, Memory Interpretive and Cognitive Approaches in Ethnography, and The Resurgence of Russia: Domestic and Foreign Policy Implications

THEMATIC Panels on Islam and Politics, Genocide and Mass Killing, Ethnic Violence, Religion, Language Politics, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Autonomy, Gender and Identity, EU Integration, NATO Expansion, Diaspora and Transnational Networks, International Law and Tribunals, Political Economy and the Nation, History and Nation Building, and many more…

SCREENINGS of New Documentaries
AWARDS for Best Doctoral Student Papers

Link to web-site

Polish Social/ Conversation Hour

Thursday, April 15, 8pm-9pm
Hungarian Pastry Shop (Amsterdam Avenue at 111th Street).

Do you want live practice speaking Polish in an informal environment? Meet fellow Polish students and get to know them better? Brush up on a language you once knew but may be forgetting? Make sure your Polish grandma can still understand you during summer break?

The Polish Student Society presents its latest service for the campus community: the Polish Social/Conversation Hour.

Bring all your Polish skills: we will be speaking Polish! All levels
of proficiency are welcome and warmly invited.

The Italian Academy

Friday, April 30, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
1161 Amsterdam Avenue, at W. 116th Street, New York, NY

This event is open to the public, although space is limited. Please RSVP to:

President Buzek will address the European Parliament’s expanded role after the Lisbon Treaty and what this means in terms of transatlantic relations. 

Jerzy Buzek has been the President of the European Parliament since July 14th, 2009, after having won the largest majority of any European Parliament President since the first direct elections in 1979. First elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2004 by the Polish majority, Mr. Buzek’s roles have included serving as the Vice-President of the European Energy Forum and representing the European Parliament during the elections in Ukraine, supporting the Orange Revolution. Mr. Buzek was the Prime Minister of Poland from 1997 until 2001, during which time he incorporated Poland into NATO and negotiated the terms of Poland's accession to the European Union. In addition to politics, Mr. Buzek's career spans chemical engineering, human rights and environmental
activism, and education. For more about President Buzek, please see:

The Columbia-Paris Alliance Program, the European Institute,  the Italian Academy, and the School of International and Public Affairs, in collaboration with the European Legal Studies Center and the European Students Association present an address by:

Jerzy Buzek, President of the European Parliament

“After Lisbon: a Strengthened European Parliament in the Transatlantic Partnership”

View the video here

Polish Language Certification Exam

Saturday- Sunday, May 1-2 2010

Sponsored by the Polish State Commission for Polish Language, the Polish Supplementary School Council of America, and the East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center at Columbia.

For more information please access, or call 516-816-4417.

Operator's exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture

03.30.10 - 05.07.10; 12:00AM - 11:59PM

Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall (gallery hours: Mon Fri, 12- 6pm)

Operators' Exercises: Open Form Film and Architecture explores the surprising and productive relationship between Polish experimental film and architecture in the late 1960s and early 1970's. The exhibition traces the evolution of Polish architect Oskar Hansen's theory of Open Form from its origin in Hansen's own architectural projects to its application in film, multi-slide projection, visual games, and performative practices.

Led by artists Zofia Kulik and Przemyslaw Kwiek a group of Hansen's students from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw pursued Open Form as the basis for a collective, communication oriented production. Through a strategy they described as "working with the camera" the artists recorded indeterminate actions and ephemeral performances coordinated in relation to the camera's field of view. The projects in the exhibition offer evidence of these artists' fascination with objective documentation, mathematics, logic, and cybernetics, which, in their work, emerged as procedures for non-authorial interactions. The artists conceived their practice as a radical form of social experimentation that would examine the values and models of a non-authoritarian social system and that would offer a form of interference to contemporary politics and propaganda.

The exhibition will be open to the public 03/30-5/7 at the Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery, Buell Hall (Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri, 12PM-6PM)

Exhibition curated by Lukasz Ronduda and Mark Wasiuta with curatorial assistant Natalia Sielewicz.

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Academic Year 2008–09

Study in Poland Information Session


September 23, 11a.m. - 1p.m.
Elliot Hall Parlor, Elliot Hall, 49 Claremont Avenue

Please join the members of the Columbia Polish Student Society and students from all over New York City to find out about opportunities to study at the University of Wroclaw.

With Professor Professor Krzysztof Nowotka from the University of Wroclaw.

For more Information on Wroclaw University, please visit:

New York State Polish Regents Exam

October 24, 2008,   11am- 3 pm

Fourth Floor, International Affairs Building

Cosponsored b the Polish Supplementary School Council of America, and the East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center at Columbia

For more information:, or call 516-816-4417.

Poland 2009: 10 Years in NATO, 5 Years in the EU, Lessons from Georgia


September 25, 11 a.m.
1501 IAB

With Radoslaw Sikorski, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland.
International Herald Tribune article

The Solidarnosc Legacy in contemporary Poland

Wednesday, February 11, 2009, 12-1:30 pm

1219 International affairs Building

Professor Zdzislaw Krasnodebski

University of Bremen and Columbia University

Sponsored by The East Central European Center and the Polish Studies Program

"Persona Non Grata," and " Year of the Quiet Sun" A screening with Director Krzysztof Zanussi

February 18-19, 2009

501 Schermerhorn Hall and 511 Dodge Hall

Cosponsored by the Polish Studies Program, teh Ukrainian Film Club, the East CEntral European Center, the Harriman Institute, and the Film Division of the School of the Arts

The Global Financial Crisis and Its Implications: An East-Central European Perspective

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

1219 IAB, 12-1:30 pm

Jan Winiecki, Professor and Chair of International Economics and European Studies, Rzeszow University of Information, Technology and Management; Professor, Department of International Studies, Tischner School of European Studies, Krakow

Co-sponsored by the Economics Department

A Light in the Darkness: A Meeting with the Righteous Among Nations"

Friday, April 17, 2009

Kraft Center, 606 West 115th St.

A discussion with Tadeusz Stankiewicz, Jozef Walaszczyk, Anna Stupnicka-Bando, Irineusz Rajchowski, Alicja Schnepf -- Polish Gentiles who helped Jews survive the Holocaust -- and two Jewish Holocaust survivors, Barbara Gora and Krystyna Budnicka.

Sponsored by the Columbia Catholic Ministry, Columbia/Barnard Hillel, and the Office of the Univversity Chaplain

A Notorious Diariast: Bronislaw Malinowski and his "Sisters"

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

709 Hamilton Hall

Grazyna Kubica, Professor at the Jagiellonian University

Methodological Solutions and Didactic Tools Available for Teaching Contemporary Polish History.  Methodology Workshop for Polish Supplemental School Teachers.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union, 100 McGuiness Blvd, Brooklyn, NY.  1pm

Lukasz Michalski (Institute for National Remembrance, Warsaw).

Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union. Cosponsored by the Polish Studies Program and the East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center.

For more information:, or call 516-816-4417.

Polish Language Certification Exam

Saturday-Sunday , May 2-3, 2009

Sponsored by the Polish State Commission for Polish Language, the Polish Supplementary School Council of America, and the East European, Russian, and Eurasian National Resource Center at Columbia. For more information:, or call 516-816-4417.

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Academic Year 2007–08

Energy Diversification in Poland

September 17, 2007

With Piotr Naimski, Vice-Minister for Economics, Poland Sponsored by Columbia University's East Central European Center.

"Energy security is becoming a dominant issue in current international relations. There is unquestionably an increasing dependency of the energy­consuming countries on the energy­producing countries. Thus the two sides are not equal partners, since the producers appear to have the advantage of dictating the rules on the energy market. The situation of Europe can serve as an example. While domestic fossil­fuel resources decrease (the decrease of natural gas production in Great Britain and Denmark is particularly significant), Europe is becoming increasingly dependent on the imported hydrocarbons. The EU's energy import dependence will increase from 50% of total EU energy consumption today to 65% in 2030. Due to the fact that existing transit infrastructure in Central and Eastern Europe operates in East­West direction we can assume that Europe's dependency on hydrocarbons will be based on Russian resources mainly..."

Read Vice-Minister Naimski's full statement

Seminar video

Further reading:
Appendix 1 - oil policy
Appendix 2 - natural gas policy
Appendix 3 - letter of Prime Minister Marcinkiewicz
Appendix 4 - energy factsheet of Poland
Appendix 5 - Russian natural gas exporting routes
Appendix 6 - Baltic Pipe
Appendix 6 - LNG terminal and Baltic Pipe
Appendix 6a - Baltic Pipe
Appendix 6b - Baltic Pipe
Appendix 7 - Druzba cut off
Appendix 8 - Caspian oil corridor
Appendix 9 - Russian energy strategy 2020
Appendix 10 - Russian_gas_and_oil_for_Europe
Appendix 11 - Gazprom_in_Europe
Appendix 12 - Turkey_energy_transit_corridor

No Simple Victory: Europe at War, 1939-1945

September 24, 1501 IAB, 6 p.m.

Professor Norman Davies discusses his latest book (Viking/Penguin, 2007).

Love and Revolution: The Intellectual History of Marxism in Poland as Lived Experience

October 2, 12 –1.30 p.m.
1219 IAB

With Professor Marci Shore, Yale University

Polonia: Columbia Wants You

October 15, 4–7 p.m.
1501 IAB

An information session on college admission for members of the Polish-American community, cosponsored by the Polish Slavic Federal Credit Union

Between Dawn and the Wind

October 16, 7 p.m.
CU Bookstore, 2922 Broadway & 115th St.

Poetry Reading and Discussion with the author, Professor Anna Frajlich (Columbia University)

Ukraine-EU Relations: Ukraine's Quest for Mature Nation Statehood

October 16-17, 2007
Washington, DC

This annual conference brings together prominent representatives from academia, the private sector and the governments of Ukraine, the United States and Europe, to monitor Ukraine's progress towards fuller integration into the Euro-Atlantic community and stronger bilateral relations with the United States. This year's conference featured the following prominent speakers:
Krzysztof Bobinski (EU-Polska)
Zbigniew Brzezinski (Senior Counselor/CSIS)
Jan Bugajski (CSIS)
Igor Chalupec (PKN-Orlen/Fmr. Pres.)
John Micgiel (Columbia University)
Jan Pieklo (PAUCI)
Janusz Reiter (Ambassador of Poland to the US)
For more information

Od "Kanalu" do "Katynia" - 50 lat polskiej szkoly filmowej. (In Polish)

October 30, 6p.m.
1219 IAB

Maria Kornatowska (State Film, TV and Theater School, Lodz). Introduced by Professor Anna Frajlich-Zajac (Columbia University)

Institutional Change After Communism

October 31, 2007

With Leszek Balcerowicz, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Poland. Visiting Fellow of the Watson Institute, Brown University.
Co-sponsored by the East Central European Center and the Institute for the Study of Europe
Watch the video of this event

Polish Language Regents Exams

November 4, 12–4 p.m.
411 and 413 IAB

For more information, contact Ms. Jolanta Szulc at

Teach Europe 2007: Contentious Politics - Poland's Place within the EU

November 9, 12.30–1.30p.m.
1501 IAB

Professor Slawomir Józefowicz  (University of Warsaw, Visiting Professor at SUNY-Buffalo)

Swieto Niepodleglosci. Kilka uwag.

November 11, 3p.m.
Pilsudski Institute, 180 Second Avenue

Krzysztof Ruchniewicz, University of Wroclaw

Spotkanie z Dr. Ewa Kurek, autorka ksiazki "Poza Granicami Solidarnosci. Stosunki Polsko-Zydowskie 1939-45"

November 13, 7p.m.
Kurier Plus, 145 Java Street, Greenpoint

A meeting with Ewa Kurek, author of a book on Polish-Jewish relations 1939-1945

Spotkanie z Dr. Ewa Kurek, autorka ksiazki pt. stosunki polsko-zydowskie 1939-1945

November 15, 6p.m.
Pilsudski Institute, 180 Second Avenue, New York City

A meeting with Ewa Kurek, author of a book on Polish-Jewish relations 1939-1945

Book Release Party for "Astonishments"

November 15, 7p.m.
Labyrinth Books, 536 W.112th Street, New York City

Edited by Grazyna Drabik and David Curzon

Spotkanie z Dr. Ewa Kurek , autorka ksiazki "Poza Granicami Solidarnosci. Stosunki Polsko-Zydowskie 1939-45"

November 16, 7.30p.m.
Polsko-Amerykanskie Centrum Kultury, 1-3 Monroe Street, Passaic, New Jersey

A meeting with Ewa Kurek, author of a book on Polish-Jewish relations 1939-1945

Polish-American Relations During the Cold War

November 19, 12p.m.
1219 IAB

Professor Jakub Tyskiewicz (Wroclaw University and University of Massachusetts)

Igor Newerly's Workshops

November 19, 6p.m.
1510 IAB

Jan Zielinski (University of Fribourg, and Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University). Introduced by Professor Anna Frajlich-Zajac (Columbia University)

I will oppress you with my strange love... The Friendship of Czeslaw Milosz and Zbigniew Herbert: fascination, disillusionment and bitterness.

November 26, 6p.m.
1510 IAB

Andrzej Franaszek (Tygodnik Powszechny). Introduced by Professor Anna Frajlich-Zajac (Columbia University)

Polityka zagraniczna a wizerunek panstwa. O doswiadczeniu II Rzeczypospolitej

November 29, 6p.m.
Pilsudski Institute, 180 Second Avenue, New York

Marek Kornat (Polish Academy of Sciences)

A Night Of Chopin: Fryderyk Chopin International Piano Competition

December 1, 7p.m.
Sulzberger Parlor: 3rd Floor Barnard Hall, Barbard College. 117th & Broadway

Free concert, open to the public. Please RSVP Monika Urbanowicz at
Cosponsored by Columbia and Barnard Polish Student Society.

Dealing with the Past in East-Central Europe

December 2-3, 2007

An international conference with: Jon Elster (Columbia University), Marek Kornat (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw), Zdislaw Krasnobebski (University of Bremen), Pawel Machcewisz (University of Torun), John Micgiel (Columbia University), Piotr Naimski (Former Vice-Minister for Economics, Poland and Higher School of Business, National-Louis University, Nowy Sacz), Lavinia Stan (Concordia University, Montreal), Rafal Stobiecki (University of Lodz), Oldrich Tuma (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague), Helga Welsh (Wake Forrest University), Bronislaw Wildstein (Rzeczpospolita)and Artur Wolek (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw).

Watch the video of this event:
Welcome and Keynote speech: John S. Micgiel and Jon Elster

Lustration in Poland: Artur Woltek, Bronislaw Wildstein, Piotr Naimski
The Politics of History and How Central Europe Deals with its Past:
Part 1: Czech Republic, Germany & Romania: Question and Answer Session
Part 2: Poland

With generous funding from the Semper Polonia Foundation, Warsaw and The Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City
Co-sponsored by the East Central European Center and the Institute for the Study of Europe

Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future

February 12, 7 –9 p.m.
Ella Weed Room(campus map) 2nd floor, Milbank Hall, Barnard College
Please enter the campus at the gate on Broadway at 117th Street and follow the signs north toward Milbank Hall.

With Robert Cherry, Koppelman Professor of Economics, Brooklyn College
Co-sponsored by the Polish Studies Program, Columbia and Barnard Polish Student Society and the East Central European Center
Registration: Please RSVP as soon as possible to Monika Urbanowicz at

Poland in America's Crooked Mirror: The Case of Fear

February 18, 4 –6 p.m.
1501 IAB

With Professor Marek Chodakiewicz, Institute of World Politics, Washington and autor of  "After the Holocaust: Polish-Jewish Conflict in the Wake of World War Two".
Co-sponsored by the Polish Studies Program and the Polish Society of  Columbia

The Warsaw Stock Exchange and the Development of Capital Markets in Central and Eastern Europe

February 20, 6 p.m.
Feldberg Lounge, Warren Hall

With Ludwik Sobolewski LLD (President of the Management Board of the Warsaw Stock Exchange)
Please click here to RSVP

Energy Security Strategy for Central Europe

February 21-22, Conference Agenda
1501 IAB


Minister Georg Wilhelm Adamowitsch, EU coordinator for Connections to Off-shore Wind in the Baltic and North Sea Areas and former State Secretary in Germany's Ministry of Economics

Ambassador Vaclav Bartuska, Prague, Czech Republic, Special Envoy for Energy Security in the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Matthew Bryza, Washington.DC, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs in the U.S. Department of State

Berris Ekinci, Head of Section of the Energy Department, Deputy Directorate General for Energy, Water and Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Turkey

Pawel Konzal, Brussels, Belgium, Director of the Representative Office to the EU of the Polish Oil and Gas Company

Dr. John S. Micgiel, Director, East Central European Center, Columbia University

Dr. Piotr Naimski, Nowy Sacz, Poland, Vice Rector of the National Louis University in Nowy Sacz, Poland, former Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy, Poland

Dr Anita Orban, Budapest, Hungary, Executive Senior Vice President of the International Centre for Democratic Transition
Minister Bohdan Sokolovski, Kiev, Ukraine, President Yushchenko's Representative for Energy

Sponsored by Columbia University's Polish Studies Program and The Higher School of Business, National Louis University, Nowy Sacz, Poland

Watch the video of this event:
February 21: Strategy

February 22: Strategy

Chopin Piano Recital

April 2, 7 p.m.
Kreuger Hall, 405 Millbank Hall (Barnard College, Columbia University at 117th & Broadway)

With Nimrod David Pfeffer: first prize winner of the Polish Student Society's International Piano Competition in December of 2007.

Cosponsored by the Columbia University Polish Student Society and the East Central European Center

Silk against Bullets: The Birth of Modern Soft Armor

April 17, 6 p.m.
Room 404, Barnard Hall

With Professor Slawomir Lotysz, Ph.D. (Charles C. Price Fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
Professor at the University of Zielona Gora, Poland.)

Cosponsored by the Columbia University Polish Student Society and the East Central European Center

Readings by Magdalena Tulli

April 29, 6:30 p.m.
Center for Architecture's reading series, 536 LaGuardia Place

New York NY 10012. Tel. 212-683-0023                  

April 30, 3 p.m.
Columbia University, 310 Fayerweather Hall, 1180 Amsterdam Avenue

Please RSVP by April 29 to

A rare opportunity to hear one of Europe’s most original new writers reading from her work. Magdalena Tulli is the author of Dreams and Stones (Sny i kamienie), In Red (W czerwieni), Moving Parts (Tryby), and Flaw (Skaza). Dreams and Stones won the prestigious Koscielski Foundation Prize in 1995, Moving Parts was nominated for the 2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and Flaw was a finalist for the 2007 Nike prize, Poland's most prestigious literary award.

Cosponsored by Archipelego Books, the Polish Cultural institute, the Center for Architecture and Columbia University Polish Student Society

Polish Certification Exam

May 3 & 4,
International Affairs Building

Part 1: Saturday May 3rd: 10a.m. to 1p.m. Room 410 IAB
Part 2: Saturday May 3rd: 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Rooms 1101, 901 & 902 IAB

Part 3: Sunday May 4th: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Rooms 1101, 901 & 902 IAB

Please contact Dorota Andraka at

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Academic Year 2006–07


A Film Showing of "Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc," commemorating the events of August 1980.

September 13, 6–9 p.m.
1512 IAB

A coproduction of 13 prominent Polish directors: Filip Bajon, Jacek Bromski, Ryszard Bugajski, Jerzy Domaradzki, Feliks Falk, Robert Glinski, Andrzej Jakimowski, Jan Jakub Kolski, Juliusz Machulski, Malgorzata Szumowska, Piotr Trzaskalski, Andrzej Wajda, and Krzysztof Zanussi. With Ewa Turczanska, postproduction coordinator. 113 minutes, in Polish with English subtitles.

View the conference "1956 and Its Impact on the Soviet Bloc," sponsored by Columbia University's East Central European Center and the Harriman Institute, on November 2 and 3, 2006. Read more

Polish Teacher Methodology Workshop

September 23–24

Organized by the Polish Supplementary School Headquarters, the Polish Consulate General in New York City, the Polonia Teachers' Center in Lublin, and Wspolnota Polska in Krakow.  Master Teachers include: Dr. Joanna Wojtowicz, Marie Curei Skodowska University, Lublin; Dr. Magdalena Szelc-Mays, Dr. Anna Seretny, Dr. Ewa Lipinska, all from the Jagiellonian University, Krakow. Training to take place in Clark, New Jersey, and Maspeth, New York.  For more information contact Ms. Dorota Andraka at

Europe as Empire: The Nature of the Enlarged EU

September 28, 2–4 pm

902 IAB

Presented by Professor Jan Zielonka, Oxford University, and cosponsored by the Harriman Institute.

Pulaski Day Parade on Fifth Avenue

October 1

The Columbia-Barnard Polish Club participates in the parade on Fifth Avenue. The participants will meet beforehand at the Columbia campus gates, proceed to the parade, and end the occasion with a communal picnic in Central Park.

Polish-Jewish Relations Today

October 9, 12–1:15pm
1219 IAB

Presented by Dr. Laurence Weinbaum, World Jewish Congress, Jerusalem.

Poland's Dysfunctional Party System

October 12, 6–8pm
1219 IAB

Presented by Prof. Michael Bernhard (Pennsylvania State University). Cosponsored by the East Central European Center and the Polish Studies Program.

Polonia... Columbia Wants You!

October 16, 4-7pm,
1501 IAB

Columbia University and the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union together with the Polish Club of Barnard/Columbia and the Polish Student Organization in New York invite all Polish-American prospective students and their parents to the Polish Day at Columbia. If you would like to hear about Columbia's offerings, what it is like to be a Columbia/Barnard student, what you need to become one and hos your family can afford it, come to Columbia.

Polish Regents Exams

October 19, 6pm

Organized by the Polish Supplementary School Headquarters, and the Education Commission of the Polish American Congress in Clark, New Jersey, Brooklyn and Maspeth, New York. For more information contact Ms. Dorota Andraka at

Fourth Annual Polish Club Conference

October 20–21
Hosted by the Polish Clubs of Barnard College Columbia University and New York University. Co-sponsored by the Polish Student Organization.

Security, Prosperity, and Political Crisis in East Central Europe Today

October 28, 1–2:30pm
12th Floor IAB

Presented by Professor John S. Micgiel, Columbia University, as part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration of Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.

Apolcalyptic Antisemitism: Faith, Fear, and Polish Catholicism in the early 20th century

October 30, 6–8 pm
1501 IAB

Presented by Professor Brian Porter (University of Michigan).

1956 and Its Impact on the Soviet Bloc

November 2–3, 9am–5pm
1501 IAB

An International Conference sponsored by Columbia University's East Central European Center, the Harriman Institute, and the Institute for the Study of Europe.

Community Based Environmental Action in Central Europe

November 8, 4–6pm
Low Library, Burden Hall, Columbia University

Learn about community-based environmental action in Central Europe after the fall of communism. RSVP to

From Poland: Emerging Voices in Architecture and Art

November 8, 6:30–9pm
Wood Auditorium, Avery Hall
Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, & Preservation
Columbia University, 1172 Amsterdam Avenue, New York City

Leading Polish architects and artists discuss current ideas in design. Zbigniew Oksiuta, KWK PROMES, MEDUSA GROUP; Moderated by Ewa P. Porebska, leading Polish critic of contemporary architecture, editor-in-chief,  Architektura-Murator magazine.

Computer Analysis of the Literary Text

November 13. 4–5pm
254 IAB, Language Resource Center

Demonstration by Bob Scott, head of Electronic Texts Services - Butler Library, of the application of qualitative analysis software to the study of complexly structured literary works, on the example of Adam Mickiewicz's Crimean Sonnets.

The Fourth Annual Wigilia Christmas Gathering

December 6
Hosted by the Polish Club of Barnard College Columbia University


January 17, 11am
1228 IAB

With Ambassador Andrzej Jaroszynski, Director, Department of the Americas; Monika Zuchniak-Pazdan, Deputy Director, Department of Promotion; and Lukasz Weremiuk, Department of Foreign Economic Affairs, Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs


January 23, 11am
1228 IAB

With President of Polish Television Bronisław Wildstein and Ms. Marta Sawicka, head of the Culture and Theatre Programming for Channel 1, Polish TV.

Shaping National Security Policy in Poland in Post-Cold War Europe

January 24, 12pm–1:30pm
1302 IAB

Presented by Ambassador Andrzej Towpik, Permanent Mission of Poland to the United Nations.

Diasporas Transnationalism and Foreign Policy

February 8, 9:30am–3:30pm
1510 IAB

Presented by the Alliance Program, along with the Association of Canadian Studies

Anna Frajlich

February 9, 6pm
333 West 38th Street, Manhattan

Acclaimed writer and poet, Professor of Polish language and literature at Columbia University, Anna Frajlich, will recite poetry and discuss her recent work, entitled "Between Dawn and the Wind." The Polish Daily Nowy Dziennik is officially sponsoring the event.

Polish Student Society Mixer at Max Café

February 22, 8:30pm–1am
Max Café, 1262 Amsterdam Ave (at 122nd St.)

All are welcome!

The End ofReconcilation? Old and New Problems in German-Polish Relations

February 23
Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Professor Zdzisław Krasnodębski. For more information contact Professor Mieczysław Biskupski at (860) 832-2800 or

Polish-Jewish Relations During World War II

February 26, 6pm
1219 IAB

Professor Ewa Kurek, Higher School of Humanities and Economics in Lodz

Determinants of the Development of Polish Mutual Fund Market

March 8, 12:15pm
Katarzyna Gabryelczyk, Academy of Economics, Poznan


March 23
Ministerstwo Gospodarki, pl. Trzech Krzyży 3/5, Warszawa

With representatives of the Polish business and foundation worlds concerning the Polish Studies Program at Columbia University

In the Gray Zone: Translating Tadeusz Rozewicz's Recent Poetry

April 10, 4pm
Bill Johnston, Indiana University. Seating is extremely limited, to reserve please write Professor Anna Frajlich-Zajac or call 212-854-4850.

MOVIE SHOWING: Krzysztof Kieslowski's "The Double Life of Veronique."

April 18, 6.30pm
202 Milbank Hall, Barnard College

Free drinks and pizza!

Contemporary German-Polish Relations

April 19
University of Virginia at Charlottesville

Professor Zdzisław Krasnodębski. For more information contact Professor Allen Lynch at, or call 434-924-3033.

Post-WWII Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Remembering the 1947 Forced Relocation Campaign "AKCJA WISLA"

April 26, 6pm
1219 IAB

Cosponsored by the Ukrainian and Polish Studies Programs at Columbia University.

International Conference: "Polish-German Reconciliation—A Never Ending Story?"

May 3–4
RSPV by April 26.

Certification Exams in Polish offered by the Polish Supplementary School Council (PSSC)

May 9–10, 4–9pm
School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th St.

For registration and other information, please contact Mrs. Dorota Andraka, President, PSSC, at:

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Academic Year 2005–06

Watch the video from the World Leaders Forum, featuring President Aleksander Kwasniewski of Poland.

September 15th


Art opening of "Poland on the Front Page"

September 28th, 11:00 a.m.
Union Square

Celebrating Solidarity's 25th anniversary! Hosted by Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg with the former Chairman of Solidarity and the former President of Poland, Lech Walesa and former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Co-sponsored by a coalition of Polish-American institutions and Columbia's Polish Studies Program.

Read the Fall 2005 Polish Studies Newsletter (PDF)
Read the Spring 2006 Polish Studies Newsletter (PDF)
Pulaski Day Parade

October 3, 12 p.m.
5th Ave.

Polonia's largest New York event!

Anna Kamienska

October 18, 6:00 pm
1219 IAB

Presented by Grazyna Drabik.

Tribute to Zbigniew Herbert

October 20, 7:00 p.m.
Elliott Hall

Featuring Prof. Anna Frajlich-Zajac and Herbert’s niece, Ms. Marysia Dzieduszycka. Poetry evening organized by the Polish Club.

Will it make a difference?: EU enlargement and women's public discourse

October 25, 6:00 p.m
1219 IAB

Professor Joanna Regulska, Rutgers

Adam Mickiewicz: Romantic Portrait of a Poet

November 5, 2 p.m.
Brooklyn Public Library

Professor Anna Frajlich Zajac.

Europe and its Others in the Mirror of Transatlantic Relations

November 10–11
Room 1501 IAB

Conference featuring Professor Bronislaw Geremek.

Poland in the European Union, One Year After Joining

November 14, 6:00pm
Kosciuszko Foundation House, 15 East 65th Street, between Fifth/Madison

Professor Andrzej Harasimowicz, Visiting Professor.

Polish Foreign Policy Conference

November 17
15th Floor IAB

Featuring Prof. Zbigniew Brzezinski.

Polish Club Undergraduate Dinner

November 17, 6:30 p.m.
Camille’s Restaurant, 116th St. & Amsterdam Avenue

Polish Club Study Break- Polish Comedy Film Showing

November 30, 7:00 p.m.

Polish Christmas Szopki Workshop

December 1, 6:30 p.m.
Upper Level McIntosh, Barnard

Polish Club.

3rd Annual Wigilia Christmas Gathering

December 8, 7:00 p.m.
Altschul Atrium

Come enjoy Polish Christmas traditions and cuisine with students, faculty and friends!

The Polish Intelligence during World War II

January 17

Wnuk and Jan Ciechanowski, IPN and Warsaw University.

Polish Organist Witold Zalewski

Februrary 5
Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 E. 88th St. (1st & 2st Aves.)

Cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Columbia University.Polish Intelligence during World War II.

Polish Organist Marek Kudlicki

Februrary 12, 3:00 p.m.
St.Vincent Ferrer Church, 869 Lexington Ave. at 65th St.

Cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Columbia University.

Polish Organist Robert Grudzien

Februrary 19 2:00 p.m.
St.Paul's Chapel, 116th St. at Broadway

Cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Columbia University.

Polish Organist Boguslaw Grabowski

Februrary 26
First Presbyterian Church, Fifth Ave. at 12th St.

Cosponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute and Columbia University.

From the Baltic to the Black to the Caspian: Building a Community of Democratic Choice

March 1
NYU Torch Club

Featuring Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Ambassador of Georgia to the United States Levan Mikeladze, and Polish American Ukrainian Cooperative Initiative Director Jan Pieklo. Cosponsored by the Polish and Ukrainian Studies Programs at Columbia.

Poetics in Translation: Gombrowicz's Ferdydurke

March 2

A lecture (in Spanish, French and English) by Magdalena Miecznicka of the Polish Institute of Literary Research (IBL) in Warsaw . Sponsored by the Barnard Slavic Department.

Visegrad-Ukraine: A Multi-Regional Perspective

March 2

A conference eaturing among others, Andrzej Towpik, Permanent Representative of Poland to the UN; Elzbieta Dzirba, Vice President, Polish Oil and Gas Company; and Jan Pieklo, Director, Polish American Ukrainian Cooperation Initiative. Cosponsored by the Polish and Ukrainian Studies Programs at Columbia.

Professor Andrzej Harasimowicz

March 14–18
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia

Lectures on the preparations by Poland and its neighbors for EU accession.

Poetry reading by Professor Anna Frajlich-Zajac

March 18
Club Europa, Greenpoint

Roundtable on Krzysztof Kieslowski's Work

April 9

Cosponsored by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Polish Cultural Institute, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and Columbia University's Polish Studies Program. The program was cancelled due to the indisposition of the speakers from Poland.

Symposium on Pipeline: Transgas Pipeline (1970)—Baltic Sea Pipeline (NEGP 2005) Revisited

April 10

With the participation of Iwona Wisniewska, Energy Policy Specialist, Centre for Eastern Studies, Warsaw.

Certification Exams in Polish

May 22–24

Offered by the Polish Supplementary School Council (PSSC).

The Warsaw East European Conference at Warsaw University in Poland

July 20–22

E-mail for information.

The Polish-German Academic Society is offering Polish language courses this summer in Krakow.

Find out more about this exciting opportunity here.

View proceedings of the conference on "Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Past, Present, Future"

Red Runs the Vistula: The Warsaw Uprising of 1944

An in-depth documentary by American Radioworks. Listen to the program or read the transcript.

See the video of Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz, Foreign Minister of Poland, at Columbia University's World Leaders Forum.
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Academic Year 2004–05

The Paderewski Seminar: The U.S. and Poland: A Special Relationship

September 22, 4–8 p.m.
1501 IAB

Keynote address by Polish Foreign Minister Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz

Second Conference of Polish Student Clubs

September 25, 5 p.m.
Sulzberger Parlor (3rd Floor) in Barnard Hall

Hosted by Barnard College, Columbia University, and the Polish Student Organization (PSO). Confirm your attendance by sending an email to

Chciec i miec. Samowiedza obyczajowa w Polsce czasu przemian. (Lecture in Polish)

September 29, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Professor Maria Malgorzata Szpakowska, Uniwersytet Warszawski.

Putting the East to Order

September 30, 12 p.m.
1219 IAB

Edward Muhle, director, Herder Institute, Marburg.

Pulaski Day Parade!!

Oct 3, 12:30 p.m.

March with the Polish Club. Meeting on 5th Ave. between 27th and 28th Streets at 11:00 a.m.

The End of Post-Communism: Lessons in Democratization in Central Europe

October 4, 12 p.m.
1219 IAB

Andras Bozoki, Central European University, Budapest, and Columbia University.

Four Myths of Solidarity

October 4, 6 p.m.
1512 IAB

Leszek Koczanowicz, Lower Silesian University, Wroclaw, and Columbia University.

Film viewing of "Noz w Wodzie" (Polanski)

October 7, 7–p.m.
Barnard Hall 304

Coming to Terms With a Difficult Past: World War II and the Communist Dictatorship

October 12, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Pawel Machcewicz, Institute of National Remembrance, Warsaw.

Authors' Evening with Bill Johnston, Indiana University, and promotion of his translation of "Bacacay" by Witold Gombrowicz, published by Archipelago Books

October 13, 6:30 p.m.
Department of Slavic Languages, 7th floor, Hamilton Hall

Cheese and wine will be served.

Teach Europe Seminar

October 15
15th floor IAB

To register, go to An opportunity for specialists of the European Union and educators to meet and exchange experiences. A general website for teachers and their students will be featured, as will new pedagogical resources for direct classroom use.

Polish Club trip to Carnegie Hall for the Opening of the Chopin Festival Gala

October 16, 2 p.m.

Tickets discounted to $10. E-mail for more info or for tickets.

Wartime Poland: The Inclusive View

October 18, 6:30 p.m.

Historian and author Norman Davies speaks about his recently published book, Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw. Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, International Affairs Building.

Prowincja centrum (in Polish)

October 20, 6 p.m.
1219 International Affairs Building

A talk about Bruno Schulz by Professor Jerzy Jarzebski, Institut Polonistyki, Jagiellonian University, Krakow.

Tribute to Milosz

October 28, 6–8 p.m.
1219 International Affairs Building

Led by Professor Anna Frajlich Zajac & Professor Leszek Koczanowicz.

The Plight of the Roma

November 8, 8 a.m.
Low Library Rotunda

An international conference. Keynote address by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Timothy Garton Ash discusses his new book and the future of transatlantic coopeation and leadership.

November 8, 6 p.m.
Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, 6th floor, International Affairs Building

The Genesis of the European Union: 1919-1945

November 11, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Alice Catherine Carls, University of Tennessee at Martin.

Workshop on Methodology for Teachers of Polish as a Second Language

November 20–2

Co-sponsored by the Commission of Education, Polish American Congress, and the Polish Consulate General in New York City.

Venus and Mars—Closer Orbits Than You Think

January 26, 12 p.m.
1219 IAB.

The EU and US Security Strategies. Asle Toje, University of Oslo.

"Cudzoziemka," A Film By Ryszard Ber.

January 31, 7:15 p.m.
608 Schermerhorn.

In Polish with English subtitles.

Three Colors: White.

February 4, 7 p.m.
324 Milbank (Barnard Campus).

A mysterious tale from acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski about a man whose life disintegrates when his wife of six months deserts him. Sponsored by the Polish Club of Barnard College

Polish Conversation Night

February 11, 8 p.m.
Hungarian Pastry Shop, Amsterdam Avenue corner of 111th St..

Sponsored by the Barnard Polish Club.

Warszawa (2003)

February 17, 7:30 p.m.
805 Altschul, Barnard Campus

A movie portraying various characters who come to Warsaw from provincial towns.(In Polish with English subtitles).

The Cable Car at Kasprowy Wierch: An Environmental Debate in Interwar Poland

February 24, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB.

Daniel Stone, University of Winnipeg

Granica (The Border)

February 28, 7:15 p.m.
608 Schermerhorn

Pre-war movie based on the famous novel by Zofia Nalkowska (in Polish with English subtitles).

Between Europe, Iraq, and America: Polish Rethinking of National Interests

March 1, 12 p.m.
1219 IAB

David Ost, Hobarth and William Smith Colleges


March 8, 7:30 p.m.
304 Barnard Hall

Krzysztof Zanussi's 1972 classic movie, shown in honor of the director's arrival on March 21(in Polish with English subtitles).

A Meeting with film director Krzysztof Zanussi, following the screening of one of his films.

March 21

Co-sponsored by the Film Department.

Panny z Wilka (Young Girls from Wilko)

March 28, 7:15 p.m.
608 Schermerhorn

A film based on the story by Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, dir. by Andrzej Wajda, starring Daniel Olbrychski.(In Polish with English subtitles).

The Polish Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, 1939-1940

March 29, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Dr. Iwona Drag-Korga, Pilsudski Institute

A View Across the Atlantic: America and Europe in a Changing World

April 4, 12 p.m.
1501 IAB

Vera and Donald Blinken Lecture by Senator Joseph Biden

The Polish Club of Barnard College presents: EUROPA, EUROPA

April 4, 7:30 p.m.
202 Milbank, Barnard College Campus

A film directed by Agnieszka Holland.

Remembering Jan Pawel II

April 6, 7–10 p.m.
Low Plaza, Columbia University

Candle light vigil: join Barnard's Polish Club as they pay tribute to one of the greatest individual's of our time. At 8pm we will be having a short ceremony with prayer and songs.

Dziewczeta z Nowolipek (Girls from Nowolipki Street)

April 11, 7:15 p.m.
608 Schermerhorn

Dir. by Barbara Sass based on the novel by Pola Gojawiczynska (in Polish with English subtitles).

Znachor (The Quack)

April 25, 7:15 p.m.
608 Schermerhorn.

Dir. by Jerzy Hoffman based on a novel by Tadeusz Dolega Mostowicz (in Polish with English subtitles).

A Tribute to the Forgotton Victims of the Holocaust

April 26, 6 p.m.
Ella Weed Room, Milbank 223, Barnard College (entrance on 117th St. & Broadway)

Auschwitz survivor Michal Preisler, honorary president of the Polish American Congress, shares his experiences and answers questions. Visiting Professor of the Polish Studies Program Leszek Koczanowicz gives an introduction.

Half a Loaf: The Polish Pope and Polish Politics

April 28, 4 p.m.
1512 International Affairs Building

A lecture by Thomas W. Simons, Jr., director of the Program on Eurasia in Transition at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies.

Europoean Integration and National Cultures

May 2, 6 p.m.
Lindsey Rogers Auditorium, 700 International Affairs Building

Dr. Marek Pienkowski, ESPACES Krakow.

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Academic Year 2003–04

"A Generation Part I: The Deportees" (Pokolenie czesc I: Zeslancy).

October 14, 7 p.m.
1219 International Affairs Building (IAB)

A film directed by Malgorzata Pospiech, 2003.

Workshop on International Certification for Teachers of Polish as a Second Language

October 25

Co-sponsored by the Commission of Education, Polish American Congress. For registration information contact Dr. Edmund Osysko, 212-662-2780, e-mail

A Gala Opening of the Polish Studies Program at Columbia University

October 31

A Symposium on Polish Foreign Policy Challenges and Domestic Reactions

5.00 p.m.

Opening of the Polish Studies Program:

5.30–6.15 p.m.

"International Obligations and Economic Modernization: Poland's Economy Today"
Stanislaw Wellisz, Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Economics and International Affairs

"European Integration and the Question of National Identity: Fear and Its Consequences"
Michal Buchowski, Kosciuszko Foundation & Semper Polonia Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor

"The EU Accession Process and Domestic Reaction"
Jan Kubik, Associate Professor of Political Science, Rutgers University

6:15–6.45 p.m.

"Between West and West: Poland's Foreign Policy Today"
The Keynote Speaker - Ambassador Janusz Reiter, President of the Center for International Relations, Warsaw, Poland

Imperialisms, Orientalisms and Geopolitics: Poland Between the Western Powers and Communist Russia in 1920 (PDF)

November 6, 6–8 p.m.
1512 IAB.

Andrzej Nowak (Jagiellonian University).

Gombrowicz, Polish Culture and the Idea of Freedom

November 18, 12–1:15 p.m.
1219 IAB

Krzysztof Stala (University of Copenhagen), Sponsored by the Mickiewicz Fund.

University in Europe and America: A Story of Hope and Disappointment

February 16
1219 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

A lecture by Professor Tadeusz Slawek, Uniwersytet Slaski.Sponsored by the Polish Studies Program and the Mickiewicz Fund.

Polish-American Military Cooperation in Iraq: Challenges, Accomplishments, and the Future

March 22, 10 a.m.
1512 IAB

Cosponsored by the Salzman Institute for War and Peace Studies and the SIPA International Security Concentration. General Roman Polko, commander of Polish Special Forces, retired.

An international conference on Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Past, Present, Future

March 26–27


Friday, March 26, 2004

2:00–2:30 p.m.
Opening Remarks:
John S. Micgiel, Director of the East Central European Center, Columbia University

2:30–6:00 p.m.
I. Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Past

16th Century – 18th Century
Moderator: Michal Buchowski
Andrzej Kaminski
Frank Sysyn

World War I and Aftermath
Moderator: Taras Hunczak
Andrzej Nowak
Vladyslav Verstyuk

World War II and Aftermath
Moderator: Andrzej Paczkowski
Rafal Wnuk
Yuri Shapoval
Jaroslaw Pelenski

6:00–7:30 p.m.
Conference Reception

Saturday, March 27

12:30–1:30 p.m.

1:30–3:00 p.m.
II. Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Present
Moderator: John Kubiniec
Krzysztof Stanowski
Taras Voznyak

3:15–4:45 p.m.
III. Polish-Ukrainian Relations: Future
Moderator: John S. Micgiel
Piotr Naimski
Borys Tarasyuk

4:45–5:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks:
Mark von Hagen

Co-Sponsored by:

The European Research Institute, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine
The First Security Federal Savings Bank of Chicago
The Kosciuszko Foundation
The W.K. Lypynsky East European Research Institute
The Pilsudski Institute
The Polish American Ukrainian Cooperation Initiative, Warsaw
The Self Reliance Federal Credit Union of New York
The Semper Polonia Foundation
The Taras Shevchenko Scientific Society
The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America
The Ukrainian Free Academy in America
The Ukrainian Institute of America

Feminism? Whose Feminism? Anthropological Reflections on the Woman Question in Post-Socialist Poland

April 1, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Monika Baer (U.of Wroclaw/Rutgers U.).

Symposium on "Forgotten People, Forgotten Places: the Cases of Bulgaria, Poland, and Romania"

April 13, 6–8 p.m.
1219 IAB

Featuring Michal Buchowski (Columbia U./Adam Mickiewicz U.), Gerald Creed (Hunter College), David Kideckel (Central Connecticut State U.), and Mona Momescu (Columbia U./U. of Constanta).

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Academic Year 2002–03

Conference: Perspectives on Polish Accession to the European Union

September 13

R.S.V.P. by September 6 at 212-854-4008 or Dr. John Micgiel, Executive Director, ECEC

Energy Security in Poland and East Central Europe

October 2, 12–1 p.m.
1219 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz and Jacek Cichocki (Eastern Studies Center, Warsaw),Cosponsored by the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation & Public Policy.

Henryk Grynberg and His Quest for Artistic and Non-artistic Truth

October 15, 12:15–1:30 p.m.
1219 IAB

Anna Frajlich-Zajac (Columbia U.), Co-sponsored by the Yiddish Studies Program.

Conference on "The European Union's Coming Enlargement: European and Global Implications"

November 12, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
1501 IAB

With the participation of Piotr Nowina-Konopka, Rector of the College of Europe, Natolin. Cosponsored by the Institute for the Study of Europe.

"Poland is Not Yet Lost," but which Poland?: the Controversy over the Legacy of Polish Independence Day

November 18, 6–7:30 p.m.
1512 IAB

M. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University).

Music Festivals in the GDR and Poland in the early 1950s

January 27, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Sponsored by the Adam Mickiewicz Endowment Fund.David Tompkins (Columbia University).

Go to France, Go to Europe. Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz in America

February 24, 5:40 p.m.
401 Hamilton Hall

The East Central European Center and the Adam Mickiewicz Endowment present Dr. Irena Grudzinska Gross, Ford Foundation.

Panel Discussion at the 8th Annual World Convention of the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN)

April 3–5
Columbia University

Issues of Identity in Poland, Past and Present
Chair, Roland Spickermann (U of Texas at Permian Basin, US)

Marek Jan Chodakiewicz (U of Virginia, US). Poland’s Fragebogen: Collective Stereotypes, Individual Recollections

Nameeta Mathur (Saginaw Valley State U, US). Women, Physical Culture, and the Construction of Polish National Identity after the Second World War

Anna Misiak (Fulbright Scholar, School of Cinema and Television, U of Southern California, US). Tragedy of Politically Involved Filmmaker: Aleksander Ford and Film Censorship in Poland after 1945

David Tompkins (Columbia U, US). Resisting and Composing the Party Line: Music Festivals in Poland and the GDR in the early 1950s

Discussant: John Micgiel (East Central European Center, Columbia U, US)

The Prehistory of the New Europe

April 7, 6 p.m.
1219 IAB

Prof. Peter Bogucki (Princeton University).

The Polish Poet: Traveler, Exile, Expatriate, World Citizen

April 8, 7 p.m.
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor, Barnard Hall

Sponsored by the Barnard Forum on Migration. Prof. David Goldfarb (Barnard College).

Czeslaw Milosz: California Poet

April 14, 5:40 p.m.
401 Hamilton Hall

Prof. David Goldfarb (Barnard College), Light refreshements will be served.

The Current Situation of Public Finance in Poland in the Context of EU Accession

April 29, 7 p.m.
1219 IAB

Adam Szyszka (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan).

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Academic Year 2001–02

Symposium on Ethnic Reconciliation in Post-Communist Europe

September 12, 6–8 p.m.
1512 IAB

Mr. Petr Cheremushkin of the Journalism Faculty of Moscow State University will discuss "Russian-Polish Relations: A Long Way from Stereotypes to Reconciliation." Ms. Ieva Gundare of the Museum of the Occupation in Riga will speak about "Overcoming the Legacy of History for Ethnic Integration of Russophones into Latvian Society," and Professor Stanislaus Blejwas of Central Connecticut State University and Columbia University will address "Jedwabne and Memory."

Poland's Eastern Policy

September 13, 12–1 p.m.
1501 IAB

Professor Wladyslaw Bartoszewski, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Poland, will address To reserve a seat, please call the Center at 212-854-4008, or send an email to

Exhibit on Jews in Poland Today

September 24–October 5
Ground floor of the International Affairs Building

Izabela Wojciechowska, sponsored by the Polish Consulate, members of the Polish American Business Club of New York, Mr. Andrzej Marat, and Mr. Tomasz Kierul.

The Motif of Male Friendship in Stalinist Mythology

October 9, 12:15–1:30 p.m.
1219 IAB

Professor Wojciech Tomasik of Bydgoszcz Pedagogical University

Conference: "Ukraine And Poland: Their Challenges in the 21st Century"

October 20, 11–5 p.m.
The Ukrainian Institute, 2 East 79th St.

The meeting is dedicated to the memory of Professor Oskar Halecki, one of the founders of East Central European studies at Columbia and a pioneer of instruction in Polish history in the United States.

Speakers include:

It is being sponsored by the Ukrainian Institute of America in cooperation with the East Central European Center, the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences, and the Shevchenko Scientific Society

Educators' Conference on Cooperation, Development and Security in Eastern Europe

November 6

Paderewski and the Cause of Polish Independence in the United States

November 13, 6 p.m.
Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, 6th Floor, IAB.

Professor Bogdan Grzelonski of the Warsaw University of Economics will deliver a lecture entitled The lecture commemorates the 60th anniversary of the death of Poland's great pianist and politician, and follows the Gala Concert at Carnegie Hall entitled "Tribute to Paderewski" being sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation on November 4. Professor Grzelonski's visit is sponsored by the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage

Poland After 1918 and 1989: A Comparison

November 27, 12:15–1:30 p.m.
1219 IAB

Professor Piotr Wandycz of Yale University

Czysto Babskie: A Friendship Between Women of the Revolution

January 29

Lecture: Marci Shore, Stanford and Columbia Universities,

Shifting Identities and Fixing Borders in Europe

February 14

Lecture: Michal Bukowski, Adam Mickiewicz University,

Today: The Case of Poland

February 14

Lecture: Michael Zgurovsky, Former Minister of Education,Ukraine

The Dialectics of Atrocity: Deportation, Genocide, and Ethnic Cleansing in West Ukraine, 1939-1946

March 28

Lecture: Timothy Snyder, Yale University

What Metaphysical Poetry Really Is: the case of Julian Przybos and Other Modern Polish Poets

April 16

Lecture: Michal Pawel Markowski, Jagiellonian University,

Human Rights Education in Poland Today

April 24, 6 p.m.
Room 1512 IAB

Dr. Zbigniew Lasocik of Warsaw University's Department of Criminology and Criminal Policy, cosponsored by Columbia's Center for the Study of Human Rights.

Film showing: "Burning Questions"by director Mishael Poremski

April 25, 7–8:30 p.m.
1219 IAB

The video, which has won several awards, explores the memories of a Polish Catholic survivor of the Warsaw Uprising and Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.

Reflections on the World War II Massacre of Jews in Jedwabne, a Polish Village

May 2, 6 p.m.
Room 1219 International Affairs

Professor Istvan Deak, Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History and Special Lecturer at Columbia University, Followed by a glass of wine.

Symposium on Intellectual Life in East Central Europe After 1989

May 18

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Academic Year 2000–01

Conference: From Peaceful Revolution to Success in a New Europe: Poland, 1980-2000

Conference Program:

Welcome: John S. Micgiel, Columbia University, and Dariusz Jadowski, Consulate General, Republic of Poland

Panel I: Contemporary Challenges

Volker Berghahn, Columbia University Panel Chairman
Stanislaw Wellisz, Columbia University "The Economic Challenges Facing Poland Today."
John Glenn, Council for European Studies "Poland's Entry into the European Union."
Krzysztof Jasiewicz, Washington and Lee University, "The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Solidarity."
Discussant: John S. Micgiel, Columbia University

Panel II: The Historical Legacy

Bradley Abrams, Columbia University Panel Chairman
Jan Kubik, Rutgers University "The Power of Symbols: What was It Good For?"
Consuelo Cruz, Columbia University "Demand and Reform: Latin America and Poland Compared."
Andrzej Paczkowski, Institute of Political Studies-Polish Academy of Sciences, and the Woodrow Wilson Center "The Last Struggle: The Polish Communist Party in the 1980s."
Discussant: Andrzej Tymowski, American Council of Learned Societies

Solidarity and the End of Yalta

Janusz Onyszkiewicz, M.P, former Polish Defense Minister

Solidarity 1980: 18 Days That Shook the World

Exhibit organized by the KARTA Center.

Conference for Educators of Polish-Speaking Students


Organized by the Office of Bilingual/ESL Services of the Brooklyn High Schools and held at Community School District 14.

Teacher Training Conference dealing exclusively with Poland


For metropolitan area elementary and high school teachers at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, organized together with the Polish American Congress's Commission on Education and the Pilsudski Institute.

Polish Children Deported to the Soviet Union, 1939–41

Exhibit organized by the Pilsudski Institute.

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Academic Year 1999–2000

Breaking the Cycle? Contemporary Polish-Ukrainian Relations in Historical Context

International conference featuring:
Andrzej Kaminski, Georgetown University
Andrzej Karkoszka, Marshall Center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
John S. Micgiel, Columbia University
Timothy Snyder, Harvard University
Frank Sysyn, Petro Jacyk Center
Mark von Hagen, Columbia University
Piotr Wandycz, Yale University

The conference will seek to explore such issues as cooperation and conflict, nation-building and state-building, changing identities and the re-writing of histories, and the evolving relationship between the elites of the two Slavic neighbors. Participants will also address the strategic partnership that has arisen between Ukraine and Poland following Ukrainian independence and the challenges that face both nations in a changing international environment on the brink of the new millennium. R.S.V.P. to John S. Micgiel at 212-854-6525 to reserve a seat.

An Agenda for the Study of the Polish-Ukrainian Past in the Context of the Commonwealth

Andrzej Kaminski, Georgetown University

Ukrainian-Polish Security Cooperation: A Pillar of Regional Stability

Andrzej Karkoszka, Marshall Center, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Ethnic Cleansing of Volhynia and Eastern Galicia by Ukrainians and Poles, 1943-1947

Timothy Snyder, Harvard University

Reimagining the Past: Polish and Ukrainian Writing on the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Frank Sysyn, University of Edmonton

Ukraine in Polish Historical Novels

Piotr Wandycz, Yale University

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