Polish Studies

 
 
*LATEST NEWS*
 
"Inauguration of Polish Studies Chair at Columbia University," September 9, 2014, Foundation for Polish Science
 
Małgorzata Mazurek, PhD, has been appointed to the position of Professor of Polish Studies at Columbia University in the City of New York. The Polish researcher took charge of the chair from 1 July, and in September the first students began classes in the new subject. The chair has been established thanks to an endowment fund amounting to 3 million USD. The raising of the necessary funds was completed in 2009 as a result of efforts led by the Foundation for Polish Science and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York. The current value of the Polish Studies chair endowment fund is 4.5 million USD.
 
The Polish Studies chair at Columbia University in the City of New York was established thanks to the donations of Polish and Polish diaspora companies, institutions and organisations, as well as the generosity of anonymous and individual donors. The chair will conduct research and offer classes in Polish history as well as social and political sciences and the humanities from the point of view of Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, and will award master’s and doctoral degrees. The programme is aimed at students from around the world.
Małgorzata Mazurek, PhD was offered the post of Professor of Polish Studies after a selection procedure advertised internationally by Columbia University. This latest stage in the formation of the chair was made possible by the collection of the minimum required amount of endowment capital (3 million USD).
 
DONORS TO THE POLISH STUDIES CHAIR AT CU 
 
Warsaw Stock Exchange 
National Depository for Securities 
ENEA S.A. 
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A. 
Bogdan Fiszer Silesia Capital Fund 
Katowice Special Economic Zone
Warmia-Mazury Special Economic Zone 
Pomeranian Special Economic Zone 
Kostrzyn-Słubice Special Economic Zone 
MARR – Małopolska Regional Development Agency
Capital Market Foundation, Warsaw 
Polish & Slavic Federal Credit Union, New York
Polish Army Veterans Association of America 
Foundation for Polish Science
as well as anonymous and individual donors.
  
MAIN STAGES IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE POLISH STUDIES CHAIR AT COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
 
1995 – First discussions held between the Kościuszko Foundation and the Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) on the need for support for Polish Studies departments as a result of the worsening financial situation at American universities.
 
2003 – The Kościuszko Foundation suggested that the Foundation for Polish Science offer financial support for establishment of the Polish Studies chair at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. 
 
2005 – The FNP signed an agreement with CU and began the construction of the endowment fund with a payment of 250,000 USD. The project originally anticipated that the major part of the subsidies would be acquired from the Polish diaspora and Polish-American business. However, this method soon proved insufficient (by November 2007 only a little over 700,000 USD had been raised). 
 
Spring 2007 – The FNP launched a media campaign to promote the idea of “Polish studies abroad”, and in October 2007 held a conference on this subject featuring Polish government representatives and the media (the conference took place at Belweder Palace in Warsaw, with the Marshal of the Sejm as patron). Thanks to media interest and the inclusion of the Polish Consulate General in New York in the project from November 2007, an intensive campaign to raise money for the endowment funds began in Poland. From then on, the project was run jointly by the FNP, the Consulate General in New York and Columbia University (represented by Prof. John Micgiel).
 
December 2007 – May 2008 – the Consulate coordinated a media campaign in Poland, working with the FNP and Ministry for Foreign Affairs, resulting in 103 meetings with potential donors and 35 media reports. Declarations were obtained from many national companies regarding donations to be designated for establishment of the minimum endowment capital required to open the chair (3 million USD).
 
June 2008 – February 2009 – Work on technical and legal aspects of the project (drawing up contracts, preparation of transfers of funds). 
 
January 2009 – The FNP held a press conference to mark the raising of funds for establishment of endowment capital, featuring the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Treasury, representatives of the US embassy, academic community and the media. 
 
March 2009 – Columbia University was presented with the accumulated funds through the Capital Market Foundation (FERK) at the Warsaw Stock Market. 
 
Autumn 2009 – Formal establishment at Columbia University of the endowment capital for the Polish Studies chair. 
 
December 2009 – Columbia University invited applications for the position of Professor of Polish Studies, in the field of social sciences.
 
Spring 2011 – With no appointment made from the first round of applications, Columbia announced a second round, this time in the field of history. 
 
2011/2012 – The position was offered to Dr Natalia Nowakowska, a British academic of Polish origin from the University of Oxford. Following negotiations with CU and for family reasons she declined the post. 
 
July 2013 – Further advertisement and acceptance of applications from new candidates for the position of Professor of Polish Studies. 
Autumn/winter 2013 – Interviews with candidates. 
 
April 2014 – Małgorzata Mazurek, PhD, University of Warsaw graduate and recipient of FNP scholarships, appointed to the position of Professor of Polish Studies following an international call for applications.
 
July 2014 – Dr Mazurek began work as head of the chair.
 
September 2014 – Classes commenced at CU Polish Studies chair.

2016 Events

Thursday, May 5, 2016

4:15 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

The Legacy Of the Shoah for Jews in Post-War Poland

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

Reforms: Art and Politics in the Soviet Union and Poland, ca. 1956

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

6 pm

1201 International Affairs Building

 

Touching Circles of Flame: The ‘Lost’ Plays on the Warsaw Ghetto Uprisng

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

6:30 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

Reflections on Emigration, Memory, and Diaspora

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Friday, February 26. 2016

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

A Tale of Two Polands? Discussion Polish Politics Before and After the 2015 Elections

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Friday, February 19 – Saturday, February 20, 2016

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th St.)

 

Conference: Aftermaths: Repression, Participation, and Retribution In East Central Europe


2015 Events

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

4:15 – 5:15 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

Mastering National Spaces: Security and Minorities in Poland and Hungary in Interwar Period

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Friday, October 23

5:30 – 8:30 pm

1512 International Affairs Building

and

Saturday, October 24, 2015

9:30 am – 6:30 pm

Heyman Center for the Humanities Common Room

 

Accommodations: Positive Strategies for Documenting, Conserving and Re-inhabiting ‘Outmoded’ Spaces (Poland and East Central Europe)

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

Book Talk: The Politics of Cultural Retreat: Imperial Bureaucracy in Austrian Galicia 1772-1867

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Monday, September 21, 2015

6:30 pm

1201 International Affairs Building

 

Cabaret Warsaw: Jewish-Gentile Co-Productions, 1919-1939

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Friday, May 8, 2015

10 am – 6 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 W 118th St.)

 

Port of Entry: Curating and Distributing Cultural Knowledge (Poland and East Central Europe)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

6:30 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 West 118th St.)

 

An Unrecognized Classic of Ethnographic Fiction, and Critic of American Culture, Alicja Iwańska

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

7:30 – 10:15 pm

702 Hamilton Hall, Columbia University

 

Film Screening: Saved by Deportation: An Unknown Odyssey of Polish Jews

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

1:15 pm

1201 International Affairs Building (420 West 118th St.)

 

Film Screening: Railway Station Krasne-Busk. Stories of Resettled Women

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Friday, April 10, 2015

1 – 6 pm

1512 International Affairs Building

 

The Polish Language at Columbia: History and Functionality: a Symposium

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

7:30 pm

Roone Arlegde Cinema (Albert Lerner Hall, 2920 Broadway)

 

Film Screening: Warsaw 44


2014 Events

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

6 – 9 pm

707 IAB, 420 W 118th St.

 

Screening of “Once My Mother”

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

8:30 pm

Albert Lerner Hall, Roone Arledge Cinema (2920 Broadway)

 

Polish Filmmakers NYC Present a Film by Pawel Pawlikowski: Ida

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB, 420 W 118th St.)

 

Return to the Unknown

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

10 – 11 am

Rotunda, Low Memorial Library

 

H.E. Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland

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Friday, April 18, 2014

4:00 – 7:00 pm

703 Hamilton Hall

 

Film Screening: A Place to Stand

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Semnar Room (1219 IAB)

 

Not By Force Alone: Public Health and the Establishment of Russian Rule in the Russo-Polish Borderland, 1762-85

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Friday, April 4, 2014

4 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

 

Poetry and Translation: A Conversation with Grzegorz Wróblewski and Piotr Gwiazda

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

12:30 – 2:00 pm

Lindsay Rogers Room (707 IAB)

 

Explaining Authoritarian Collapse Through Public Opinion Surveys: Evidence from Poland (1985-1990)


2013 Events

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

 

Difficult Transitions: The First Year of Transformation in Poland 1989/90

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

6:15 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

 

Understanding Local Genocide: A Galician Town in the Time of the Holocaust

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

6:30 – 8:30 pm

Room 707, International Affairs Building

 

Film Screening: Artisans of Liberty: Political Dissidents in Eastern Europe

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

6:15 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

 

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: “Perestroika From Below”

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5:00 – 8:00 pm

IAB 707

 

Discourses Of Hate, Old And New, In East Central Europe

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Friday, November 15, 2013

4:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

 

A Reading and Discussion with Anna Frajlich and Ross Ufberg

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Thursday, October 17 to Friday, October 18, 2013

International Affairs Building, Room 1501

 

The Origins And Impact Of World War I: An Interdisciplinary Conference

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Friday, October 4, 2013

2:30 – 6:00 pm

International Affairs Building, Room 1512

 

The Fabric Of Daily Life In East Central Europe (Then And Now)

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

12:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

 

Book Presentation: “Scattered: The Forced Relocation of Poland’s Ukranian’s After World War II” by Diana Howansky Reilly

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Friday, September 27, 2013

4:00 pm

Marshall D. Shulman Seminar Room (1219 IAB)

 

Tadeusz Dąbrowski: Twelve Poems From Black Square


2011 Events

Thursday, October 6, 2011

12:00 – 1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

 

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

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Thursday, September 29, 2011

12:00 – 1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

 

Poland On the Eve of Elections

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Monday, April 4, 2011

6 pm

Room 1501 International Affairs Building

 

Between Stalin and Hitler: Mass Murder in Central and Eastern Europe

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Thursday, March 31 – Friday, April 1, 2011

Room 1501 International Affairs Building

 

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


2010 Events

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

4 pm

1512 International Affairs Building, 420 West 118th St.

 

Humanitarianism or Solidarity?: Poland’s Aid to Georgia, 2008-2009

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Friday, February 26, 2010

2:00 – 9:00 pm

and

Saturday, February 27,  2010

2:00 – 7:30 pm

 

Faculty House, Presidential Room

After Communism: Achievement and Disillusionment Since 1989


2009 Events

Thursday, November 5, 2009

6 – 8 pm

President’s Room 1, Faculty House

 

A Sneak Peek At Performing Revolution In Eastern Europe “As If Communism Never Happened: Culture And Politics In The 1980s And Beyond”