Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Report from PAHA's Midyear Meeting at Cazenovia College, NY, June 2015

At its 72nd Midyear Meeting in Cazenovia, June 2015, Polish American Historical Association Promotes Publications and Recognizes Polonia Achievements in the State of New York


The PAHA Board at Cazenovia College: L-R (seated): Robert Synakowski, Pien Versteegh, 
Grażyna Kozaczka, John J. Bukowczyk, Maja Trochimczyk, (standing) Czesław Karkowski, 
Mary Patrice Erdmans, Iwona Drag-Korga, Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, James S. Pula. 


Los Angeles, June 22, 2015 – During its 72nd Midyear Meeting at Cazenovia College, NY, the Polish American Historical Association put forward proposals for future research and the promotion of studies of the Polish diaspora and strengthened its links to local Polonia. Established in 1942, PAHA is the premier international scholarly association dedicated to the study of Polish immigration experience in the Americas. The meeting’s program included deliberations on a strategic vision for the organization’s future; a visit to the Polish Legacy Art Collection at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY; a meeting with representatives of local Polonia organizations; and a lecture by Dr. Iwona Drag Korga, Executive Director of the Pilsudski Institute in New York City, about the Polish exhibition at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City.

PAHA President, Grazyna Kozaczka at Polish Art Collection, Le Moyne College, Syracuse, NY.

PAHA’s Annual Meetings, held each January, include numerous scholarly papers and presentations as they are a part of the program of the conference of the American Historical Association. The midyear meetings focus on planning the organization’s future, as well as on enhancing contacts with local Polonia organizations in various parts of the country. During the Cazenovia meeting, the PAHA Board reviewed the program for the 73rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, (to be held on January 7-9, 2016) and discussed the expansion of PAHA-sponsored electronic and print publications and resources.

PAHA Board Meeting: Roberty Synakowski, Iwona Drag-Korga, Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, 
Czeslaw Karkowski, and Grazyna Kozaczka

A separate topic was the marketing of PAHA’s Special Projects, including the Polish American Encyclopedia, edited in 2011 by Dr. James S.  Pula, and a proposed teaching resource on the Polish experience in the United States to be prepared by Dr. Pula and Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. Current publications of PAHA include its flagship scholarly journal, Polish American Studies (ISSN 0032-2806; eISSN 2330-0833), which has been published continually since 1944 and is now edited by Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. It appears biannually and is available world-wide through JSTOR, a database of full-text research journals. Its contents include articles, edited documents, bibliographies, and related materials dealing with all aspects of the history and culture of Poles in the Western Hemisphere as part of the larger Polish diaspora.
In Cazenovia: Pien Versteegh, Mary Patrice Erdmans, Iwona Drag-Korga,
 Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, and Robert Synakowski

A greater recognition is due to the venerable Polish and Polish-American Studies Series of books published by the Ohio University Press, under the general editorship of Dr. John J. Bukowczyk. The book series now consists of 16 titles and will be expanded by adding another series of 10 books published with subventions from PAHA and from the Stanislaus A. Blejwas Chair at Central Connecticut State University.  Notable topics include both research studies and translations, e.g., studies of Polish women’s reproductive rights (The Politics of Morality by Joanna Mishtal), gender issues in theater (Taking Liberties by Halina Filipowicz), the Catholic Church in Poland (Rome’s Most Faithful Daughter by Neal Pease), and the translation of literary works, such as the Holy Week by Jerzy Andrzejewski and Testaments by Danuta Mostwin.

The Polish-American Encyclopedia (McFarland Publishing, 2011) should be found in every Polish home, as it comprehensively documents the history of the ethnic community, along with its organizations, leaders, traditions, and culture. Thanks to the financial support from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, copies of the Encyclopedia recently found their way to Polish and American institutions, including the House of Poland in Balboa Park, San Diego; the Polish Art and Culture Foundation of San Francisco; the Millennium Polish Library in Los Angeles; the Polish Club of Denver, Colorado; and the library of the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona.

 The PAHA Board meeting, June 9, 2015: Pien Versteegh, Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, 
Grażyna Kozaczka, Mary Patrice Erdmans and John J. Bukowczyk 

Copies of the Encyclopedia andeveral books authored by PAHA members were also donated to the library of the Polish Home in Syracuse and to the Noreen Reale Falcone Library of the Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York, the location of an impressive Polish Legacy Art Collection.

On June 10, the PAHA Board toured the Le Moyne College’s Library to see the display of 11 monumental artworks c donated to the College after their display at the 1939 World Fair in New York. Their return to Poland was prevented by the outbreak of World War II.  The Seven Paintings depicting eight centuries of Polish history were created by a group of eleven painters that portrayed the most notable events in Polish history: the encounter of Bolesław the Brave with Emperor Otto III (1000), the Baptism of Lithuania (1386), Granting of the Charter of Jedlnia (1430), the Union at Lublin creating the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1569), the Warsaw Confederation granting freedom of religion in the Commonwealth (1573), the Relief of Vienna by the troops of King Jan Sobieski III that defeated the Ottoman Army (1683), and the democratic Third of May Constitution granting rights to Poland’s lower classes  (1791).


Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka, Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann and Iwona Drag-Korga 
discuss the history of the Polish Legacy Art Collection at the Le Moyne College in Syracuse, NY.

The collection also includes the Four Sobieski Tapestries by Mieczysław Szymański, celebrating the Polish king’s  victory at Vienna that prevented the domination of Europe by the Ottoman Turks and preserved European Christianity from the attack by the Islamic empire (The Angel, Allegory of Victory, and The King with Emperor Leopold). The final tapestry celebrates the love of Sobieski for his queen, Marie Casimire d’Arquien of France, for whom he built the renowned Wilanów Palace near Warsaw. The four tapestries were first shown at the 1937 Paris exhibition; the seven paintings were specifically created for the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Students and visitors may see the artwork prominently and safely displayed throughout the library – thus teaching generations about Polish history.
    
Dr. Maja Trochimczyk admires a painting from Polish Legacy Art Collection at Le Moyne College.

The PAHA Midyear Meeting ended at the Polish Home in Syracuse, where Polonia gathered under the leadership of Robert Synakowski, to hear a fascinating lecture by Dr. Iwona Korga, on the history of the Polish pavilion at the 1939 World’s Fair in New York City. It provided the audience with an important historical context for the Polish Art Collection at Le Moyne College. PAHA’s President, Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka, commented:  “It was heartwarming to see so many young immigrant families who came to the Syracuse Polish Home to prove to us that we are still an ethnic group with a strong identity.” Dr. Kozaczka acknowledged Robert Synakowski, PAHA Board Member and President of the Polish Home, who introduced PAHA Board to this center of Polish American culture in Syracuse and organized a performance by children from the local Polish school.

As an additional event associated with the Board Meeting, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk gave a bilingual poetry reading for the Palace Poetry Group in Syracuse, focusing on her recent book of verse, Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2014), filled with bitter family memories from World War II and its aftermath, the takeover of the country by the Stalinist regime.

Slicing the Bread by Maja Trochimczyk (Finishing Line Press, 2014)





Thursday, May 14, 2015

PAHA Mid-Year Meeting and PIASA Meeting in Toronto, June 2015

The PAHA Council Midyear Meeting will take place at the Cazenovia College on June 9-10, 2015 in Cazenovia, New York 13035. There will be one public presentation, by Dr. Iwona Korga, Director of the Pilsudski Institute in New York. Those interested in hearing more about Polish and Polish-American topics, are invited to attend PIASA's Annual Meeting in Toronto, soon after, starting on June 11.

PAHA COUNCIL EVENTS:

Wednesday: June 9, 2015
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm:  PAHA Council Meeting Part I
       The Harden Room (Hubbard Hall, Cazenovia College)

Thursday: June 10, 2015
9:00 am – 1:00 pm: PAHA Council Meeting Part II
        The Harden Room (Hubbard Hall, Cazenovia College)

PUBLIC EVENTS

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9, 2015

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. DeWitt Community Library, DeWitt near Syracuse, NY
3649 Erie Blvd. East, DeWitt, NY 13214,  Tel.: (315) 446-3578 www.dewlib.org

     A Poetry Reading presented by the Palace Poetry Group
    "Slicing the Bread / Krojenie Chleba" by Dr. Maja Trochimczyk - 
     A Bilingual Poetry Reading


Dr. Maja Trochimczyk at Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural, Sylmar, February 2018.
Photo by Jessica Wilson

"Slicing the Bread" is a unique poetry collection revisits the dark days of World War II and the post-war occupation of Poland by the Soviet Union that “liberated” the country from one foreign oppression to replace it with another.  The point of view is that of children, raised by survivors, scarred by war, wary of politics. The poems, each inspired by a single object giving rise to memories like Proust’s madeleine (a spoon, a coat, the smell of incense), are divided into three sections, starting with snapshots of World War II in the Polish Borderlands (Kresy) and in central Poland. Reflections on the Germans’ brutal killings of Jews and Poles are followed by insights into the way the long shadow of THE war darkened a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain. 


THURSDAY, JUNE 10, 2015

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Le Moyne College: Noreen Reale Falcone Library: 
1419 Salt Springs Road,  Syracuse, NY 13214

        The Polish Art Collection Archives:
        1. the inventory of the Polish Exhibits created in 1938-39 by Baron de Ropp and his assistants;
        2. a September 1939 New York City arts newsletter dedicated to the art of the Polish Pavilion.

Dr. Iwona Korga, Executive Director of the Pilsudski Institute.

Born in Poland, came to New York in 1991 after graduating in MA in History from Pedagogical University of Krakow. From 1994 associated with the Pilsudski Institute of America, a research center for East-Central Europe, first as a volunteer, than from 1998 part time librarian, assistant to the President and since 2005 Executive Director. From 1996-2001 she served as a teacher and volunteer in  the Polish Saturday School in Maspeth, NY In 2004 she received her Ph.D. from Pedagogical University  of Krakow. Korga specializes in Polish-American relations during World War II, especially in propaganda and information policies. She takes part in international conferences, as well as gives lectures on Polish history for children, high school students and college students. In 2008 she graduated from Queens College (CUNY) with Masters of Library Science degree. She wrote many articles for Polish-American newspapers, periodicals in Poland and USA and is the author of the book: Poland fights! Propaganda activities of the Polish Government in Exile towards American society 1939-1945 ( 2011). Dr. Korga is the recipient of the scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation in NY and Polonia Aid Foundation Trust in London. She is active in professional organizations: Pilsudski Institute, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences and Polish American Historical Association.

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: The Polish Home in Syracuse 
915 Park Avenue, Syracuse, New York 13204, Phone: 315-471-9348

Presentation: "Poland at the 1939 World's Fair in New York City," 
       by Dr. Iwona Korga, Executive Director, The Pilsudski Institute, New York

      Reception

Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka, President of PAHA


LETTER FROM PAHA'S NEW PRESIDENT - DR. GRAZYNA KOZACZKA
Published in PAHA Newsletter, Spring 2015

Dear Friends,

 I feel deeply honored by your decision to entrust me with the leadership of the Polish American Historical Association, especially that I am following in the footsteps of such recent presidents and eminent scholars as Dr. Neal Pease and Dr. Thomas Napierkowski. I am also grateful to all PAHA members for electing an experienced and creative team of Officers, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, Dr. John Radzilowski, Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Dr. James Pula, Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, and Dr. Pien Versteegh, as well as twelve Council Members. I will do my best to continue the work of previous presidents to realize to realize our organization’s mission of promoting the study of Polish American history and culture.

PAHA’s achievements are many and they become especially visible during our annual meetings. This year’s Annual Meeting in New York City, held on January 2-4, 2015, in conjunction with the American Historical Association, attracted an impressive number of both American and international scholars. We were able to organize eight sessions, which were all very well attended. Our program would not have been this successful if it were not for the help I received from Dr. Thomas Napierkowski and Dr. Pien Verseegh. The Awards Banquet hosted by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland gathered both awardees and guests thanks to the efforts of Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz and Dr. Iwona Korga. 

Conference presentations, the business meeting, as well as formal and informal discussions that followed, suggested themes and posed questions, which will certainly find their way onto the agenda for the PAHA’s midyear meeting to be held at Cazenovia College in Cazenovia, New York, on June 9-10, 2015. In addition, the next year’s annual meeting is already being planned under the direction of First Vice President Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz with the help of Executive Director Dr. Pien Versteegh. The meeting will be held in Atlanta, Georgia, January 7-10, 2016.  The theme of the upcoming conference is “Global Migrations, Empires, Nations and Neighbors.” I would like to encourage all PAHA members to share their research. 

PAHA, as any organization wishing to remain relevant to the changing times, has to consider periodically if it realizes its goals, if it creates a space for scholarly achievement, if it addresses the needs of its members, if it attracts new members, and if it communicates effectively utilizing all the new means of communication. I believe that we have entered a new era in the history of Polonia and the Polish Diaspora. It is hard not to notice the slow disappearance of old Polish American communities and parishes, the “graying” of Polonian organizations, the change in the social networking of young people, the growing scholarly interest in comparative studies rather than the focus on a single ethnic group, the explosion of interest in migration studies among scholars in Poland, as well as the drastic change in Polish migration patterns after the 2004 accession of Poland to the European Union. All these pose a great challenge but also create an exciting opportunity for PAHA to participate in this twenty-first century evolution of Polonia and the Polish Diaspora.

The leadership of a president is only as effective as is the teamwork of the organization’s officers and council as well as the support its membership. Let us all continue to work together for PAHA’s continued success.

 Grażyna J. Kozaczka
Cazenovia College
President of the Polish American Historical Association
     

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PIASA'S ANNUAL MEETING IN TORONTO, CANADA, JUNE 11-13, 2015
http://www.piasa.org/events/congress2015-overview.html

PIASA has organized annual conferences since 1942. Their main purpose is to convene experts from the Polish-American community working in various disciplines of the humanities, arts, and sciences and to highlight their latest research and accomplishments. The conference offers multiple presentations and panels in both plenary and thematic sessions as well as a banquet and cultural and networking events. The conference also recognizes the highest achievements in the humanities, arts, and sciences with the presentation of the PIASA awards. The most recent PIASA conferences were in Warsaw (2014),Washington, DC (2013) and Boston, MA (2012).

REGISTRATION: http://www.piasa.org/annual-meetings.html

PROGRAM: 

Thursday - June 11
6:00 PM - Opening Reception at the Polish Consulate

Friday - June 12
9:00 - 10:30 - Plenary Session
10:45 - 12:15 - Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 - Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 4:45 - Concurrent Sessions

Saturday - June 13
9:00 - 10:30 - Concurrent Sessions
10:45 - 12:15 - Concurrent Sessions
12:15 - 1:30 - Lunch
1:30 - 3:00 - Concurrent Sessions
3:15 - 4:45 - Concurrent Sessions
7:00 - Reception
7:45 – Banquet (to reserve a ticket for the reception and banquet visit:
http://www.piasa.org/annual-meetings.html)

Full Program in PDF Format: http://www.piasa.org/pdf/Toronto%20Program%20Information.pdf



Friday, April 17, 2015

Terry Tegnazian's Update - New Awards for Aquila Polonica



Terry Tegnazian, publisher of Aquila Polonica, is the recipient of PAHA's Amicus Poloniae Award for 2014.  Her title to fame is her publishing house, dedicated to Polish history. Aquila Polonica has recently been recognized by yet another set of awards.

 The Color of Courage—A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski (Aquila Polonica Publishing, Nov. 2014) won the Gold Award for Interior Design (1-2 Color) and the Silver Award for Autobiography/Memoir in the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards. Winners were announced at a ceremony held in Austin, Texas, Friday evening, April 10, 2015. Now in its 27th year, the Benjamin Franklin Award, sponsored by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), is the premier awards competition in independent publishing, recognizing excellence in independent publishing. There were nearly 1,400 entries this year. More info at:
www.polww2.com/2015BenFranklinAwards

In his Foreword to this remarkable diary of a boy soldier during World War II, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Lech Walesa calls The Color of Courage “a superb lesson of humanity.” The Chief Rabbi of Poland, Rabbi Michael Schudrich, writing the Introduction to the book, praises The Color of Courage as “an inspiring read.” Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski, Center for Strategic & International Studies, says: “Compelling, readable, and very moving.”

“We’re absolutely thrilled to learn that The Color of Courage has won the 2015 Benjamin Franklin Awards,” said Aquila Polonica president Terry Tegnazian. “It’s so exciting to be both a Gold and a Silver winner! We knew we had something special with this rare look at World War II through the eyes of a young boy soldier, and we took special care in creating the book. We’re gratified that the Ben Franklin judges agree with us!” To learn more: www.polww2.com/AboutCourage

Julian Kulski was a 10-year-old Boy Scout living in Warsaw when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939. His diary follows his wartime experience from ages 10 to 16. He quickly begins his own personal war against the Germans with small acts of sabotage but soon, at age 12, is recruited into the Underground Army by his Scoutmaster, where he is trained in weapons handling and military tactics. Kulski undertakes a secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto, is captured by the Gestapo, beaten, sentenced to Auschwitz, rescued, fights in a Commando unit during the vicious street fighting of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, and ends as a 16-year-old German POW...finally risking a dash for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for “liberation” by the Soviets. Watch the book trailer: www.polww2.com/CourageTrailer

Kulski’s diary is enriched by more than 150 photos and illustrations, 13 maps, and 11 “Digital Extras,” which are short videos created by Aquila Polonica from historical film and audio material that bring Kulski’s story to life in an unprecedented way. Watch sample Digital Extras: www.polww2.com/SampleDigitalExtras

Interior design, typesetting and cover art are the work of talented Los Angeles designer Ewa Wojciak, Senior Lecturer of Fine Arts at the USC Roski School of Art and Design. Although this is her first book for Aquila Polonica, Wojciak has an extensive background as a designer and creative director primarily for the entertainment industry, with a client list that includes Disney, CBS, HBO, Sony, Universal Pictures and Fox, as well as in advertising agencies and print media. Winning the Gold Award for her design of The Color of Courage, Wojciak brings a fresh, contemporary look to this historical memoir, with pull quotes that draw the reader through the text, organic placement of images within the text, and an innovative use of thumbnail images and QR codes augmented by URLs to incorporate the multimedia Digital Extras into the print book.

Aquila Polonica is an award-winning independent publisher based in Los Angeles, specializing in publishing the Polish WWII experience in English. The company is a member of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) and the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Aquila Polonica’s titles are distributed to the trade in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Europe, Australia and New Zealand by National Book Network, www.nbnbooks.com.

All of Aquila Polonica’s books to date have won one or more awards. Aquila Polonica titles have been reviewed in major media such as The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Republic and Publishers Weekly; they have been chosen as Selections of the History Book Club, the Military Book Club and the Book-of-the-Month Club; audio rights have been acquired by Audible.com and Brilliance. Translation rights for various titles have been acquired by foreign publishers in a number of countries—including most recently Brazilian rights to The Color of Courage, which were acquired by Editora Valentina.

See more at: www.AquilaPolonica.com

Friday, March 20, 2015

Deadlines for Papers for Polska Theater (4/10), Chicago (7/31) and the Fulbright (8/3)

The Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage
The Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles

November 13-14, 2015, Loyola University Chicago

CALL FOR PAPERS

The Loyola University Chicago Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage (CCIH) in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program will host the third conference in a series of conferences that focus on the historical, cultural, and religious roles that Roman Catholicism played in sustaining ethnic identity for many immigrant communities of people who came to Chicago in the 19th and 20th centuries. Each year the conference is devoted to an ethnic community in which Catholic faith and devotional life bolstered cultural and national identity at the same time that the Church’s institutions helped that ethnic community to assimilate into a new city and nation. The conferences explore many waves of 20th century immigrants to Chicago whose Catholic faith helped to shape their cultural narrative.

The 2015 Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference (CCIC) will focus on the Polish immigrant community here in Chicago. We would like to invite scholars from the fields of ethnic studies, urban and cultural history, literature and language, theology, and sociology of religion. This conference will also highlight the Polish heritage and traditions with the participation of Chicago artists, students, and Catholic religious leaders.

Future conferences of the Joan and Bill Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage will focus on the following immigrant communities: Lithuanian, Vietnamese, and African. The two previous conferences have looked at the Italian and Mexican immigrant communities.

Deadline for Paper Submissions: Friday, July 31th, 2015

We invite you to participate as a speaker, a moderator of a panel and/or an organizer of a panel. Each speaker will participate in a panel addressing a topic suggested in our agenda. We are open to proposals given that you will organize the whole panel. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes, which will be follow with a brief discussion led by a panel moderator. Please submit your papers including 200-word abstract, 60-word biography, contact and affiliation information to Bozena Nowicka McLees, Director of the Interdisciplinary Polish Studies Program, at bmclees@luc.edu. If you have any questions please call 773-508-2864

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles
Proposed Program

DAY 1 – Friday, November 13th , 2015

9:00 – 9:30 Opening Session and Welcome
9:30 – 10:00 KEYNOTE ADDRESS Followed by Q&A
10:00 – 11:15 PANEL 1: Poles Coming to Chicago, A Historical and Social Perspective
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 1:15 PANEL 2: First Parishes and Catholic Organizations
1:15 – 2:00 Buffet Lunch
2:00 – 3:15 PANEL 3: Polish Catholic Education and Assimilation
3:15 – 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:45 PANEL 4: Parish Histories and Religious Orders
4:45 – 5:00 Coffee Break
5:00 – 6:30 PANEL 5: Pope John Paul II and Other Catholic Role Models (St. Kolbe, Jan Karski)

DAY 2 – Saturday, November 14th , 2015

9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Speaker
9:45 – 10:00 Coffee Break
10:00 – 11:15 PANEL 5: Immigration, Transnationalism, and Cultural Identity
11:15 – 11:3 Coffee break
11:30 – 1:00 PANEL 6: Polish Catholic Culture in Literature
1:00 – 2:00 Buffet Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 PANEL 7: Polish-American Writers in Chicago
3:30 – 3:45 Coffee break
3:45 – 4:30 PANEL 8: Chicago Polish Catholicism for the 21st Century: Perspectives from Loyola
Students
4:30 - 4:45 Coffee Break
4:45 – 5:30 VISUAL PRESENTATION on the Architecture of Polish Churches in Chicago
5:30 – 6:00 CLOSING REMARKS
6:00 Sacred Liturgy in celebration of Polish-American Heritage; music performed by the LIRA
Ensemble, Madonna della Strada Chapel

Pre-Conference Events:

Wednesday, November 11th An adaptation of a play: The Jeweler’s Shop written by John Paul II

Thursday, November 12th A screening of a film: The Fourth Partition and discussion with the filmmakers
We encourage scholars to expand this program by submitting any other suggestions exploring the Polish-
Catholic experience in Chicago.

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POLSKA NEW THEATRE: 

OPEN CALL FOR AN INTERNATIONAL ARTISTIC PROGRAM

Deadline: April 10, 2015

Polska New Theatre is now accepting applications to participate in a three-day theater conference in Poland, for people interested in learning about and promoting Polish theater worldwide. The city of Bydgoszcz will host delegates from Poland's most important theater institutions, who will present their upcoming international projects. Attendees will also have a unique opportunity to network with potential Polish partners and explore opportunities for research projects and artistic ventures.

Polska New Theatre will be three days of presentations by leading Polish artists, as well as representatives of cultural and research institutions in Poland. Participants will be able to attend workshops and productions by young Polish directors (including up-and-coming director Weronika Szczawińska, curator Agata Siwiak, theater pedagogue Justyna Soczyk and Prof. Dariusz Kosiński, Assistant Director of the Theater Institute).

POLSKA NEW THEATRE is an unprecedented opportunity to learn all about the new wave of Polish theater over three days in one city and experience the latest theater productions that transcend national boundaries. 

Shows will be supertitled in English and interpreters will be provided for Polish-language activities. The number of places is limited. The organizer will cover travel costs and accommodation only for selected participants. More information at the following link:


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Fulbright Opportunity in Poland (Award #6299) 

Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences 

The Fulbright Scholar Program announces a unique opportunity for the 2016-17 academic year. The Council for International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the Fulbright Scholar Program on behalf of the United States Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is seeking someone to fill a position teaching and/or conducting research at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań.

Areas of specialization include anthropology, archaeology, area studies, communications, language and literature (non-US), linguistics, political science and religious studies. Applicants must be U.S. citizens.


The competition will close on August 3, 2015. For an application form use this address http://www.cies2.org/redirect.aspx?linkID=7535&eid=68885. For more information on other Fulbright opportunities visit http://catalog.cies.org/searchResults.aspx?wa=EU&dc=&di=

Monday, February 23, 2015

Calls for Papers, Deadlines and Announcements

PAHA CALL FOR PAPERS - DUE APRIL 15, 2015

PAHA's 73rd Annual Meeting will be held on January 7-10, 2016 in Atlanta as part of the 130th American Historical Association's Annual Conference. The theme for the 2016 AHA conference is “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors.” It provides an excellent opportunity for the Polish American Historical Association to showcase research carried out by its members, as well as to present it in a comparative perspective. Therefore we invite scholars who work on the Polish American experience as well as those who deal either with migration, ethnic, or regional studies and would like to present their findings within the forum presented by the PAHA. We invite session proposals that foster international, comparative perspectives which include the Polish American experience, as well as individual papers dealing with the above mentioned themes.

 This year, we specifically look for proposals in the following areas:
 - Polish American experience – all aspects (history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.)
 - Migration patterns, ethnic experience – comparative perspective
 - Immigrant women - Labor activism among the ethnics
 - Experiences of foreigners in the American Civil War
 - International activism of the anti-communist groups in the U.S. during the Cold War

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to the Chair of the Program Committee: Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz Faculty of History University of Gdansk, Poland ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-952 Gdansk email: anna.m@polishamericanstudies.org

Electronic proposals in email and word format are strongly preferred. Individuals and session organizers should include the following information when submitting a proposal:

• Paper/Session title(s) (of no more than 20 words)
• Paper/Session abstract(s) (up to 300/500 words, respectively)
• Biographical paragraph or c.v. summary (up to 250 words) for each participant
• Correct mailing and e-mail address for each participant
• Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session
• Audiovisual needs, if any.

Please be advised that it is unlikely that PAHA will be able to use PowerPoint in its sessions, due to the high cost of rental, or that presenters will be permitted by the hosting conference hotel to bring their own. You may wish to consider distribution of paper handouts as an alternative. The Polish American Historical Association holds its Annual Conference in conjunction with the American Historical Association (AHA). The full information about the AHA conference can be found at www.historians.org. PAHA members who plan to attend PAHA conference only do not need to register for the AHA conference, but are required to register for the PAHA conference by November 15, 2015. Registration may be done on-line at www.polishamericanstudies.org.



Maja Trochimczyk, Anna Mazurkiewicz and Karen Majewski with PAHA Awards, January 2015. Photo by Iwona Drag Korga.

PIASA CALL FOR PAPERS - DUE APRIL 1, 2015

The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences and the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the University of Toronto are pleased to invite proposals for PIASA’s 73rd Annual Conference to be held at the University of Toronto, June 11-13, 2015.

Proposals are solicited for sessions or individual papers dealing with Polish or Polish Diaspora or comparative topical sessions that include a Polish-related presentation along with other groups. Sessions are also encouraged from those whose fields of interest are in business or the sciences. Sessions including presenters from more than one nation are encouraged. Each session is scheduled for 90 minutes to accommodate three papers or about 20 minutes per paper. The conference language is English and all conference rooms will be equipped with AV for the use of PowerPoints and CD/DVD presentations. It is expected that acceptable conference papers will be published in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, and tentative paper title for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at jpula@pnc.edu. The deadline for proposals is April 1, 2015.


MORE PICTURES IN PAHA'S AWARDS CEREMONY ALBUM, JANUARY 2015

Please visit the Picasa Web Album from our Awards Ceremony at the Polish Consulate in New York. We added more pictures by Iwona Korga and Janusz Romanski.  A report in a Polish American periodical will be published soon.

https://picasaweb.google.com/Maja.Trochimczyk/PAHA72ndMeetingInNewYorkJan242015




VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE WROCŁAW TEACHER PROGRAM - 2015

The Program, specializing in instruction for local English teachers, follows two similar programs in Lithuania plus one in Poland in preceding years. Attendees are elementary and high school English teachers. Our primary goals are to: 1) Increase their personal ability in English from near fluency toward that of a natural speaker. Thus the subtlety, nuance and metaphorical aspects of spoken and written English will be highlighted. 2) Present techniques and methodologies helpful to their teaching when they return to their classrooms. 3) Organize lessons in a manner illustrating and informing them about American culture, history, politics, geography, etc. This information is not only for their personal benefit, but is valuable to them when preparing lessons for their students. The target is for 30 attendees, including the English teachers from our host school.

Our Host is a leading high school in the region. In 2013 it was the site of a very success WIESCO camp for its students. As is customary, our host provides room and board, transportation from and to the airport, and some sightseeing or entertainment.

Duration of the program is eight days from Saturday, June 27 to Saturday, July 4. Classes are planned for 9:00 to 2:30. After classes the time is ours to enjoy the city. You may append additional personal travel before or after the program. Wrocław is well located for air and train travel.  WIESCO is a 501c3 charitable organization that has organized and operated English language camps and programs in Eastern Europe for over 40 years. Long term relationships exist with Poland, Latvia and Lithuania; recent years have seen programs in Russia, Macedonia and Brazil.

Expenses in Wrocław – room and board, transportation from/to the airport, some sightseeing or entertainment – are provided by our hosts. You cost is airfare and $400. For your tax purposes, WIESCO provides you with a letter of participation documenting your volunteer participation.

Wrocław (Breslau in German) is an ancient city that originated with the amber trade between the Roman Empire and the Baltic. In 1000 AD the Piast kings of Poland fortified the town, establishing its role as a defensive stronghold along the southwestern border area. It was heavily destroyed in WWII, but well reconstructed. It is home to, and displays much culture of, a large number of Poles expelled from what is now western Ukraine when Stalin moved the Polish borders westward. Wroclaw is a leading university city, contains several museums and important churches, and boasts one of the largest and finest central old towns in the country.

Qualifications ESL certification and prior experience teaching English overseas are added benefits, but not required. What we are looking for is great conversation ability, creative presentation skills, with personal interests and life experiences that will meet the language and cultural enhancement goals stated above.

Your Contact is Robert M. Pine, a veteran of youth and adult WIESCO programs. His email is thepine@att.net and his phone is 630-279-5646 (Chicago area).

* For your information, on the following page is the announcement by the hosting school in Wrocław  recruiting English teachers to the program.

Friday, February 6, 2015

PAHA's New Officers, Council, and the Call for Papers for 2016 Conference

PAHA OFFICERS AND COUNCIL

The new leadership of the Polish American Historical Association was announced after the 72nd Annual Meeting, when the new President, Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka was presented. The leadership will lead PAHA through 2015 and 2016.


THE OFFICERS: Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka of Cazenovia College was  elected the President, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz of the University of Gdańsk – the First Vice President, Dr. John Radzilowski of the University of Alaska-Southeast – the Second Vice President; and Dr. Maja Trochimczyk of Moonrise Press – the Secretary. She will continue serving as PAHA Newsletter Editor and Online Communications Director.  Dr. Jim Pula of Purdue University North Central will continue in his role as Treasurer and Dr. Pien Versteegh of Avans University, The Netherlands, as Executive Director. Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann of Eastern Connecticut State University will be the new Editor of Polish American Studies.


THE COUNCIL MEMBERS will include: Dr. M. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University; Dr. John Bukowczyk, Wayne State University; Dr. Mary Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University; Dr. Ann Gunkel, Columbia College-Chicago; Dr. Iwona Korga, Józef Piłsudski Institute; Dr. Dorota Praszałowicz, Jagiellonian University, Kraków; Dr. Marta Cieślak, Independent Scholar; Dr. CzesławKarkowski, Hunter College and Mercy College; Dr. Stephen Leahy, Shantou University, Shantou; Dr. Thomas Napierkowski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (Past President, 2013-2014); Dr. Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee; and Mr. Robert Synakowski, Syracuse Polish Home.

Detailed information about our Officers and Council is below the Call for Papers.


PAHA Officers and Council in Warsaw, June 2014. L to R (front): Iwona Korga, Pien Versteegh, Grazyna Kozaczka, Maja Trochimczyk, and Jim Pula. L to R (back): Angela Pienkos (guest), Tom Napierkowski, Stephen Leahy, Don Pienkos (guest), Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Anna Mazurkiewicz, Tom Dusiak, Mieczyslaw B.B. Biskupski.
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CALL FOR PAPERS FOR PAHA'S 73RD ANNUAL MEETING IN JANUARY 2016


PAHA's 73rd Annual Meeting will be held on January 7-10, 2016 in Atlanta as part of the 130th American Historical Association's Annual Conference. The theme for the 2016 AHA conference is “Global Migrations: Empires, Nations, and Neighbors.” It provides an excellent opportunity for the Polish American Historical Association to showcase research carried out by its members, as well as to present it in a comparative perspective. Therefore we invite scholars who work on the Polish American experience as well as those who deal either with migration, ethnic, or regional studies and would like to present their findings within the forum presented by the PAHA. We invite session proposals that foster international, comparative perspectives which include the Polish American experience, as well as individual papers dealing with the above mentioned themes. 

 This year, we specifically look for proposals in the following areas: 
- Polish American experience – all aspects (history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) 
 - Migration patterns, ethnic experience – comparative perspective 
 - Immigrant women - Labor activism among the ethnics 
- Experiences of foreigners in the American Civil War 
- International activism of the anti-communist groups in the U.S. during the Cold War 

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to the Chair of the Program Committee: Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz Faculty of History University of Gdansk, Poland ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-952 Gdansk email: anna.m@polishamericanstudies.org 

Electronic proposals in email and word format are strongly preferred. Individuals and session organizers should include the following information when submitting a proposal: 

• Paper/Session title(s) (of no more than 20 words) 
• Paper/Session abstract(s) (up to 300/500 words, respectively) 
• Biographical paragraph or c.v. summary (up to 250 words) for each participant 
• Correct mailing and e-mail address for each participant 
• Chair (required) and commentator (optional) for the session 
• Audiovisual needs, if any. 

Please be advised that it is unlikely that PAHA will be able to use PowerPoint in its sessions, due to the high cost of rental, or that presenters will be permitted by the hosting conference hotel to bring their own. You may wish to consider distribution of paper handouts as an alternative. The Polish American Historical Association holds its Annual Conference in conjunction with the American Historical Association (AHA). The full information about the AHA conference can be found at www.historians.org. PAHA members who plan to attend PAHA conference only do not need to register for the AHA conference, but are required to register for the PAHA conference by November 15, 2015. Registration may be done on-line at www.polishamericanstudies.org.


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BIOGRAPHIES OF PAHA OFFICERS AND COUNCIL

PAHA OFFICERS

Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka,  President 


Grazyna J. Kozaczka received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. She is a Professor of English at Cazenovia College and the director of the All-College Honors Program. Her book–length publications include William Dean Howells and John Cheever: Their Views on the Failing of the American Dream (Universitas, Krakow, Poland) and Old World Stitchery (Chilton Book Co. Radnor, PA). Among her research interests are American ethnic literature, women’s literature, literature of the Holocaust as well as traditional Polish folk dress and adornment. She has published scholarly essays as well as short fiction.


Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, First Vice President

Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz works at the Faculty of History at the University of Gdańsk where from she graduated summa cum laude in 1999, and where she defended her Doctoral Dissertation in 2006. She also studied at the California State University, Fresno (1997-1998), was a APRF Fellow at the Notre Dame University (2002-2003), and a Kosciuszko Foundation Fellow at the IHRC at the University of Minnesota (2007-2008), Visegrad Fellow at the Central European University, Open Society Archives in Budapest (2010). She taught at State University of New York (Buffalo, 2012-2013) and gave guest lectures at the University of Primorska, Koper (Slovenia). Her scholarly interests include: the Cold War; the United States after World War II; U.S.-Polish diplomatic relations; media system in the United States; U.S. policy towards the countries of East Central Europe; political activity of refugees from East Central Europe in the United States after World War II; political emigration from East Central Europe in 1945-1989.

She has published two books related to the American response to elections in Poland (1947,1989): Dyplomacja Stanów Zjednoczonych wobec wyborów w Polsce w latach 1947 i 1989, Neriton, Warszawa 2007; Prasa amerykańska wobec wyborów w Polsce w latach 1947 i 1989, Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Gdańskiego, Gdańsk 2009. She edited a two-volume publication: East Central Europe in Exile, vol. 1: Transatlantic Migrations and vol. 2: Transatlantic Identities (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013) which won the Oskar Halecki Prize bestowed by the Polish American Historical Association (2015). The most recent volume edited by her has just been printed as part of the series: Od exsilli do exile. Migracje przymusowe w perspektywie historycznej, Studia Historica Gedanensia, Vol.5 (Gdańsk: University of Gdańsk Press, 2014). Member of a number of Polish and foreign scholarly associations, Mazurkiewicz is the First Vice-President of the Polish American Historical Association. She is the recipient of a few awards including: The National Centre for Culture’s award for best doctoral dissertation in history (2007) and Swastek Award for best article printed in the scholarly journal Polish American Studies in 2012, Krzysztof Celestyn Mrongowiusz University of Gdańsk Distinction for Excellence in Teaching (2010), and the Medal of the Commission of National Education (2014). Since 2006 she has been working on the Assembly of Captive European Nations (ACEN) in the context of American foreign policy during the Cold War.


Dr. John Radzilowski, Second Vice President 

Dr. Jim Pula,  Treasurer

James S. Pula is Professor of History at Purdue University North Central. The author and editor of more than a dozen books on the Polish diaspora and the American Civil War, he served as editor-in-chief of The Polish American Encyclopedia and was the editor of the academic journal Polish American Studies for some 33 years. He has for many years been a member of the Boards of Directors of the Polish American Historical Association and the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America. His work has been honored with the Mieczysław Haiman Award for sustained scholarly contributions, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Council for Polish Culture, three Oskar Halecki Prizes for various books, the Rudewicz Medal, and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, Secretary and Communications Director  

Maja Trochimczyk is a Californian poet, scholar, translator, photographer, and non-profit director from Poland. She studied musicology at the University of Warsaw, Poland (M.A. 1986) and sound engineering at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw (M.A. 1987). In 1988 she emigrated to Canada and in 1994 she earned her Ph.D. in musicology from McGill University in Montreal. She held Postdoctoral Fellowships from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1994-1996),and the American Council of Learned Societies (2001-2002). She published six books of music studies, including: Frederic Chopin: A Reserch and Information Guide (Routledge, 2015, co-edited with William Smialek), The Lutoslawski Legacy (Polish Institute of Art and Sciences in Canada, 2014, co-edited with Stanislaw Latek), and Polish Dance in Southern California (East European Monographs, Columbia University Press, 2008). Her articles appeared in American Music, Contemporary Music Review, Musical Quarterly, Computer Music Journal, Muzyka, Studia Musicologica, Leonardo, Polish American Studies, Polish Review, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians II (Macmillan), Women Composers: Music Through the Ages (G.K. Hall), Lutoslawski Studies (Oxford University Press), and The Age of Chopin (Indiana University Press). Her musicology work was translated into Polish, German, French, Swedish, Chinese and and Japanese.

She published three books of poetry (Rose Always - A Court Love Story, rev. 2011; Miriam's Iris, or Angels in the Garden, 2008, both from Moonrise Press; and Slicing the Bread, Finishing Line Press 2014). She also edited two anthologies of poetry: Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse (Moonrise Press, 2010) and Meditations on Divine Names (2012) and published poetry and photographs in numerous journals. Dr. Trochimczyk is a recipient of PAHA's Distinguished Service Award for 2014 and of the 2007 Swastek Prize for her article about Polish Dance in Southern California. In 2012 she was presented with a medal for the promotion of Polish culture "Zasluzony dla Kultury Polskiej" from the Minister of Cultural Heritage of the Republic of Poland and received numerous city and county honors celebrating her 15 years of volunteering for the Polish-American community.

Dr. Pien Versteegh, Executive Director 


Pien Versteegh has written her thesis on Polish miners in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands studying their position on the labor market and in the society in the period of 1920-1930. Her postdoctoral work compares Polish migrants in Germany and the United States focusing on mobility, migrants’ coping strategies, gender, and the second generation. She has received grants from the Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and the Dutch Research Council. She has had several positions at Dutch universities and will be Dean of Avans School of International Studies at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, the Netherlands as of March 2015. Her involvement with PAHA has started in 2001 and she is the executive director since 2008. 

Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Editor of Polish American Studies


PAHA's former President (2007-2009), and first Vice President (2004-2007), a former member of Awards Committee, Associate Editor of the Polish American Encyclopedia (ed. by James Pula), serves on the editorial board of Polish American Studies. Dr. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann teaches at the Eastern Connecticut State University, continuously rendering excellent service to PAHA; PAHA board member for many years she has been instrumental in developing new strategies, alert in PAHA's PR activities. Recipient of many prestigious awards, Dr. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann has devoted her time and her skill to the organization caring for the study and promotion of the Polish- American history and culture with visible, positive results.



PAHA COUNCIL


Dr. John Bukowczyk


John Bukowczyk (B.A., Northwestern University; A.M., Ph.D., Harvard University) is Professor of History at Wayne State University in Detroit. Bukowczyk's publications include And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish Americans (Indian University Press, 1987); A History of the Polish Americans (Transaction, 2008); and, as editor, Polish Americans and Their History: Community, Culture, and Politics (University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996). Bukowczyk is the editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History and the Ohio University Press Polish and Polish-American Studies Series. He also is the recipient of the Gold Cross of Merit of Republic, several PAHA awards, and a number of publication prizes.


Dr. Mieczyslaw B. B. Biskupski

The Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies at CCSU, Prof. Biskupski is the author of nine books, numerous journal articles, and a specialist in modern Central Europe. Before his appointment at CCSU, Dr. Biskupski was Professor of History and Graduate Professor of International Studies at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY. He earned his doctorate at Yale, where he was a student of Piotr Wandycz, and he has held Visiting Professorships at the University of Rochester, served as Fulbright Research Professor at the University of Warsaw, and, in 1997, he was a Fellow of the Central European University of Budapest. Bolek is the recipient of many academic and national awards, including the Honor Roll of Polish Science by the Polish Ministry of Education and the Officer's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, and a past president of PAHA. Since 2013, Prof. Biskupski has served as the President of PIASA. 

His books include: The United States and the rebirth of Poland, 1914-1918 (Yale University Press, 1981); American Polonia and the resurrection of independent Poland, 1914-1918 (Polish Studies Program, Central Connecticut State University, 1989); Re-creating Central Europe: the United States "inquiry" into the future of Poland in 1918 (Simon Fraser University Press, 1990); Poland and Europe: historical dimensions (Columbia Univ. Press, 1993); The history of Poland (Greenwood Publishing Group, 2000), and Hollywood’s War with Poland, 1939-1945 (Knoxville: University of Kentucky Press, 2010; winner of the Halecki Prize). He has also shared editorial credits with other eminent scholars; with James S. Pula he co-edited the Polish democratic thought from the Renaissance to the great emigration: essays and documents (East European Monographs, 1990); with Piotr Wandycz he edited Ideology, politics, and diplomacy in East Central Europe (University Rochester Press, 2003); and with Antony Polonsky he co-edited a special issue of Polin, vol. 19, Polish-Jewish relations in North America (Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, 2007).


Dr. Marta Cieslak

Marta Cieślak received Master’s Degrees in Polish Literature and Language and in American Studies from the University of Warsaw, Poland. In September 2014, she completed her doctoral degree at the Department of Transnational Studies at the University at Buffalo. Her dissertation titled “From Peasants to Workers: Class, Nation and Progress in the United States and Poland, 1865-1914” investigates the transnational transition of Polish rural migrants into the American industrial working class in the aftermath of the simultaneous abolition of serfdom in partitioned Poland-Lithuania and slavery in the United States. Her research interests focus on the questions of transnationalism, nationalism, and nation building. 


Dr. Mary Patrice Erdmans 

Mary Patrice Erdmans received her PhD in sociology from Northwestern University in 1992. Her areas of interest include immigration and ethnicity (with research on Poles and Polish Americans), the intersection of gender, class, and race (with research on Polish immigrant home health care workers, Polish American working-class women, adolescent mothers, and, currently, aged auto workers), and narrative research methods (e.g., life stories and oral histories). Her research has been published as book-length manuscripts -- On Becoming A Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy with Tim Black, (University of California Press, 2015); The Grasinski Girls: The Choices They Had and the Choices They Made  (Ohio University Press, 2004); and Opposite Poles: Immigrants and Ethnics in Chicago, 1976-1990 (Penn State Press, 1998). Her articles have appeared in The Sociological Quarterly, Journal of American Ethnic History, Sociological Inquiry, Qualitative Health Research, Polish American Studies, Humanity and Society, and North American Review.

Dr. Ann Hetzel Gunkel

Dr. Ann Hetzel Gunkel (Ph.D., Philosophy, DePaul University) is Associate Professor of Cultural Studies & Humanities at Columbia College Chicago where she is a founding member and past Director of the innovative program in Cultural Studies, a leading center for undergraduate research and pedagogy in the field. A winner of multiple major grants, she is a two-time Fulbright recipient for both Research (Germany 1992) and Teaching (Poland 2012) and the Harmonia Research Grant from the Polish National Science Center. She was Visiting Professor of American Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow in 2011-12. Dr. Gunkel has lectured widely in North America, Russia, Western and Eastern Europe; she is an Editorial Board Member of the journals Ad Americam (Poland); Polish American Studies (US) and Cultural Landscapes (US). She is a native Chicagoan, active in Cultural Studies and Polish/American Studies; winner of the PAHA's Joseph V. Swastek and Creative Arts Prizes in the latter field. An award-winning designer of educational multimedia, Dr. Gunkel is a public intellectual who has appeared frequently in national and local media. She is also a published documentary photographer and award-winning graphic designer; her photos and digital artworks have been widely published and exhibited. Formerly Director of Online Communications and Vice President for PAHA, Dr. Gunkel has served on the PAHA Board since 2001.

Dr. Czeslaw Karkowski

Czeslaw Karkowski, Ph. D – born in Wroclaw, Poland, received his Ph. D. in philosophy from the University of Poznan, Poland. Living in the U.S. since 1986, he worked for "Nowy Dziennik" (Polish-language newspaper based in New York City) for more than 20 years  Since 1995, Dr. Karkowski has taught at Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, NY, and since 2011 – at Hunter College, New York. He published seven scholarly books : Bruno Schulz i krytyka inteligencji /Bruno Schulz and the Critique of Intelligentsia (Wroclaw: Ossolineum, 1980); Neo-Kantyzm. Wybór tekstów /Neo-Kantianism. Selected articles (The Wroclaw University Press, 1982); Boleslaw Wierzbianski. Wybor pism / Boleslaw Wierzbianski. Selected papers  (Nowy Jork-Opole, 2007). Ze wszystkich śmiertelnych najokrutniejsi. Iliada dzis /The Cruellest From All Mortals. The Iliad Today (Wroclaw: DSWE, 2007); Iliada współczesna (New York 2013);  Iliada na nowo opowiedziana (New York, 2014);   Ethics and the Family (Cognella Academic Publishing, 2015). He also wrote two novels: Drugi w sztuce (Torun: Adam Marszalek, 2006) and Kamienna drabina (Lublin: Norbertinum, 2007). Other works include translations of Richart Rorty, Andrew Nagorski and Walt Whitman (into Polish), as well as chapters in volumes of collected studies  on various topics from sociology philosophy and political sciences to journalism and literature.


 Dr. Iwona Drąg Korga

Born in Poland, came to New York in 1991 after graduating in MA in History from Pedagogical University of Krakow. From 1994 associated with the Pilsudski Institute of America, a research center for East-Central Europe, first as a volunteer, than from 1998 part time librarian, assistant to the President and since 2005 Executive Director. From 1996-2001 she served as a teacher and volunteer in  the Polish Saturday School in Maspeth, NY In 2004 she received her Ph.D. from Pedagogical University  of Krakow. Korga specializes in Polish-American relations during World War II, especially in propaganda and information policies. She takes part in international conferences, as well as gives lectures on Polish history for children, high school students and college students. In 2008 she graduated from Queens College (CUNY) with Masters of Library Science degree. She wrote many articles for Polish-American newspapers, periodicals in Poland and USA and is the author of the book: Poland fights! Propaganda activities of the Polish Government in Exile towards American society 1939-1945 ( 2011). Dr. Korga is the recipient of the scholarship from the Kosciuszko Foundation in NY and Polonia Aid Foundation Trust in London. She is active in professional organizations: Pilsudski Institute, Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences and Polish American Historical Association.

Dr. Stephen Leahy

Stephen M. Leahy is an Associate Professor of History in the Center for Global Studies at Shantou University. He has written on Polish Americans in Milwaukee. He won the Halecki Award for his biography of Clement J. Zablocki in 2002. He is currently writing a book about Polish Americans and Civil Rights in Milwaukee from 1958 to 1968.

Dr. Thomas Napierkowski

Professor of English at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Dr. Napierkowski is the Past President of PAHA (2012-14) and member of the organization's Council. His research interests and areas of specialization include: medieval literature, especially the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, scholastic theories of authorship, and the fifteenth century; minority and immigrant American literature, especially Polish American literature and Black American literature, Slavic literature; and the grammar and history of the English language. He has taught courses on Chaucer, The History of the English Language, British Survey, Part I, Introduction to Literature and other classes. He is a Fulbright Scholar and holds a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Colorado at Boulder, as well as a B.A. University of Wisconsin.  In 2014, he  was presented with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. The Order of Merit is a Polish order awarded to those who have rendered great service to the Polish nation and is granted to foreigners or Poles resident abroad. It is a traditional diplomatic order created in 1974.

Dr. Neal Pease

Neal Pease is Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  He is a past president of the Polish American Historical Association, and a member of the editorial board of its journal Polish American Studies.  He has received the PAHA Haiman and Swastek prizes.  He serves as editor in chief of The Polish Review. He wrote a prize-winning book on the Roman Catholic Church in interwar Poland: Rome's Most Faithful Daughter: The Catholic Church and Independent Poland, 1914-1939 (Ohio University Press, 2009). 

Dr. Dorota Praszalowicz


Mr. Robert Synakowski

Robert Synakowski, of Syracuse, New York, a teacher of English Language Learners in the Syracuse City Schools, is active in Polonia as President of the Syracuse Polish Community, Inc., a Board Member of the Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc., and the American Council for Polish Culture. He has received degrees from Westminster Choir College and Le Moyne College and has studied at the Jagiellonian University and taught English in Poland for several years. He is a church organist at two Syracuse churches and he is actively researching the history of Syracuse Polonia and travels frequently to Poland.