Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Program of PAHA's 76th Annual Meeting in Chicago, Il, January 3-6, 2019

Chicago and Lake Michigan, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


76th Annual Meeting of Polish American Historical Association


All Sessions will be at Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Illinois, 60605. PAHA's meeting is held in association with the 133rd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association.

To get to the hotel from the O'Hare Airport take the Blue Line train to Jackson stop and walk 0.6 miles southeast. To get to the hotel from  Midway Airport take the Orange Line train to the Roosevelt stop and walk 0.5 miles north to 720 S. Michigan.

Session 1: Building the Polish Diaspora: Polish Communities Abroad

Thursday, January 3, 2019: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Pien Versteegh, Avans University of Applied Sciences

Papers:
  • From Popular to Personal: Polish-American Influence at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference - Denis Clark, University of Oxford
  • Polonia in Kazakhstan: Past and Present - Dmitriyi Panto, Museum of the Second World War
  • Building the Diaspora: Circulations of Ideas and Practices between French and American Polonia during the Cold War - Florence Vychytil-Baudoux, Centre Français de Recherce en Sciences Sociales
  • Jones Island Milwaukee Kaszube Fishermen and Loyalty Bonds to St. Stanislaus Church  - Ann Gurnack, University of Wisconsin-Parkside
  •  Comment: The Audience
                                            PAHA Board Meeting in Chicago, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


PAHA Board Meeting Part 1

Thursday, January 3, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4L
Presider: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk

 Lake Michigan, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Session 2: Loyalty to a Patriotic Ideal? And If So, Which? Memory Politics and Cultural Politics in Post-World War II Poland

Friday, January 4, 2019: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Michal Janusz Wilczewski, University of Illinois at Chicago

Papers:
  • “Her Soul Was That of a Heroine”: Polish Warrior Women in 19th-Century American Literature - Jill Noel Walker Gonzalez, La Sierra University
  • Satiric Rogues: Satire between Protest and Team Building in Stalinist Poland - Elizabeth Wenger, independent scholar
  • Between Gender Blindness and Nationalist Herstory: Writing Women's History in Times of Illiberal Revisionism in Poland - Weronika Grzebalska, Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Active National Forgetting and Sexual Violence in Poland during and after the Second World  War as Seen through the Works of Andrzej Wajda - Meghann T. Pytka, Northwestern University
  • Comment: The Audience
Sculpture by Magdalena Abakanowicz in Chicago, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


Session 3: Lifelong Affection: Americans in East Central Europe from World War I to the End of the Cold War

Friday, January 4, 2019: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Anna Muller, University of Michigan–Dearborn

Papers:
  • William J. Tonesk: Polish-American Quests in East Central Europe, 1920s–40s - Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk
  • S. Gibson: An American Diplomat in Warsaw, 1919–24 - Vivian Reed, Western Oregon University
  • Gene Deitch: An American Illustrator in Prague, 1959 to the Present - Francis D. Raška, Charles University
  • Comment: The Audience
 Lake Michigan, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


Session 4: Conflicted Loyalties and/or Pragmatism

Friday, January 4, 2019: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University

Papers:

  • "Nasza Unia," Polish Governments, and New York City: The Evolution of Greenpoint into New York City's Little Poland, 1970–2015 - Anna Sosnowska, University of Warsaw
  • Conflicting Loyalties: Sexual and Ethnic Identity among Polish Immigrant Gay Men in Chicago - Hubert Izienicki, Purdue University Northwest
  • Loyalty and Pragmatism: US Naturalization Rates of New Polish Immigrants - Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University
  • Comment: The Audience
Chicago and Lake Michigan, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


Session 5: Polish Soldiers' Loyalty in Transnational Context

Friday, January 4, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: James Pula, Purdue University Northwest

Papers:

  • Between Civilization and Barbarians: Loyalty of Slavic and Roman Soldiers in the Second Half of the 6th Century - Łukasz Różycki, Adam Mickiewicz University
  • False Stones or Diamonds in the Rough? Polish and American Mercenary Officers in the Egyptian Army, 1833–83 - John P. Dunn, Valdosta State University
  • Negotiated Loyalties: Poles and the Polish Cause on the Battlefields of the American Civil War - Piotr Derengowski, University of Gdańsk
  • Loyalty to Your Country, to Your Men, or to Oneself? The Question of Surrender in the Polish Military during World War II - Jan Szkudliński, Gdynia City Museum
  • Comment: The Audience

South Chicago, Photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Session 6: Reconstructions, Processes, and (Invented) Traditions

Saturday, January 5, 2019: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

Papers:

  • Kosloski’s Kashub Commodities: Tradition, Scarcity, and Why We Value Wilno Furniture - Joshua Blank, independent scholar
  • Poles and Ukrainians in the New York's East Village: "A Reconstructed Neighborhood" - Anna Fiń, Pedagogical University of Kraków
  • Staying Polish? Changing Ethnic Sentiments of Polish Migrants in the United States - Pien Versteegh, Avans University of Applied Sciences
  • The New Ethnicity Movement and Polish Americans: It's Coming, Going, Significance, and Consequences - Donald Pienkos, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Comment: The Audience
St. Stanislaw Kostka Church with Girls in Gorale Costume


Session 7: Different Faces of Polishness

Saturday, January 5, 2019: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk

Papers:

  • The Warsaw Positivists and the Racial Redefinition of Polishness in the Second Half of the 19th Century - Marta Cieslak, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
  • Social Theory of the Peasant Migrant and the Problem of Universalism in Polish History - Kathleen Wroblewski, University of Michigan
  • Polonizing an Anglo Community - James Pula, Purdue University Northwest
  • Comment: The Audience
South Chicago street,  Photo by Maja Trochimczyk


Session 8: American Ethnics in the Post-World War II Decades

Saturday, January 5, 2019: 1:30 PM-3:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: David A. Gerber, State University of New York at Buffalo

Papers:

  • Urban Renewal and the Response of American Ethnic Groups, 1949–74 - Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Racial Reason and Post-World War II Italian American Assimilation in Boston’s North End - James Pasto, Boston University 
  • Italian Americans and the Limits of White Ethnic Liberalism in Postwar Immigration Reform Campaigns - Danielle Battisti, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Individual Effort, Not Quotas: American Jews against Affirmative Action in the 1970s and 1980s - Eric Morgenson, State University of New York, University at Albany
  • Comment: David A. Gerber, State University of New York at Buffalo
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in South Chicago

Session 9: War, Displacement, and Polish Communities

Saturday, January 5, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Chair: Angela Pienkos, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Papers:

  • "For Us Americans of Polish Descent, War Broke out on September 1st, 1939": The Divided Loyalties of the Sienkiewicz Youth Circle - Andrew Kless, University of Rochester
  • Polish American Experience in World War II and Various Forms of Nostalgia for the Old Country - Bartłomiej Garba, Museum of the Second World War
  • The Foundations of the Polish Diaspora in Exile after World War II: Cultural Identity and Loyalty of the Polish Emigres in Resettlement - Agata Błaszczyk, Polish University Abroad
  • Comment: The Audience

Chicago street, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

PAHA Board Meeting Part 2

Sunday, January 6, 2019: 9:00 AM-10:30 AM
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4K
Presider: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Music and Film Events at the 75th Anniversary Conference in Chicago, September 8, 2018


On Saturday, September 8, at 8 pm. the Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago will present the Lyra Ensemble and Haysung Kang, pianist, in A Concert for the Centennial of Poland's Independence. The program will include Andante Spianato et Grande Polonaise Brillante in E-flat Major, Op.22 performed by Haysun Kang, as well as various Polish songs performed by The Lira Singers Quartet with Anthony Molnaro, piano.

This concert is one of the events of the 75th Anniversary Conference of PAHA, held on September 7 to 9 at Loyola University Chicago. Here's a link to the previous blog with the conference program, and a link to PDF version of the program. All conference events are held at the Polish Studies location, at 1032 W. Sheridan St., as found on the campus map.


The Lira Ensemble  is the nation’s only professional performing arts company specializing in Polish music, song and dance. Its mission is to bring the best of Polish culture into American life. Founded as the Lira Singers in 1965, the ensemble now makes about 50 appearances a year in the Chicago area, across the Midwest, occasionally around the nation, and has made six concert tours of Poland. Lira has produced nine major recordings that are sold nationwide. Lira presents the full spectrum of Polish music and dance, both classical and folk, with informative and witty English language narrations that explain the traditions and history behind the works performed. Lira is based in Chicago as artist-in-resident at Loyola University Chicago, which makes a significant, on-going contribution to the promotion of Polish culture in the United States by donating free office, rehearsal and storage space to the Lira company.

Dr. HAYSUN KANG, pianist

A native of Korea, Haysun Kang won the Asian Young Artist Piano Competition when she was twelve. She obtained her bachelors degree in piano performance from Seoul National University, Korea and her Master of Music degree from DePaul University where she studied with a Chopin International Competition laureate, Dmitry Paperno. She earned her Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University under the guidance of the renowned pianist and teacher Dr. David Kaiserman. She also received her musical training from Julian Martin at the Peabody Conservatory of Music, and Alexis Golovin at the Academy of Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. Haysun Kang was a winner of numerous competitions including the Frinna Awerbuch International Piano Competition, the Young Keyboard Artist Association International Piano Competition, the Verna Ross Orndorff Austrian-American Music Award, the Society of American Musicians Competition, the Cliff Dwellers Arts Foundation Award, and the Hoverson Piano Award. She is currently a faculty member at Loyola University Chicago, where she serves as the director of applied music. 

FILM SCREENING  
THE FOURTH PARTITION: CHICAGO

Adrian Prawica receives 2014 Creative Arts Prize from PAHA's President Thomas Napierkowski

The Film Screening on  Saturday, September 8, at 11 AM at Loyola University Chicago will present "The Fourth Partition: Chicago" - a  documentary film directed by Adrian Prawica who received PAHA's Creative Arts Prize in 2014 for this film.

Mr. Prawica is the director and executive producer of the film The Fourth Partition: Chicago (2013) that tells a unique and rarely talked about history of Chicago's Polish Community at the dawn of the 20th century. Chicago was the second largest city in the United States with over 2,000,000 residents. It was also the center of Polish culture and political activism in America. With Poland partitioned between Russia, Austria and Germany, over 4,000,000 Poles immigrated to the United States between 1870 and 1920 in search of a better life. In Chicago, they worked in some of the most dangerous factories and mills in the United States. In their neighborhoods, they built communities, churches, and most of all, aided their beloved Poland in her fight for independence. The film  examines economic and political reasons for the migration of over 4,000,000 Poles to the United States. Starting with the first Polish settlers in the Jamestown colony in 1608, this documentary focuses on Polish immigrant workers in heavily industrialized Chicago neighborhoods, their community, as well as their political activism, which aided Poland in her fight for independence during WWI.

The Fourth Partition: Chicago features interviews with some of the most known Polish-American historians in the United States [including PAHA's James Pula, Don Pienkos and Dominic Pacyga]. The film shows rare images of Poles in the Unites States and their communities, which they built while working in some of the heaviest industries such as steel and meatpacking. Most of all, it tells a history of one of the largest ethnic communities in Chicago, that is still ever present today. Trailer of the documentary may be seen at: http://www.amerykafilm.com/thefourthpartition/.

Mr. Prawica explained: "We'd like the audience to be informed that "The Fourth Partition" to date is the only and most broadcasted film dealing with Polish history on the American market.  It has received 5 awards, and it's presentation is possible through the courtesy of the filmmakers who reside in Chicago. I would like the attendees to know that it's important to support independent films such as this, as they are truly a new way to discuss, promote, and preserve the history of Poles in Chicago and America as technology moves forward and mediums for information change.  We encourage them to visit our website at www.amerykafilm.com, and see other potential films that they may want to purchase, or contact us for more information on involvement and helping create more unique stories of Polish Americans."





Friday, August 3, 2018

PAHA's 75th Anniversary Conference at Loyola University Chicago, September 7-9, 2018


On September 7-9, 2018, PAHA will be celebrating its 75th Anniversary. The Association is planning a three-day event to take place at Loyola University in Chicago.  The director of the Polish Studies Program at Loyola, Bozena Nowicki McLees, will serve as host to PAHA and its guests at the conference venue located right on the waterfront of Lake Michigan. In addition to Loyola University Chicago, the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (Kraków, Poland) is a proud partner to this event - which is partially funded by the Senate of the Republic of Poland.  

The three-day conference will begin with the keynote address by Prof. John Bukowczyk of Wayne State University, “PAHA within the field of United States’ ethnic history - past, present and future.”  The Friday program will include academic sessions related to PAHA’s contribution to the fields of migration and ethnic studies (including the association’s journal, Polish American Studies), the association’s current research as well as community outreach projects. You will hear from some of the most prominent PAHA's scholars - of all generations. 

The Saturday sessions will be dedicated to Polish American issues and will include a local Polonia roundtable.  Prof. Dominic Pacyga, the key PAHA expert on the history of Chicago, will chair a session on Polish American history in Museums - both in the USA and in Poland. There will be plenty of opportunities for PAHA scholars to meet, interact and plan future programs with members of American Polonia. The conference will be rounded up with a Chicago Tour, Loyola University special collection tour, and a Saturday night concert at Mundelein Center, Loyola University  Chicago. 

ORGANIZERS: The 75th Anniversary Conference at Loyola University Chicago is partially funded by the Senate of the Republic of Poland. The organizers include: Polish American Historical Association; Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago; Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences (PAU); Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Faculty of International and Political Studies at the Jagiellonian University; Committee for Migration Studies of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN).

All conference events will take on the campus of Loyola University of Chicago. Here's the campus map.








REGISTRATION is free, but you need to register for the whole conference or specific sessions:
http://polishamericanstudies.org/files/public/Registration75YearsPAHA.pdf

PROGRAM: The PDF version of our program brochure is available on the PAHA website: 
http://polishamericanstudies.org/files/public/PAHA75ProgramBrochure.pdf


PROGRAM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago

9:00–9:35    WELCOME

9:40–10:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS
John Bukowczyk, PAHA within the field of United States’ ethnic history - past, present and future


10:30–12:30   QUO VADIS POLISH AMERICAN STUDIES:
THE PAHA JOURNAL AS A REFLECTION OF THE SCHOLARLY FIELD
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago

Chair: Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann
- A Brief History of PAS – James S. Pula
- Labor and Working Class – Dominic A. Pacyga
- Polonia’s Organizations – Donald Pienkos
- Gender and Family – Mary P. Erdmans
- Literature – Grażyna Kozaczka
- Study of American Polonia and Scholars in Poland – Adam Walaszek

12:30–13:50 LUNCH BREAK

14:00–15:20 YOUNG SCHOLARS & NEW TOPICS FORUM
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair: Dorota Praszałowicz

15:30–16:50 PAHA’S NEW PROJECTS
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair:  Neal Pease

- PAHA’s communication media, challenges and opportunities of
the digital age – Maja Trochimczyk & Stephen Leahy
- Adjusting to the New Reality: Good Management Practices in Academia – Pien Versteegh
- PAHA and Polish American Community – Joint Projects: Polish American Travel Guide; Memoirs Project; Objects that Speak; Teaching Resources – panel discussion (Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Ewa Barczyk, Anna Muller, Anna Mazurkiewicz)

18:00 BANQUET AT THE POLISH CONSULATE, CHICAGO
(Prior registration required. Polish Consulate 1530 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

9:00–11:00    POLISH AMERICAN HISTORY IN MUSEUMS
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair: Dominic A. Pacyga; Discussant: Anna Muller

- The Polish Museum of America, Chicago –Małgorzata Kot
- Polish History Museum, Warsaw – Anna Piekarska
- Chicago History Museum, Chicago – John Russick
- Emigration Museum, Gdynia – Sebastian Tyrakowski
- Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, New York – Iwona Korga

11:15–12:45  CONCURRENT EVENTS

a) LOYOLA ARCHIVE TOUR with Nancy Freeman
Loyola Archives Tour starts at 11:15 at McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road


b) FILM SCREENING  of The Fourth Partition: Chicago by Adrian Prawica
Damen Student Center Cinema on ground floor, Loyola University Chicago

13:00–14:00  LUNCH BREAK

14:00–15:00  PAHA 2018 HALECKI BOOK PRIZE 
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Joanna Wojdon, White and Red Umbrella – presentation of the Haiman Medal and discussion of the prize-winning book 

15:00–17:00 POLONIA ROUNDTABLE ON THE ADVANCEMENT OF POLISH AND POLISH AMERICAN STUDIES 
McCormick Lounge in Coffey Hall 1000 W. Sheridan Road, Loyola University Chicago
Chair: Bożena Nowicka McLees. Discussants:  Members of Chicago & Great Lakes Polish-American social and cultural organizations. 

17:30  RECEPTION FOR  REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS
Crown Center Lobby, Loyola University Chicago

20:00–21:30  CONCERT of LOYOLA CHAMBER SINGERS AND  HANSUNG KANG at Mundelein Center, Skowronski Hall, 2nd floor, Loyola University Chicago. 


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

9:30–13:00 SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR REGISTERED PARTICIPANTS 
Tour of North Side of Chicago with Victoria Granacki 
Bus tours pick-up and drop off at the Hampton Inn.

8:30–12:30 PAHA BOARD MEETING–PAHA Council and Officers only,  Crown Center 200 East
12:30–13:30 Working Lunch for PAHA Council and Officers only,  Crown Center 200 East
13:30–16:30 Bus Tour of South Side of Chicago for PAHA Board members with Dominic A. Pacyga


PROGRAM COMMITTEE: Anna Mazurkiewicz, PAHA President, University of Gdańsk; Zygmunt Kolenda, President on behalf of PAU; Bożena Nowicka McLees, Chair of the Polish Studies Program, Loyola University Chicago. Members: Mary P. Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University; Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Dominic Pacyga, Columbia College Chicago; Dorota Praszałowicz, PAN Committee for Migration Studies; James Pula, Purdue University Northwestern, Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University.
To find out more about PAHA's history and achievements, please have a look at our Anniverary Book, edited by James S. Pula and available here [click]. 

Friday, July 20, 2018

Piast Institute Founder and PAHA Member Thaddeus Radzilowski Died on July 20, 2018

Thaddeus Radzilowski, photo from Wikipedia

We are sad to report that the founder of the Piast Institute and noted scholar, Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, died on July 20, 2018.  It is a great loss to the entire Polish American community.

In the words of Prof. Dominic Pacyga, PAHA Board member, "Ted was a fine historian who documented what he called the Detroit School of Polonia Studies which focused on the Polish American working class. He was a friend and colleague who will be greatly missed. A true leader both in the academic and fraternal worlds, Ted encapsulated everything good in Polonia. Będę za tobą tęsknić, mój bracie."

Prof. Mieczyslaw B.B. Biskupski, President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, past President of the Polish American Historical Association, and PAHA Board member, stated: "Ted was a good friend for many years who combined insight and imagination with delightful cleverness. I had dinner with him just a few weeks ago in Miami, and, on the basis of one of his remarks, I re-wrote the last chapter of a book I have just finished. It is a grace that I mentioned him in the text. During the many dear, fun meetings we had after business was done, it was Ted who provided the laughter and the energy. I miss him so much that this is hard to write. Seeing him so recently was a gift from God to me. I ask all of you to believe that Heaven is now a better place because our beloved Ted awaits us."


The Piast Institute posted the following information about Dr. Radzilowski's passing:

PIAST INSTITUTE MOURNS THE PASSING OF DR. THADDEUS RADZILOWSKI

Today, Piast Institute, our Polish-American family, and our Hamtramck community lost a great leader in the passing of Dr. Thaddeus C. Radzilowski. Earlier today he passed away surrounded by loved ones.

Dr. Radzilowski was a highly accomplished historian and academic studying Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, producing countless manuscripts on these important topics. Over the course of his rich academic career he has taught at University of Michigan, Madonna University, Heidelberg College, and Southwest Minnesota State University. He also served as the President of St. Mary College. Over the years, he not only educated thousands of American students about Polish and Central European history, he also mentored many of them and fostered countless community leaders.

In 2003, Dr. Radzilowski co-founded the Piast Institute with Virginia Skrzyniarz. It quickly became the largest Polish-American think tank in the United States. As President of Piast, Dr. Radzilowski has focused the organization as a major research center, one of U.S. Census Information Centers, and as a representative of Poland and Polish-Americans in the United States, with worldwide network of accomplished fellows. Under his leadership, the Institute produced position papers, school curricula, research reports, conducted surveys, organized conferences and exhibits, and was very involved in the life of American Polonia. He also cultivated many relationships with Polish universities and institutions.

Over the years, Dr. Radzilowski received many awards for his academic work, community involvement, and leadership. He was a corresponding member of the Polish Academy of Sciences (PAN). He served as an advisor and consultant to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Bureau of the Census and was a member of the Ford Foundation Commission on Ethnicity in American Life. In 1999, the President of Poland presented Dr. Radzilowski with the Cavaliers Cross of the Polish Order of Merit for distinguished contributions to the dissemination of Polish culture in the world.

In addition to his contributions to preserving Polish heritage in the U.S., Dr. Radzilowski was an American patriot, a veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces who served his country in Vietnam. Those who knew Dr. Radzilowski well will miss him for his charm, his sense of humor, his countless stories, his sharp mind, and his infectious cheerfulness.

Dr. Radzilowski is survived by his wife, Kathleen, three sons, John, Paul and Stefan, grandchildren Radek and Diana, sisters Fran and Cynthia, and brothers, Norbert and Fred.

Details on a celebration of Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski’s life will be announced shortly. Please direct any questions to the Executive Vice President of the Piast Institute Virginia Skrzyniarz, Skrzyniarz@piastinstitute.org or (313) 733-4535.



Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Call for Nominations for PAHA Awards and Prizes for 2018



Nominations are sought for the following awards that will be presented by PAHA at its 2019 Annual Meeting, in January 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kindly send all nominations to the chair of the awards committee, Dr.Iwona Drag-Korga (Pilsudski Institute) at i.korga@pilsudski.org.

The following award nominations must be received by July 30, 2018.

Mieczyslaw Haiman Award is offered annually to an American scholar for sustained contribution to the study of Polish Americans.

Oskar Halecki Prize recognizes an important book or monograph on the Polish experience in the United States. Eligibility is limited to works of historical and/or cultural interest, including those in the social sciences or humanities, published in the two years prior to the year of the award.

Skalny Civic Achievement Award honors individuals or groups who advance PAHA's goals of promoting research and awareness of the Polish-American experience and/or have made significant contributions to Polish or Polish-American community and culture.

Amicus Poloniae Award recognizes significant contributions enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish-American heritage by individuals not belonging to the Polish-American community.

James Pula Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization. Since 2017, this award honors Prof. James Pula, PAHA's past president, current treasurer, and a long-time editor of the Polish American Studies.



Saturday, June 30, 2018

Anna Muller on Teaching Polish and Polish American History in the US

 A moja babcia mówiła….  Teaching Polish and Polish-American history at an American University 

Anna Jaroszynska Kirchmann and Anna Muller, Washington, D.C.

On January 4th 2018, we gathered in an elegant room at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC, to listen to four Polish historians share with us their thoughts on what it means to teach Polish and Polish American history. This was the first day of the annual Polish American Historical Association convention that meet during the American Historical Association convention.

The group of historians gathered around the table included a range of specialists.  Patrice M. Dabrowski is the author of a book on the history of Poland entitled Poland: The First Thousand Years, which was referred to often by the other panelists.  Elizabeth Morrow Clark is a specialist on Polish-German relations and author of a monograph soon to be published on the free city of Danzig. Nathaniel D. Wood is a cultural historian and author of a monograph on Kraków entitled  Becoming Metropolitan; his recent research investigates the attitudes toward bicycles, automobiles, and airplanes from their introduction until WWII. The final speaker was Michał Wilczewski, a recently anointed doctor of history who examines the daily life of farmers during the interwar period, focusing on local rural activism, transformations in traditional gender roles, generational tensions and family life, and rural-state relations.

Main gate of the University of Warsaw, Poland.


Why Poland?

The panelists talked about the profile of their students, shared anecdotes from their classes, and reflected on the value of teaching Polish history in 21st century American academia.
In general, their experiences come either from teaching specifically Polish history courses or from integrating elements of Polish history into their European or world history courses. As it became very clear during the presentations and ensuing conversations, Polish history can serve to illuminate many different issues from the past and present.

Polish history certainly serves as a case study for various “-isms” in history courses (Romanticism, communism, et al). It provides a good framework for teaching about the “transition of identity and belonging from an Enlightenment understanding to the Romantic, ethnic ideal” (Clark).  It also can be used to emphasize that “nation” and “state” are not always synonymous. As Dabrowski stressed: “This [last point] is more evident than most in a Polish history course, given the long stretch of multiethnic coexistence within the various permutations that we label Polish (although we should be careful about appropriating that which was the history of more than just Poles).”

Decorative Easter Eggs from Poland.

Clark singled out specific aspects of Polish history that can be integrated into courses dealing only tangentially with the Polish past:

The very characteristics of Polish history and culture which have made it easy to mythologize and to justify particularism  -- elected kings, liberum veto, the Commonwealth, the Constitution of May 3, ethnic diversity, being the object of imperialism, a perpetual “underdog” status in the modern era, and a kind of scrappy patriotism that occasionally blossoms into resistance, revolution or rampant Messianic and virulent nationalism – those same characteristics make Poland an easy go-to in a world history classroom.

Is Poland a good case study for teaching globalization and trans-border studies? As some of the panelists emphasized, Brian Porter-Szücs (the author of Beyond Martyrdom) has definitely influenced their willingness to break out of nation-driven models in studying Poland. The history of Poland can help engage in conversations about postcolonialism or about European modernization. Our panelists also teach courses on regions and cities, borderlands and peripheries, as well as historical memory that have a Polish component.

Finally, by studying Polish history, students can learn a lot about a sense of obligation toward the state and, perhaps more than anything else, towards fellow citizens. The example of World War II serves well in this regard.  Some of the participants of the panel emphasized that, while they do talk about the unique creation of the Polish underground state during the Second World War, they do not refrain from assigning controversial readings and discussing the sense of responsibility of Poles for crimes committed during the war. Discussions of  Jan Błoński's essay on Poles as bystanders and Jan Gross’ book Neighbors have proven fruitful.

.Wooden plate with Poland's emblem and a prayer for daily bread 
brought from Poland to the US in the 1920s. Private Collection.

Polish-American history did not come up often in the discussions, although references to classes being taught on the Polish diaspora appeared frequently. At times, academics engage with issues of Polish migration that is part of a larger conversation about nationalism.

As the speakers emphasized, each group of students presents its own challenges. Wilczewski, who has taught courses in Chicago, stated: “In my thousand-year survey of Polish history which is typically capped at 60 students, I almost always have 50/60 students who are of Polish heritage and 10 others who do not identify with Poland in any way. My students are similar to me in that we are Polish-Americans, heritage speakers of Polish, some of whom attended Polish School on Saturdays and grew up going to Poland to visit family members.” He stressed that his students always think: “Hey, I know Polish history,” and that kind of approach to learning comes with its own challenges. He continued: “I once even had a student's mother read all of the readings along with us. I also once had a friend's mother remind me that I ‘need to teach good Polish history.’. My response to her was, ‘Is there bad Polish history?’”

One of the obstacle to make Polish history available is the access to various primary sources. 

Not every topic from the vast Polish history is available to students who do not read Polish language. The base of translated primary resources is narrow and/or not readily available. Hopefully the knowledge that the PAHA members gathered during the panel will motivate some of us as an organization to look for ways to make that history more available.     

                                                             ~ Anna Muller, University of Michigan, Dearborn

Stalin's stamp on Warsaw - Palace of Culture built in 1951-55.

              Select Resources For Teaching Polish History      

Textbooks:
 Patrice Dabrowski, Poland: The First Thousand Years (DeKalb: Northern Illinois University Press, 2014).
  Brian Porter, Beyond Martyrdom: Poland in the Modern World (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014).

Select primary sources available online:

selections from Anonymous Gaul, accessible at http://staropolska.pl/ang/middleages/Sec_prose/Gall.php3

 Jan Długosz, selections of his Annals, accessible at http://staropolska.pl/ang/middleages/Sec_prose/Dlugosz.php3

 Marcin Kromer, Polonia, accessible at http://staropolska.pl/ang/renaissance/Kromer/polonia.php3

  Mikołaj Rey, Life of an Honest Man, accessible at http://staropolska.pl/ang/renaissance/M_Rej/life.php3

  Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski, On the Reform of the Commonwealth, accessible at http://staropolska.pl/ang/renaissance/frycz.php3

  Piotr Skarga, Sermons to the Diet (Eighth Sermon), accessible at http://staropolska.pl/ang/renaissance/skarga.php3

  The Treaty of Brest, 1595, available at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1595brest.html
  Jan Słomka, The Life of a Polish Peasant, ca. 1900, accessible at http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1900polishpeasant.html

  Woodrow Wilson, Fourteen Points speech, accessible at http://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/President_Wilson%27s_Fourteen_Points

  American Jewish Relief Committee, report on Postwar Poland, 1919, accessible at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/2136

Report on Young Women Workers in Poland, 1952, accessible at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/2143
  J. Musiałkowski’s article on Warsaw women masons, 1949, accessible at http://hdl.handle.net/1813/2144

                                                                                                                                                                        NOTE: Reprinted from PAHA Newsletter, Spring 2018.  All Photos by Maja Trochimczyk

Thursday, May 31, 2018

75th Anniversary Conference of PAHA at Loyola University Chicago, September 7-9, 2018


75th Anniversary Conference
of the Polish American Historical Association
7-9 September 2018, Loyola University Chicago
1032 W. Sheridan Rd., Chicago, Il 60660 

Conference Hotel: Hampton Inn, North Loyola Station, 
1209 W. Albion Ave., Chicago, Il 60626

The conference is free but registration is required for all events. polishamericanstudies.org/files/public/Registration75YearsPAHA.pdf


PROGRAM

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2018

9:00 AM GREETINGS.  Welcome by Loyola University Chicago; Consul General of the Republic of Poland; Welcome by PAHA President

9:40 – 10:15 AM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: John Bukowczyk, PAHA within the field of US Ethnic History - past, present and future

10:30 AM –12:30 PM QUO VADIS POLISH AMERICAN STUDIES: 
THE PAHA JOURNAL AS A REFLECTION OF THE SCHOLARLY FIELD. 
Chair: Anna Jaroszyńska- Kirchmann
- A Brief History of PAS – James S. Pula 
- Labor and Working Class – Dominic Pacyga
- Polonia’s Organizations – Donald Pienkos
- Gender and Family – Mary Patrice Erdmans
- Literature – Grażyna Kozaczka
- Study of American Polonia and Scholars in Poland – Adam Walaszek

12:30 PM –  1:50 PM   LUNCH BREAK

2:00 PM – 3:20 PM  YOUNG SCHOLARS FORUM. Dorota Praszałowicz, Chair

3:30 PM – 4:50 PM PAHA’S NEW PROJECTS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE POLISH AMERICAN COMMUNITY. Neal Pease, Chair
- PAHA’s communication media, challenges and opportunities of the digital age – Maja Trochimczyk and Stephen Leahy
- Adjusting to the New Reality: Good Management Practices in Academia – Pien Versteegh
- PAHA and Polish American Community – Joint Projects: Polish American Travel Guide; Memoirs Project; Objects that Speak; Teaching Resources – panel discussion (Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Ewa Barczyk, Anna Muller, and Anna Mazurkiewicz)

6:00 PM BANQUET AT THE POLISH CONSULATE, CHICAGO


SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

9:00 AM -11:00 AM POLISH AMERICAN HISTORY IN MUSEUMS
Dominic A. Pacyga, Chair; Anna Muller, Discussant

- Polish Museum in Chicago –Małgorzata Kot
- Muzeum Historii Polski w Warszawie – Anna Piekarska
- Chicago History Museum – John Russick
- Muzeum Emigracji, Gdynia – Sebastian Tyrakowski
- J. Piłsudski Institute – Iwona Korga

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM  CONCURRENT EVENTS
a) LOYOLA ARCHIVE TOUR with Nancy Freeman
b) FILM SCREENING (TBA)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM  LUNCH BREAK

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM  PAHA 2018 HALECKI BOOK PRIZE 
Joanna Wojdon, White and Red Umbrella – Presentation of the Haiman Medal and Discussion of the Prize-winning Book 

3:00 PM – 5:00 PM  POLONIA ROUNDTABLE: Advancement and Promotion of Polish and Polish American Studies in the United States. Chair: Bożena Nowicka McLees. Discussants:  Members of Chicago/Great Lakes Polish-American social and cultural organizations. 

5:30 PM.  RECEPTION FOR PARTICIPANTS 

8:00 PM.  CONCERT 


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2018

MORNING EVENTS:

A) PAHA BOARD MEETING: 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM and Working Lunch to 1:30 PM
B) BUS TOUR FOR REGISTERED GUESTS: 9:30 AM -13:00 PM  
Tour of North Side of Chicago with Victoria Granacki 

AFTERNOON BUS TOUR (for PAHA Board members only): 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM Bus Tour of South Side of Chicago with Dominik Pacyga







ORGANIZERS

Conference organizers include the following institutions in Poland and the U.S.: 
  • Polish American Historical Association, 
  • Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago; 
  • Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci; 
  • Wydział Studiów Międzynarodowych i Politycznych Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego: 
  • Instytut Amerykanistyki i Studiów Polonijnych, 
  • Jagiellońskie Centrum Studiów Migracyjnych; and 
  • Komitet Badań nad Migracjami Polskiej Akademii Nauk 

FUNDED IN PART by the Senate of the Republic of Poland.

PROGRAM COMMITTEE: 
  • Prof. Anna Mazurkiewicz – President on behalf of PAHA
  • Prof. Zygmunt Kolenda – President on behalf of PAU 
  • Bozena Nowicka McLees – Loyola University 
  • Prof. Dominic Pacyga – PAHA/ Columbia College Chicago 
  • Prof. Dorota Praszałowicz – PAN/PAHA 
  • Prof. James Pula – PAHA/PurdueUniversity 
  • Prof. Adam Walaszek – Jagiellonian University/PAHA