Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Call for Papers - Poles in Latin America Conference in Gdynia, October 2016

1st International Interdisciplinary Scholarly Conference 
at the Emigration Museum in Gdynia

Poles and Polish Diaspora in Latin America: Past and Present
27th-28th October 2016, Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland

Photo Maciej Moskwa, from culture.pl website.

The Emigration Museum in Gdynia has the honor to invite you to an international scientific conference on the Polish presence in Latin America. With this event, we want to start a series of scientific gatherings on the history of emigration from the Polish lands and the Polish communities which function in various parts of the world. We hope that through such actions and the research we conduct as well as our publishing projects, the Museum will become a significant exchange platform for ideas and experience of the units, whose research work is focused on the problems of emigration and Polish diaspora.

The Polish have an important position in the migration history of Europe and the world. Since the early days of the Polish state, our natives have left the country temporarily or permanently, for various reasons. It was caused by the complicated political history of the Polish nation and the often difficult socio-economic situation. As a consequence, the presence of Poles is now noticeable on every continent. Latin America has an important position among the lands, which have accepted a significant number of Polish emigrants. First, the Polish had little contact with that part of the world and it was rather incidental. However, after some time, as the migration processes were developing, coherent Polish communities formed there. The Polish diaspora and Poles became an important part of the social and cultural life of Latin America. The goal of the conference is to provide an opportunity for researches who specialise in the subjects connected with the Latin America Polish diaspora to meet, exchange views and take part in an interdisciplinary debate. Though we pay attention to the historic aspects of the Polish presence in this part of the world, we also want to focus on showing the image of Polish diaspora in Latin America today.

Therefore, we would like to emphasize the following questions during the conference:
 current and historic place of Poles and Polish Diaspora in the societies of Latin American countries;
 the Polish input into the political, social, cultural and scientific life of Latin American countries;
 the history of Polish emigration to Latin America;
 forming of the Polish diaspora communities in Latin America as well as political and cultural interest in this phenomenon;
 the forming and changes of Polish identity in Latin America;
 the image of Poles and Polish diaspora in the Polish diaspora press, journals and diary literature as well as belletristic literature and literary reports;
 the image of Poles and Polish Diaspora according to the information of diplomatic and consular representations;
 the relations between Poland and the Latin American Polish Diaspora;
 the activity of Polish diaspora organisations and Polish clergy among the members of Latin American Polish diaspora;
 the literary and cultural activity of Poles and Polish diaspora in Latin America;
 the research of Polish scholars in Latin America and their connections to Polish diaspora societies.

However, the above list is not complete, when it comes to the issues, which may be presented at the conference.

The conference is of an interdisciplinary character. The organizers' idea is to gather specialists who deal with the issues of Poles and Polish diaspora in Latin America from various perspectives: historians, political scientists, culture experts, Ibero-American and Latin American studies experts, cultural anthropologists, philologists, etc. The conference will be summarized with a reviewed printed publication in Polish.
Languages of the conference: Polish / Spanish / Portuguese.

Muzeum Emigracji, Gdynia, from culture.pl.

Applications:
Please send the form, which has been attached to the invitation by 17th June 2016 to:
r.raczynski@muzeumemigracji.pl

The information on the acceptance of a paper will be sent by the 1st of July 2016.

The conference is free of charge for its participants. The organisers provide the foreign
participants with accommodation (26th-27th, 27th-28th and 28th-29th October), full board
and print together with a possibility of translation of a text as a part of the post-conference
publication (upon the reception of a positive review).

NOTICE: The number of participants is limited. The final choice of applications qualified
for participation in the conference will be made by the Scientific Committee
of the Conference, based on the abstracts of papers which are sent in.



Thursday, May 26, 2016

Mid-Year Meeting of the PAHA Board in Rochester, NY


Polish American Historical Association organizes two meetings each year: the Annual Meeting held in early January, in association with the American Historical Association Conference, and the Mid-Year Meeting held in May, and scheduled in collaboration with a local Polonia organization. Typically the Mid-Year meeting include site visits to Polonian places of interest and a public lecture by one of our distinguished scholars.

Iwona Drag Korga and Czeslaw Karkowski arrive at the Skalny Center.


The 2016 Mid-Year Board Meeting was preceded by a public lecture by Professor James Pula of Purdue University, discussing "Poland in World War II." The lecture was followed by a reception organized by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester (PHSR) at The Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center at St. John Fisher College.

Lecture by Prof. James Pula. Photo by Pien Versteegh.

The second day commenced with a site visit to St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Church, including a Mass in Polish and a tour provided by Kathy Urbanic of the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester.  The church's recently restored interior includes many Polish accents, icons of Our Lady of the Bright Mount, Pope John Paul II, and frescoes with St. Stanislaus Kostka and Polish royalty and religious figures associated with strengthening Christianity in Poland.


President Grazyna Kozaczka thus summarized the visit of PAHA Board to Rochester:

"The 2016 Midyear Meeting of PAHA was held at the Skalny Welcome Center, St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY where PAHA received a very warm welcome from the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester (PHSR). I am very grateful for all the help and support PAHA received from Dr. Frederic Skalny, Jerry Rachfal and Kathy Urbanic of PHSR as well as from other board members. The three day meeting started on Saturday evening (May 21) with an interesting and well attended lecture by Jim Pula on Poland in WWII  and was followed by a lively reception hosted by PSHrR which provided an opportunity to explain the work of PAHA to the members of the Rochester Polish American community. The following two days of business meetings were very productive and exciting as among other topics we also discussed our plans to celebrate in 2018 two major milestones for PAHA: PAHA’s 75th Annual Meeting and the 70th anniversary of PAHA becoming an autonomous organization.”

Mid-Year Board Meeting in progress.

The two-day Board Meeting was held at the Skalny Welcome Center. The Polish Heritage Society was generous enough to offer not one but two receptions including a Polish banquet, filled with traditional dishes at the Polska Chata restaurant in Rochester.


Maja Trochimczyk, Robert Synakowski and Iwona Drag Korga

Maja Trochimczyk with John Bukowczyk and Jim Pula. Standing: Jerry Rachfal.


 The dining room was decorated with antique photographs documenting the history of Poles in Rochester, dating back to 1880s.







This history was also presented in a book edited by Kathy Urbanic and Jerry Rachfal, and donated to PAHA during the festivities. The gift was reciprocated by PAHA President who donated books to the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester/



Kathy Urbanic, Jerry Rachwal and President Kozaczka with their book. 

The excellent Polish dishes included golabki, placki, pierogi, makowiec and szarlotka, among other delicacies, for which all guests were quite grateful.



PAHA President with Treasurer James Pula and Polonian activist.






Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Books on Polish and Polish American Subjects at Book Expo America in Chicago, May 2016


Polish American titles will be represented  at the Book Expo America (BEA) and BookCon Chicago (May 11 -14, 2016), which is the largest book show in the US. It will be held in Chicago this year in mid-May, and Poland is the featured country. The Poland exhibit is being managed by the Book Institute in Krakow and the Polish Cultural Institute in NYC, in collaboration with Aquila Polonica, a publisher of books on WWII experience in Poland and beyond.
Aquila Polonica's Terry Tegnazian  was asked to organize a “Books in English” section within the Poland exhibit. Thedisplay includes a generous selection of fiction and non-fiction books on Polish history published by Aquila Polonica, as well as poetry collections by John Z. Guzlowski's Echoes of Tattered Tongues (Aquila Polonica, 2016), Maja Trochimczyk's Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Trochimczyk's Chopin with Cherries anthology (Moonrise Press, 2010), Cecilia Woloch (Carpathia), Oriana Ivy (April Snow), Stuart Dybek (I Sailed with Magellan), and Linda Nemec Foster (Amber Necklace from Gdansk).


John Z. Guzlowski's Echoes of Tattered Tongues 

 Published by Aquila Polonica in March 2016, this critically acclaimed books has already attracted many positive critical responses. Foreword Reviews, one of the leading publishing industry trade media, chose Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded, as one of only six books to highlight in its Poetry Feature in the Spring 2016 issue.

 Maja Trochimczyk wrote in Cosmopolitan Review:  “Some books take a lifetime to write, yet they can be read in one sleepless night, filled with tears of compassion and a heaviness of heart. John Z. Guzlowski’s book of poetic memoirs is exactly such a book: an unforgettable, painful personal history, distilling the horrors of his parents’ experiences in German labor and concentration camps into transcendent artwork of lucid beauty.” (January 2016)

www.cosmopolitanreview.com/echoes-of-tattered-tongues/

The publisher writes: "In this major tour de force, John Guzlowski traces the arc of one of the millions of immigrant families of America, in this case, survivors of the maelstrom of World War II.  Raw, eloquent, nuanced, intimate—Guzlowski illuminates the many faces of war, the toll it takes on innocent civilians, and the ways in which the trauma echoes down through generations. His narrative structure mirrors the fractured dislocation experienced by war refugees. Through a haunting collage of jagged fragments—poems, prose and prose poems, frozen moments of time, sometimes dreamlike and surreal, other times realistic and graphic—Guzlowski weaves a powerful story with impacts at levels both obvious and subtle. The result is a deeper, more visceral understanding than could have been achieved through descriptive narrative alone."

"This is the story of Guzlowski’s family: his mother and father, survivors of the war, taken as slave laborers by the Germans; his sister and he, born soon after the war in Displaced Persons camps in Germany; the family’s first days in America, and later their neighbors in America, some dysfunctional and lost, some mean, some caring and kind; and the relationships between and among them all. As Guzlowski unspools the story backwards through time, he seduces us into taking the journey with him. Along the way, the transformative power of the creative process becomes apparent. Guzlowski’s writing helps him uncouple from the trauma of the past, and at the same time provides a pathway for acceptance and reconciliation with his parents. Ultimately, then, this is a story of healing."

"Because America is a land of immigrants with myriad and varied pasts, Guzlowski’s story may reflect pieces of your own family’s history, though details will of course differ. Something similar may also be the hidden story of one of your friends, or a colleague at work, or the sales clerk or waiter who serves you one day…or even, like Guzlowski, your professor of English literature"
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Visit Echoes of Tattered Tongues: Memory Unfolded website:
http://www.polandww2.com/echoes-of-tattered-tongues/

Visit the Aquila Polonica Schedule of Events at BEA 2016:
http://www.polandww2.com/2016-articles/bea-2016-schedule


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Maja Trochimczyk edited Chopin with Cherries to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, and a number of Polish-American and American poets contributed their verse to celebrate the great composer, known very well on both sides of the ocean and around the world.


Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse 
edited by Maja Trochimczyk

This volume celebrates the 200th birth anniversary of Polish pianist-composer, Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849). Ninety-one poets are represented here; they live in the U.S., England, France, Mexico, the Philippines and Poland - with family roots in Poland, Australia, China, France, India, Italy, Malta, Mexico, the Philippines, Serbia, and other countries. The anthology includes more than 122 poems in English, and one important Polish poem, Cyprian Kamil Norwid's Fortepian Szopena, in a new English translation by Leonard Kress (this is the first English translation of Norwid's masterpiece, considered too difficult even by the translator of his entire oeuvre, Adam Czerniawski). English-language classics include verse by T. S. Elliot, Emma Lazarus and Amy Lowell.

Chopin is heard everywhere: in a Parisian church (Rick Lupert), on the plains of North Dakota (Thom Tamarro), in Ohio (Donna L. Emerson), in his birthplace in Zelazowa Wola (Margaret C. Szumowski), and on the radio (Ryan McLellan). Marian Shapiro considers the meaning of Chopin's art "as if each measure were a casual ripple in a spring stream of melting centuries." Australian-born poet Katrin Talbot envisions Chopin's music as an accusation for our failures:"'Why didn't you . . . ? Why did you . . . ?'" John Guzlowski writes about Chopin's music replacing traumatic memories of "the hollow surge and dust of German tanks" ("A Good Death"). Ruth Nolan hears Chopin in the desert, "between the spaces of darkness and sound, blown across the sand dunes into magnificence." Poets fondly remember playing or listening to the music associated with their childhood, evoking moments of happiness and feelings of nostalgia or loss (Trochimczyk's "A Study with Cherries" that gave rise to the title of the collection).

"The book's striking title brings the reader to Trochimczyk's own poem, "A Study with Cherries," where the musical motifs of one of Chopin's etudes transport the poet across space and time to the cherry orchard of her grandparents in Poland and offer her peace and fulfillment.... In Chopin with Cherries: A Tribute in Verse, just a glance at the chapter headings identifies the poetic interests in Chopin. Thus poets find inspiration in a particular musical genre such as waltzes, mazurkas, or nocturnes; they become fascinated by Chopin's life, illness, and death, and his relationship to George Sand; and, finally, they explore their own emotional responses to hearing or playing Chopin's music...." (From a review by Prof. Grazyna Kozaczka, The Polish Review, vol. 58 no. 4 (Winter 2013): 109).

"For those who have been moved by the music of Fryderyk Chopin, this new international anthology will be a treat... One breathtaking aspect of the anthology is the diversity of voices, both stylistically and geographically... [Among] the striking aspects of the anthology is the way in which the editor, Polish born Maja Trochimczyk, arranges the various sections, not only by musical forms, but also into sections like beauty and death, words that often come to mind when considering Chopin's life, his passions and his early demise." Christopher Woods in Contemporary World Literature no. 5 (February 2011).

For more information, visit Moonrise Press's site: http://www.moonrisepress.com/chopin.html


Slicing the Bread: Children's Survival Manual 
by Maja Trochimczyk


This 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. Children experienced the hunger and cold, witnessed the killings, saw the darkening blood spilled on the snow and hands stretching from locked boxcar windows. Some heard the voices of murdered Jews like “bees in the breeze,” others learned never to throw any food away, because “war is hunger.” 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 central Poland. Reflections on the Germans’ brutal killing Jews and Poles are followed by insights into the way the long shadow of THE war darkened a childhood spent behind the Iron Curtain.

 For poet Georgia Jones Davis, this book, “brings the experience of war into shocking, immediate focus” through Trochimczyk’s use of “her weapon: Language at its most precise and lyrical, understated and piercingly visual.” According to Pulitzer-Prize nominated poet John Guzlowski, Maja’s “poems about what the Poles suffered both during World War II and The Cold War afterwards are written with the clarity of truth and the fullness of poetry… Here are the stories of how the people she loved experienced hunger and suffering and terror so strong that it defined them and taught her, and teach us, the meaning of family.” The Tieferet Prize winner and Poets-Café host Lois P. Jones points out that “Maja brings the Warsaw of her youth and that of her ancestors into vivid and heartbreaking detail. These are words that will move you to appreciate the simple privileges and necessities of life. Slicing the Bread is a feast in our universal and ever present famine.” As Jones wisely observes “It is the duty of the poet to convey story, but it is the art of the poet who can transform our often cruel and brutal history and affect forever, the way we look and listen to the world.”

Historical marker of a Nazi massacre of civilian Poles, by Maja Trochimczyk


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 The Books in English section of BEA "Poland" display will show more than 100 books in English about Poland—including works of fiction, history, cookery, music, and much more—by a variety of publishers and authors. In addition to books of poetry by Guzlowski, Trochimczyk, as well as by Cecilia Woloch, Stuart Dybek, Oriana Ivy, and Linda Nemec Foster,  there are stories and novels by Maria Pilatowicz (Walking on Ice), Stuart Dybek, John Minczeski, Krysia Jopek, Leslie Pietrzyk, and James Mitchener. The memoirs include the Color of Courage by Julian Kulski.



The Color of Courage by Julian Kulski 

Aquila Polonica presented also the Color of Courage: A Boy at War: The World War II Diary of Julian Kulski (2014). This remarkable diary of a boy at war from ages 10 to 16 presents the thoughts, ideals, and actions of a young boy in occupied Poland. As the war unfolds through his eyes, we are privileged to meet a rare soul of indomitable will, courage and compassion. Kulski, the son of the Deputy Mayor of Warsaw, is a 10-year-old Boy Scout when the Germans invade Poland in September 1939. He soon begins waging his own private war against the Germans with small acts of sabotage.

At age 12, Kulski is recruited into the clandestine Underground Army by his Scoutmaster and begins training in military tactics and weapons handling. At 13, he accompanies his commander on a secret mission into the Warsaw Ghetto to liaise with leaders of the Jewish Resistance. Arrested by the Gestapo at age 14, Kulski is incarcerated in the notorious Pawiak Prison, beaten, interrogated at Gestapo headquarters, and sentenced to Auschwitz. After being rescued, he joins the Ninth Commando Company of the Underground Army, and at age 15 fights in the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. Taken prisoner by the Germans, 16-year-old Kulski ends the war in a POW camp, finally risking a dash for freedom onto an American truck instead of waiting for "liberation" by the Soviets.

Read more about this book: http://www.polandww2.com/color-of-courage/color-of-courage-about-the-book

My Sister's Mother by Donna Urbikas   

Donna Solecka Urbikas grew up in the Midwest during the golden years of the American century. But her Polish-born mother and half-sister endured dehumanizing conditions during World War II as slave laborers in Siberia. War and exile created a profound bond between mother and older daughter, one that Donna would struggle to find with either of them. At four o’clock in the morning on February 10, 1940, Janina Ślarzynska and her five-year-old daughter, Mira, were taken by Soviet secret police from their small family farm in eastern Poland and sent to Siberia with hundreds of thousands of others. So began their odyssey of hunger, disease, cunning survival, desperate escape across a continent, and new love amidst terrible circumstances.  After the war, Mira, Janina and her new husband—a Polish Army officer who had helped them escape the Soviet Union—are haunted by the past. Baby boomer Donna, born in post-war England and growing up in 1950s Chicago, yearns for a “normal” American family. In this unforgettable memoir, Donna recounts her family history and her own survivor’s story, finally understanding the damaged mother who had saved her sister.

The book has been described as “a gripping study of family dynamics, this is also a must-read for World War II history buffs” by Leonard Kniffel (author of A Polish Son in the Motherland) and “an unprecedented saga of a loving mother and her two daughters raised years and oceans apart . . .A unique perspective on the tragic deportation of Poles to Siberia” by Wesley Adamczyk (author of When God Looked the Other Way).  Allen Paul concluded: “. Her book is a primer for all who seek to understand the harrowing journey of the Poles during this fateful period."  Events are planned at the Kosciuszko Foundation on May 7 and at the Polish Museum of America in Chicago on May 22. More information www.danutaurbikas.com.

The catalogue of all books in English on display at BEA is found on Aquila Polonica website: 

http://www.polandww2.com/images/RESOURCES/BEA2016BookEnglish-LoRes2.pdf


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Non-fiction and memoirs by Polish-American authors include Across the Atlantic: The Adamowicz Brothers, Polish Aviation Pioneers by Zofia Reklewska Braun and Kazimierz Braun (Moonrise Press, 2015). Among memoirs are Memoirs of Helena Paderewska edited by Maciej Siekierski, and memoirs about WWII traumatic experiences of their mothers by Donna Urbikas and Barbara Rylko Bauer.
Other books include titles on Polish history, such as Alex Storozynski's Kosciuszko,  Polish American history (Anna Jaroszynska Kirchman's The Polish Hearst), the two-volume collection of studies edited by Anna Mazurkiewicz, East Central Europe in Exile, as well as books on politics, sociology, literature and music. The latter consists of a whole series of titles published by the Polish Music Center at USC, two books published by Marek Zebrowski, both about Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Chopin and Paderewski, and Paderewski in California, and William Smialek's and Maja Trochimczyk's The Frederic Chopin: A Research and Information Guide (Routledge 2015) is also on display. 




Geraldine Prusko's Journey to Polonia 


(by Grazyna Kozaczka)

Journey to Polonia, Book One: The Polish Americans (Indianapolis: Dog Ear Publishing, 2015), Geraldine Prusko’s debut novel, takes on an ambitious topic of the epic journey of thousands of Polish peasants from the reality of poverty and persecution in the partitioned Poland of the late 1800s to the dream of prosperity and freedom in the United States. The information on the book cover suggests that Prusko’s own family stories of emigration from Poland inspired this novel, which the author promises to be the first one in a series.

The narrative begins in 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with a dramatic scene of a sexual assault on a teenage girl returning home from school on a dark winter afternoon. As in many similar situations, the rapist is known to Olivia Medjeski – he is a cousin. And as in many similar situations at the time, Olivia is urged by the women in her family, by her mother and her grandmother, to just forget what happened to her, to keep quiet so she would not be blamed for the attack and further victimized by the community.

Yet how can this high school senior deal with the feelings of fear, disgust, guilt, and shame, while keeping it all to herself? Her mother suggests a way to begin the healing process: Olivia should investigate the history of her family, a family of Polish immigrants who settled in Milwaukee in the 1890s. For Olivia, the past creates a badly needed distraction and allows her to learn about some extraordinary women who endured many hardships as they kept their families together and continued Polish traditions in the new land.

Olivia’s investigation provides the framework for Prusko’s plot, constructed of separate stories chronicling the journey to America of Olivia’s four sets of great-grandparents. At first the reader gets to know Olivia’s ancestors within their original Polish setting. For the most part, they are all peasants although some of them managed to gain some education. Through their stories, Prusko investigates different reasons for peasant emigration and with great sensitivity shows the trauma of emigration: the leaving behind of all that was familiar and loved to venture into the frightening unknown. Some of the best, but also most disturbing, chapters of Journey to Polonia deal with the journey itself, from Polish villages by horse-drawn carts and trains, through Prussian ports and finally the ocean crossing in steerage to reach the port of New York.

Journey to Polonia is a chapter in the Polish American narrative albeit a family one. However, in the future editions of this novel, the author should consider changing the map insert to include an accurate representation of the partitions of Poland: Krakow was not a part of the Russian Empire. Likewise, it might be helpful to readers unfamiliar with Polish history to include precise information about the partitions.

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NOTE: Items about books by John Guzlowski, Donna Urbikas and Geraldine Prusko are reprinted from PAHA Newsletter Vol. 73 No. 1, April 2016.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Spring 2016 Message from the President – by Prof. Grażyna J. Kozaczka

   

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

PAHA opened the New Year 2016 with a strong 73rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, PAHA's First Vice President, organized an impressive program, which included eighteen papers grouped into eight sessions that testified to the multidisciplinary nature and vibrancy of the research conducted in the field of Polish American history and culture as well as migration studies. Presentation topics ranged from Cold War issues, to Kaszubian funeral traditions in Canada, post-war experiences of women prisoners of German concentration camps and the concept of a double diaspora in Polish American lesbian fiction.

Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann organized a session devoted to the work of the late Victor Greene (1931-2014), an eminent historian interested in the fields of immigration, popular culture and labor. During this fitting tribute to a scholarly life, many of his colleagues and former students discussed Professor Greene's scholarship as well as shared personal stories and anecdotes. In addition, the 73rd Annual Meeting provided PAHA with an opportunity to recognize excellence in scholarship and service during the awards ceremony held at a charming and historic southern restaurant.

Victor Greene Session organized by Dr. Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann

As members of PAHA, we should also be proud of the strong showing of scholarly monographs on Polish American and Polish topics at the book fair organized in conjunction with the AHA conference. Many of these titles were authored by our members. It was also pleasure to see our own journal, Polish American Studies, prominently displayed and advertised by the Illinois University Press.

May I also extend my appreciation to ALL those PAHA members that attended or contributed in any way to the planning and success of the program. Without their volunteer efforts and their dedication to PAHA, nothing in our organization could possibly work. Bardzo dziękuję!

Dr. Joanna Wojdon, with Dr. Pien Versteegh, PAHA's Executive Director
and Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka, PAHA's President.

As proud as we are of past accomplishments, it is time to look to the future. We are already planning our 74th Annual Meeting to be held in Denver, Colorado, January 5-7, 2017. Hopefully, many of you will be able to join us there to present your scholarship. And, of course, it is impossible not to notice that in about a year and a half, we will be celebrating PAHA’s 75th Annual Meeting. What a great accomplishment for our organization!

The 75th Annual Meeting will also coincide with PAHA’s 70th anniversary as an autonomous scholarly society. Even a cursory glance at the history of PAHA allows us to appreciate the changes this organization has undergone from its original heavily religious profile to what we see now, a multidisciplinary and multinational association of scholars who study the history and culture of Polish Americans, respond to the changes in the fields of migration studies, look at the larger Polish Diaspora, and who research the experience of Polish immigrants on different continents.


PAHA Board in Atlanta: Anna Mazurkiewicz, Grazyna Kozaczka, James Pula,
Pien Versteegh, Anna Miller, Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Mary Patrice Erdmans,
Robert Synakowski and Maja Trochimczyk 

Also as can be attested by our latest meeting in Atlanta, PAHA begins to attract scholars of other ethnic groups who seek comparative approaches and topics. In addition, PAHA keeps strengthening its connections to migration scholars in Poland by again cosponsoring migration workshops together with the Jagiellonian University and Polska Akademia Umiejętności. The workshops will be held in Kraków in early June 2016.

We have already started planning special projects to mark PAHA’s double anniversary. One is a plan to digitize the past issues of PAHA’s Bulletin/Newsletter all the way back to 1943. This publication provides not only a wealth of historical material chronicling the evolution of PAHA but also of the changes in the approach to ethnic studies. With the help of Ms. Renata Vickrey, University Archivist, of the Central Connecticut State University Library and Ms. Magda Jacques also of CCSU, we hope that the whole run of the Bulletin/Newsletter will be available to researchers in a digital format (issues from 2002-15 are posted online). An easy access to the full run of this publication may attract researchers interested in conducting an analytical study of the Bulletin/Newsletter. Such a study could become a fitting celebratory gesture to mark PAHA's Anniversary.

The second project under consideration is a revision of Polish Heritage Guide to USA and Canada edited by Jacek Gałązka and Albert Juszczak (Polish Heritage Publications, 1992). Thanks to sensitive negotiations conducted by Dr. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, PAHA obtained rights from Mr. Gałązka to revise and edit the previously published material and seek publication for the revised edition.

The final project that PAHA might implement is a planned and systematical strengthening of Polish American topics available through Wikipedia. All projects will be discussed at the May 2016 midyear board meeting to be held at the Joseph S. Skalny Welcome Center, St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY, thanks to the kind invitation PAHA received from Mr. Frederic Skalny and the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester.

I would like to end on a couple of personal notes. I received an invitation from Polska Akademia Umiejętności to represent PAHA at a seminar “Poles in World Scholarship” organized in Krakow in mid-June of this year to plan the 2017 Congress of Polish Scholarly Associations Abroad. I accepted this invitation since I believe that it is very important for PAHA to be represented during the planning stages for such an important Diasporic event.

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

Also, this past winter, I was fortunate to visit the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America in their new headquarters in Brooklyn, NY on a kind invitation of its Executive Director and PAHA’s Second Vice President, Dr. Iwona Drąg Korga. It is truly impressive what the Institute was able to accomplish in such a short time. Not only are the collections beautifully displayed, but the archives now boast archival shelving which maximizes space. Likewise the Institute immediately after its forced move from Manhattan grew into the fabric of its new Polish American community through an impressive number of programs both scholarly and popular that it organizes on its premises. I would like to wish the Institute continued success.

Respectfully submitted,


Dr. Grażyna J. Kozaczka
Cazenovia College
President, Polish American Historical Association

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

PAHA's Calls for Nominations and Papers and PIASA's Call for Papers

Welcome message from PAHA President, Grazyna Kozaczka

As of February 27, 2016, Awards Committee is opening its doors for awards nominations to be granted at the PAHA conference in Denver in January 2017. This year Awards Committee is starting the search a little earlier so we all have time to select the best candidates.

We ask all to send nominations until April 15, 2016, so we can present slate of candidates at the PAHA Meeting in Rochester in May 2016. All nomination should be sent to: I.korga@pilsudski.org.

PAHA's Awards are as follows:
  • 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.
  • Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization.
  • Creative Arts Award recognizes the contributions in the field of creative arts by individuals or groups who have promoted an awareness of the Polish experience in the Americas.
  • The Graduate Student Research Paper Award recognizes a substantial original research paper on Polish-American history and culture produced by a young scholar in the humanities or social sciences 

CALL FOR PAPERS - DUE APRIL 15, 2016  FOR THE 74TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE POLISH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

PAHA's 74th Annual Meeting will be held on January 5-7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado as part of the 131st American Historical Association's Annual Conference. The theme for the 2017 AHA conference is "Historical Scale: Linking Levels of Experience." AHA encourages contributors "to trace links among scales—spatial, temporal, and topical." This theme 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.

We invite scholars who work on the Polish American experience as part of the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies. We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers.

Presentations may address the following areas:

  • Polish American experience – all aspects (history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) in the Americas
  • Migration and settlement patterns, ethnic experience and interethnic encounters, Polish Americans and Poland
  • Intersections of ethnicity, gender and race
  • Ethnic press, ethnic lobbying, labor issues
  • Polish Americans and Polish American communities in the American West

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to the Chair of the Program Committee: Grazyna J, Kozaczka, Ph.D., Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY 13035; phone: 315-655-7302; email: gkozaczka@cazenovia.edu.

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 not always possible for PAHA to provide AV equipment for all sessions due to the high cost of mandatory rental from AHA so let us know in your proposal if using AV equipment is necessary for your presentation. We also encourage distribution of paper handouts as an alternative.



CALL FOR PAPERS - FOR PIASA'S 74th MEETING IN JUNE 2016 IN WASHINGTON, DC. DUE BY APRIL 15, 2016



The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite proposals for PIASA’s 74th Annual Conference to be held at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, June 17-18, 2016. A highlight of the conference promises to be the featured banquet speaker, Ambassador Ryszard Schnepf of the Republic of Poland.
Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. Since the Institute values comparative sessions, individual papers need not focus on Poland or the Polish diaspora, but it is hoped that at least one paper in each session will do so. 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 submitted for possible publication in The Polish Review subsequent to the conference.

To submit a paper or complete session, please send the name, e-mail address, institutional affiliation, a tentative paper title and brief abstract (one short paragraph is OK) for all presenters to the chair of the program committee at jpula@pnc.edu. The deadline for proposals is April 15 2016. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee. A conference rate for participants has been arranged at the Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge and the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA, directly across the Key Bridge from Georgetown.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

PAHA's Call for Papers and Nominations - Due on April 15, 2016

CALL FOR PAPERS - DUE APRIL 15, 2016  FOR THE 74TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE POLISH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION

PAHA's 74th Annual Meeting will be held on January 5-7, 2017 in Denver, Colorado as part of the 131st American Historical Association's Annual Conference. The theme for the 2017 AHA conference is "Historical Scale: Linking Levels of Experience." AHA encourages contributors "to trace links among scales—spatial, temporal, and topical." This theme 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.

We invite scholars who work on the Polish American experience as part of the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies. We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers.

Presentations may address the following areas:

  • Polish American experience – all aspects (history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) in the Americas
  • Migration and settlement patterns, ethnic experience and interethnic encounters, Polish Americans and Poland
  • Intersections of ethnicity, gender and race
  • Ethnic press, ethnic lobbying, labor issues
  • Polish Americans and Polish American communities in the American West

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2016. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to the Chair of the Program Committee: Grazyna J, Kozaczka, Ph.D., Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY 13035; phone: 315-655-7302; email: gkozaczka@cazenovia.edu.

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 not always possible for PAHA to provide AV equipment for all sessions due to the high cost of mandatory rental from AHA so let us know in your proposal if using AV equipment is necessary for your presentation. We also encourage distribution of paper handouts as an alternative.
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GRADUATE STUDENT/YOUNG SCHOLAR TRAVEL GRANT

PAHA encourages graduate students and young scholars (up to three years after graduation) to apply for our travel grants. Two such grants of $500.00 each will be awarded to offset travel costs to attend the 2017 PAHA Annual Meeting in Denver. The grants will be awarded by the program committee to the two best conference proposals dealing with Polish American topics submitted by graduate students/young scholars. To apply please include a brief letter of application and a CV together with the paper proposal. Each awardee must present the paper at the conference in person and will receive the check at the conference in Denver. Also Graduate Students are encouraged to apply for the Graduate Student Research Paper Award, please see details at: Call for Nominations Page.

All presenters are encouraged to submit their papers for possible publication in PAHA's scholarly journal, Polish American Studies.

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, 2016. Registration may be done on-line at www.polishamericanstudies.registration.html.

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR PAHA's 2015-16 AWARDS

Nominations are sought for the following awards. Kindly send all nominations to the chair of the awards committee, Dr.Iwona Drag-Korga (Pilsudski Institute) at i.korga@pilsudski.org.


GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER AWARD - DUE APRIL 15, 2016

The Polish American Historical Association announces the call for nominations and applications for the Graduate Student Research Paper Award.

The Graduate Student Research Paper Award recognizes a substantial original research paper on Polish-American history and culture produced by a young scholar in the humanities or social sciences.

A paper should be sent via e-mail to: i.korga@pilsudski.org before April 15th, 2016.

In addition to the recognition by PAHA and a potential paper publication offer from the interdisciplinary, refereed scholarly journal The Polish American Studies (the publication is not guaranteed), the winner will receive a $1,000 travel grant to present the paper at the PAHA 2017 Annual Meeting in Denver, January 2017. The conference is held in conjunction with the American Historical Association.

The candidate for the award must be a graduate student at the time of the application or nomination. In addition to the paper (up to 25 pages, 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman 12) any submission must contain: graduate student's short biographic note, 250-word abstract, and one letter of reference. The results will be announced by June 15, 2016

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR PAHA'S OTHER AWARDS - DUE APRIL 15, 2016 

  • 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.

  • Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization.

  • Creative Arts Award recognizes the contributions in the field of creative arts by individuals or groups who have promoted an awareness of the Polish experience in the Americas.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Winners of PAHA's 2016 Awards Announced in Atlanta, GA

PAHA President Grazyna Kozaczka announces the award winners.

On January 9, 2016, Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka, President of the Polish American Historical Association announced the following winners of the 2016 PAHA Awards and Prizes.



MIECZYSLAW HAIMAN AWARD  - PROF. DOROTA PRASZALOWICZ

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

Prof. Dorota Praszalowicz’s contributions to the field of Polonia studies are broad and have had considerable influence not only in the U.S. but also in Europe. The biannual migration conferences she organizes gather eminent scholars from the United States and Europe. Also, her editorship of the journal, Studia Migracyjne – Przegląd Polonijny, provides a significant contributions to the development and dissemination of new knowledge about Polonia and provides a valuable forum for comparative studies. She is an independent researcher at the Instytute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University and an author of numerous articles, conference presentations and two monographs: Polacy w Berlinie: strumienie migracyjne i społeczności imigracyjne and Mechanizmy zamorskich migracji łańcuchowych w XIX wieku: Polacy, Niemcy, Żydzi, Rusini. Zarys problemu, coauthored with Krzysztof Makowski, Andrzej Zięba. Her work has focused not only on Poles in the USA but also in Europe.

Prof. Grazyna Kozaczka addresses the attendees.

OSKAR HALECKI PRIZE - DR. ANNA JAROSZYNSKA-KIRCHMANN AND THEODORE ZAWISTOWSKI, for LETTERS FROM READERS IN THE POLISH AMERICAN PRESS

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.

Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann and Theodore Zawistowski, Letters from Readers in the Polish American Press, 1902-1969: A Corner for Everybody.

A Corner for Everybody is a unique collection of close to five hundred letters from Polish American readers, which were published in the Polish-language weekly Ameryka-Echo between 1902 and 1969. In these letters, Polish immigrants speak in their own words about their American experience, and vigorously debate religion, organization of their community, ethnic identity, American politics and society, and ties to the homeland. The translated letters are annotated and divided into thematic chapters with informative introductions. The Ameryka-Echo letters are a rich source of information on the history of Polish Americans, which can serve as primary sources for students and scholars. They also provide a new, fascinating, and lively look into the passions and experiences of individuals who created the larger American historical experience.

L to R: Dr. Pien Versteegh, Dr. Silvia Dapia, Dr. Theodore Zawistowski, 
Dr. Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, and PAHA President Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka

AMICUS POLONIAE AWARD - DR. SILVIA DAPIA

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

Dr. Silvia Dapia has provided significant service to Polonia and PAHA through her work on the Polish experience in Latin America. She guest edited a special edition of Polish American Studies on this topic and also guest edited a special issue of Polish Review on the work of WitoldGombrowicz. Beyond this she has presented papers on Polish-related topicsat PAHA and PIASA conferences as well as at the conference organized by Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz at the University of Gdansk. Further, she organized two complete sessions on Gomrbowicz for the Fifth World Congress on Polish Studies in Warsaw in 2014. (Papers from this conference formed the basis for her guest-edited issue of The Polish Review.) In her position on the organizing committee for a 2014 conference on Gombrowicz held at the National Library in Buenos Aires she was able to obtain invitations for three prominent Polish scholars to participate, and she solicited papers for the completion of the Polish Review issue on Gombrowicz.

Drs. James Pula, Silvia Dapia and Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann


DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD - DR. PIEN VERSTEEGH

Distinguished Service Award is given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization.

Dr. Pien Versteegh’s role as executive director of PAHA since 2007 years has been vital to the smooth and successful operation of the organization and its annual meetings. As Dean of the Avans School of International Studies at the Avans University of Applied Sciences in Breda, Netherlands she directs two bachelor programs: International Business and Management Studies (IBMS) and International Financial Management (IFM). Her own scholarly interests focus on Migration/ and Ethnicity and her contributions as a scholar and as a PAHA officer are a model of service and scholarship to the academic community.



THE SWASTEK PRIZE - LORI A. MATTEN

The Swastek Prize is awarded annually for the best article published in a given volume of Polish American Studies, the journal of the Polish American Historical Association. This award, established in 1981, is named in honor of Rev. Joseph V. Swastek (1913-1977), the editor of Polish American Studies for many years, and a past president of the Polish American Historical Association.

The Editorial Board of Polish American Studies recommends that the Swastek Prize for the best article in Polish American Studies for the year 2014 is awarded to Lori A. Matten for “Scouting for Identity: Recruiting Daughters to Save the Traditional Polish Family During the Interwar Years” (PAS 71/1, Spring 2014). The author presents sound exploration of the history and formation of Polish American organizations conceptualized by questions of gender and ethnicity. She skillfully examines understudied processes of identity transformations and assimilation of the second generation in the interwar period, as observed through the lens of gender distinctions present in the Polish scouting organizations in the United States. The article is well contextualized and makes good use of both primary and secondary sources. It can be used in any classroom to foster discussion on U.S. history, Polonia history, and gender relations in ethnic communities.


The Awards Banquet was held in the historic Mary Mac's Tea Room, with the attendees enjoying traditional southern cuisine, including fried green tomatoes, fried okra, shrimp with grits, and peach cobbler for dessert.



In 2016, PAHA has not awarded its Graduate Student Research Prize, Skalny Civic Achievements Awards, nor its Creative Arts Prize.

Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz, First VP and Meeting Organizer with the Awards.

PAHA Members and Guests at the Mary Mac's Tea Room.

L to R: Michal Mydlowski, John P. Dunn and Halecki Prize winner Theodore Zawistowski

Mary Patrice Erdmans at Mary Mac's Tea Room.

The organizer of the Annual Meeting, Anna Mazurkiewicz celebrates with PAHA Treasurer Prof. James Pula. 

Distinguished Service Award winner Pien Versteegh celebrates with Maja Trochimczyk, last year's winner.

PAHA Officers and Council in Atlanta, GA