Friday, April 19, 2013

PAHA Board Meeting, Conference and Lectures in Buffalo, NY - May 15-16, 2013

This year’s midyear meeting of the PAHA Board will take place in Buffalo, NY on 16 May 2013. A day earlier – on 15 May – upon the invitation from the Polish Arts Club in Buffalo, Dr. James Pula will deliver a Program entitled Kościuszko's Return to America. In his lecture Professor Pula will describe Thaddeus Kościuszko’s visit to the United States after the American Revolution, his "secret" diplomatic mission to France, and his famous American will.

 On Thursday, 16 May 2013, PAHA will hold its midyear board meeting at the Cellino & Barnes Conference Center at the State University of New York at Buffalo. It will be followed by a tour of the Polish Room collections at the UB Lockwood Library. During the lunch break Dr. Stephen Leahy will host a discussion on the placement of the Polish Studies within the Global Studies programs.

 In the afternoon, a session entitled Ethnic and Not Quite White: Poles and Others in Urban America will be held thanks to the support of the University at Buffalo, SUNY Polish Studies Program as well as the Department of Transnational Studies, and the Department of History.

The session will be opened by the Director of the Polish Studies Program at UB – Dr. Janina Brutt-Griffler and the Vice President of PAHA – Dr. Grażyna Kozaczka. The keynote lecture will be delivered by Dr. John Bukowczyk. Professor Bukowczyk will explore the questions of racial prejudice among the Poles and other immigrants from Eastern, Southern, and Central Europe and suggest avenues for future research of white ethnic workers and their urban communities in the twentieth century.

It will be followed by comments delivered by invited discussants from the University at Buffalo (SUNY): Dr. Keith P. Griffler, Chair of the Department of Transnational Studies and Dr. Victoria W. Wolcott, Professor of History. After a short reception, there will be a round table discussion chaired by Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. It will revolve around the theme of Polish American Studies Today - Challenges and Opportunities.

The confirmed participants, members of the PAHA Council, include: Dr. Iwona Korga, Executive Director of the Józef Piłsudski Insitute of America, Dr. M.B.B. Biskupski, President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences, and Dr. Thomas Napierkowski, President of the Polish American Historical Association.

The Buffalo and Western NY Polish American community leaders and organizations which had already confirmed their participation are: the Polish Arts Club, the Polish Legacy Project, the Polish American Congress WNY, and Niagara Polish Cultural and Historical Association. 


Wednesday, 15 May 2013 

6:30pm–9:00pm Program by James Pula, Kosciuszko's Return to America at the Polish Arts Club, 4255 Harlem Rd. Community Center (Amherst NY, 14226)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

10:00am–1:00pm PAHA Board meeting Cellino & Barnes Conference Center (509 O'Brian Hall, UB North Campus, Amherst NY, 14261)

1:30pm – Lockwood Library Polish Room tour, followed by the lunch break

5:00pm–6:45pm Academic Session: John Bukowczyk, Ethnic and Not Quite White: Poles and Others in Urban America; Invited Discussants: Keith P. Griffler, Victoria W. Wolcott.

7:00pm - Reception (Conference Center)

7:30pm–9:00pm Polish American Studies Today – Challenges and Opportunities – A roundtable discussion.

For more information and assistance
call/e-mail: tel. (716) 645-0665;
Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz


Photos of Bufallo (c) by Anna Mazurkiewicz

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