Saturday, January 3, 2015

PAHA 72nd Annual Meeting in Progress, January 2-4, 2015

The 72nd Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association is filled with fascinating presentations and inspiring discussions.  The sessions commenced this morning in the meeting rooms of the Hilton Midtown, New York (corner of Sixth Avenue and 54th Street), and will continue on Sunday afternoon, starting at 11:30 a.m. Attendance is free of charge and all interested parties are invited.

So far, we have presented five sessions and four more are scheduled for tomorrow. The topics include studies of contemporary Polish-American and Polish-Canadian literature, Polish participation in the Civil War, Solidarity topics - Walentynowicz, Wajda's Walesa, and returnees from emigration, great historical figures - Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Herbert Hoover, and astronomer Jan Brozek, and lesser known historical personalities - Father Suk, Alfred Jurzykowski, and Polish sportsmen. A session on memoirs brought together a discussion of diaries by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and Maria Dąbrowska as well as the mother of scholar Barbara Rylko-Bauer.

Polish American Literature

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 8:30 AM-10:00 AM New York Hilton, Lincoln Suite; Chair: Pien Versteegh, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences

• The Case against My Brother: The Intersection of History, Literature, and Ethnicity - Thomas Napierkowski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

• Patterns of Ethnicity in Polish American, Polish Canadian, and Anglo-Polish Fiction after 1989 - Grazyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College




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The Long Nineteenth Century: Themes in History


Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM New York Hilton, Concourse B; Chair: Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
  • Future War of John Bloch versus Norman Angell’s Great Illusion - Andrzej Pieczewski, University of Łódź
  • To Save the Union; or, For the Just and Right Cause? Why Poles Fought in the Civil War, 1861–65 - Piotr Derengowski, University of Gdańsk and University at Buffalo (SUNY)
  • The Battle of Maciejowice & Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s Myth - Anna Cortes, Polish Academy of Sciences
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Solidarity: At Home and Abroad

Saturday, January 3, 2015: 10:30 AM-12:00 PM New York Hilton, Lincoln Suite; Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk





• To Be a Woman in the Male-Dominated World of the Lenin Shipyard Workers: Anna Walentynowicz’s Quest in Life - Anna Muller, University of Michigan–Dearborn

• Andrzej Wajda’s Solidarity Trilogy - Sheila Skaff, New York University

• The Return Migration of Solidarity Refugees - Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

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Figures in Polish and Polish American History


Saturday, January 3, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM New York Hilton, Concourse B; Chair: John Radzilowski, University of Alaska, Southeast





• Father Theodore Suk: A Man of Faith - Barbara Pulaski, Mount Ida College


• Alfred Jurzykowski and his Foundation: A Brief Outline - 

Czeslaw Karkowski, Hunter College and Mercy College



• Zbyszko, “The Mighty Pole”: Stanley Zbyszko, Polish Americans, and Sport in the Early Twentieth Century -  Neal Pease, U. of Wisconsin–Milwaukee


• Jan Brożek’s Contribution to Copernican Studies Originating from His Queries in Warmia in 1618 -  Jan Chroboczek, Institute de Microélectronique, Électromagnétisme et Photonique


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World War II: Literature, Memoir, and Herbert Hoover’s Humanitarianism


Saturday, January 3, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM New York Hilton, Lincoln Suite; Chair: Thomas Napierkowski, U. of Colorado, Colorado Springs





• Warsaw Polish Writers-Diarists Encountering the Holocaust: The Cases of Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and Maria Dąbrowska  - Rachel Brenner, University of Wisconsin– Madison




• Integrating History, Memory, and Intimate Ethnography: A Polish Biography-Memoir of World War II, Immigration, and a Life Remade -  Barbara Rylko-Bauer, Michigan State University




• Herbert Hoover, Poles, and Poland: An Inquiry into a Dynamic Relationship - Frederick J. Augustyn, Library of Congress


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There will be three more sessions on Sunday, January 4, 2015, two startign at 11:30 am and one at 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm, when the 72nd Annual Meeting of PAHA will end. 



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Themes in the History of Polish Music 


Sunday, January 4, 2015: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM New York Hilton, Concourse E; Chair: Grazyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College


• The Impact of Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz’s American Years on Spiewy Historyczne -  Maja Trochimczyk, Moonrise Press




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Polish American History from the Seventeenth Century through the Mid-Twentieth Century 


Sunday, January 4, 2015: 11:30 AM-1:30 PM

New York Hilton, Harlem Suite; Chair: Thomas Napierkowski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

• New Amsterdam or New Gdańsk? Polish Settlers in

New Amsterdam, 1624–64 - Pien Versteegh, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences and James Pula, Purdue University North Central

• KNAPP: The National Committee of Americans of Polish Descent -  Charles Chotkowski, Piast Institute 


The Eviction of the Kashube Fishermen of Jones Island Milwaukee: Then and Now -  Ann Gurnack, University of Wisconsin–Parkside


• A New Polonia? The Recreation of Polish American Identity, 1918–45 -  John Radzilowski, University of Alaska, Southeast


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The Aftermath of World War II


Sunday, January 4, 2015: 2:30 PM-4:30 PM New York Hilton, Concourse F; Chair: Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Conn. State University


• Citizenship Practices during the Cold War: A Polish American Model? - Florence Vychytil-Baudoux, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales


• Paralyzing the Polonia from Within: Communist Secret Police Infiltration of the Polish American Community -  Pawel Styrna, Institute of World Politics


• Cold War Émigrés: Looking for Patterns in Exile Political Activism -  Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdansk


• Polish Refugees from Siberia in the United States, 1945–2014 -  Iwona Korga, Józef Pilsudski Institute of America


• Defending the Remnants: American Jews Respond to Poland’s 1968 Anti-Zionist Campaign -  Rachel Rothstein, University of Florida

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