Friday, March 20, 2015

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

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

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles

November 13-14, 2015, Loyola University Chicago


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

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

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

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

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

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles
Proposed Program

DAY 1 – Friday, November 13th , 2015

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

DAY 2 – Saturday, November 14th , 2015

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

Pre-Conference Events:

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

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




Deadline: April 10, 2015

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

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

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

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


Fulbright Opportunity in Poland (Award #6299) 

Distinguished Chair in Humanities and Social Sciences 

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

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

The competition will close on August 3, 2015. For an application form use this address For more information on other Fulbright opportunities visit