Friday, August 18, 2017

Lecture on Jefferson, Kosciuszko and Hull in Philadelphia, September 23, 2017

Thaddeus Kosciuszko, portrait by Karl Gottlieb Schweikart - www.wilanow-palac.art.pl

The Kosciuszko Foundation - Philadelphia Chapter invites all int, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia.

Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kosciuszko and  Agrippa Hull

SPEAKER: Gary B. Nash, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor and Director Emeritus, National Center for History in the Schools, and Professor Emeritus of History, UCLA

DESCRIPTION:  In “Friends of Liberty,” Dr. Nash explores the little-known story of General Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Polish-born military engineer and freedom fighter in the American Revolution, and his role as a pioneer of abolition.* Kosciuszko was an ardent advocate for the rights of European serfs, African slaves, Jews, women and other disenfranchised groups on two continents. Kosciuszko’s relationship with Agrippa Hull, a freeborn black New Englander who served as his orderly during the Revolutionary War, provides poignant testimony to the bonds that form between freedom-loving people. As a pioneer of abolition, Kosciuszko gave Jefferson instructions that upon his death, Kosciuszko’s U.S. funds be used to liberate and educate as many of Jefferson’s slaves as the money allowed. The lecture tells of the tragic betrayal of Kosciuszko’s trust.

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017    5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia

FREE TICKETS: The lecture is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Advance reservations are required and can be made at HTTPS://KOSCIUSZKOMAR.EVENTBRITE.COM
Tickets at $80/person may also be obtained for a Reception following the lecture.

SPONSOR: Kosciuszko Foundation, Philadelphia Chapter in cooperation with the Museum of the American Revolution and the U.S. National Park Service

*This lecture marks Kosciuszko’s legacy of freedom and the 200th anniversary of his passing. UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and the Parliament of Poland have declared 2017 as the Year of Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

For additional information:   https://www.thekf.org/kf/chapters/philadelphia/events/
Contact: thekfphiladelphia@gmail.com

About General Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746-1817)

Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko came to America during the Revolutionary War to aid in the struggle for American Independence. He offered his much needed expertise as military engineer to Gen. Washington and designed many formidable defenses, including the "American Gibraltar" at West Point, NY, and forts on the Delaware River. His work in planning the redoubts at Saratoga, NY, was praised by General Horatio Gates as crucial to the American victory. When he returned to his native Poland he carried the message of freedom and independence. The Insurrection he led to free his homeland from foreign oppression failed, but nevertheless, in time, he became one of Poland's most beloved historical figures. Kosciuszko was a precursor of the development of national awareness in its modern sense, embodiment of the principle of tolerance, called by Thomas Jefferson "the purest son of liberty, I have ever known." On returning to Philadelphia he gained the friendship of Thomas Jefferson and the respect of the American people. His last will and testament contained instructions that funds from his financial holdings in the United States be used to liberate and educate slaves here. This was an unprecedented request. This year, 2017, we commemorate the bicentennial of his death.

A more complete biography of General Kościuszko may be downloaded from: www.polishcultureacpc.org/news/TK.docx

From UNESCO Press Release   

The year 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Tadeusz Kościuszko, political leader, with the support of the governments of Poland, Lithuania, Switzerland and the Kosciuszko Foundation: An American Center of Polish Culture in New York City.

Tadeusz Kościuszko lived at the turn of the eighteenth and nineteenth century. In recognition of his activity for the sake of peace, independence and democracy – the equality of people regardless of their skin colour or religion – he is considered a national hero in Poland and in the United States. He emphasized the role of both practical and citizen education, so that men and women who regained freedom should be aware of their rights, but also their duties with respect to the freedom and welfare of others.

About The Kosciuszko Foundation

The Kosciuszko Foundation, a national non-profit organization, was established in 1925 by Professor Stephen Mizwa to foster intellectual and artistic exchange between the United States. Even during the dark times when Poland was under Communist control, the Foundation did not cease to provide opportunities for a people-to-people exchange at universities in both countries. Many of those who rose to leadership in the now free Poland were Foundation grant recipients. In addition to its scholarship and grant programs, the Foundation has sponsored summer sessions for American students at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków since the 1970s, and now has an English language teaching program that benefits Polish youth. In the United States, the Foundation organizes various events to promote an understanding of Polish culture and history among Americans.

The Foundation's work reaches audiences throughout the United States, through its headquarters in New York City and regional chapters including the Philadelphia Chapter which was founded in 1993.

The Great American Eclipse on August 21, 2017

While it is not limited to Polish Americans, the eclipse will be seen from just about everywhere, and thus, it is worthy of our attention. Here are the maps of the pathway from NASA.

https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-who-what-where-when-and-how



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Polonia News: The Tatra Eagle at 70, Piast Institute's Women's Hall of Fame, and Jan Jarczyk Fund

The 70th Anniversary of The Tatra Eagle, 1947-2017


Janina Gromada Kedroń and Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada, Co-editors of the Tatra Eagle quarterly have announced that the Jubilee issue V. 20, no.1 has been released. The sister and brother team has been at the creation of the publication in 1947, Passaic, NJ when they were just completing their high school studies. Many scholars and critics have credited the publication for helping to maintain góral  (highlander) and folk culture not only in America but also in Poland during the Cold War. 

Prof. Thaddeus Gromada with his wife in gorale costumes

For the past seven decades the editors encouraged its readers in Polish and English to become more conscious and appreciative of the folk culture of Podhale and its impact on Poland's high culture. This folk culture was and still is a source of inspiration for many Polish creative artists. For more information write to Tatra Eagle Press, 31 Madison Ave. Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604 or email thadgromada@gmail.com

The Piast Institute Creates The Polish Women’s Hall of Fame


The Piast Institute announces the establishment of the Polish Women’s Hall of Fame. The virtual exhibit, hosted at www.FamousPolishWomen.com raises awareness of and honors women’s lives and contributions to culture and history of Poland and the world. The project provides biographies, photographs,bibliographies, and articles on women in Poland and the diaspora. Ashley Fallon, the director of the virtual project, explained that the Hall of Fame will serve as a resource for the Polish community, for schools and universities, and especially for young Polish women—and for women everywhere. While individuals like Marie Skłodowska Curie are well-known, the overall story of the achievements and contributions of Polish women has long been overlooked. “We can never fully understand who we are until we join the stories of our mothers to those of our fathers,” said Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, President of the Piast Institute. 

Nominations from the general public are accepted in six categories: Science and Education, Arts and Humanities, Religion, Public Life and Service, Philanthropy, and Sports. Final selections for Hall of Fame inductees will be made by a distinguished international panel. For more information, please visit the website at: www.FamousPolishWomen.com or call Ashley Fallon at the Piast Institute at (313) 733-4535 ext. 105.

Jan Jarczyk Fund Honors a Polish-Canadian Jazz Pianist


On 24 March 2017 a Rush Hour Jazz Concert for Two Pianos / Six Hands was held at McGill University in Montreal to honor a Polish-Canadian Jazz pianist Jan Jarczyk. A jazz pianist, composer, arranger and all around musician, Jan Jarczyk, had a profound impact on his students and colleagues at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. He was at the heart and soul of the jazz program for almost three decades: even those who weren’t lucky enough to study with Jan are well acquainted with stories that speak of his formidable musical skills, powerful mind and humorous spirit.

To honor Jan’s devotion to his students and his love of music, the Jan Jarczyk Fund has been established at McGill University to provide financial support to outstanding jazz piano students. Jan has left great gifts for both the current and future generations to enjoy. His music will continue to exist through the wealth of his recorded material and in live performances of his compositions. His teachings will keep guiding all those that he touched. Above all else, Jan will serve as inspiration to artists around the world in their pursuit of what he loved most: music. To contribute to the fund, visit mcgill.ca/seedsofchange.

Friday, July 14, 2017

New Scholarly and Popular Books by PAHA Members

Anna Mazurkiewicz’s New Book on European Exiles in the U.S.



Anna Mazurkiewicz, Uchodźcy polityczni z Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej w amerykańskiej polityce
zimnowojennej, 1948-1954 (Political Exiles from East Central Europe in the American Cold War Politics, 1948-1954), Warsaw-Gdańsk 2016, pp. 543. The Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, University of Gdańsk.
Series: „Monographs”, vol. 121.

The recent book by PAHA President, Anna Mazurkiewicz unveils the complicated relationship between the US government and the exiled political leaders from East Central Europe who sought American support after World War II. Examining the circumstances in which émigré ideologies and political programs were developed, attention is given to US political plans, organizations, mechanisms and projects that envisioned political cooperation with exiles from those countries in Europe that were independent in 1939 and then fell prey to the Soviets. Cooperation with East Central European exiles constituted a part of a broader US Cold War effort, which is commonly referred to as psychological warfare. The United States supported the Cold War refugees for humanitarian reasons, but they also used them for intelligence, propaganda and political purposes – both in the United States and abroad (including behind the Iron Curtain). Moreover, the United States wanted to maintain the intellectual abilities of the exiled elites and retain them within their sphere of influence in case Communist regimes were overthrown. For these reasons, political, material and administrative support were extended to them. The exiles, who refrained from referring to themselves as immigrants, became partners with the US government in the Cold War struggle against communism. They were, however, in a very complex and delicate situation.


Deprived of unfettered communication channels with their homelands, and lacking political backing for their activities on the international arena, the exiled political leaders built (and in the case of the Polish government-in-exile upheld) organizations that – during the Stalinist era – became essentially the only tangible form of organized anticommunist opposition. Their goal was to lobby Western powers to  support their agenda: the restoration of basic rights that had been stripped from the so-called “captive nations.” A partnership with the United States promised both much-needed backing for establishing international contacts as well as material support that enabled them to maintain their political and social activities in exile.

Praise for Mary Patrice Erdmans's Book on Teen Mothers 


On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life before Pregnancy  by Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black
Paperback, 344 pages, ISBN 9780520283428 (February 2015)


In 2013, New York City launched a public education campaign with posters of frowning or crying children saying such things as “I’m twice as likely not to graduate high school because you had me as a teen” and “Honestly, Mom, chances are he won’t stay with you.” Campaigns like this support a public narrative that portrays teen mothers as threatening the moral order, bankrupting state coffers, and causing high rates of poverty, incarceration, and school dropout. These efforts demonize teen mothers but tell us nothing about their lives before they became pregnant.


In this myth-shattering book, the authors tell the life stories of 108 brown, white, and black teen mothers, exposing the problems in their lives often overlooked in pregnancy prevention campaigns. Some stories are tragic and painful, marked by sexual abuse, partner violence, and school failure. Others depict "girl next door" characters whose unintended pregnancies lay bare insidious gender disparities. Offering a fresh perspective on the links between teen births and social inequalities, this book demonstrates how the intersecting hierarchies of gender, race, and class shape the biographies of young mothers.


"Written in accessible language and full of rich interviews and personal narratives . . . A valuable addition to sociology and gender collections."—Y. Besen-Cassino CHOICE

"... first-rate, illuminating... On Becoming a Teen Mom examines the lives of teen mothers prior to pregnancy... [and] analyzes the factors and circumstances that contribute to unmarried young women having babies..."—Ruth Sidel Women's Review of Books

"Informative . . . the book reveals the important role of research in understanding phenomena that people believe they already understand, and how empirically based findings can make a difference."—Adolescent Research Review

“An illuminating, inspiring, often heartbreaking investigation into the lifeworlds of teenage moms. The authors bypass stale moral panic agendas, instead creating space for the young women to speak their own truths, in their own words, while skillfully answering the forgotten question, who are these kids?”—Donna Gaines, author of Teenage Wasteland and A Misfit’s Manifesto

“A revealing exploration of the complex reality and surprising diversity behind the stereotypes of teen motherhood. Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black combine personal life histories with rigorous argument to show how teen pregnancy in America is the outcome rather than the cause of impoverished neighborhoods, stressed families, and educational inequities.”—Stephanie Coontz, author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap

“On Becoming a Teen Mom is a welcome counterweight to reductionist and pathologizing accounts of adolescent mothers. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to get beyond pearl-clutching and move toward supporting pregnant and parenting teenagers.”—Jeanne Flavin, author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America

“On Becoming a Teen Mom offers one of the deepest investigations into teen pregnancy that I have seen. Until we begin to address issues systemically, the ‘problem’ of teen pregnancy and the real problems young mothers face will not go away. This book is a significant and important contribution toward that effort.”—Wanda S. Pillow, author of Unfit Subjects: Education Policy and the Teen Mother, 1972–2002

“By interpreting common themes in the life histories of the many teen mothers they interviewed, these authors question the assumption that their futures were completely promising before they became young mothers, or that their early motherhood compromised their futures any further. We need to listen to these young women, and policy targets need to be earlier, broader, and deeper than individual sexual, contraceptive, or pregnancy behavior alone.”—Arline T. Geronimus, Fellow, Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

“On Becoming a Teen Mom powerfully reminds us that any serious discussion of the causes and consequences of teen motherhood is incomplete if it fails to account for the larger social forces at play in girls’ lives.”—Lorena Garcia, Associate Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

“The writing pulled me in—accessible, serious, straightforward. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put down this compelling and disturbing book on the tragedy that is structural inequality.”—Alisse Waterston, author of My Father’s Wars: Migration, Memory, and the Violence of a Century


“While the statistics about teen pregnancy tell one story, this book tells compelling stories about the multi-challenged lives of teen mothers. Mary Patrice Erdmans and Timothy Black have made a major contribution to the understanding of the intersection of teen pregnancy, family and community violence, and poverty in the United States. The voices of these teen mothers need to be heard.”—John M. Leventhal, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Yale School of Medicine

Irena Kossakowska’s Story of her Father – A Homeland Denied



In October 2016, Irena Kossakowska Clarke published a book based on the war-time memories and experiences of her father, Wacław Kossakowski. A Homeland Denied (ahomelanddenied.com) follows his harrowing journey as a young Warsaw University student whose peaceful life was changed dramatically on the fateful day of September 1, 1939. From imprisonment in the notorious Kozielsk prison to a forced labor camp in the Siberian Arctic Circle, the story tells of suffering and brutality impossible to imagine.

Forced to dig runways in temperatures reaching as low as minus 50°C while under constant threat from sadistic guards, he experienced a living hell with death his only companion. He endured and witnessed atrocities, which haunted him for the rest of his life, with so many friends murdered or frozen to death in the unforgiving cruelty of Siberia. But fate intervened and the icy wasteland was replaced by the blistering heat and dry deserts of the Middle East, where the student was taught to fight – and fight he did, in the Italian campaign, at Monte Cassino, Ancona and Bologna. Yet the desire to return to his homeland never left him and only memories of the idyllic life before the war and his intense yearning to return sustained him when he sank to the lowest despair. Yet how could he know of the terrible suffering of his family or the sacrifices of his countrymen as they fought so desperately to keep Warsaw, only to be denied their homeland in the cruellest way imaginable. For though ultimately the victors, they lost everything. Their home, their loves, their country and nothing would ever be the same again.

Whittles Publishing, ISBN 978-184995-264-4.
http://www.whittlespublishing.com/A_Homeland_Denied


Monday, June 5, 2017

PAHA Board's Mid-Year Meeting at 6th World Congress of Polish Studies in Krakow, June 18, 2017


The Board of the Polish American Historical Association meets twice per year, with a mid-year meeting scheduled either independently of other events, or in association with an important conference. The Summer 2017 Mid-Year Board Meeting will take place in Krakow, Poland, on June 18, 2017, at the end of the Sixth World Congress of Polish Studies, organized jointly by Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America , Polska Akademia Umiejetnosci, and the University of Gdansk. The Congress is scheduled for June 16-18 at the  Polska Akademia Umiejętności at ul. Sławkowska 17 in Krakow, and includes presentations by nearly 200 scholars from various areas of the humanities and social sciences, including studies of Polish history, literature, art, music, institutions and individuals.  There will be a large number of panels with papers on Polish American topics. They include:
  • Session 3 on Chicago Polonia
  • Sessions 7 and 12 on Heroes and Anti-Heroes
  • Session 13 on migration Studies (maybe)
  • Session 17 on Polish Diaspora Communities
  • Session 26 on Polish American support for Poland
  • Session 21 on Australian immigration (Western Hemisphere!)
  • Session 31 on Poles in American Civil War
  • Session 35 on immigrant Social Identities
  • Session 41 on Eastern Europeans in north America
  • Sessions 46 and 52 on Post-Solidarity immigrants in the US and Canada respectively
Please see the full program in PDF format for more details about these sessions all held at the Polska Akademia Umiejętności at ul. Sławkowska 17 in Krakow.


The Conference Organizing Committee included three PAHA members:
  • Chair — M. B. B. Biskupski (Central Connecticut State University, former President of PAHA)
  • Vice Chair and Program Chair — James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest, PAHA Treasurer and former editor of the Polish American Studies)
  • Chair of Administration and Finance — Bożena Leven (The College of New Jersey)
  • Committee Members: 
  • Andrzej Białas (President, Polska Akademia Umiejętności),
  • Arkadiusz Janicki (Director of the Institute of History, University of Gdańsk), 
  • Anna Mazurkiewicz (President, Polish American Historical Association)

The Program also includes a thank-you note to individuals and institutions that organized two or more sessions at the Congress:
  • Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
  • Christopher Garbowski (Marie Curie-Skłodowska University)
  • Arkadiusz Janicki (University of Gdańsk)
  • Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdańsk)
  • Anna Reczyńska (Jagiellonian University)
  • Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press)
  • Centre POLONICUM (University of Warsaw)
  • Polish American Historical Association
  • The University of Gdańsk
SESSIONS WITH PARTICIPATION OF PAHA  MEMBERS:

FRIDAY, JUNE 16, 2017 (Polska Akademia Umiejętności, ul. Sławkowska 17, Krakow)

9:00-9:45 – OPENING CEREMONIES  
Chair: James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest) 
Speakers: Andrzej Białas (President, Polska Akademia Umiejętności) – M. B. B. Biskupski
(President, Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America) – Arkadiusz Janicki (Director of the Institute of History, University of Gdańsk)

9:45-10:45 – PLENARY SESSION: “The Year of Kościuszko: How We Remember Him” —
Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdańsk; President, Polish American Historical
Association) 
Speakers: Piotr Drąg (Jagiellonian University), “Tadeusz Kościuszko: How the National
Hero of Poland is Remembered in Poland in the Bicentenary Year of His Death” – James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest), “Kościuszko in American Historical Memory”

11:00 -:12:30 Session 2: Tadeusz Kościuszko (Organized by the University of Gdańsk) — K. Lanckoroński
Hall Chair: James S. Pula (Purdue University Northwest)
Speakers: Anna Łysiak-Łątkowska (University of Gdańsk), “Tadeusz Kościuszko in the Eyes of the 18th Century French” — Arkadiusz Janicki (University of Gdańsk), “Kościuszko as a National Hero” — Barbara Klassa (University of Gdańsk) – “American Historiography on Kościuszko and Pułaski”

11:00 -:12:30 Session 3: The Chicago Polonia: From the Za Chlebem Migration to Today (Organized by the Polish American Historical Association) — Duża Aula Room
Chair: Dominic A. Pacyga (Columbia College -Chicago)
Speakers: Megan Geigner (U.S. Naval Academy), “Building the Kościuszko Statue in Chicago: Civic Performance and Chicago’s Polonia” — Marek Liszka (Jagiellonian University), “Polish Orava Highlanders at the Turn of the 20th and the 21st Century in the United States” — Mary Patrice Erdmans (Case Western Reserve University), “Residential Patterns of Polish Immigrants in Chicago in the 21st Century” 

13:30-15:00 Session 9: Polish Historians and Their Work — G. Labuda Hall
Chair: Marek Haltof (Northern Michigan University) 
Speakers: Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), “Henryk Halkowski as Historian of Jewish Kraków” — Marek Kornat (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University), "Polish Historians of Diplomacy in Exile (1945-1989)” — Andrzej T. Fretschel (University of Wisconsin-Madison), “Contagion: a Girardian Response to Jan T. Gross’s Neighbors” 

13:30-15:00 Session 10: The Many Faces of Literature Chair: Lynn Lubamersky (Boise State University) — K. Lanckoroński Hall 
Speakers: Thomas J. Napierkowski (University of Colorado-Colorado Springs), “The Literary and Social Achievement of Krysia: A Polish Girl’s Stolen Childhood During World War II” — Katarzyna Drąg (The Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków), “A Voyage to America in the Work  of Polish Writers and Journalists in the Nineteenth Century” — Marek Sroka (University  of Illinois), “Migrating Volumes: Jewish Immigrants from Kraków and Their Personal Book Collections, 1949-1950”

15:30-16:45 Session 12: Twentieth Century Polish Heroes and Anti-Heroes (Organized by the University of Gdańsk) — G. Labuda Hall Chair: Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee) Speakers: Magdalena Nowak (University of Gdańsk), “Metropolitan Andrei Sheptytskyi -
Ukrainian Hero - Polish Anti-Hero” — Anna Mazurkiewicz (University of Gdańsk), “Stanisław Mikołajczyk and Stefan Korboński: An American Feud” — Arnold Kłonczyński (University of Gdańsk), “Leaders of the Polish Diaspora in Sweden 1945-1989” 

15:30-16:45 Session 13: Migration Studies and the Choices Young Polish Scholars Make — Duża Aula Room Chair: Dorota Praszałowicz (Jagiellonian University)
Speakers: Michał Garapich (Roehampton University), “The Hidden Transcripts of Polonian Discourse. An Anthropological Take on Power and Class in Polish Migration” — Aleksandra Galasińska  (University of Wolverhampton), “Catching Up With Expats. Migrants’ Identity and (Social) Media”— Andrew Asher (Indiana University), “Engaging with Researchers in Practice: An Investigation of Polish Early-career Scholars’ Information Workflows” 



SATURDAY, JUNE 17 (Polska Akademia Umiejętności, ul. Sławkowska 17, Krakow)

9:10:30 Session 17: Polish Diaspora Communities — Duża Aula Room
Chair: Arnold Kłonczyński (University of Gdańsk) 
Speakers: Pien Versteegh (Avans University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands), “Settling Down: Polish Communities in the Netherlands and Belgium (1890-1930)” — Stephen M. Leahy (Shantou University, China), “The Long Conservative Movement and the Myth of the White Ethnic Backlash in Milwaukee, 1958-1964” — Krzysztof Wasilewski (Zbigniew Herbert Regional and Municipal Public Library, Gorzów), “Polish Immigrants as Anarchists and Socialists in the U.S. Press in the Early 20th Century” 

10:45-12:15 Session 25: 120 lat Tansmana: O muzyce i życiu kompozytora-emigranta (1897-1986) —
Session is in Polish — Hall No. 26 
Chair: Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press)
Speakers: Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press), “Tansman ‘In Tempo Americano,’ 1941-1946” — Małgorzata Gamrat (University of Warsaw), “Tansman o Muzyce Polskiej - Analiza Pism Kompozytora” — Andrzej Wendland (Tansman Festival Łódź), “W poszukiwaniu Złotego Runa. Rzecz o zaginionej operze Aleksandra Tansmana”

13:15-14:45 Session 26: Polish America’s Support for Poland (Organized by the Polish American
Historical Association)—Duża Aula Room 
Chair: Stephen M. Leahy (Shantou University, China)
Speakers: Dominic Pacyga (Columbia College Chicago), “To Struggle for the Homeland: The Chicago Polonia in Two World Wars” — Robert Szymczak (Pennsylvania State University-Beaver), “The American Slav Congress in Perspective, 1941-1951” — Renata C. Vickrey (Central Connecticut State University), “World War I and Poland’s Independence: Efforts of Connecticut Polonia 

13:15-14:45 Session 28: Witold Gombrowicz (I) — K. Lanckoroński Hall
Chair: Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
Speakers: Michał Markowski (University of Illinois at Chicago), “Transforming the Formless:
Gombrowicz and Modernism Revisited” — Magdalena Heydel (Jagiellonian University) – “‘Intermolecular Mockery and Derision, an Inbred Superlaugh.’ On English Translations of Gombrowicz’s Ferdydurke” — Piotr Świercz (Jesuit University Ignatianum) – “Polishness, Politics, and the Facilitated Life in Witold Gombrowicz’s Works”

13:15-14:45 Session 30: On Symphonies of Henryk Mikołaj Górecki (1933-2010) — G. Labuda Hall
Chair: Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press) Speakers: Martina Homma (Bela Verlag, Cologne), “Gorecki’s Symphonies no. 1 and no. 2: On Expansion and Restriction in  Gorecki’s Personal Style” — Maja Trochimczyk (Moonrise Press), “Górecki Conducts Górecki: The Third Symphony in Los Angeles” — Andrzej Wendland (Tansman Festival Łódź), “Górecki’s Fourth Symphony ‘Tasman Epizody’ - The Phenomenon and Mystery”

15:00-16:30 Session 31: Polish Participants in the American Revolution and Civil War (Organized by the Polish American Historical Association) — Duża Aula Room
Chair: Piotr Derengowski (University of Gdańsk)
Speakers: Anthony Bajdek (Northeastern University, retired), “Revisiting the Subject of West Point and the Secular Sainthood of Tadeusz Kościuszko in the Early American Republic” — Tomasz Pudłocki (Jagiellonian University), “The Polish Delegation to the U.S. Pulaski Celebrations, 1929 – Honoring the Glorious Past or Mere Propaganda?” — Michał Krzysztof Mydłowski (University of Warsaw), “Krzyżanowski’s Civil War” 

15:16:30 Session 33: Witold Gombrowicz (II) — K. Lanckoroński Hall
Chair: Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
Speakers: Jerzy Jarzębski (Jagiellonian University), “Gombrowicz and Politics” — Klementyna
Suchanow (Independent Scholar), “Gombrowicz and His Editorial Adventures in the European Context” — Piotr Seweryn Rosół (Independent Scholar) – “Becoming Gombrowicz: On the
Way of Trans-Subjectivity and Trans- Modernity”

15:00-16:30 Session 35: Immigrant Social Identities — G. Labuda Hall
Chair: Mary Patrice Erdmans (Case Western Reserve University)
Speakers: Anna Fiń (Pedagogical University of Kraków), Witold Nowak (University of Warsaw), Michał Nowosielski (University of Warsaw), “Social Participation of Polish Immigrants in the United States: Between Tradition and Contemporary Challenges” — Hubert Izienicki (Purdue University Northwest), “Which Identities Matter?: Cross- Cultural Analysis of Social Identities Among Polish Gay Men” — Beata Halicka (University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań), “Polish Immigrants in the USA as Actors of the Post-war Period: Construction of Identity

Session 38: Witold Gombrowicz (III): Polish Emigré Literature and Literary Criticism: Life of an Idea from ACLA 1994 to PIASA 2017 — K. Lanckoroński Hall 
Chair: Silvia G. Dapía (John Jay College, City University of New York)
Speakers: A roundtable discussion of the life of a conference paper, the life of its idea, and the currency of an idea featuring Katarzyna Jerzak (Pomeranian University, Słupsk), Marzena Grzegorczyk (Reverie Chase Productions), Paweł Kozłowski (Pomeranian University, Słupsk), Marcin Wołk (Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń) 



Thursday, May 11, 2017

What's New in our Journal, the Polish American Studies?

One of the most important projects of the Polish American Historical Association is the publication of its peer-reviewed scholarly journal that appears twice per year and is now printed by the University of Illinois Press.  The Polish American Studies journal is edited by Dr. Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann (Eastern Connecticut State University), supported by the following team of scholars.  
  • Book Review Editor: Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University
  • Book Review Editor for Poland: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Editorial Board
  • M. B. B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University
  • Tobias Brinkmann, Pennsylvania State University
  • John J. Bukowczyk, Wayne State University
  • Silvia Dapia, John Jay College, CUNY
  • William J. Galush, Loyola University Chicago
  • Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Columbia College Chicago
  • Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College
  • Karen Majewski, University of Michigan
  • Thomas J. Napierkowski, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • Angela Pienkos, Polish Center Wisconsin
  • James S. Pula, Purdue University
  • John Radziłowski, University of Alaska - Southeast
  • Francis D. Raška, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
  • Suzanne R. Sinke, Florida State University
  • Dariusz Stola, Museum of the History of Polish Jews, Warsaw, Poland
  • Adam Walaszek, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland
  • Joanna Wojdon, University of Wrocław, Poland

The tables of contents  for the past four issues from 2015 and 2016 are copied below.  In order to read recent articles, you have to be a member of PAHA. Older texts may be ordered from JSTOR (the cost of JSTOR subscription is included in the full membership fee, or you can pay per each article).


Polish American Studies, Vol. 72, no 1 (Spring 2015)

Articles:

  • Troubles with “Mela”: A Polish American Reporter, the Secret Services of People’s Poland, and the FBI – by Paweł Ziętara
  • Cold War Airwaves: The Polish American Congress and the Justice for Poland Campaign – by Robert Szymczak
  • Leaving Kożuchów, a Village in Dobrzechów Parish, Galicia – by Patricia B. Yocum
  • The Khaki Boys Series: Images of Polish Americans, 1918-1920 – by Thomas J. Napierkowski


Polish American Studies, Vol. 72, no. 2 (Autumn 2015)

Articles:
  • The Polish Political System in Exile, by Sławomir Łukasiewicz
  • Exiles and the Homeland: The State of Research, by Paweł Ziętara
  • Polish Political Emigration in the 1980s: Current Research, Perspectives and Challenges, by Patryk Pleskot
  • Political Emigration from East Central Europe During the Cold War, by Anna Mazurkiewicz
  • Perspectives on Research on the Post-1939 History of Polish Americans, by Joanna Wojdon 


Polish American Studies Vol. 73, no. 2 (Fall 2016):

Articles:
  • James S. Pula: Bibliography of Works, by Thomas Duszak
  • Introducing the Polish Experience into American History, by James S. Pula
  • “So They Will Know their Heritage:” Reflections on Research post Polish Americans, by Mary Patrice Erdmans
  • Has the “Salt Water Curtain” Been Raised Up? Globalizing Historiography of Polish America, by Adam Walaszek
  • Writing Poland and America: Polish American Fiction in the Twenty First Century, by Grażyna J. Kozaczka
  • Polonia’s Ambassador to the United States:  The Mystery of Jerzy Jan Sosnowski, 1917-1918, by M. B. B. Biskupski



Polish American Studies Vol. 73, no. 1 (Spring 2016):


Forum:
  • Bringing the Notion of “Ethclass” to Life: Victor Greene’s Contributions to the History of American Industrial Workers, by Ewa Morawska
  • Victor Greene, the Immigration and Ethnic History Society, and Urban Studies, by Ronald Bayor
  • Victor Greene: Colleague, Friend, and Mensch, by Dominic A. Pacyga
  • Victor Greene, the Polish Immigrant Miner, and the Origins of the New Labor History, by James R. Barrett
  • Remembering Victor Greene, by James S. Pula
  • Victor Greene as Immigration Historian: Themes and Contexts, by Dorothee Schneider
Articles:
  • Were There Really Poles in New-Netherland? by James S. Pula and Pien Versteegh
  • Crossing the Boundaries of Modernity: The Post-Abolition Journey of Polish Peasants to the United States, by Marta Cieślak
  • Nationally and Religiously: Commemorations in the Life of the Polish Diaspora in Sweden, 1945-1989, by Arnold Kłonczyński

List of articles from the earlier volumes of the Polish American Studies may be found on the PAHA website.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Nominate Scholars, Artists, Writers, and Community Activists for PAHA Awards - by June 1, 2017

Painting by Julian Stanczak, winner of the 2014 Creative Arts Prize

The PAHA Awards Committee seeks nominations for awards and prizes to be granted by the Polish American Historical Association at its 75th Anniversary Meeting in Washington D.C. in January 2018. We ask all interested parties to send nominations until June 1, 2017, so a slate of candidates may be presented at the PAHA Board Meeting in Kraków in June 2017.

Self-nominations will be accepted. The nomination should consist of name of the candidate, his/her biography note and the reason that they deserve the specific award they are nominated for, as well as the contact information for the candidate (in case of awards being made).

All nomination should be sent by email to the Chair of the PAHA Awards Committee, Dr. Iwona Drag-Korga: I.korga@pilsudski.org


PAHA seeks nominations for the following awards:


  • 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.

  • 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 Prize  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.
  • 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.

In addition at its 75th Anniversary Meeting in Washington, D.C., PAHA will also present the Swastek Prize for the best paper published in the Polish American Studies, and the Graduate Student Travel Grant that was announced earlier.


Saturday, May 6, 2017

Letter from the President, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz


Dear Members of PAHA,

It is with great delight that I address this letter to you in the newly assumed capacity of a President of the Polish American Historical Association. As the first President of PAHA who  permanently lives and works in Poland I consider it a great personal honor and a sign of trust that Poland and its academics are free, independent and equal partners to their American colleagues.

As with any academic organization my primary task is to serve its membership.I am indebted to my esteemed predecessor – Dr. Grazyna Kozaczka - who provided an outstanding service to our organization and I hope I will be able to live up to standards she set for this position. I would like to welcome new council members who will be joining the PAHA Board for the term 2017-2018: Dr. Dominic Pacyga, Bożena Nowicka McLees, Dr. Joanna Wojdon; and thank these esteemed scholars who had completed their service. Dr. Thomas Napierkowski, Dr. Ann Gunkel, and Marta Cieślak all gave their time and skills to PAHA – a voluntary, professional organization established to study and promote the Polish American history and culture – Thank You!

I am taking over the presidency at the time PAHA is in excellent shape – thriving academically as evidenced by our conferences and the content of the peer-reviewed academic journal Polish American Studies proficiently edited by Dr. Anna Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann. With young and emerging scholars as well as fellow academics studying other ethnic groups joining us for the conferences and publications, PAHA’s network is expanding. At the same time interest in our activities among Polonia grows largely due to untiring efforts of our Communications Director Dr. Maja Trochimczyk. Our Facebook page maintained by Dr. Stephen Leahy has already attracted close to five thousand users.

Taking all of this into consideration, my main task is to keep the momentum going – with the help of the talent of our newly elected First Vice President – Dr. Anna Muller, management skills of our Executive Director – Dr. Pien Versteegh and the financial genius of Treasurer Dr. James Pula.

The new term opened with a PAHA Annual Conference held in Denver in January 2017.  In addition to the most interesting papers delivered at the Convention Center, PAHA’s meeting in the “Mile-High City” meant also meeting the Polonia of Colorado. The PAHA Awards Ceremony was held at the Dom Polski in Denver. It’s president Katarzyna Zak opened the doors of the Polish Home to PAHA offering its outstanding hospitality to the members and invited guests of honor. With the assistance of the Polish consulate in Los Angeles (consul Ignacy Zarski) the awards ceremony was enriched with a concert by two Polish American musicians: Karolina Naziemiec and Robert Lewandowski.

Writing this letter in Gdansk, I have to add that I plan to use the opportunity resulting from my location to strengthen the already established bridges of academic collaboration to promote PAHA and its accomplishments among wider audiences in Poland.PAHA’s mid-year meeting will take place in Kraków in conjunction the 6th World Congress of Polish Studies which will be held on June 16-18, 2017 in Krakow. PAHA is also co-sponsoring a conference organized by the Emigration Museum in Gdynia on September 21-22, 2017 which will be entirely devoted to the Polish diaspora in North America.

Should you have any ideas for the PAHA Board and Officers, or wish to initiate a project related to the Polish American experience - I certainly would like to hear from you. After all, any professional organization can only be as strong as its membership!

Anna Mazurkiewicz
University of Gdansk, Poland
President of the Polish American Historical Association


NOTE: This letter is reprinted from the Spring 2017 Issue of PAHA Newsletter.

Monday, March 13, 2017

PAHA Travel Grants and Calls for Papers, Photos, and More...



CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR GRADUATE STUDENT / YOUNG SCHOLAR TRAVEL GRANTS, DUE APRIL  15, 2017

PAHA encourages graduate students and emerging scholars (up to three years after graduation) to apply for a Travel Grant. Two such grants of $500.00 each will be awarded to offset travel costs to attend the 2018 PAHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  The grants will be awarded by the Program Committee for two best conference proposals dealing with the Polish American experience in any historical epoch, scholarly field, or aspect submitted by junior scholars.

To apply please submit:
- your paper proposal (as required by the general CFP)
- a brief letter of application (no template will be provided)
- a complete CV
- one letter of recommendation from a senior scholar (e.g. thesis advisor).

In order to receive the travel grant it is mandatory to present the paper at the conference in person. Awardees will receive remuneration during the Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. Failure to present the paper in person at the annual meeting shall result in the immediate cancellation of the grant. The deadline for application, to be submitted with the paper proposal, is April 15, 2017.

Please send your application packets by email to chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Iwona Drag Korga, with the subject line "Graduate Student Travel Grant" - email i.korga@pilsudski.org.


Awardees of the PAHA Awards and Prizes, Denver, CO, January 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS  FOR 75TH ANNUAL MEETING OF THE POLISH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, WASHINGTON, D.C., 5-7 JANUARY, 2018

PAHA's 75th Annual Meeting will be held on January 4-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C., as part of the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association.

The theme for the AHA conference is: "Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global Perspective." This year’s focus explained in the general CFP is on: "transnational and global histories of race and ethnicity." (For more information visit the AHA website: https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting/future-meetings).

The PAHA’s focus within this theme is on the Polish-American experience in comparative perspective. We invite scholars who study the Polish American communities, the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies and would like to join the discussions related (but not limited) to the following topics:
• Migration, settlement and assimilation patterns
• Ethnic experience and interethnic encounters
• Intersections of ethnicity, class, gender and race
• Ethnic lobbying and occurrences of ethnic mobilization
• Polish Americans and the restoration of Poland’s independence, 1918

We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers related to all aspects of the Polish American experience (in history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) on both American continents.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to:

PAHA President and Chair of the Program Committee
Anna Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D.
Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański,
ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-308, Poland,
anna.a.mazurkiewicz@ug.edu.pl

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 (up to 250 words) for each participant
• 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. All presenters are encouraged to consider submission of their papers for publication in PAHA's peer-reviewed journal: “Polish American Studies”.

For more information please see:
http://polishamericanstudies.org/CallForPapers.html


Library of Congress receipt for the 1943 donation of the manuscript of Alexander Tansman's Fifth Symphony to the LOC collection. Tansman Archives Paris. 


CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS FOR PAHA'S 75TH ANNIVERSARY BOOK

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of its founding, the Polish American Historical Association will publish a book about the history of the organization, edited by Prof. James Pula. All PAHA members and friends are encouraged to submit photographs from PAHA's past meetings and other events, to ensure that the history of the organization and its contributions to Polish and American culture will be well documented and illustrated.

The editor will collect the articles that have previously been written about PAHA’s history, adding an introduction and an additional article to bring it up to date from the time the most recent article was published. The previous articles include, from Polish American Studies, those authored by: Tony Turhollow (Autumn 1980), Konstantin Symonolewicz (Spring-Autumn 1970), John Bukowczyk (Autumn 1993), and Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann (Spring 2008). The book will be approximately 200 pages including photographs, an index, and a few documents.

Please send your photographs and other information pertaining to PAHA's history to Prof. James Pula, Editor, jpula@pnw.edu.



PIASA CALL FOR PAPERS - SIXTH CONGRESS OF POLISH STUDIES IN KRAKOW, POLAND

The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America is pleased to invite proposals for the Sixth World Congress on Polish Studies to be held in conjunction with the Polska Akademia Umiejętności (Polish Academy of Learning) in Kraków, Poland, June 16-18, 2017.

Proposals are solicited for complete sessions or individual papers in any of the disciplines in the liberal arts, sciences, or business/economics. The conference language is English, however sessions in Polish will be accepted provided they are clearly labeled as such.

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. 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 (3-5 sentences is OK) for all presenters to the chair of the program committee, Prof. James Pula, at jpula@pnw.edu.

The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2017. All participants are expected to pay the conference registration fee. For further information see http://www.piasa.org/annual-meetings.html.




Friday, February 17, 2017

Call for Submissions - Stories about Polish American Experience Due July 1, 2017

Folk bird-whistlels from Krakow, Poland, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

In 2018, the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA) will celebrate its 75th anniversary. As part of the celebration, PAHA plans to publish an illustrated volume on the immigrant experience of Polish Americans, people who travelled across the Atlantic to establish a new life in North America.

Polish folk Dances - Krakowiak and Kujawiak by Zofia Stryjenska

Everyday objects play an especially important role in the life of any immigrant. They remind of significant moments and experiences, and testify to the various paths taken, and the aspects of heritage the immigrants want to pass on to the next generations.

Historical photo from the Polish Home in Rochester, NY

Such objects can tell a story of their past, emotional involvement, aesthetic preferences, ethical life choices, and leisure activities. They provide insight into the material culture, diverse ways of living, and pasts that they wish to either remember or forget. The materials objects carry both local and global dimensions; they can define us directly or indirectly through associations. Finally, the decision to keep certain objects not only speaks about our past life, but about us in the present as well.

Dance of the Krakusy Ensemble in Los Angeles in Lowicz costumes, 1980s

The Polish American Historical Association is announcing a wide, American search for material objects that speak about and to the Polish American experience, an experience of the life of an immigrant: its plurality and complexity, including fear and longing, joy and excitement, and the desire for and the fluid nature of stability. We are looking for photos and description of objects that traveled across the Atlantic along with their owners as symbols of lives and homes left behind as well as those acquired during the journey and after the arrival to the new place, as something that symbolizes individual activities and identity shaped here; for example, clothing, household items, toys, musical instruments, and various small or large self-made objects that tell a piece of a family’s history. We are especially interested in the history that a given object carries, its individual story, values, joys, and tribulations it symbolizes; and particular events or people from the past it commemorates.

Polish medal pinned to bread, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Appreciating the importance and value that given objects play in personal life, we are NOT asking for objects themselves, but rather for a photo(s) (even a photo made with phone cameras) of a given object. The quality and setting of the photo is not relevant at the time of submission. Along with the photo itself, we are requesting a description of the object itself along with a family story for which the object is relevant. We especially appreciate objects and stories that underline the importance of the Polish American experience. The photos we receive will be submitted to a committee, which will select some to be included in the publication. If needed, we will organize a professional photo session of a given object.

Szopka krakowska (Nativity Scene) and bird-whistles, photo by Maja Trochimczyk

Please submit your photo(s) and short description of the chosen object, together with your names, address, and the best way to contact you to Anna Muller at anmuller@umich.edu or via mail to

Anna Muller
Department of Social Sciences
4901 Evergreen Road
Dearborn, MI 48128, USA

The deadline for submission is July 1, 2017.

St. Casimir Society in Rochester, NY - Photo from Society of Poles's Polish Home.


Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Call for Papers for International Conference at the Museum of Emigration in Gdynia, Poland

II International Interdisciplinary Scientific Conference 
of the Emigration Museum in Gdynia, Poland
"Poles and Polish Diaspora in North America"
21-22 September 2017

Emigration Museum in Gdynia is a local government cultural institution. It gathers and facilitates collections on the history of Polish emigration and aims to disseminate knowledge about the processes of migration over the centuries. The Museum's mission is to reconstruct the fate of emigrants and to speak about them. This applies both to the stories of well-known and famous people, whose names appear in the context of scientific, sport, economic or artistic achievements, as well as to millions of anonymous emigrants leaving their homes in search of a better life. The ambition of the museum is to popularize knowledge about various aspects of migratory movements, their conditions, consequences and the impact on the formation of Polish Diaspora clusters, as well as the mutual relationships between these clusters and their country of origin. We would also like to create a forum for researchers and those interested in the issues of migration and Polish communities abroad.

The first project in the science and popularization area was last year's conference inaugurating activities of the Museum in this field. It was devoted to the issues of Poles and the Polish community in Latin America. The event was attended by nearly 40 researchers representing more than 20 research centers and institutions from Poland, Brazil, Argentina, Austria, Israel and the United States. Continuing this activity Emigration Museum in Gdynia, together with its partners: the Migration Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences, The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America, Polish American Historical Association and the Polish Association for Canadian Studies, are pleased to invite you to the second international conference. It will be dedicated to the Polish presence in North America.

During the conference, we would like to focus on issues such as: the history of emigration from Poland to North America; social, legal and political conditions of the transatlantic migration; the formation, development and transformations of the Polish community in the US and Canada; the contribution of Poles in the political, social, cultural and scientific life of the US and Canada; cooperation and contacts of the Polish diaspora with Poland and its impact on relations between Poland and the US and Canada; language and identity of the Polish communities in North America; literary and cultural aspects of the Polish presence in the US and Canada; functioning of the Polish organizations and media; activities of the Polish clergy on the American continent; the image of Poles in the American and Canadian societies, etc.

The above list is only a suggestion of issues that can be presented at the conference.
The conference will be of interdisciplinary character and therefore we invite experts specializing in issues of the Poles and the Polish communities in North America representing various disciplines, including historians, specialist in American Studies, Canadian Studies, political scientists, sociologists, culture experts, literary scholars, cultural anthropologists, etc. We hope that, as it was the case last year, the Emigration Museum in Gdynia will provide the conference participants with an inspiring space conducive to creative and critical exchange of views and the latest research findings. The conference will be summarized with a monographic reviewed publication in a printed format.Conference languagse: Polish / English

APPLICATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE CONFERENCE:
Application form attached to the present invitation shall be sent until 30 April 2017 to the following e-mail address: r.raczynski@muzeumemigracji.pl Information on the paper acceptance will be sent no later than on 15 May 2017. Participation in the conference is free of charge for the participants.

Conference organizers provide presenters with:
 one stay on the night of 21 September for participants from Poland; three stays on the nights of 20, 21, 22 September for participants from abroad,
 catering (breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and a formal banquet),
 upon having obtained a positive review, print of the text in a post-conference publication.

NOTE: The number of participants is limited. The final selection of those qualified to participate in the conference will be made by the Scientific Committee of the conference on the basis of the submitted abstracts.

SCHEDULE:
 up to 30 April 2017 – receiving applications,
 up to 15 May 2017 – confirmation of qualification to participate,
 21-22 September 2017 – conference in the Emigration Museum in Gdynia,
 up to 15 November 2017 – deadline for submittal of texts for publication.

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE:
 Prof. Adam Walaszek, Ph.D. – Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora Studies, Jagiellonian University (chairperson),
 Prof. Katarzyna Jerzak, Ph.D. – Institute of Modern Languages, Pomeranian University in Słupsk,
 Magdalena Lesińska, Ph.D. – Centre for Migration Research, University of Warsaw,
    Prof. Bożena Leven - The College of New Jersey, director of The Polish Institute of Arts
& Sciences of America,
    Anna Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D. – Institute of History of the University of Gdańsk, president
of the Polish American Historical Association,
    Prof. Anna   Reczyńska, Ph.D. - Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora
Studies, Jagiellonian University.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE:
    Sebastian Tyrakowski
    Rafał Raczyński, Ph.D (conference coordinator)
    Katarzyna Morawska, Ph.D.


PARTNERS:
The Migration Research Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences http://www.kbnm.pan.pl/
The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America http://www.piasa.org/
Polish American Historical Association http://www.polishamericanstudies.org/
The Polish Association for Canadian Studies http://www.ptbk.org.pl/

CONTACT PERSON:
Rafał Raczyński, Ph.D. phone: +48 58 67 04 171
e-mail: r.raczynski@muzeumemigracji.pl

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MUSEUM:
http://www.polska1.pl/pl/
The Museum is a member of the Association of European Migration Institutions (AEMI).




Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Call for Papers - PAHA's 75th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., Due on April 15, 2017

CALL FOR PAPERS 
75TH ANNUAL MEETING OF 
THE POLISH AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION, 
WASHINGTON, D.C., 5-7 JANUARY, 2018


PAHA's 75th Annual Meeting will be held on January 4-6, 2018 in Washington, D.C., as part of the 132nd Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association.

The theme for the AHA conference is: "Race, Ethnicity, and Nationalism in Global Perspective." This year’s focus explained in the general CFP is on: "transnational and global histories of race and ethnicity." (For more information visit the AHA website: https://www.historians.org/annual-meeting/future-meetings).

The PAHA’s focus within this theme is on the Polish-American experience in comparative perspective. We invite scholars who study the Polish American communities, the greater Polish diaspora as well as those who deal with migration, ethnic, and regional studies and would like to join the discussions related (but not limited) to the following topics:
Migration, settlement and assimilation patterns
Ethnic experience and interethnic encounters
Intersections of ethnicity, class, gender and race
Ethnic lobbying and occurrences of ethnic mobilization
Polish Americans and the restoration of Poland’s independence, 1918

We invite proposals for sessions as well as individual papers related to all aspects of the Polish American experience (in history, sociology, literature, art, music, etc.) on both American continents.

The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2017. Abstracts for papers and panel proposals are now being accepted and should be submitted to:

PAHA President and Chair of the Program Committee
Anna Mazurkiewicz, Ph.D.
Instytut Historii, Uniwersytet Gdański,
ul. Wita Stwosza 55, 80-308, Poland,
anna.a.mazurkiewicz @ ug.edu.pl

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 (up to 250 words) for each participant
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. All presenters are encouraged to consider submission of their papers for publication in PAHA's peer-reviewed journal: “Polish American Studies”.

For more information please see:
http://polishamericanstudies.org/CallForPapers.html

GRADUATE STUDENT/YOUNG SCHOLAR 
TRAVEL GRANT 

PAHA encourages graduate students and emerging scholars (up to three years after graduation) to apply for a Travel Grant. Two such grants of $500.00 each will be awarded to offset travel costs to attend the 2017 PAHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  The grants will be awarded by the Program Committee for two best conference proposals dealing with the Polish American experience in any historical epoch, scholarly field, or aspect submitted by junior scholars.

To apply please submit:
- your paper proposal (as required by the general CFP)
- a brief letter of application (no template will be provided)
- a complete CV
- one letter of recommendation from a senior scholar (e.g. thesis advisor).

In order to receive the travel grant it is mandatory to present the paper at the conference in person. Awardees will receive remuneration during the Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C. Failure to present the paper in person at the annual meeting shall result in the immediate cancellation of the grant. The deadline for application, to be submitted with the paper proposal, is April 15, 2017.


Winner of the 2017 Young Scholar Travel Grant, Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf
with PAHA's Past President Grazyna Kozaczka



Saturday, January 14, 2017

PAHA's 2016 Awards and Awardees in Denver, Colorado


At the conclusion of its 74th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, held on January 5-7, 2017, the Polish American Historical Association announced the winners of its 2016 Awards and Prizes.  Prof. Grazyna Kozaczka of Cazenovia College, NY, PAHA President in 2014-1016 presented the following awardees.

THE OSKAR HALECKI PRIZE
Mieczysław B. Biskupski

PAHA President Grazyna Kozaczka presents the awards. 

The 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 award. The 2016 Halecki Prize was awarded to Prof. Mieczysław B. B. Biskupski, for his book The Most Dangerous German Agent in America (NIU Press, 2015). The Stanislaus A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies at the Central Connecticut State University, Prof. Biskupski is the author of nine books, and numerous journal articles.  A past president and a long-time Council member of PAHA, Prof. Biskupski currently serves as the President of the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. He previously received the Mieczyslaw Haiman Award, and the 2010 Halecki Prize for , Hollywood's War With Poland, 1939-1945 (Knoxville: University of Kentucky Press, 2010).

THE AMICUS POLONIAE AWARD
Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II & Brenda Bruce

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II, Brenda Bruce and Prof. Grazyna Kozaczka

The Amicus Poloniae Award recognizes significant contributions enhancing knowledge of Polish and Polish-American heritage by individuals not belonging to the Polish-American community. It was presented to Dr. Alvin M. Fountain II and Brenda Bruce who co-founded the Paderewski Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2014 (paderewski-festival.org). Dr. Fountain, the President of the Festival, is a former administrator with the State of North Carolina and for more than 25 years he taught history at North Carolina State University. In 2008, Dr. Fountain was appointed as an Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland. The Vice-President and Secretary of the Festival, Brenda Bruceis an accomplished pianist, harpsichordist, acclaimed teacher, and accompanist dedicated to the promotion of classical piano performance of the highest quality.

THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Dr. Stephen Leahy



Dr. Stephen Leahy of Shantou University, China, received the Distinguished Service Award, given occasionally to a member of PAHA who has rendered valuable and sustained service to the organization. Dr. Leahy’s crucial role as the co-founder and moderator of PAHA’s Facebook group is just one of his many achievements as a long-time PAHA Board member, dedicated to the promotion of the association and its research interests world-wide.

THE SWASTEK PRIZE 
Prof. Paweł Ziętara

The Swastek Prize is awarded annually for the best article published in a given volume of PAHA’s peer-reviewed journal, the Polish American Studies. 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 PAHA. The Editorial Board of the Polish American Studies recommended that the Swastek Prize be presented to Prof. Paweł Ziętara of Warsaw, Poland for “Troubles with ‘Mela’: A Polish American Reporter, the Secret Services of People’s Poland, and the FBI” (PAS 72, No 1, Spring 2015). Prof. Ziętara’s article assembles massive, painstaking research and presents a portrait of communist activity in the USA in the postwar period that is not well known. It brings to light a subject both significant and fascinating, and is based almost entirely on original archival sources.

THE CREATIVE ARTS PRIZE

Dr. Maja Trochimczyk



The Creative Arts Prize was bestowed on Dr. Maja Trochimczyk, for her achievements as a poet, especially her two books dedicated to Polish victims of WWII, Slicing the Bread (Finishing Line Press, 2014), and The Rainy Bread, (Moonrise Press, 2016). Her books of poetry include Rose Always, 2008; Miriam’s Iris, 2008; Into Light, 2016; and two anthologies,Chopin with Cherries, 2010, and Meditations on Divine Names, 2012. Dr. Trochimczyk served as Poet Laureate of Sunland-Tujunga, Los Angeles in 2010-2012, and received many honors for her work, including a Polish government’s medal for the promotion of culture, fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies, and PAHA’s Distinguished Service Award and the Swastek Prize.

SKALNY CIVIC ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

The Skalny Civic Achievement Awards honor 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.  Established in 1989, the Awards are named after the Skalny family (Aniela, Anna, Ben, John and Joseph) that donated the funds to support this project. The 2016 Skalny Awards recognized the following individuals:

Marta Alicja Swica

President Grazyna Kozaczka with Marta Alicja Swica

Marta Alicja Swica of Minneapolis, MN, a former Business Manager, Scholarship Program Chair, and member of the Executive Board of the Polanie Club Minneapolis and St. Paul, an important cultural association of Polish women, active since the 1927 and distinguished through their vast publishing activities. After the dissolution of the Club, Ms. Swica led the effort to secure its historical records and successfully negotiated their placement at the Immigration History Research Center, University of Minnesota, and the Polish Museum of America in Chicago.

Honorary Consul Tomasz Skotnicki

President Kozaczka with Tomasz Skotnicki 

Tomasz Skotnicki Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland in Denver, CO, since 2005, is strongly linked to local Polonia communities, first in Santa Barbara where he organized Polish community events to celebrate national holidays. In Colorado, he co-organizes visits of representatives of Polish government including President Lech Walesa, organizes consular events, cooperates with the Polish Club and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Mr. Skotnicki actively promotes Polish culture and history and helps Poles who are in need.

Katarzyna Zak

Katarzyna Zak shares her award with Vice President of the Polish Club, Iwona Salamon

Katarzyna Zak, President of the Polish Club in Denver, who has made numerous contributions to the promotion of Polish culture and activities of local Polish society, including numerous events, support for the Polish library, and more. She is a member of the Polonia Council convened by the Consul General of Poland in Los Angeles. At the ceremony she shared her award with the Vice President of the Polish Club in Denver, Ms. Iwona Salamon.

Elizabeth Kanski and Vladek Juszkiewicz 

President of the Polish American Film Society, Elizabeth Kanski and Artistic Director of the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles, Vladek Juszkiewicz,  recognized by the 2016 Skalny Award for their work as organizers of the Film Festival, held in Los Angeles for the past 16 years and promoting Polish cinema and international film collaborations (www.polishfilmla.org) through hundreds of screenings, lectures, and panel presentations in Los Angeles and Orange County, in collaboration with CSUN, USC, UCLA and other partners.

Awardees with President Grazyna Kozaczka


GRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH PAPER AWARD
Joanna Kulpinska, Jagiellonian University

The Graduate Student Research Paper Award was presented to Joanna Kulpińska from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland for her paper “Multigenerational Migration Chains of Families from Babica: An Attempt at Typology.”  Established in 2008, the Graduate Student Research Paper Award recognizes outstanding research into Polish-American history and culture by a young scholar in the humanities or social sciences and consists of a travel grant and presentation at the Annual Meeting.

YOUNG SCHOLAR TRAVEL GRANT
Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf, University of Gdansk

Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf with President Kozaczka

The newly instituted Graduate Student/ Young Scholar Travel Grant (established at the 2016 Board Meeting in Atlanta, GA) was offered to Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf from the University of Gdańsk, Poland, for her paper “Creating Identity: Discussion around Kashubian and Polish Identity in Canada and Poland.”

The Awards Reception was held on Saturday, January 7, 2017,  at the Polish Club of Denver. Jazz vocalist and violist KaroliNa Naziemiec and pianist Robert Lewandowski performed  a concert of Polish Christmas Carols.

Karolina Naziemiec, Kasia Zak, and Robert Lewandowski