Saturday, January 6, 2018

Lots of Topics for Discussion: PAHA's 75th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.


The 75th Annual Meeting of the Polish American Historical Association started with a roundtable on Teaching Polish and Polish-American History on Thursday, January 4, 2018, and ends on Sunday, January 7, 2018, with a session on new books on political activism of Poles.


In between, we talked about teaching, researching, and promoting Polish American history and culture; discussed issues in immigration history, identity and gender studies; learned about how Americans saw Poland and represented their views in novels and on stamps; discovered the unique artistic activities of Wladyslaw Benda, art group Sztuka, Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki and Ignacy Jan Paderewski; and found out about the role of Poles in the American Civil war, the daily lives and memoirs of Polonia members,  female friendships portrayed in writing, and more, much more. 


Below you will find the program, as it was actually delivered, illustrated with photos from our sessions.


Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm-3:00 pm 
Roundtable: Teaching Polish and Polish-American History
Polish American Historical Association 1
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Anna Muller, University of Michigan–Dearborn

N.D. Wood presents, with Anna Muller and Patrice Dabrowski

Elizabeth Morrow Clark

Papers:
1) "Surveying Polish History" - Patrice Dabrowski, independent scholar;
2) "Poland Is Europe, Poland Is the World" - Elizabeth Morrow Clark, West Texas A M University;
3) "Red, White, and Gray: Modern Polish History" - Nathaniel David Wood, University of Kansas;
4) “But My Babcia Says” - Michal Janusz Wilczewski, University of Illinois at Chicago

Comment: The Audience

Michal J. Wilczewski

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Thursday, January 4, 2018 at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
PAHA Board Meeting 
Polish American Historical Association





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Friday, January 5, 2018 at 8:30 am-10:00 am
Americans on Poland
Polish American Historical Association 2
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk


Jill N. Walker Gonzalez, with Anna Mazurkiewicz.

Papers:
1) "Rupert Hughes’s Ode to Poland" - Jill Noel Walker Gonzalez, La Sierra University;
2) "US Third Army and the Displaced Persons: The G-5 Reports to the Headquarters, European Theater of Operations, 1945–47" - Wojciech Kruczkowski, University of Gdańsk;
3) "Philatelic Iconography of Poland and America" – John P. Dunn, Valdosta State University
4)  "The Myth of the Third: Henryk Mikołaj Górecki in California” – Maja Trochimczyk, Moonrise Press

Comment: The Audience

Maja Trochimczyk with Jill N.Walker Gonzalez and Wojciech Kruczkowski.

John P. Dunn discusses his paper with Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann.


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Friday, January 5, 2018, at 10:30 am-12:00 pm
National and Ethnic Identity Construction in Transatlantic Context
Polish American Historical Association 3
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair:Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Jesse Kauffman with Neal Pease and Claire Orenduff-Bartos

Claire Orenduff-Bartos

Papers:
1) "Race, Nation, and Self-Determination in Poland and Germany, 1918–39: The Case of Danzig" - Jesse Kauffman, Eastern Michigan University;
2) "The Uncertainty of Empire: Polish, American, and Polish-American Responses to the Austrian Pavilion at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition" - Claire Orenduff-Bartos, Santa Fe College;
3) "Becoming Polish: Growing Nationalism of Polish Migrants in the United States, 1870–1940: - Pien Versteegh, Avans University of Applied Sciences;
4) "From 'Low Polish' to 'Proud Kashubian': The Case Study of David Shulist" - Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf, University of Gdańsk

Comment: The Audience


Pien Versteegh with PAS; Neal Pease and Claire Orenduff-Bartos.
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Friday, January 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm-3:00 pm 
Race and Ethnicity on the Battlefields of the Civil War
Polish American Historical Association 4
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Christian Keller, United States Army War College


Piotr Derengowski and James Pula

Papers:
1) "The 'Springtime of Nations' Comes to America" - James Pula, Purdue University Northwest;
2) "The Shadow of Slavery and Racial Discrimination in the Experience of African American Soldiers" - Joseph P. Reidy, Howard University;
3) "'Brothers in Arms' or 'Beastly Set of Men': Poles on the US Colored Troops during the Civil War" - Piotr Derengowski, University of Gdańsk;
4) "American Abolitionists and Poland" - Graham Russell Gao Hodges, Colgate University

Comment: The Audience


James Pula and Christian Keller

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Friday, January 5, 2018 at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm
Ethnic Political Mobilization
Polish American Historical Association 5
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Iwona Korga, Józef Piłsudski Institute of America


Francis Raska and Iwona Drag Korga

Papers:
1) "Call to Fight for Independence Recorded in the Artworks of Polish Artists Living and Working in the United States" - Anna Rudek-Śmiechowska, Polish Institute of World Art Studies;
2) "Military Mobilization Movements in Exile: From the Hungarian Legion to the Löveszek Movement, 1942–70" - Katalin Kadar Lynn, Eotvos Lorand University;
3) "Sixty-Eight Publishers: A Czechoslovak Exile Publishing House in Toronto" - Francis D. Raska, Charles University;
4) "Migrants Mobilizing for the Homeland: The Relation between Political Activism in Poland and the United States in the 1980s" - Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

Comment: The Audience





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Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 8:30 am-10:00 am 
Daily Lives in the Polish American Communities
Polish American Historical Association 6
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Mary Patrice Erdmans, Case Western Reserve University

Mary Patrice Erdmans

Papers: 1) "Difficult Beginnings in a New Land: Social and Ethnic Relations in the Americas in the Memoirs of Polish Immigrants" Marcin Szerle, independent scholar;
2) "Memories of Immigration: Rearticulation of Ethnoreligious Identity in the South Texas Polish Community" - Sarah Moxy Moczygemba, University of Florida;
3) "Stills in the Hills: Moonshine Memories from Canada’s First Polish Community" - Joshua Blank, independent scholar;
4) "The Holler House: Beer, Bowling, and Bras on Milwaukee’s Polish South Side" - Neal Pease, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee

Comment: The Audience

Mary Patrice Erdmans, Marcin Szerle, Sarah Moxy Moczygeba

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Female Friendships: Emotions, Experiences, Memory, and Narratives 
Polish American Historical Association 7
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University


Anna Muller

Papers:
1) "Female Friendship in Homosocial Context: Sociological and Historical Perspective" - Anna Muller, University of Michigan–Dearborn;
) "Between Friends and Enemies: Women’s Same Gender Relationships in Recent Polish American Fiction" - Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College;
3) "Cloud Beauties and Flower Sisters: The Role of Female Friendship in the Emerging Identity of Chinese-American Women" - Patrycja Kordel, University of Gdańsk

Comment: The Audience

Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann

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Saturday, January 6, 2018, at 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm 
Polish Immigrants in the United States since the 1970s 
Polish American Historical Association 8
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Karolina Łukasiewicz, New York University

Anna Fin, Jerome Krase and Anna Sosnowska

Papers:
1) "Not All in the Family: American Polonia in the Decade of the 1970s" - Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University;
2) "Between Now and Then: Contemporary Processes of European Migration to the United States" - Anna Fiń, Pedagogical University of Kraków;
3) "Seeing Greenpoint Change: Polish Americans and Gentrification in Brooklyn" - Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College, City University of New York;
4) "Polish Greenpoint and New York City: Gentrification, Ethnoracial Relations, and Immigrant Labor Market at the Turn of the 21st Century" - Anna Sosnowska, University of Warsaw

Comment: The Audience

The Annas: Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Anna Sosnowska, Aleksandra 
Kurowska-Susdorf, Anna Fin, and Anna Mazurkiewicz.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 3:30 pm-5:00 pm 
Polish Immigrants in Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Exploring the Transformations of a Polish Ethnic Enclave 
Polish American Historical Association 9
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)
Chair: Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College, City University of New York


Papers:
1) "Greenpoint, Brooklyn Then and Now: A View from the Street" - Judith DeSena, St. John’s University;
2) "'Living Is Simply Different Here': The American Dream in Greenpoint"- Ewa Dżurak, College of Staten Island, City University of New York;
3) "Aging in an Ethnic Enclave: Barriers and Opportunities for Older Polish Migrants in Greenpoint" - Karolina Łukasiewicz, New York University; Marta Pawlaczek, New York University;
4) "Tadeusz Chabrowski and Greenpoint: The History of Polish Neighborhood Seen through the Biography of Its Prominent Resident" - Izabela Barry, College of Staten Island, City University of New York; Ewa Maliga, College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Comment:The Audience


Scholars from Gdansk at PAHA Meeting.

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Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7:00 pm
PAHA AWARDS CEREMONY 
Residence of the Ambassador of Poland, Prof. Piotr Wilczek
Washington, D.C.

Anna Mazurkiewicz and Maja Trochimczyk with Paderewski Piano Rolls and Portraits.

http://pahanews.blogspot.com/2018/01/pahas-2017-awards-presented-at-its-75th.html

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 9:00 am-10:30 am 
The Wish to Be a Red Indian: The Native American Dream in East-Central Europe 
Polish American Historical Association 10
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)

Chair: Grażyna Kozaczka, Cazenovia College

Papers:
1) "The Figure of the Native American in East-Central European Literature" - Katarzyna Jerzak, Pomeranian University in Słupsk;
2) "The Poet Maurice Kenny in Prague" - Derek Maus, State University of New York, College at Potsdam;
3) "Korczak Ziółkowski’s Crazy Horse Memorial as a Phantasmagoria" - Paweł Kozłowski, Pomeranian University in Słupsk

Comment: The Audience


Omni Shoreham Hotel seen from the bridge.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018 at 11:00 am-12:30 pm 
New Books on the Transnational Political Activism of Poles: From World War II to the Fall of Communism
Polish American Historical Association 11
Governor's Boardroom (Omni Shoreham, East Lobby)

Chair: Katalin Kadar Lynn, Eotvos Lorand University

Papers:
1) "Catholics on the Barricades: Poland, France, and 'Revolution,' 1939–56" - Piotr H. Kosicki, University of Maryland, College Park;
2) "Third Europe: Polish Federalist Thought in the United States, 1940s–70s" - Sławomir Łukasiewicz, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin and IPN;
3) "Political Exiles from East Central Europe in American Cold War Politics, 1948–54" - Anna Mazurkiewicz, University of Gdańsk

Comment: A. Ross Johnson, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and Hoover Institution and Michael C. Kimmage, Catholic University of America


http://pahanews.blogspot.com/2017/10/pahas-75th-annual-meeting-in-washington.html

PAHA 75th Anniversary History by James Pula


John P. Dunn, Anna Mazurkiewicz and Piotr Derengowski






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