Learning from our Cleveland
Our neighbors to the north are an inspiration as to
how they are bringing the study of Poland to the university level. Cleveland
State University Polish Studies began in 2010
with the creation of a partnership between CSU and the University of Warsaw facilitated by the Kosciuszko
Foundation. Since that time, activity has been especially
lively in the CSU College
of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences where the faculty
is committed to developing student and faculty exchanges as well as to exploring
joint research initiatives.
The 2015 Visiting Polish Scholar and Kosciusko Fellow is Dr.Tomasz Markiewka.
On staff at the University
of Bielsko-Biała, Department of English/Department
of Polish, Markiewka is a full-time professor teaching Translation, Comparative
Literature, and Post-Colonial Literature. His literary specialty area is the
writings of Teodor Parnicki. His critical edition of
Parenicki’s work was recently recognized as the Best Book in the Diaries and
Memories category by Książki
(Magazine) in Warsaw. During his CSU semester, Markiewka is teaching a course
entitled “Turning Points in Polish History”.
The course presents the main events in Polish history set against the
broader European context.
The YSU Slavic Student Association has invited Dr. Markiewka to the Mahoning Valley to meet and share his
insights on the 20th Century Polish Historical Novel. Zapraszamy! Please join us Thursday, April 23, 2015, at 5
PM at the Steel Museum, 151 W. Wood Street.
All Generations are Invited to this
Seeing as how April 19th is the 72nd
anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, it is only fitting that our film be
a film about the event: Pokolenie A Generation. This coming-of-age story deals with love, survival and loss
set against one of the worst tragedies in human history. It is the first film
by Andrzej Wajda, arguably Poland's most famous and respected filmmaker. It
is also the oft-talked about Polish Film School. It also features another famous Polish director, Roman Polanski, in his
very first acting role. As with all of Wajda's films, Polish history and the
individual's struggle in the face of crushing political circumstances are just
below the surface. Here, the communists and the nationalist Home Army, each
representing a diametrically opposed view of Poland's future, are set on a
April 16, 2015, 6 PM at First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue, Youngstown.
For more info, call 330-333-9724.
proud kielbasa tradition
picture of our friend Ken Shirilla proudly in the middle of a kielbasa-making
class was snapped several years ago in our friend’s commercial- grade, homemade
kielbasa kitchen. It was a great morning of hands-on learning that always makes
me smile when I see this popular picture. NOW—after many requests—we finally have
the chance to offer this class once again! Join us for a master class with
local expert Steve Badurik who will show us how it is done! From ground meat
combinations to seasoning to casing choices, Badurik has become known for his
unique combinations and will share his knowledge with students! Plus, after
tasting all the goodies, you will leave with a pound of your favorite! Zapraszamy! Join us! Sunday, April 19,
2015 1 – 4 PM Cost: $25. Only 10 slots
available. Prepaid registration only. Call 330-333-9724.
Events in review
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action as it happens via our Facebook page!
News from Poland by Ted Mirercki
Chopin interest is music to ears of Poles once again
Tourism officials say a concerted effort is under way to
cash in Poland’s most famous composer, as the country seeks to build on the 3
million visitors who come to Warsaw each year. Of those, 200,000 already visit
two museums dedicated to the virtuoso pianist – a baroque palace in central
Warsaw’s unlovely, grey, communist-era blocks, and his birthplace in bucolic
Żelazowa Wola, an hour west of the city. Some come just because “Warsaw is the
city of Chopin,” say tourism officials, so in addition to a website, a mobile
application is under construction that will allow users to take “selfies with
Chopin” at five locations across Warsaw, with a picture of the composer
superimposed on to the image. More on this
and other stories in this week’s edition of
Polish Media Watch.
do planes crash?
A discussion of two controversial air disasters from an
engineering perspective” is the subject of a program 3 p.m. Friday, April 17
in the Jones Room of Kilcawley Center on the campus of Youngstown State
The program, sponsored by the YSU Peace and
Conflict Studies Program and the Department of Politics and International
Relations, is free and open to the public.
The discuss will center on the April 2010
crash of a PolishTu-154M on its way to Smolensk, Russia. Among the dead were
high-ranking members of the Polish government, military and civil society. The
plane was on its way to a commemorative ceremony, honoring the thousands of
Polish military officers who had been executed by orders from Joseph Stalin during
World War II. The crash remains under investigation by the Polish Parliament;
the results of the investigation have also been presented to the European
Wreckage from Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17
The discussion will also consider the July
2014 crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, which occurred in Ukraine, killing
all 283 passengers.
Two distinguished engineering experts,
Wieslaw Binienda of Akron University’s Civil Engineering Department, and Glenn
Arthur Jorgenson, an aviation expert at the Technical University of Denmark,
will present their findings on these events. Both have been experts on the
Polish Parliamentary Committee investigating the Smolensk crash. For
more information, contact Keith Lepak at 330-941-3437.
April 19 Polska
Kuchnia... May 9 Cleveland Museum of
Art Kosciuszko panel dedication... April
21 5 PM “Central European Arts and Culture:
25 Years after Communism”, Cleveland State University...
April 24-25 1:00-6:00 PM Polish Film Festival,
Cleveland State University... June 20 5th Anniversary Simply Slavic... July 11-12 YSU Festival of the Arts... August 23-27 PNA Convention, Cleveland... Sunday, August 30
Polish Day 2015.
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team