The books for the
next meeting scheduled for the meeting are JasniePanicz by Joanna
Proszynski & S-ka, 2003, about the great
Gombrowicz, and Mojprzyjacielzdrajca
by Maria Nurowska, publ.
Santorski & Co, 2004, about Colonel Ryszard
Kuklinski, the famous spy who reported the
martial law plans against Solidarity to the CIA. Both booksare
available at the LEW desk at the SPL
(new central library). New members can borrow the books as well; the SPL
card is not required.
Central Public Library (the new library), room 5 level 4;
Dec 5, 5:30 pm:
Meeting NY-to-Redmond roller-skater at the Polish Home
Dzienniak is a roller-skater from
Warsaw who skates across the American continent to
Redmond. He started
from New York on Aug
28, 2004 and as of Dec 1 near
on I-90. His stated goal is to meet Bill Gates to bring to his
attention the situation of two girls from
year old Monika who was born with hydrocephalitis and 10 year old
Patrycja who lost a foot in an accident. Mr. Dzienniak will talk
about his great adventure and his mission.
Nov 22, 4 pm: Making of
from 1850 to present at UW
Science Foundation Network, "Tensions of Europe: Technology and
the Making of Europe, 1850 to the Present," is a pan-European
project devoted to understanding the impact of technology on
European society over the past hundred years or so. The speaker is
Dr. Karen Freeze of UW whose responsibility within the Network is
to ensure Central and Eastern European involvement and to provide
the West European participants with a historical framework for
understanding critical issues in technology in the former
communist countries. In her talk she will outline critical legacy
issues that the new EU members will have to compensate in future.
Where: Smith 115 at the UW campus, admission free, snacks and
drinks from 3:30 pm
The Elliot Bay
Mandelstam Society invites to a meeting focusing on reading &
discussion of Czeslaw Milosz’s last new book,
Second Space (Ecco Press). The poems have been
translated by the author and Robert Hass. The Society meets once a
month at the Elliot Bay Book Company to read and discuss works of
various poets. Where: at the Elliott Book
Company, 101 S. Main
Oct 11, 3:30 pm: Lecture on
Environmental Impacts of the EU Enlargement at UW
Dr. Adam Budnikowski will have a
Impacts of the EU Enlargement: A Central and East European View.
The European Union has been the principal driving force
in raising environmental standards across
Europe. The recent enlargement is perhaps the most
concrete example of this as the countries of Central and
Eastern Europe have moved rapidly to increase levels
of environmental protection under the guidance of the European
Union. Dr. Budnikowski is the Director
of the Institute
of International Economics
at the Warsaw School of Economics and the author of many books and
Oct 9, 1 pm: Polish Book Club meeting in a
The books to
be discussed at the next meeting are ZloteOgniwa.
Polska-Europa by Norman Davies, about
intertwining and interdependencies of Polish and European
histories, and Niewszystkonasprzedaz, by Beata
Tyszkiewicz, a memoir of the famous
Polish actress. Both books are in Polish and are available at the
Seattle Central Public Library in several copies thanks to a grant
from the SPL. Please inquire at the information desk at the LEW
Dept. New members are always welcome.
Public Library, 6801
35th Ave. N.E.Seattle,
Oct 3, 7 pm:
Warsaw Rising 44: Prof. Chodakiewicz
lectures at UW
Prof. Marek Chodakiewicz
Chodakiewicz will also lecture on the historical and political
context of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising at the
University of Washington.
Dr. Chodakiewicz is Research Professor of History at the Institute
for World Politics in
comes as a guest of the UW Polish Studies Endowment Fund
Committee. After the lecture the Committee invites to a
article by prof.
Chodakiewicz can be read
Oct 2, 2 - 4 pm:
Warsaw Rising 44:
the CNN documentary about the Uprising and a public lecture at the
Seattle Central Library
Prof. Marek Chodakiewicz
The movie is the
recent excellent CNN documentary on the Warsaw Uprising featuring
original film clips from the Uprising as well as commentary by
former national security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and historian
Norman Davies. Prof. Marek Chodakiewicz will have a public lecture
on the historical and political context of the Uprising and on
making the movie. Prof. Chodakiewicz
is “the man behind the movie”—he was the main consultant for the
documentary, as well as a consultant for the documentary
exhibition in Seattle. This event has been organized by
the Polish Home Foundation and also supported by the Seattle
Public Library and UW Polish Studies Endowment Fund Committee.
June 19, 1- 3 pm - Polish Book Club
meeting at the new Seattle Library
The book for
the next meeting is Madame
by Antoni Libera, published by
Libera's debut novel, was a bestseller
nominated for the Nike, the most important Polish literature
award, and was awarded the prestigious Andrzej
Kijowski award. The novel is a
humorous, self-ironical portrait of the author’s coming of age in
the reality of communist
at the close of the 1970s. The book has been translated into many
languages including English (see Amazon). As usual, the book of
the month can be borrowed from the club members below. New members
are always welcome at club meetings.
Added bonus: sightseeing of the new Library!
June 6 & 12, at 5 pm & 8 pm (PST) - CNN Documentary on
Warsaw Rising: the Forgotten Soldiers of World War II
is a special documentary about the Warsaw Uprising, Aug 1 – Oct 2,
1944. The program has been very well prepared by the CNN with rare
movie clips from Warsaw
during the Uprising, testimonials from Uprising veterans and frank
commentary by Zbigniew Brzezinski and Norman Davies. The
documentary honors Polish underground soldiers and ordinary
citizens who in summer 1944 fought for 63 long days under Nazi
siege and lost. The program is a must for everybody who wants to
understand the depth of bitterness of Polish modern history and
Polish debates about the Uprising.
the CNN channel, June 6 at 5 pm and 8 pm PST, repeated June 12 at
the same time.
June 4, 8 pm - J. & S. Pagacz talk about
Lake Baikal at the Polish Home
Stanislaw Pagacz are researchers from
Poland, currently working at the
Olympic Nat. Park, WA. They made four trips to
region and authored two guide books and a photo-album ‘Siberia:
In the Baikal land of the Buryats’.
Their rich slide presentation will show beautiful landscape of the
lake and surrounding mountains, unique flora & fauna of the region
and will focus on Buryat people and
their culture, including their temples and monasteries.
at the Polish Home,
1714 18th Ave.
Polish Book Club meeting in Redmond
The book to be
discussed at the next meeting is a new bestseller Co z taPolska by Tomasz
Rosner i Wsp., 2003.
The book proved to be controversial and hotly debated and discusses the
current political and economical situation of Poland.
As usual the book of the month can be borrowed from the club members as
per contacts below. New members are always welcome at club meetings.
(behind Exxon at the split with
coming from 520), in
admission free, in Polish.
Kazimierz Poznanski is a professor of Jackson School of International
Studies. His talk, The Politics of No-Politics: Second Phase of
Poland's Transition will focus on interplay of politics and economy in
Poland as a scene of quickly changing political configurations. What
follows is a clear disconnect between the rotation of ruling parties and
the needs of national economy. Roots of this dysfunctional politics can
be found in the underlying economic system that had emerged from
post-1989 reforms. BOB
or (Between Oder and Bug)
is an organization that combines UW's
students, alumni, faculty and community members interested in all
matters related to Central and Eastern Europe.
College Inn Pub (back room),4006 University Way NE, Seattle, (206) 634-2307; admission free
Prof. Poznanski talks on Transitional Economies at UW
Prof. Kazimierz Poznanski
is a professor of Jackson School of International Studies, UW. His
interest in transitional, post-communist
economies have been subject to several of his lectures and books. This
lecture will focus on economies of Eastern Europe
#215, Denny Hall, at the UW campus in Seattle;