Thursday, September 21, 2017

PAHA President's Fall Letter, Kosciuszko Lecture and Call for Stories


PAHA President, Dr. Anna Mazurkiewicz with Dr. Jim Pula and Dr. Piotr Drag 
at the Sixth Congress of Polish Studies in Krakow, Poland

Dear PAHA Members,

Thank you for taking the time to catch up with PAHA. We are truly glad to have you as a member.

Since the annual PAHA meeting  January 2017 in Denver, the PAHA Board met again in June – this time in Poland (see the text about PAHA’s participation in the Sixth World Congress on Polish Studies in Kraków in this newsletter). Our association is currently mobilizing its resources and focusing its energy on preparations for a double anniversary.

The 2018 marks the centennial of Poland’s regaining independence after 123 years of partitions, as well as the 75th Anniversary of PAHA. The Board confirmed there that the official celebration of PAHA’s 75th Anniversary will be held on 7-9 September 2018 in Chicago at Loyola University. A special Committee was established within our Board to coordinate this effort. It is co-chaired by Bożena Nowicka-McLees and Dominic Pacyga. In addition to the planned event, James Pula has been working on a special anniversary publication on PAHA’s history and achievements. We will let you know once it is available in print.

This may be a good opportunity to remind you about Polish American Studies. It has been published uninterruptedly since 1944! Please remember to have a look at the recent issue of our journal (74/1). It contains fascinating stories about Zbyszko – the all-time famous Polish wrestler in America, Polish-Americans’ ways and means of organizing. If you are our member you should have already received your copy of the journal – the subscription comes with the membership. Please renew, if you haven’t done so already!

Finally, please note that PAHA maintains its ongoing projects. We are continuously on the lookout for collecting Displaced Persons’ memoirs, documents, and oral histories. We also seek contributions to our “Objects that Speak” collection of personal artifacts dear to Polish-Americans. Before the end of this year we are planning to launch a modern version of our web page which shall contain special sections devoted to both projects.

The upcoming centennial of Poland’s regained independence may be the spark to reinvigorate your interest in all things Polish and Polish-American. Please stay tuned  for more information on PAHA planned events and publications – come to meet us in Washington (4-7 January, 2018) during our annual conference, see us on Facebook, read the blog, or visit our web page for more details. By maintaining your membership in PAHA you are helping us fulfill our mission to study and promote scholarly research and preservation of historical sources on Polish American history and culture.

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

PAHA Board in Krakow, June 2017

Lecture on Jefferson, Kościuszko and Hull in Philadelphia 
On September 23, 2017 at the Museum of the American Revolution, 101 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, a lecture entitled “Friends of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Tadeusz Kościuszko and  Agrippa Hull”  will be given by Gary B. Nash, PhD, Distinguished Research Professor and Director Emeritus, National Center for History in the Schools, and Professor Emeritus of History, UCLA.  In “Friends of Liberty,” Dr. Nash explores the little-known story of General Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish-born military engineer and freedom fighter in the American Revolution, and his role as a pioneer of abolition.* Kościuszko was an ardent advocate for the rights of European serfs, African slaves, Jews, women and other disenfranchised groups on two continents. Kościuszko’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, Kościuszko gave Jefferson instructions that upon his death, Kościuszko’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 Kościuszko’s trust. 

The lecture is free but reservations are required: https://Koś Additionally tickets at $80/person may also be obtained for a Reception following the lecture.  The event is sponsored by the Kościuszko Foundation, Philadelphia Chapter in cooperation with the Museum of the American Revolution and the U.S. National Park Service.  

This lecture marks Kościuszko’s legacy of freedom and the 200th anniversary of his passing. UNESCO and the Parliament of Poland have declared 2017 as the Year of Tadeusz Kościuszko.  The UNESCO press release stated: “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.”

Anna Mazurkiewicz and Maja Trochimczyk at PAU Banquet at the Sixth Congress of Polish Studies.


by Ondrej Klipa

Looking for Polish women workers who migrated from Poland to the US from 1960s to 1980s.

I am a historian from Prague studying migration from Communist Poland. Currently I am a Fulbright visiting scholar at the Department of History of the University of Illinois at Chicago. One of my aims is to write an article titled “Escaping coercion and control. Polish female workers in other Soviet bloc countries”. For the sake of the article I would like to find Polish women who migrated in the studied period to Western countries in order to compare their experience. The interview will be mostly about their motivations to leave Poland as well as their employment after they arrived to the US as these two topics are of my primary interest. The interview could be conducted either in Polish or in English. I am ready to come anywhere in Chicagoland area.

If you could meet me and speak with me (about an hour) or if you know anyone who could, please send me an email or call me at (872) 214-9218. 

My email:

Friday, August 18, 2017

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

Thaddeus Kosciuszko, portrait by Karl Gottlieb Schweikart -

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

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:

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:

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.

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

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 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: 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

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 ( 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.

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

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

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
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)


  • 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)

  • 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):

  • 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):

  • 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
  • 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:

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.