Olga Tokarczuk, The Nobel Prize in Literature

Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Prize in Literature

Books by Olga Tokarczuk

UBC Library:

Vancouver Public Library:

GoGlobal Information Session for Students: CENES, October 7, 2019

Monday, October 7th, at 5:00pm in Buchanan Tower 997

Join us for an information session for students interested in studying abroad in Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies.

Also in Warsaw, Poland!

Witnessing Auschwitz Seminar


Upcoming lectures with Dr Eunice Blavascunas (October 10 and October 11, 2019)

Mark your calendars!

Dr Eunice Blavascunas
Peasants and Cosmopolitics in Poland’s Białowieża Forest: Historical and Ethnographic considerations

Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Simon K.Y. Lee Global Lounge and Resource Centre (GLRC)
(Polish Discussion Club | Global Lounge | CENES)

Until Poland joined the EU in 2004 the country had a larger number of small family farms, a legacy of a much longer historical development that this lecture will explore. But what does this legacy of small farms mean for how “Europe’s last primeval forest” would develop in the post communist period? This lecture explores two competing versions of the peasantry and how they interact with cosmopolitan ecotourist development and nature conservation practices as farming has becoming obsolete in the hamlets of the ancient woodland.

Dr Eunice Blavascunas
The Forester as a Figure: Between Communism and Nationalism in Europe’s “Last Primeval Forest”

Friday, October 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm
FSC 1221 | 2424 Main Mall, Forest Sciences Centre
(Faculty of Forestry)

The Białowieża Forest in north eastern Poland is frequently touted as” Europe’s last primeval forest.” The forest complex is split between a strictly preserved national park and a larger timber producing forest. In an ethnograhic and historical analysis this lecture explores the figure of the forester, a figure that is entangled in both nationalist and communist pasts. As a figure, the forester is more than a civil servant working neutrally for the common good or the state. In a part of the world which experienced violent twentieth century histories, forest aesthetics and historical truths appear to emerge when regional inhabitants conjure the forester.

Please note that the first lecture is organized by Polish Discussion Club and Polish language students (Global Lounge and the CENES department). The second lecture is a guest lecture at the Department of Forestry.

If you have any questions, please contact: Helena G. Kudzia at hkudzia@mail.ubc.ca

Polish Studies: Scholarships / Stypendia

Stypendia / Scholarships

John Paul II Scholarship in Polish – University of Ottawa
Deadline: Oct. 31, 2018

Canadian Polish Millennium Fund

Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

The W. Reymont Foundation

Deadline: November 2018

Adam Mickiewicz Foundation Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018

Dr. Jerzy W. Jarmasz Memorial Scholarship

June, 30, 2018

Translating from Leśmianesque into English (culture.pl)

Translating from Leśmianesque into English: An Interview about Polish Literature’s Mission Impossible

Bolesław Leśmian’s remarkable poetry may be a Polish favourite, but it’s been infuriating English-language translators for decades. Translation expert Marta Kaźmierczak talks to Culture.pl about why it’s so hard to translate Leśmian into English and what constitutes a good Leśmian translation.

Read more at culture.pl

World War II Survivor Testimonies

World War II Survivor Testimonies by Wojciech Oleksiak

Leicestershire Council has recently made public the recorded memories of the Poles and their families living in the county. Why have Poles been living there for over 60 years now? Would you believe that people who were deported to Siberia faced even worse hardship after the war?

Read and listen at Culture.pl


Discovering the Hidden Brilliance of Poland’s Poetry for Children

Discovering the Hidden Brilliance of Poland’s Poetry for Children

… Just think about what they do – the non-physical thoughts and emotions of the writer are converted into sound (the basic form of language), then pictures (letters started out as pictograms), then infinitesimally complex sequences of words, sentences and paragraphs, which are then printed on cut-down pulped trees so that countless others can use the light flying in from the nearest star, bouncing off the page and inside their eyeballs, to convert their reflection into the same thoughts and emotions the writer was feeling at the time of writing… or, as is often the case, the very opposite to what the writer wanted the reader to think and feel.

Yad Vashem: After the Uprising

Yad Vashem: After the Uprising: Life Among the Ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto

Even after the 16th of May, 1943, a number of undetected bunkers remained in the area of the former ghetto. It seems that hundreds of Jews still lived among the ruins of the ghetto, even after its official liquidation. Due to the harsh conditions and the presence of Germans in the area, only a small number of these Jews managed to survive for any extended period of time.

Konkurs języka polskiego „Ja a Polska”

Interesujesz się Polską kulturą? Uczysz się polskiego? A może dopiero planujesz zacząć swoją przygodę z językiem polskim? Spróbuj swoich sił w konkursie „Ja a Polska”! Napisz o swoich przeżyciach, wrażeniach, wspomnieniach, związkach albo po prostu skojarzeniach związanych z Polską.

Read more GLOSSA

Vancouver Polish Film Festival October 21-23, 2016

Main website: http://www.vpff.ca/

OCT 23, 2016 – 2PM
The Mother of Kings | Matka Królów

Poland | Drama | 127 minutes | 1982
Director: Janusz Zaorski

An impoverished widowed mother expecting her fourth child deals with nearly 25 years of political oppression in this stark drama.

OCT 21, 2016 | 9:20 PM
Blindness | Zaćma

Poland | Drama | 114 minutes | 2016
Director: Ryszard Bugajski

Haunted by her ruthless past, a former high-ranking security officer in Poland’s communist government seeks an audience with the Primate of the Polish Catholic Church, in this compelling drama from Ryszard Bugajski (Interrogation).

Application deadline for Witnessing Auschwitz 2016

Witnessing Auschwitz is still accepting applications for 2016 program.

Deadline: October 29, 2015 at 3:00 pm

For more information on application process please check:


About the program

Auschwitz was a place in which several frequently conflicting agendas of the Nazi Germany intersected: it was an industrial compound, a concentration camp, a medical research site, and an extermination facility; it served to imprison, terrorize, enslave, and kill. Moreover, Auschwitz is a site of conflicted memories that raises the question how, and if at all, it can be remembered and commemorated in ways that resist both sentimentalization and the recourse to conventional literary or cinematographic imagery. In fact, one of the most pressing issues of the Holocaust studies is the question: how to educate about Nazi crimes when there are no more survivors to share their stories.

This program takes a multi-disciplinary approach and will give you the chance to take part in lectures, seminars and workshops in Poland, where you will have direct access to historical archives, museums, and leading experts in all relevant disciplines related to the Holocaust studies.You will conduct independent studies at sites of mass extermination, as well as research issues related to the Holocaust in the context of social responsibilities of researchers and professionals.

Witnessing Auschwitz

From the Auschwitz – Birkenau website:

Autentyzm – doświadczenie – pamięć. Seminarium badawcze studentów University of British Columbia (MCEAH – Memorial and State Museum of Auschwitz-Birkenau)


For more articles please check Prof. Bozena Karwowska website available at http://bozenakarwowska.arts.ubc.ca/witnessing-auschwitz/press/

Please check the date! GoGlobal info session: study in Poland!

There was a mistake in the original e-mail, please update your calendars:

Information session about GoGlobal study abroad:

Wed, Sept 30th at 4 pm
Buchanan Penthouse

The info session is for students who may be interested in study abroad in Poland, Russia, or Latvia.
GoGlobal representatives will be at the event to talk about our partnerships. These now include partnerships with the University of Warsaw, Kazan Federal University (Russia), and the University of Latvia (in Riga).

Please forward to your classmates and colleagues! Hope to see you there!

Polskie Radio

Polskie Radio – http://www.polskieradio.pl/

Poland’s national publicly funded radio broadcasting.

Available channels:

Program 1 (Jedynka – One) – information, music
Program 2 (Dwójka – Two) – cultural, classical music
Program 3 (Trójka – Three) – alternative, jazz, rock
Program 4 (Czwórka – Four) – educational, youth