January 27th, 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the largest Nazi death, labour and concentration camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, and is the International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust.
On this occasion, the UBC Opera Ensemble (School of Music), the Modern European Studies Program (Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies), UBC Library and the Witnessing Auschwitz International Seminar (Go Global) will join efforts to remember and honour the victims of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and to further interdisciplinary education about the Holocaust. Following a four-day symposium at the UBC Vancouver campus, UBC Opera will stage the Canadian premiere of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera ‘The Passenger’.
UBC Library will house a special exhibit from January 15th to February 28th in The Irving K. Barber Learning Centre.
The invitation to the symposium is open to all UBC faculty, staff and students, as well as to the general public.
For more information please visit the web page https://auschwitz75.arts.ubc.ca/
Tickets to the opera “The Passenger” are available at the UBC Opera Ticket Box (https://music.ubc.ca/opera-pasazerka-the-passenger).
Dolce fine giornata by Jacek Borcuch
Mr. Jones by Agnieszka Holland
The Painted Bird by Václav Marhoul
Sole by Carlo Sironi
The Song of Names by François Girard
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
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(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 email@example.com
“Auschwitz. From Liberation to State Museum”
26 September 2019 5:00 pm
Venue: Buchanan Penthouse
Dr. Jacek Lachendro
Deputy Head, Auschwitz Birkenau Museum Research Centre
On January 27, 1945 the Red Army took over Auschwitz and liberated a few thousand remaining sick and exhausted prisoners. This lecture addresses the following: medical treatment for liberated prisoners in Soviet field hospitals and the Red Cross hospital, burials of the remains of the last victims of Auschwitz, committee documentation of German atrocities in Auschwitz, the soviet camps for German POWs, the 1945/46 transfer of the territories of Auschwitz to Polish administration, and the establishment of the Museum in 1947.
On behalf of the Witnessing Auschwitz seminar, we cordially invite you to the 2019 student conference.
Join us at the Polish Language Lab!
Meet UBC students and practice Polish language.
Open to current UBC students who are or were enrolled in Polish language classes.
Tuesdays, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
CENES Lounge, Buchanan Tower 910
Dates and updates: twitter: helenagka | cenes.ubc.ca/events
Contact: Helena G. Kudzia | firstname.lastname@example.org | twitter: helenagka
Please note that some meetings will be replaced by lectures, film screenings or might be canceled.
UBC Polish Film Club & Polish Student Club presents:
A FILM BY ŁUKASZ PALKOWSKI
FEBRUARY 26, 2019, 5:00 PM
BUCHANAN TOWER, ROOM 997
FILM & DISCUSSION IN ENGLISH! EVERYONE WELCOME!
Join us for a film screening and a discussion!
Thursday, October 25, 2018 at 5 pm
UBC Campus, Buchanan Tower # 997