Olga Tokarczuk, Nobel Prize in Literature
Books by Olga Tokarczuk
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Canadian Polish Millennium Fund
Deadline: Sept. 15, 2018
The W. Reymont Foundation
Deadline: November 2018
Adam Mickiewicz Foundation http://polishcanadians.ca/Adam_Mickiewicz_foundation_PL.htmlDeadline: Sept. 15, 2018
Dr. Jerzy W. Jarmasz Memorial Scholarship
June, 30, 2018
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.
Listen to ‘Solaris’ at BBC Radio!
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?
… 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.
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.
Auschwitz-Birkenau Virtual Tour
created by Auschwitz Memorial & Museum
Auschwitz, the Nazi German concentration and extermination camp, is the most recognizable symbol of the Holocaust and place of genocide in the world. Never, and in no other camp or extermination center did the SS murder such a great number of Jews from nearly all the Nazi occupied Europe. However, many people do not know that Poles constituted nearly 40% of the prisoners registered in the camp and that those incarcerated and murdered there included also: the Roma, Soviet POWs and prisoners of over twenty nationalities. And only experts will know the role Auschwitz was to play in the Nazi German settlement plans of Eastern Europe, which – aside from exterminating the Jews – posited also the destruction of the majority of the Slavic population.
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Is Polish the most difficult language out there? Some seem to think so. But there are plenty of reasons why you should learn it anyway!
Auschwitz: a German Nazi concentration and extermination camp. See the online lesson about its development: http://lekcja.auschwitz.org/en_1/
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.
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Featured story at BBC
Polish mathematicians who laid the groundwork for cracking the WW2 Nazi Enigma code, are being honoured at the country’s embassy in London.
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).
Vancouver International Film Festival: The Last Family (Ostatnia Rodzina); Director Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016 Poland
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:
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.
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 www.polona.pl
National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa):
books, maps, films, photographs and archival documents can be accessed from anywhere through the Polona website. Check it out!
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Information session about GoGlobal study abroad:
Wed, Sept 30th at 4 pm
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!
Poland’s national publicly funded radio broadcasting.
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