Loyola University Chicago

Polish Studies

Conferences & Lectures

Current Events


Polish American Historical Association 75th Anniversary Conference
September 7-9, 2018 

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Loyola Celebrates 10 Years of the Polish Studies Program

Professor Bozena Nowicka McLees and Vice Consul Piotr Semeniuk

Anthony Bukoski Visits Loyola
November 10th & 11th, 2017

Yuriy Serebryansky Visits Loyola

September 20th, 2017



April 8th: Film screening of Jan Karski and the Lords of Humanity and Panel

Slawomir Grunberg’s documentary “Karski and the Lords of Humanity” presents an engaging, multifaceted portrait of the legendary Polish resistance fighter who tirelessly tried to open the eyes of the world to the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II.  Grunberg deftly combines documentary footage of a Karski’s recollection of the events with other interviews, old photographs, and even animated sequences to create a cohesive and persuasive account of how the leaders of the most powerful nations chose to remain deaf to his pleas for an urgent intervention.  The nature of this documentary forcefully emphasizes the contrast between Karski’s selfless efforts and the indifference of those who were in a position to affect meaningful change.

Slawomir Greenburg, Tom Wood, Bozena Nowicka McLees, and Zbigniew Banas.


November 11th: Film screening of The Fourth Partition and discussion with director

November 13-14th, 2015 : Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference:
The Poles Program

CCIC The Poles Poster


November 18th: When Do Reconciliation and Cooperation Matter?

 Past Events

Film Discussion with Marek Probosz 
‌and Zbigniew Banas, photo by bnm


April 15th: Ida Film Screening and Discussion with Zbigniew Banas

March 19th: Śmierć Rotmistrza Pileckiego The Death of Captain Pilecki with guest actor Marek Probosz

September 19-20th: Jan Karski Conference


November 21st: ‌

November 13th: Film Screening and Discussion with Bożena Garus-Hockuba

November 12th: Modern Language & Literatures Language Fair, Fall 2013


April 13th: John Merchant Lecture - "Polish-American Poetry: Reading Between the Lines"

November 27th: Anna Ferens documentary film maker Anna Ferens Film Screening "Co mogą martwi jeńcy/What Can Dead Prisoners Do"


September 22nd:  John Merchant Inaugural Lecture


April 21st and 22nd: Polish Language Certification Exam

April 18th: Polish Studies Scholarships and Awards Ceremony with Polish Student Alliance and Loyola's Polish American Alumni Network 

April 12th: Undergraduate Student FORUM Competition of Undergraduates Students' Papers on Central and Eastern Europe

March 24th: Plocieniak Polish Language Fluency Exam (for upcoming seniors)

March 22nd: Lecture on Jewish Culture in Poland

March 1st: 4 Polish American Poets Reading Poetry


April 19th: FORUM - Competition of Undergraduates Students' Papers on Central and Eastern Europe

April 12th: Polish Resistance AK Foundation Lecture

April 2nd: Plocieniak Scholarship Polish Language Exam

February 22nd: Shana Penn Lecture: Women in the SOLIDARITY Movement

November 17th: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Adam Zagajewski and Sarah Rothenberg

November 7th: Polish film screening and discussion with director Magdalena Lazarkiewicz


April 28th: Poland and its Performative Democracy

November 12th - 13th: CHOPIN & PADEREWSKI 2010 International Conference

September 27th: The Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Endowed Scholarship


February 16th: Poetry with Teeth Lecture by Ewa Chruściel, Ph.D.


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