66th Annual Meeting of The Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America

This national multi-disciplinary conference on Polish and Polish American Studies is sponsored by PIASA (208 E. 30th St., New York, N.Y. 10016) in cooperation with the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia. All persons attending the conference including panelists, presenters, etc. are required to register and pay a registration fee. Advance registration by mail is strongly recommended on forms provided.

PIASA has reserved a block of single/quad occupancy rooms at a special groups rate at the Holiday Inn Historic District. All room reservations must be made by directly telephoning the full-service hotel at 1 800 843-2355 by May 12, 2008.

The final detailed official program with full titles of presentations, room assignments and schedule will be printed later and distributed at the Annual Meeting. It will also appear on PIASA’s website: www.piasa.org as it becomes available.

The following is an incomplete list of sessions and panels that will make up the 66th Annual Meeting program. The final version of the program will include additions and some corrections.


History Abroad (Polish Historians Outside of Poland): Piotr S. Wandycz, Yale University; M.B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University; Rafał Stobiecki, University of Łódź; John Kulczycki, University of Illinois-Chicago.

Kosciuszko: New Appraisals: Angela Pienkos, Milwaukee, WI; George D. Langdon, Jr., Colgate University; James S. Pula, Purdue University; and Alex Storozynski, West Orange, N. J.

The Politics of Ethnic Anti-communism in the U.S. During the Cold War (Comparative Perspective). Ieva Zake, Rowan University, NJ; Judith Fai-Podlipnik, Southeastern Louisana University; Donald Pienkos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and John Radzilowski, University of Alaska Southeast.

Economics, Politics, Society in Contemporary Poland. Jan Napoleon Saykiewicz, Duquesne University; Leo V. Ryan, C.S.V., De Paul University; Richard J. Hunter, Seton Hall University, Lucja Swiatkowska-Cannon, New York, and Krzysztof Bledowski, Manufactures Alliance.

Into the Future: Thoughts on the Agenda of the Polish American Congress in a New Era. (A Panel Discussion). Donald Pienkos, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and PAC Wisconsin; Susanne Lotarski, PAC Washington DC; Rich Pierchalski, PAC Pittsburgh, PA and Anthony Bajdek, PAC Boston MA.

Polish Contributions to the American Cultural Mosaic in Philadelphia. Deborah M. Majka, Associated Polish Home and Adam Mickiewicz Polish Language School; Stephen S. Skorczynski, Associated Polish Home; Teresa G. Wojcik, Villanova University ; Janusz Romanski, Polski Uniwersytet Ludowy, and Peter J. Obst, Kosciuszko Foundation-Philadelphia Chapter.

Recent Research in Polish History. M.B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University; Krystyna K. Cap, Johns Hopkins University; Neale Pease, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Stephen E. Medvec, Holy Family University , PA

New Perspectives on Polish American Studies. Francis J. Ryan, La Salle University; Joseph Wieczerzak, Bronx Community College CUNY; Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College CUNY and Michael Urbanski, Central Connecticut State University.

The Polish American Heritage and the Question of Its Preservation. Regina Gorzkowski-Rossi, Pro Arte Associates; Dorota Janiszewska-Jakubiak, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Warsaw; Andrzej Dajnowski, Conservation of Sculpture and Objects Studio, Chicago; and Marek Baranski, Polskie Pracownie Konserwacji, Warsaw; .

Politics of Remembrance. Robert Szymczak, Pennsylvania State University; Charles Chotkowski, Polish American Congress, and TBA.

Polish and Polish American Literature . Anna Gasienica Byrcyn, University of Illinois-Chicago; Constance J. Ostrowski, Schenectady County Community College, and TBA.

Meet the Author. Douglas W. Jacobson, Author of “Night in Flames: A Novel of World War II”, Thomas J. Napierkowski, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs, and TBA

Dramatizing the Past in Polish Music. Anne Swartz, Baruch College CUNY; Maja Trochimczyk, Society of Polish Music, CA and TBA.

Infusing Polish Heritage Learning into pre-K to 12 Instructional Curriculum. Bozenna Buda, University of Maryland; Teresa Burik, 21st Century Learning Services, and TBA

Diasporic Literature: Poland from Abroad. Thomas J. Napierkowski, University of Colorado-Colorado Springs; Silvia G. Dapia, Purdue University; and Charles Kraszewski, King’s College, PA.\

Friday, June 13, 2008. 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.. Reception hosted by the Polish American Cultural Center, 308 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 for registered participants and invited guests.

Saturday, June 14, 2008. 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. GALA Banquet- Grand Ballroom at

Holiday Inn Historic District. Tickets required at $65 USD.

Reservations must be made in advance by June 2, 2008.

Banquet Speaker: HE Boguslaw Winid, Poland’s Ambassador to NATO in Brussels.

He will speak on “Poland’s Participation in NATO’s Operations”.

Directions to Holiday Inn Historic District Philadelphia can be found on www.holidayinn.com/philadelphia-historicdistrict . Other information will be posted on www.piasa.org . For more information regarding the program, registration, and reservations contact Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada [email protected] – (336) 940-5656 or Janina Kedron [email protected] – (212) 686-4164 or (201) 288-3815.