Kraków’s metamorphoses at the end of the 20th century. A personal account
Wednesday, March 20, 7:30 pm

Dr. Jan Lencznarowicz, Associate Professor of History in the Department of History of International Migration, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and Skalny Visiting Professor

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Kraków: Then and now
Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies is pleased to announce its first in a series of three events celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Sister Cities relationship between Kraków, Poland, and Rochester

As the historic capital of Poland and a vivid center of culture, Kraków has always held a special place in the minds and hearts of Poles. The time of the fall of Communism and the transition to democracy was no exception. Drawing on his and his contemporaries’ experiences, Dr. Jan Lencznarowicz explains how being a part of this intellectual and spiritual milieu influenced their lives and helped to shape their values and attitudes at the time of dramatic changes in the 1980s and 1990s.

Jan Lencznarowicz is an associate professor at the Institute for American Studies and Polish Diaspora, Jagiellonian University, Kraków. His main areas of research are: Polish political emigration in the 20th century, emigrants’ political myths and ideologies, and the policy of the Communist authorities towards Polish Diaspora. He takes interest in the history of Australia, Australian nationalism and the Polish ethnic group in Australia.

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Kraków: Then and now
Jan Lencznarowicz is the author of three books: Jałta. W kręgu mitów założycielskich polskiej emigracji politycznej po II wojnie światowej. 1944-1956, [Yalta as the Foundation Myth of the Polish Political Emigration 1944-1956], Australia, [History of Australia in 20th century], Prasa i społeczność polska w Australii. 1928-1980, [The Polish Press and Polish Community In Australia, 1928-1980]. His publications in English include articles on Polish Diaspora and Australian topics. He teaches courses on Polish political emigration after World War II, refugees in modern times, ethnic history of Europe, history of Australia as well as immigration and ethnic relations in Australian history. In addition he gives courses of Polish history to foreign students.

Sloan Auditorium, Goergen Hall, University of Rochester River Campus
Free and open to the public.