The Rochester Review,
University of Rochester, Rochester, New York, USA
Just three years ago, with the help of a generous gift from the Louis Skalny Foundation, the Center for Polish and Central European Studies was established. Housed within the Department of Political Science in the College, the center provides students and faculty with rich opportunities to study the countries of Central Europe--their history and culture as well as their vast potential.
Each year, the center sponsors faculty and student exchange programs, scholarly research conferences, the purchases of books and other library materials, an annual film festival, the Skalny Lectures and Artists Series, and courses for both undergraduate and graduate students. Currently, some 250 students are enrolled in interdisciplinary courses sponsored in conjunction with such departments as history, political science, English, film studies, anthropology, and modern languages. William Scott Green, dean of the undergraduate college, says, "Through face-to-face encounters, study on location, and coursework with American and European experts, Rochester students can understand and directly experience Poland and Central Europe."
The University has now embarked on a campaign to build an endowment that will help to continue and expand the center's programs. For more information, contact Chuck Pickhardt at the Alumni Association at (800) 635-4672 or, in the Rochester area, at (716) 273-5891.
Copyright 1997, University of Rochester