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Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Dekalog": Screening and Discussion

A screening of the second part of Krzysztof Kieślowski's "Decalogue: The Ten Commandments" ( Dekalog , 1988) series. The screening will be introduced and followed with expert commentary and discussion with Dr Matilda Mroz , Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Sussex.

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Historical Truth: Poland and the Politics of the Past

In the twentieth century, Poland became the laboratory for two violent totalitarian experiments, suffering massive destruction and harsh oppression from both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. The unhealed wounds of this painful history are still strikingly present in both public debate and politics in Poland today. In this talk, Dr Stanley Bill, Cambridge's Lecturer in Polish Studies, examines different perspectives on historical ‘truth’ and the politics of history.

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Talkman Prize for Literary Translation: Cambridge student in Poland

Over the last three years, we have been very proud to conduct a competition for Cambridge students to translate Polish literature into English. Thanks to the kind sponsorship of Talkman Language Solutions, the first prize in the competition has been a summer school course in Polish language and culture at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków. Cameron Holloway has written a brief account of his time in Kraków this summer.

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Polish Studies permanent at Cambridge

Polish language, literature and culture will be a permanent feature of the University of Cambridge’s research and teaching following the signing, today, of an agreement with the University of Warsaw.

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Andrew Michta: NATO, Eastern Europe, and US Policy

International security expert Andrew Michta joined us in Cambridge to give a lecture on NATO and Eastern Europe in the era of the new US presidential administration of Donald Trump, giving particular attention to Poland's role in the region. Dr Michta is the Dean of the George C. Marshall Centre for International Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

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Our lecturer Stanley Bill in London: Celebrating Czesław Miłosz

Join Czeslaw Milosz biographer Andrzej Franaszek and translators Aleksandra Parker, Michael Parker and Stanley Bill (Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge) for an evening in celebration of Czeslaw Milosz—the great Polish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1980 – to coincide with the publication of two extraordinary new books published in English for the first time.

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Dorota Masłowska: Polish Literary Sensation

Cambridge Polish Studies welcomes eminent Polish novelist Dorota Masłowska to Sidney Sussex College for an evening of readings from her work (in English and Polish) and discussion. The discussion will be led by Dr Stanley Bill, Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge, together with noted translator of Polish literature Antonia Lloyd-Jones.

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Radosław Sikorski vs Andrzej Nowak: A Debate on Foreign Policy

As part of the 10th Congress of Polish Student Societies in the UK, Cambridge Polish Studies hosted a special debate between former Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and Professor Andrzej Nowak on the subject of Polish foreign policy. The debate was moderated by Dr Stanley Bill , Lecturer in Polish Studies at the University of Cambridge.

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Warsaw '44: A Film Screening with Director Jan Komasa

Cambridge Polish Studies and Polish Waves on Cambridge 105 presented a special "Kinoteka" screening of Jan Komasa's 2014 film Warsaw '44 ( Miasto 44 ) featuring a discussion with the director. The film tells the tragic story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 against the German Nazi Occupation.

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Polish Political Thought in the 20th Century and Today

An international conference ranging across disciplines, including historical, political, cultural, sociological and philosophical perspectives on original Polish contributions to the history of political ideas from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present.

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Special event for 100 years since the regaining of Polish independence

15 November 2018

On the 100th anniversary of the regaining of Poland's independence on 11 November 1918, Cambridge Polish Studies is proud to host a very special event to commemorate, discuss and celebrate this historic occasion.

Visiting scholar from University of Warsaw

1 October 2018

In Michaelmas Term (beginning in October) 2018, Professor Paweł Stępień of the University of Warsaw will join Cambridge Polish Studies as a visiting scholar. He will give a series of lectures on Polish literature and culture across the term. He will also be a visiting scholar at Sidney Sussex College.

Cambridge students at the University of Warsaw

1 September 2018

In summer 2018, thanks to the generous support of the University of Warsaw, two Cambridge students spent three weeks in the Polish capital taking an intensive course in Polish language and culture.

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