Saturday, March 17, 2018

1918-2018: Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College hosts Conference on Polish Independence

"For Your Freedom and Ours:" Polonia and the Struggle for Polish Independence

The Center for Polish Studies -- with financial aid and support from the History & Political Science Department (Daemen College), the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, and the Society of Friends of Learning in Przemysl, Poland -- will host an academic conference on 21-22 September 2018. The conference will commemorate the 100th anniversary of Polish independence, with a special focus on the Polish diaspora and its role in the creation of a new Polish state in 1918.

The keynote speaker will be award-winning historian Prof. James Pula. Related events will include a tour of the special exhibition on "Camp Kosciuszko: The Polish Army at Niagara Camp, 1917-1919" at the Niagara Historical Society & Museum (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario), a guided tour of other sites associated with Camp Kosciuszko, and a performance of music by Ignacy Paderewski by the Chopin Singing Society of Buffalo. A volume of select papers will be published by the Society of Friends of Learning in Przemysl.

For full details, see the Call For Papers at H-Net.

Organizers for the conference are Prof. Andrew Wise (Daemen College) and Prof. dr. hab. Tomasz Pudlocki (Jagiellonian University). For more information, please contact Andrew Wise at

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The History and Political Science Department will once again sponsor the Model UN Simulation to be held during Daemen's Annual Academic Festival. This year we are exploring the territorial disputes and conflict in the South China Sea. Students representing various countries will debate solutions to the territorial disputes in the South China Sea in a simulated session of the United Nations Security Council. Students in PSC 121 - International Relations will be participating in the simulation along with members of Daemen's new Model UN Student Club.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Aakriti Tandon at

Prof. Andrew Wise Delivers Public Lecture at the American Studies Center (University of Warsaw)

Prof. Andrew Wise at American Studies Center, University of Warsaw

On 8 February, Prof. Andrew Kier Wise (Professor of History/Chair, Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College) presented a lecture to students and faculty as part of the American Studies Colloquium Series. This lecture series is hosted by the American Studies Center (ASC) at the University of Warsaw. For more details, click here:

Prof. Wise's lecture -- "American Marxists: Boris and Anna Reinstein and the Socialist Movement in Buffalo, NY (1891-1917)" -- presented findings from  research for a monograph that he is writing in collaboration with Dr. Penny Messinger (Chair, History & Political Science Department). Their first publication from this research will appear this summer as a chapter in a volume (Intellectuals and the First World War) published by Jagiellonian University Press.

Prof. Wise at ASC

Students and Faculty at American Studies Colloquium 

The Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College is coordinating a faculty exchange with the American Studies Center (University of Warsaw). This emerged out of conversations between Prof. Wise and Dr. Slawomir Jozefowicz (ASC) during his time as guest lecturer at Daemen College in September 2016.

In spring 2017, Prof. Lisa Parshall (History & Political Science Department) was the first Daemen faculty member to teach at the American Studies Center on this exchange program. She also delivered a lecture as part of the American Studies Colloquium Series. For more information about Prof. Parshall's experience teaching about American democracy at ASC, please click here:

As part of the faculty exchange program, in fall 2017 Dr. Karolina Krasuska (ASC) co-taught a course with Prof. Wise at Daemen College. She also delivered several public lectures during her stay in Buffalo.

 Dr. Karolina Krasuska at ASC

For more details about Dr. Krasuska's many activities while at Daemen College in fall 2017, please click here:

This semester, Prof. Robert Morace (English Department) will teach a course on American literature at ASC, and he will also deliver a lecture as part of the American Studies Colloquium Series. In return, Daemen College will host a visiting scholar from ASC in fall 2018. Full details about the visiting scholar's itinerary while at Daemen College will be provided in a future blog.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Updates from Jagiellonian University

Jagiellonian University CEES Winter School Students at Krasiczyn

Studies in Central and Eastern Europe (CEES): Histories, Cultures, and Societies

Prof. Andrew Kier Wise (Professor of History/Chair, Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College) is teaching several courses this semester in an innovative new program at Jagiellonian University's Institute of History. Directed by Prof. dr. hab. Tomasz Pudlocki, the CEES program brings students from around the world to Krakow to study the history of Poland and the broader region. For more information, please click here:

From 12-16 February, Prof. Wise accompanied Prof. Pudlocki, Ph.D. student Kamil Ruszala, and a dozen CEES students on a Winter School trip filled with site visits, lectures by faculty, and presentations by the students. Sites and cities on the itinerary included: Kolbuszowa, Sandomierz, Baranow Sandomierski, Kazimierz Dolny, Pulawy, Lublin, Zamosc, Belzec, Lancut, Krasiczyn, Przemysl, Sanok, and Tarnow.

Image of Ship Bringing Immigrants to Buffalo inside
Wooden Church at Museum of Folk Culture in Kolbuszowa

CEES Students in Zamosc

Krasiczyn Castle on a Snowy Day

While in Przemysl, Prof. Pudlocki provided a lecture to a joint class of CEES students and students at his alma mater, I Liceum Ogolnoksztalcace im. J. Slowackiego.

CEES Winter School Students with Przemysl High School Students

Prof. Pudlocki's Winter School Lecture at Przemysl High School

Prof. Wise also presented a lecture to these groups of students at the Society of Friends of Learning  in Przemysl (Towarzystwo Przyjaciol Nauk w Przemyslu, or TPN).

Prof. Wise's Winter School Lecture at TPN

Jagiellonian Polonia Institute at Daemen College -- Planned for 2019

In 2019, the Center for Polish Studies will host the "Jagiellonian Polonia Institute at Daemen College." Prof. Tomasz Pudlocki will lead a group of eight students from Jagiellonian University (including students from the CEES program) for a two-week course of study at Daemen College.

For more details about the Jagiellonian Polonia Institute at Daemen College, please contact Prof. Wise at

Monday, March 12, 2018

Gabrielle Sinnott receives Gilman scholarship to study abroad in summer 2018

Gabrielle Sinnott, H&P major (class of 2019)

History & Political Science major Gabrielle Sinnott has been awarded a prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to underwrite the cost of her internship in Thailand this summer. Gabby is one of 300 students in the United States selected to receive a Gilman scholarship, which underwrites study-abroad opportunities for American college and university students.  Read more about Gabby's award here.

If you want to study abroad, visit our Global Programs office to learn about study-abroad opportunities and scholarships to help pay your way. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Prof. Andrew Wise Delivers Public Lecture at Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington, D.C.

L-R: Tomasz Pudlocki, Magdalena Baczewska, Janusz Romanski, and Andrew Wise

Polish Cultural Institute and Kosciuszko Foundation,"Between Music and Diplomacy: The Founding Fathers of WWI American-Polish Rapprochement" -- Washington, DC, 2 February 2018

The year 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the rebirth of the Polish state, and the Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College and its affiliated faculty are actively engaging students and community partners in Buffalo, the US, and Poland in commemorating this event of worldwide significance.

En route to Poland to teach at Jagiellonian University for the spring semester, Prof. Andrew Kier Wise (Professor of History and Chair, Polish Studies Center) joined Prof. dr. hab. Tomasz Pudlocki (Professor of History, Jagiellonian University)  and Dr. Magdalena Baczewska (Director of Music Performance Program, Columbia University) for an evening of programming at the Kosciuszko Foundation in Washington, DC. Prof. Pudlocki is the coordinator in Poland for Daemen's study abroad program, which brings Daemen students to Poland during the summer session. He also was a Fulbright Scholar in Residence at Daemen College in fall 2015.

Entitled "Between Music and Diplomacy: The Founding Fathers of WWI American-Polish Rapprochement," the event featured lectures by Prof. Pudlocki and Prof. Wise and a piano performance by Dr. Baczewska. Prof. Pudlocki provided a cogent and in-depth analysis of the historical events surrounding American-Polish collaboration during World War I.  Prof. Wise focused on the activities in the US and Europe of Buffalo Health Commissioner Dr. Francis Fronczak, who was a close friend of Ignacy Paderewski and a member of the Polish National Committee. An accomplished concert pianist and recording artist, Dr. Baczewska performed on the piano and also provided scholarly commentary about the Paderewski pieces that she selected.

Co-sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute (New York) and the Kosciuszko Foundation (Washington, DC Center), the event was well-attended by community members, scholars, and representatives from the Polish Embassy. Please click here for one review in the Polish-American press: The photo below includes event organizers Magdalena Mazurek (Polish Cultural Institute New York), Barbara Bernhardt (Kosciuszko Foundation, Washington, DC Center), and Anna Domanska (Polish Cultural Institute New York).

L-R: Magdalena Mazurek, Barbara Bernhardt, Prof. Pudlocki, Magdalena Baczewska, Andrew Wise, and Anna Domanska 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

March is Women's History Month @ Daemen!

Daemen College invites you to celebrate Women's History Month--join us for events taking place throughout the month of March. 

Naomi Parker Fraley (1921-2018), inspiration for iconic Rosie the Riveter poster
Monday, March 5
7:00pm-9:00pm, RIC120
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Film and discussion by Dr. Serife Tekin
An African-American woman becomes an unwitting pioneer for medical breakthroughs when her cells are used to create the first immortal human cell line in the early 1950s. 2017 film, based on the book by journalist Rebecca Skloot.
* Discussion led by Dr. Serife Tekin (Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies)
Daemen Film Series
* Light refreshments provided

Thursday, March 8
7:00pm-8:00pm, RIC120
Redirecting the Gaze: Self-Portraits by Female Artists
Lecture by Dr. Yvonne K. Widenor
Yvonne K. Widenor is Visiting Assistant Professor and Program Director for the Art History program at Canisius College
* Sponsored by the Sister Jeanne File Art History Lecture Series

Tuesday, March 20
10:00am-11:20am, DS219
Poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Open Classroom: Victorian Women as Social Activists
Lecture/discussion by Dr. Nancy Marck
Victorian female poets wrote about more than love and romance. Join Dr. Marck's LIT204 open classroom to learn about Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem, “The Cry of the Children,” which explores the use of child labor in British factories.

Wednesday, March 21
7:30pm – 9:15pm, RIC (3rd floor)
Readings in the RIC: Women’s Poetry
Join Buffalo poets Jennifer Campbell and Janna Willoughby-Lorh, for readings of their poems, at the March meeting of “Readings in the RIC” poetry series.

* Light refreshments provided

Thursday, March 22
6:00pm – 8:00pm, RIC120
Miss Representation
Film & panel discussion
Miss Representation asks, Why are women so underrepresented in positions of power and authority in America? How is women’s low status and power related to the distorted portrayals of women in the mass media? This powerful 2012 documentary connects the dots, arguing, “You can’t be what you can’t see.” 

The PANEL DISCUSSION after the movie features members of the AAUW Student Organization. Students on the panel and in the audience will discuss the issues of media representation and political participation explored in the film.
* Sponsored by the AAUW Student Organization and Daemen’s Women’s Studies Program
* Light refreshments provided

Wednesday, March 28
6:00pm-9:00pm, (RIC101)
Suffragette…and Suffragetto!
Watch the film…and play the board game!

A century ago, British women were fighting (literally!) for the right to vote. The 2015 drama Suffragette features a young working-class woman
(Maud Watts, played by Carey Mulligan) who is drawn into the increasingly radical British suffrage movement, led by the dynamic Emmeline Pankhurst. Secret meetings, terrorism, and police suppression endanger Maud’s status as a worker, wife, and mother.

After the film, we will pair off to play the vintage 1908 board game Suffragetto! In this two-person board game, radical suffragettes try to enter the British House of Commons while dodging arrests by the police barring their way.
* Sponsored by the AAUW Student Organization & Daemen’s Women’s Studies Program
* Light refreshments provided


Sunday, April 15
8:30am to 5:30pm
Day trip to Seneca Falls Women’s Rights National Historic Park (NPS)
Visit the birthplace of the Woman’s Rights Movement in the US on a day trip to Seneca Falls. Tour the Wesleyan Chapel and Women’s Rights Museum, with options to visit the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Home and other sites in historic Seneca Falls. 
* Tickets are only $10 per person (includes transportation and snacks; admission to the museum is free).    
* Deadline to sign up is April 7 (details in SLICE)  
* Sponsored by the AAUW Student Organization & Daemen’s Women’s Studies Program

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
See Academic Festival schedule for location/time
Acknowledgement of World Hijab Day
The hijab is a type of religious covering worn by many Muslim women across the world. Have you ever wondered what it really means to wear a hijab? Or how to put one on? Or what you'd look like covered? Join Daemen's American Association of University Women (AAUW) to explore the answers to these questions.
* Sponsored by the AAUW Student Organization 

** All events are open to the public**
** For more information about any of these events, contact Dr. Penny Messinger Women’s Studies Program Director, at **