Wednesday, September 17, 2014

History & Politics Speaker Series: Dr. Regina Grol on "Transferred Trauma: The Second Generation"

Dr. Regina Grol addresses an audience in Wick Alumni Lounge

On 15 September, Dr. Regina Grol delivered an erudite and moving lecture on "Transferred Trauma: The Second Generation" to an audience of over 70 students, faculty, and community members. Dr. Grol's lecture is the inaugural event in this year's "History and Politics Speaker Series," which is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science.

Dr. Wise (History & Political Science Dept. Chair) welcomes the audience

The event was co-sponsored by the Polish Studies Program and the Division of Arts & Sciences. Dr. Shirley Peterson (Dean of the Division of Arts & Sciences and Associate Professor of English) integrated Dr. Grol's presentation with her course, LIT 329 Imagining Trauma, and her students attended the lecture.

Dr. Shirley Peterson introduces Dr. Grol

Students, faculty, and community members in the audience

Dr. Regina Grol's presentation at Daemen focused on her most recent publication, SAVING THE TREMORS OF PAST LIVES: A CROSS-GENERATIONAL HOLOCAUST MEMOIR (Boston, Academic Studies Press, 2014).

Dr. Grol answering questions from the audience

Dr. Grol has taught Polish Studies at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2007-2010) and is currently a Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies at the same university. Previously, she was a Professor of Comparative Literature at Empire State College, State University of New York and a visiting professor at Rutgers University as well as Hunter College of CUNY. She also directed the SUNY overseas program in Jerusalem (1982-1984).
A literary critic and translator of Polish literature, she spent the academic year 2001-2002 in Poland as a Fulbright research scholar. In addition to more than 70 critical essays, her publications include several bilingual poetry volumes, which she translated and equipped with critical introductions, including the anthology AMBERS AGLOW: CONTEMPORARY POLISH WOMEN’S POETRY 1981-1995 (Host Publications, 1996) and her translation of AND YET I STILL HAVE DREAMS by Joanna Wiszniewicz (Northwestern U. Press, 2004).

L-R: Dr. Andrew Wise, Dr. Shirley Peterson, and Dr. Regina Grol

Special thanks to Mr. Andy Golebiowski for permission to use his photos from the event.

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