The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College The mission of the organization is to promote Polish language and culture in Western New York.
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In commemoration of UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, The Holo...
01/14/2020

In commemoration of UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo and the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, is presenting a book talk by former Washington Post war correspondent, Jack Fairweather, on his 2019 book, The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz, about resistance fighter, Witold Pilecki, who infiltrated Auschwitz, smuggling out reports to the Allies on the death within its gates. The presentation in the Regis Rooms of the Richard Winter Student Center, 81 Hughes Avenue on the Canisius College Campus on January 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. will begin with a brief memorial featuring Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Cellist Robert Hausmann playing Ravel’s Kaddish, which he offered as a memorial in the German Concentration Camp, Auschwitz, during the BPO’s tour of Poland. The Yad Vashem Exhibit, The Auschwitz Album, will also be on display. A light reception and book-signing sponsored by Talking Leaves Books will follow.

An additional commemoration program will be offered on January 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Rosary Hall on the Daemen College Campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst 14226 featuring 2nd Generation speaker, Wendy Weisbrot on her late father, survivor Joe Diamond. Daemen will host The Auschwitz Album Exhibit that evening, and it will be on display at the Canisius College Library Exhibition Hallway during the month of February.

Admission to the events are free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the January 22nd event. Additional co-sponsors are The Jewish Federation, Polish Arts Club of Buffalo, the Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College, Polish American Congress - WNY Division, Polish Legacy Project and the Kosciuszko Foundation - WNY Chapter.

01/14/2020

In commemoration of UN Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the 75th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, The Holocaust Resource Center of Buffalo and the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, is presenting a book talk by former Washington Post war correspondent, Jack Fairweather, on his 2019 book, The Volunteer: One Man, an Underground Army, and the Secret Mission to Destroy Auschwitz, about resistance fighter, Witold Pilecki, who infiltrated Auschwitz, smuggling out reports to the Allies on the death within its gates. The presentation in the Regis Rooms of the Richard Winter Student Center, 81 Hughes Avenue on the Canisius College Campus on January 22, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. will begin with a brief memorial featuring Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra’s Cellist Robert Hausmann playing Ravel’s Kaddish, which he offered as a memorial in the German Concentration Camp, Auschwitz, during the BPO’s tour of Poland. The Yad Vashem Exhibit, The Auschwitz Album, will also be on display. A light reception and book-signing sponsored by Talking Leaves Books will follow.

An additional commemoration program will be offered on January 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. at Rosary Hall on the Daemen College Campus, 4380 Main Street, Amherst 14226 featuring 2nd Generation speaker, Wendy Weisbrot on her late father, survivor Joe Diamond. Daemen will host The Auschwitz Album Exhibit that evening, and it will be on display at the Canisius College Library Exhibition Hallway during the month of February.

Admission to the events are free and open to the public. A book signing will follow the January 22nd event. Additional co-sponsors are The Jewish Federation, Polish Arts Club of Buffalo, the Center for Polish Studies at Daemen College, Polish American Congress - WNY Division, Polish Legacy Project and the Kosciuszko Foundation - WNY Chapter.

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01/09/2020

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12/16/2019

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College's cover photo

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College's cover photo
09/16/2019

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College's cover photo

04/16/2019
The Art & Symbols of Polish Easter Eggs - Pisanki

Traditional Easter eggs are not so much decorated, as they are "written" with symbols. Check out this great explanation in a video partially funded by the Chair:

https://youtu.be/U1f0EpVBHJ8

Originally a power point presentation, revised into an informative video describing the various art forms & symbols of Polish Easter Eggs - Pisanki, and othe...

Fiber diet vs. tasty treat 🙂Here’s “How to tell us about the tasty treat on Various Devices 101" 🙂 On an Android phone, ...
03/05/2019

Fiber diet vs. tasty treat 🙂
Here’s “How to tell us about the tasty treat on Various Devices 101" 🙂

On an Android phone, press down on the letter "a" a bit longer than usual, slide your thumb over to the "ą" in the pop-up list of letters, and release.

On an iPhone/iPad, enable the Polish keyboard by going to setting > general > keyboard > keyboards > add new keyboard/Polish, and then use the globe key to quickly switch to the Polish keyboard when you need it. Using the Polish keyboard also gives you Polish spellcheck. Hold your finger on a letter to allow you to select the special character.

On a PC with Windows 10 > Settings > Time & Language > Region & Language > Languages -> Polski > Options > Keyboards > Add a keyboard > Polish Programmers (QWERTY).
To switch language - task bar - bottom right - change "EN" to "PL" then press "Alt to the right of space bar, plus the letter "a" (or any other letter for diacritic version). ź is under x.

On a PC with Windows 7, or Vista, see instructions here (with diagrams): http://www.polishnewsseattle.org/info/polskielitery.htm

On a Mac, select Language & Text, then Input Sources.
Select the checkbox for the Polish Pro keyboard.
Check the Show input menu in menu bar box.
The Input Menu will appear on the menu bar, allowing you to switch between keyboards.

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College's cover photo
02/24/2019

The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College's cover photo

Come hear a wonderful program.
02/21/2019

Come hear a wonderful program.

Today, Sunday.
01/20/2019

Today, Sunday.

Album of photos from the wonderful performance of the play Uprising, put on by the AdAstra Theater Troupe from Saratoga ...
10/08/2018
“Uprising” in Buffalo

Album of photos from the wonderful performance of the play Uprising, put on by the AdAstra Theater Troupe from Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

After the play, the actors listened to Polish WWII survivor Helena Gołębiowska’s eyewitness accounts of her experiences during the war.

Buffalo’s performance was supported by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo, and the Polish Legacy Project-WWII.

31 new photos added to shared album

Waiting for you to arrive.
10/06/2018

Waiting for you to arrive.

This Saturday, come see a very-well done play about the Warsaw Uprising by a touring group of young people who were insp...
10/03/2018

This Saturday, come see a very-well done play about the Warsaw Uprising by a touring group of young people who were inspired to produce it.

09/10/2018
03/20/2018
Polish Flower Branch Palm Tutorial

Here is a freshly-released video funded by the Permanent Chair, part of Fr. Krysa's "From Altar to Table and Back" series of videos on Polish Easter traditions. Watch this, and the other videos on palm weaving, pisanki, Polish Easter foods, and rituals, on the "St. Casimir Buffalo" YouTube channel.

Polish Flower Branch Palm Tutorial

03/06/2018
Jeannie Smith, daughter of Polish WWII rescuer, speaking to a full house.
01/28/2018

Jeannie Smith, daughter of Polish WWII rescuer, speaking to a full house.

01/24/2018
BBC Entertainment News

BBC Entertainment News

"Every single shot of Loving Vincent has been painted with oil paints...by real painters." 😵 🎨

UPDATE: The Special will be rebroadcast on Christmas Eve from 3-5 p.m. Same station, same online link.Today, Noon-2 p.m....
12/22/2017

UPDATE: The Special will be rebroadcast on Christmas Eve from 3-5 p.m. Same station, same online link.

Today, Noon-2 p.m. EST ! On 94.5FM, or online, a not to be missed special about Polish Christmas ! Re-airs Christmas Eve 3-5 p.m.

This beautifully-produced program about Polish Christmas, includes much background, kolędy, and stories. Listen online at https://radiobookmark.com/listener-interactive/webplayer/…
Those who heard it before can attest to the richness of the presentation.

Father Czesław Krysa, author of "A Polish Christmas Eve", the guide to Wigilia, and Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of the book, Polish Customs, Traditions & Folklore, will tell us about the music, events and celebrations in the Polish Community that surround the Holiday Season with a special emphasis on the most important of all Polish family traditions, Wigilia or Christmas Eve.

The program will also air on Christmas Eve from 3-5 p.m. EST. Can be heard in WNY and So. Ontario also on 94.5 FM. Funded by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.

UPDATE: The Special will be rebroadcast on Christmas Eve from 3-5 p.m. Same station, same online link.Tonight at 8 p.m. ...
12/18/2017

UPDATE: The Special will be rebroadcast on Christmas Eve from 3-5 p.m. Same station, same online link.

Tonight at 8 p.m. EST ! Online, a not to be missed special about Polish Christmas !

This is beautifully-produced program about Polish Christmas, includes much background, kolędy, and stories. Listen online at https://radiobookmark.com/listener-interactive/webplayer/#/fullscreen/station/Tgh4Vx2HBa7NvK3
Those who heard it before can attest to the richness of the presentation.

Father Czesław Krysa, author of "A Polish Christmas Eve", the guide to Wigilia, and Sophie Hodorowicz Knab, author of the book, Polish Customs, Traditions & Folklore, will tell us about the music, events and celebrations in the Polish Community that surround the Holiday Season with a special emphasis on the most important of all Polish family traditions, Wigilia or Christmas Eve.

The program will also air on Friday, Dec. 22, from Noon-2 p.m., EST and Christmas Eve from 3-5 p.m. EST. Can be heard in WNY and So. Ontario also on 94.5 FM. Funded by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College.

12/11/2017
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What do you get when you cross horse racing, with skiing? Skijoring, of course! 🐎🎿

A capacity crowd attended the talk and book signing of “Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women Forced Laborers in Nazi Germa...
10/19/2017

A capacity crowd attended the talk and book signing of “Wearing the Letter P: Polish Women Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany” by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab last night. A number of descendants of Polish WWII survivors were in attendance.

The book is available at: http://www.polamjournal.com/Bookstore/Shop_for_Books/Knab--_Wearing_the_Letter_-P-/knab--_wearing_the_letter_-p-.html

The event was sponsored by the Permanent Chair, The Polish Legacy Project-WWII, and the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo.

Reminder about the talk, and book signing by our fellow daughter of Polish WWII surivivors, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab...Wed...
10/17/2017
Knab-- Wearing the Letter "P"

Reminder about the talk, and book signing by our fellow daughter of Polish WWII surivivors, Sophie Hodorowicz Knab...Wednesday at Canisius College at 7 p.m. in the Student Center, 98 Hughes Ave. (off Main). If for any reason you cannot be there, you can purchase this groundbreaking book at the link below.

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10/17/2017
10/17/2017

doodles EXHIBITION OF SUBCONSCIOUS DRAWINGS BY ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI & HIS DOCUMENTARY PORTRAIT
in Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery Fourth Floor/Lyons Hall
OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 3, 2017

A few dozens of unruly, smaller and larger pages filled with pencil or marker drawings made by Zbigniew Brzezinski (1928-2017) constitute a mesmerizing exhibit which opens October 12th in Peter A. and Mary Lou Vogt Gallery Fourth Floor/Lyons Hall.The work bring images of microcell reality, mathematical graphs, architectural blueprints, star constellations outlines, snowflake structures, and information technology networks. As Professor Brzezinski stated himself: Some of my doodles have somewhat fictional character of modern arms, some kind of rockets in the unknown space of the universe.

Brzezinski calls his drawings “doodles,” which by definitions are unruly with no direct meaning; his doodles are a result of long conventions, diplomatic summits and conferences when artist’s hand moves across the paper unconsciously. Drawn in this manner, at the stage of conception the drawing is automatic, faint projection that hasn’t been corrected by a self-censorship.

Phenomenal is the drawings’ untraditional concept, not differentiated by its form and function. The doodles are neither autonomous drawings having a purpose on its own; nor they are inception drawings, nor sketches of an initial thought or idea. The drawings are purely improvisational, created with no premeditated idea, nor are aimed at any specific concept. As unconscious, automatic projection (l’ecriture automatique), that is being created purely with no conscious mind, however with strict eye oversight. Also, we can recognize a very individual personality of Zbigniew Brzezinski as well as signum temporis of the modern reality.

A documentary feature THE STRATEGIST (Strateg, 90 min., 2013) directed by Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska, the Special Jury Prize winner at the Polish Film Festival in America in 2013 will be shown on Friday, October 20 @ 6:30 PM., in LYONS HALL 418. The movie is in Polish with English subtitles.

The movie is a warm portrait of the one of most influential political scientists and strategists of the US foreign policy, whose services to Poland on her way to freedom cannot be underestimated. For the very first time and the only one, the professor opens up his family home to camera. He always used to repeat that we must keep a balance and spend time with a family, recollects one of his sons. Apart from the family members, the others who talk about the protagonist include Jimmy Carter, Henry Kisinger, Michail Gorbachov, Lech Walesa.

Dr. Zbigniew Brzezinski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1928 and passed away on May 26, 2017. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from McGill University and went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University. He married Emilie Anna Benes in 1955. In 1958, he became a U.S. citizen. Dr. Brzezinski served as an adviser to the presidential campaigns of John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert H. Humphrey, and Jimmy Carter. He served as President Carter’s national security adviser from 1977 to 1981. Upon leaving the White House, he remained active in policy debates, serving on various committees and task forces during Ronald Reagan administration. During his long career, he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Order of the White Eagle (Poland’s highest civilian decoration), among numerous other honors. He was a prolific author, and his most recent book Strategic Vision, was a New York Times best seller. He was one of the co-founders of the Society for Arts. He is survived by his wife Emilie, eminent sculptor, his children Ian, Mark and Mika, and his five grandchildren.

Come hear well-known author Sophie Hodorowicz-Knab speak about her new book entitled "Wearing the Letter P – Polish Wome...
10/16/2017

Come hear well-known author Sophie Hodorowicz-Knab speak about her new book entitled "Wearing the Letter P – Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany...". The book is the first of its kind to document what Polish slave laborers lived through in Nazi Germany.

Sophie Hodorowicz Knab presents an exceptionally well-researched and moving account of a topic which is largely ignored in English-language books and films. Books will be available for sale and signing that evening.

With the writing of this book, Sophie fulfilled a promise to her mother, who was a slave laborer during the war. This is a must-event for anyone who interested in learning about this little-known history, or anyone else whose parents or grandparents lived through WWII.

Wednesday, October 18 – 7:00 p.m.
Canisius College
Student Center
98 Hughes Ave.
Buffalo, N.Y. 14208
Admission is free.

If you cannot make it that evening, you can purchase the book at:http://www.polamjournal.com/Bookstore/bookstore.html

The event is sponsored by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, with help from the Polish Legacy Project of Buffalo-WWII.

09/25/2017

In celebration of UNESCO’s Year of Kosciuszko, the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College is hosting Dr. Graham Russelll Gao Hodges of Colgate University in a talk entitled “Kosciusko: A Hero in his time and ours.” Dr. Hodges is the George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History and Africana & Latin American Studies at Colgate and in the past served as a Distinguished Fulbright Professor of History at Beijng University. A prolific author, his lecture is based on his book, Friend of Liberty: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Agrippa Hull. Hull served as an aide to Kosciuszko and the two became friends despite their differences in race and rank. The book tells the remarkable story of three men whose lives were braided together by issues of liberty and race that fueled revolutions across two continents. While sharing a vision of the global expansion of human freedom and equality of all, Jefferson and Kosciuszko differed in their understanding of the meaning of equality and is justified in being named by Jefferson as the “purest son of liberty.”

The lecture will be held on Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. in the Regis Rooms of the Richard Winter Student Center on Hughes Avenue at the Canisius College Campus at 2001 Main Street. The lecture is free and open to the public and is the first in a series of events celebrating the life and legacy of Kosciuszko whose died in October of 1817.

On Tuesday, October 10th at the Buffalo History Museum on Elmwood and Nottingham, the Kosciuszko Foundation – WNY Chapter is hosting a cocktail reception and lecture by Purdue University Professor, Dr. James Pula. Dr. Pula will be presenting on his book Thaddeus Kosciuszko: The Purest Son of Liberty. Among his numerous awards, Pula received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and is known to the Western New York community through previous lectures. The cost of the reception and lecture is $10.

The Polish Arts Club and its member Danuta Nycz-Nakamura is leading a group of students to present Tadeusz Kosciuszko and His Legacy on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:00 p.m. a the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road in Amherst. There is a $5 charge for non-members.

As the memory of this true hero is celebrated across the globe, the Western New York community is invited to honor Kosciuszko’s legacy and embrace his message supporting human dignity and inalienable rights.

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