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“Deviants Go Away to Berlin!”: Locating Contemporary Poland’s Queer Counterpublic, William Martin, University of Illinois at Chicago, February 2

The Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites you to a lecture “Deviants Go Away to Berlin!”: Locating Contemporary Poland’s Queer Counterpublic on Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 5:00 PM, 1650 University Hall, 601 S. Morgan Street, Chicago, IL 60607.

Since Polands accession to the European Union in 2004, the figure of the homosexual has emerged in the countrys public sphere as the primary site of a quarrel over issues not only of civil rights, but of national identity and legitimacy vis-à-vis a mythicized national tradition and the idea of western liberal democracy. This dynamic has been addressed by Polish feminist and queer scholars (in particular Graff, Warkocki, and Uminska), who have both argued for the inextricability of
homophobic discourse from anxieties related to Polands inclusion in the EU and shown how it maps onto the prewar discourse of antisemitism. In this new nationalist dispensation, the homosexual, like the Jew, is regarded as violating the intactness of the Polish nation, even on the territorial level hence the injunction displayed on a counterprotestors placard at EuroPride in Warsaw last July (and circulated in the media): Deviants go away to Berlin! In fact Berlin as Western metropolis, gay mecca, and German capital plays an important symbolic role in this dynamic.

Bill Martin is a Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature at the University of Chicago, and is completing a dissertation on film comedy and affect under state socialism in East Germany, Poland, and Czechoslovakia. His research interests range across postwar Polish and German literature, film, and public culture; early cinema; postwar lyric poetry; cultural intersections between Western and Eastern Europe
and the Near East; and translation studies. Publications include Slatan Dudow and the Dream of a Socialist Film Comedy (East European Politics and Society, forthcoming 2011), Mozhukhin and His Doubles (Collegium Sacilense Papers 2004), and literary translations from Polish and German, among them Michal Witkowskis novel Lovetown (Portobello 2010), Erich Kästners Emil and the Detectives (Overlook 2007), essays by Günter Grass in The Günter Grass Reader (Harcourt 2004), and Natasza Goerkes short story collection Farewells to Plasma (Twisted Spoon 2002). A former Fiction Editor of Chicago Review, he edited that
magazines New Polish Writing issue in 2000 and co-edited its New Writing in German issue in 2002. He is a recipient of a Fulbright-Hayes Scholarship, a DAAD Research Scholarship, and an NEA Fellowship for Translation. He has taught at The University of Chicago, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Bard College; worked for two years as the Literature Curator for the Polish Cultural Institute in New York; and currently teaches in Bard Colleges Clemente Program in the Humanities. He lives in Brooklyn.

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International Business and Trade Summer Law Program Kraków, Poland, The Cathlic Univerisity of America


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20th Annual Summer Law Program

Our twentieth joint venture with the Jagiellonian University in Cracow will take place over a six-week period this summer beginning in mid-June. Students will receive intensive training in the global aspects of modern trade, comparative perspectives of regulated industries and antitrust laws in the U.S. and the European Union, international business transactions, and other substantive areas of law. Classes will be conducted in English at the 14th century Jagiellonian University, one of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Europe. Unlike most summer abroad programs, a number of English-speaking law students from Polish universities will also participate. The Polish and American students will attend classes together, live together and participate in all co-curricular activities together. This cross-cultural aspect of the Cracow program is unique and has resulted in many lasting friendships and business contacts.


Market Square, KrakowCracow is an ancient royal city famous for its architectural beauty and cultural heritage, and was almost entirely spared the destruction wrought upon many urban cities of Europe during World War II. The city center is the “Rynek Glowny” or Market Square, which at ten acres is by far the largest city plaza in Europe. Avenues teeming with cafes, clubs, restaurants, antique shops and endless curiosities to be discovered and explored surround the square. As a city on UNESCO’s World Natural and Cultural Heritage list, Cracow is a vibrant masterpiece of Europe whose heritage ranks it among the other great artistic and cultural complexes of highest value in Europe.

The Jagiellonian University was founded in the 14th century and is one of Europe’s most prestigious universities. It counts among its distinguished alumni the renaissance scientist Nicholas Copernicus. The university’s law faculty is regarded as one of the finest in Central Europe. It also hosts numerous international conferences every year and was recently honored with a visit from another Jagiellonian alumnus, His Holiness, Pope John Paul II.

With more than 22,000 students attending the Jagiellonian University, Cracow is in many ways, the quintessential college town. During the summer, many students can be found at the university taking classes and working around the city. June and July are the busiest months in Cracow for cultural and music festivals, including historic and traditional religious celebrations, month-long jazz and opera festivals and numerous other theatrical and musical events happening almost daily in the market square.


Admission is open to any law student in good academic standing at his or her law school who has completed the first year of full-time or part-time study.

This program has been authorized by the Accreditation Committee of the ABA Section of Legal Education.  However, each applicant’s school still has the discretion whether to accept the transfer of summer credits.

Applicants who are interested in using the summer credit to accelerate graduation should check with their Registrar’s Office to determine whether this summer program meets residency requirements.  It is unlikely that the credits in a foreign summer program can be used to accelerate graduation.


The Summer Law Program in Cracow—HIGHLIGHTS

Experience first-hand a country in transition

  • Poland is an emerging free market economy and European leader. Poland is assuming a pivotal role in the expanding democracies of Europe.
  • Cracow is a rich example of a city whose politics, society and legal systems are rapidly changing.
  • Receive practical and theoretical training in global aspects of modern trade, comparative commercial law and European legal history, and other substantive areas of law.
  • Interact with the best Polish law students and with American students from diverse schools and backgrounds.
  • Join more than 600 well-trained and educated alumni who are becoming future leaders of democratic Poland and the United States.
  • Create an international network of colleagues and resources through dialogue between faculty, program guests and lecturers and fellow students.
  • Obtain academic credit for courses in the Cracow Summer Law Program from The Catholic University of America, both fully accredited by the American Bar Association.
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Film: Reenactments, Gene Siskel Film Center, November 18

Information from our friends at the Gene Siskel Film Center:

1959-2010, Various directors, Poland/Romania/USA, ca. 75 min.
November 18, 6pm

“Artistic reenactments do not ask…what really happened…instead, they ask what the images we see might mean concretely to us.” —Inke Arns

Artistic reenactments do not aim to affirm or glorify the past, but rather to examine an event’s relevance in the present. They call into question our very understanding of this present–along with its social, political and cultural potential. This program, curated by artist and SAIC faculty member Irina Botea, proposes a trajectory of reenactment that cycles through highly mediated events and famous works of art, from a propaganda film made by the Romanian secret police in 1959 to Sharon Hayes’s Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) Screeds (2003), in which the artist attempts to recite from memory Patty Hearst’s infamous tapes to her parents after being kidnapped in 1974. Also featuring work by Ion Grigorescu, Ciprian Muresan, Mathew Paul Jinks, Kerry Tribe, and Artur Zmijewski, among others. Various formats. (Irina Botea)

Curator Irina Botea will be present for audience discussion.

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Umbrella Music Festival: European Jazz Meets Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center, November 4

A message from our friends at the Chicago Cultural Center:

“The Umbrella Music Festival features cutting-edge jazz and improvised music from around the world, with a particular focus on artists from the diverse, cooperative, and thriving local scene. The festival opens at the Chicago Cultural Center for two evenings of free concerts dubbed “European Jazz Meets Chicago,” co-presented by Umbrella Music, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and ten European consulates and cultural organizations. The complete schedule for the festival is at”

Thursday, November 4th, 6:30 PM | Arkadijus Gotesmanas Trio (Lithuania)

Mars Williams – saxophones
Harrison Bankhead – bass
Arkadijus Gotesmanas – drums

Thursday, November 4th, 8:00 PM | Waclaw Zimpel Quartet (Poland)

Waclaw Zimpel – bass clarinet
Matt Schneider – guitar
Devin Hoff – bass
Tim Daisy – drums

Chicago Cultural Center
78 E Washington St

all concerts are
FREE to the public

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Zalgiris / Grunwald / Tannenberg 600th Anniversary Exhibit at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, October 15-17

October 15, 2010 – October 17, 2010 – 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Zalgiris / Grunwald / Tannenberg 600th Anniversary
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago, IL 60629

Join the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, along with members of the Polish community, for the LITHPEX-POLPEX 2010 Exhibit, an event that will commemorate the 600th anniversary of The Battle of Zalgiris / Grunwald / Tannenberg

The Battle of Zalgiris (Grunwald) or Battle of Tannenberg was fought on July 15, 1410, during the Lithuanian-Polish-Teutonic War. The alliance of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, led respectively by King Jogaila (Wladyslaw Jagiello) and Grand Duke Vytautas (Witold), decisively defeated the Teutonic Knights, led by Grand Master Ulrich von Jungingen. Most of the Teutonic Knights’ leadership were killed or taken prisoner. The battle shifted the balance of power in Eastern Europe and marked the rise of the Polish-Lithuanian union as the dominant political and military force in the region. The battle was one of the largest battles in Medieval Europe and is regarded as the most important victory in the history of Poland and Lithuania.

Exhibit and Lecture Series at the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture

Opening Day: Friday, October 15, 10 AM – 8 PM
1 – 2 PM Introduction of the exhibit to the press
3 PM Lecture (in Lithuanian) “Lietuvos totoriai: Žalgirio mušyje ir šiandien” (Lithuanian Tartars in the Battle of Tannenberg and Today) by Lithuanian Tartars: Dr. A. Jakubauskas, journalist V. Malinauskas, historian E. Lukoševicius.

General Exhibition Information:

The official exhibit opens Saturday, October 16, and will remain open between 10 AM – 6 PM. Exhibition will also remain open on Sunday, October 17 between 10 AM – 4 PM.

MORE INFORMATION: Contact Violeta Rutkauskiene, e-mail:, or John Variakojis, You may also call us at (773)582-6500.

Event Cost: $5
More Information
Phone: 773-582-6500
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Peterson/ Antonovych/ Niespodziewana Exhibit at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, through October 31

September 17, 2010 – October 31, 2010 – 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Peterson/ Antonovych/ Niespodziewana
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art
2320 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago

The Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art is pleased to welcome Corinne D. Peterson, Anya Antonovych and Malwina Niespodziewana for a group exhibition in conjunction with Chicago Artists Month 2010.

Peterson/ Antonovych/ Niespodziewana explores each of the artists’ recent personal responses to intangibilities of decay, weathering and the self.

Chicago-based artist Corinne D. Peterson will present terracotta sculptures and wall pieces inspired by her visceral connection to the earth matter she manipulates and represents.

Painter Anya Antonovych will share mixed media paintings from her series “There is a Crack in Everything”, referencing the revelations to be found in imperfection and deterioration.

Polish artist Malgorzata Malwina Niespodziewana will present works on paper from her “Kobro Project”, and an exploration of the ‘universal body’, including dioramic scenes and print works from the collection at the Polish museum in Chicago, and her studio in Poland.

For more information on Chicago Artists Month, please visit

Gallery Hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m.

Event Cost: $5 suggested donation
More Information
Phone: (773) 227-5522
Email: Natalie Clark,
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27th Annual Chicago International Children’s Film Festival

Information taken from

Chicago International Children’s Film Festival is the largest festival for films for children in North America.
Bellow is a short digest of some of the films from the CEERES regions of the world.
Follow this link to a different post about Russian films.

Saturday, October 23:
Log Jam: “KJFG No. 5” (Hungary) – 9:30am
Ice Master (Latvia) – 11:00am
Head Dwellers Part 2: “Neighboring” (Hungary) – 1:00pm

Sunday, October 24:
Dog and Flea (Croatia) – 9:30am, 3:00pm
Tiger (Latvia) – 11:00am
The Widely Travelled Little Mouse (Hungary) – 11:00am
Correctional Facility for Parents (Croatia) – 1:00pm
Alarm Clock (Croatia) – 3:00pm
In the Attic (Czech Republic) – 7:00pm
Log Jam (Hungary) – 9:00pm

Saturday, October 30
Log Jam (Hungary) – 9:30am, 3:00pm
Shammies: “How Shammies Bathed” (Latvia) – 9:30am
How the Bunny Didn’t Turn to Be Someone Else (Russia) – 9:30am
Two Princesses (Russia) – 11:00am
Cello (Russia) – 1:00pm
Tiger (Latvia) – 3:00pm
The Most Scary Animal (Russia) – 3:00pm

Sunday, October 31
Shammies: “How Shammies Bathed” (Latvia) – 9:30am
Polish Fairy Tales: “Winter Fairies” (Poland) – 9:30am
Blue Magic (Croatia) – 1:00pm

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46th Chicago International Film Festival

Check out various films at the 46th Chicago International Film Festival (October 7 – 20)

All films are being screened at AMC River East 21 (322 E Illinois St).

For more information, go to the festival’s website:

(Information taken from Chicago Film Festival website):

CEERES region is very well represented. Here are most of the films that we were able to identify:

All That I Love (Poland, Jacek Borcuch); Oct 14, 3:30pm; Oct 16, 1:50pm; Oct 18, 4pm

Birthday (Poland, Jenifer Malmqvist); Oct 13, 7:45pm; Oct 15, 4:10pm

Building Manager (Greece, Periklis Hoursoglou); Oct 12, 2pm; Oct 18,6:15pm; Oct 19, 5:30pm

Days of Desire (Hungary, József Pacskovszky); Oct 14, 8:45pm; Oct 16, 4pm; Oct 19, 3:45pm

Devil’s Town (Serbia, Valdimir Paskaljevic); Oct 14, 2pm; Oct 18, 9pm; Oct 19, 6:20pm

Erratum (Polan, Marek Lechki); Oct 14, 8:30pm; Oct 15, 6:05pm; Oct 17, 12pm

How I Ended the Summer (Russia, Aleksei Popogrebsky); Oct 10, 5:40pm; Oct 12, 3:30pm; Oct 17, 12:30pm

If I Want to Whistle, I Whistle (Sweden, Florin Serban); Oct 8, 4:15pm; Oct 9, 1:30pm; Oct 10, 12:30pm

Last Report on Anna (Hungary, Márta Mészáros); Oct 13, 6:15pm; Oct 14, 5:45pm; Oct 17, 12:15pm

Lisanka (Russia, Daniel Díaz Torres); Oct 15, 3:15pm; Oct 18, 5:40pm; Oct 19, 8:30pm

Little Rose (Poland, Jan Kidawa-Blonski); Oct 14, 6pm; Oct 15, 9:20pm; Oct 18, 3pm

Love Life of a Gentle Coward (Croatia, Pavo Marinkovic); Oct 11, 8:30pm; Oct 12, 7:15pm; Oct 14, 4pm

Love Translated (Ukraine, Julia Ivanova); Oct 9, 8pm; Oct 11, 3:30pm

Mamas & Papas (Czech Republic, Alice Nellis); Oct 11, 8:20pm; Oct 12, 5pm; Oct 15, 2pm

Missing Man (Russia, Anna Fenchenko); Oct 12, 3:45pm; Oct 16, 5:15pm; Oct 17, 9:15pm

Mrdrchain (Czech Republic, Ondrej Svadlena); Oct 16, 11pm; Oct 17, 10:30pm

Sasha (Germany, Dennis Todorovic); Oct 9, 7:45pm; Oct 10, 1:45pm

Seed (Czech Republic/UK/USA, Ben Richardson/Daniel Bird); Oct 18, 8pm; Oct 19, 1:45pm

Tony & Janina’s American Wedding (Poland/USA, Ruth Leitman); Oct 10, 7:15pm; Oct 17, 2:15pm

Tuesday, After Christman (Romania, Radu Muntean); Oct 8, 7:15pm; Oct 9, 3:45pm; Oct 12, 4pm

White as Snow (Turkey, Kar Beyaz); Oct 16, 6:30pm; Oct 17, 2:10pm; Oct 19, 2pm

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Hidden Treasures: The Polish Museum of America Graphic Art Collection; July 30-August-29

For the first time in the US – after presentations in Poland – a spectacular exhibition on graphic art will be displayed in Chicago with 120 works by 65 renowned Polish artists.

Call 773-384-3352 ext. 101 for more information.

July 30-August 29, 2010
The Polish Museum of America
984 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL

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Free Screening of the Movie “Katyn,” Chicago Cultural Center, May 27

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago
Chicago Cultural Center
cordially invite to the free screening of the movie


directed by Andrzej Wajda.
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 6:30 PM
Chicago Cultural Center,
78 E. Washington Ave, Chicago, Illinois
This event is open to public and free of charge.
(Doors open at 6.00 p.m.)

Katyn is a story of Polish officers murdered by the NKVD in Katyn during WWII. It is a picture of women unaware of the crime, who were waiting for their husbands, fathers, sons and brothers. It’s a film about an invincible struggle for the memory and truth. Katyn was nominated for the Best Foreign language Film for the 80th Academy Awards.

Andrzej Wajda is a film and theatrical director. Born in 1926, he graduated from National Higher School of Film (Directing) in 1953. His movies Generation (1955), Canał (1957) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958) earned him the reputation of a leading director of the new generation in Europe initiated the famous Polish School of film-making. Four of Wajda’s works (The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, Man of Iron, and Katyn) have been nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign language film. In 2000 he received an honorary Oscar from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Katyn- a movie that matters- The New York Review of Books
Katyn nominated for an Academy Award last year, is a powerful corrective to decades of distortion and forgetting- The New York Times.

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