Polish Studies

Polish Studies

Polish Studies

Masterpieces of Polish Literature

Spring Semester 2015 Continuing EducationPolish Literature Course

Beginning 4/15/15 – Ending 5/13/15
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Off-Campus, Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus,
3649 East 65th St, Cleveland, OH

Cost: $25.00
Instructor: Tomasz Markiewka, Ph.D.

Dr. Markiewka is the 2015 Cleveland State University Visiting Polish Scholar and Kosciuszko Fellow

Throughout the centuries, the literature of Poland has reflected the historical ups and downs of the country, as well as Polish spirituality and sensitivity. With four Nobel Prize winners, it can boast international recognition and offers a unique insight into the Polish soul. This course will highlight the masterpieces of Polish literature and present them in their fascinating cultural and historical contexts. 

The course will meet for 5 classes, weekly on Wednesday evenings. The final class meeting is Wednesday, May 13. 

Registration: You can register for this course in-person at the first day of class (credit card only—no cash please) or online at www.campusce.net/csuohio/category/category.aspx
(Follow the link for “Modern Languages” on the far left column, and then click on “Foreign Languages and Culture.”)

Questions? Please contact Dr. Markiewka at tomasz.markiewka@gmail.com or Dr. Edward Horowitz, Director of CSU Polish Studies at e.horowitz@csuohio.edu.

Central European Arts and Culture: 25 Years after Communism

This event is FREE!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 || 5:00-7:00 pm
CSU Student Center, Rooms 313/315


  • Tomasz Markiewka, Ph.D., the 2015 Cleveland State University Visiting Polish Scholar and Kosciuszko Fellow
  • Rita Gardosi, Visiting Hungarian Scholar
  • Luka Zibelnik, Slovenian Studies Lecturer

Since the tearing down of the Iron Curtain and the fall of Communism in Central Europe, the arts and culture of Central Europe have grown and thrived. Join three Cleveland State scholars as we discuss these dramatic changes.

Sponsored by Polish Studies, the History Department, and Modern Languages.

Polish Film Festival

This event is FREE!

Friday, April 24, 2015 || 1:00-6:00 pm
CSU Main Classroom, Room 136
Saturday, April 25, 2015 || 1:00-6:00 pm
CSU Main Classroom, Room 134

Join Tomasz Markiewka as we watch classic and contemporary Polish films. Dr. Markiewka will provide a short introduction to each film and there will be discussion following. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, April 24, 2015 || 1:00-6:00 pm

1:00 PM
(2007) directed by Academy Honorary Award Winner Andrzej Wajda
The crime that Stalin couldn’t hide. 1940. After Germany’s invasion of Poland, Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of the Polish officer corps, slaughtering nearly 22,000 men in the Katyń Forest. Based on this horrific historical event, Katyń tells the affecting story of four fictional officers and their families as they struggle to uncover the truth. A story of genocide, propaganda and the right to know the truth.

3:45 PM
(2013), directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, Oscar 2015, Best Foreign Language Film
Poland, 1962. On the eve of her vows to become a nun, 18-year-old novice Anna meets her estranged Aunt Wanda, a cynical communist judge who shocks the naïve Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Tasked with this new identity, Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family home to discover the fate of Ida’s birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation. Masterfully directed and photographed in stunning black and white, Ida is a vital and cinematic evocation of postwar Poland and an intensely personal tale of moral and spiritual awakening.

Saturday, April 25, 2015 || 1:00-6:00 pm

1:00 PM
(The Welts), 2004, directed by Magdalena Piekorz, Best Polish Film Award “Golden Lions” 2004, Polish submission for Academy Award as the best Foreign Language Film
Based on the novel by Wojciech Kuczok Gnój. Following the death of his mother in 1980s Poland, 12-year old Wojciech has become the main punching bag for his sadistic father. Administering beatings with his belt for the slightest provocation, Wojciech’s father occasionally tries to bond with the boy but soon snaps back to abusive habits. Apart of Wojciech’s friend Bartek, no one does anything to help. Jump to present day: Wojciech is a furrowed-brow journalist who spends most of his spare time spelunking alone. Just like his father, he has serious anger management issues. Fellow caver Tania feels exceptionally attracted to him but a love of a good woman may not be enough. A moving and thought provoking study of masculinity, violence and sensitivity.

3:15 PM
(Gods), 2014, directed by Łukasz Palkowski, Best Polish Film 2014 SUBJECT TO CHANGE
The early career of cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa. Despite harsh reality of the 1980s Poland, he successfully leads a team of doctors to the country's first human heart transplantation. A moving story about a rebel who decides to challenge nature, authorities and his own limitations. A drama of unsuccessful operations, fighting for every heart beat, big ambitions and painful defeats, the loneliness of a genius who stood alone against his mentors and started a revolution in Polish medicine. What was the price he had to pay for his success? 

To make tax-deductible contributions to the
Cleveland State University Polish Studies, contact:

Paul Wolansky Director for Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
216-875-9838 || e-mail: p.wolansky@csuohio.edu

To donate online, please click here and select "other" then type CLASS Polish Studies.