College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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Polish Studies 2013-14 Lecture Series

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Kulas Series of Keyboard Conversations presents: The Romantic Music of Chopin

Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm
Waetjen Auditorium, Music and Communication Building, 2001 Euclid Ave.
Located on the corner of Euclid Ave. & East 21st St. Parking ramp adjacent to the building via East 21st St.
Please inform the parking attendant that you are here for a CSU performance and receive your parking free.

Jeffrey Siegel concert with special ticket pricing, followed by a Polish Studies reception with refreshments and an opportunity to meet Mr. Siegel.

In his trademark “concerts with commentary” format, Jeffrey Siegel provides unique insight into Chopin’s life story and performs a selection of the enthralling, fiery, and poetic works of this beloved Polish composer. The program will include the heroic Polonaise in A-Flat, charming Waltzes, dreamy Nocturnes, virtuoso Etudes, and the tempestuous Scherzo No. 2.

Keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel are a “concert-plus” that combine the virtuosity and poetry of a world-class pianist with entertaining commentary to create a magical concert experience. His lively, engaging insights and captivating performances make this an enthralling experience for all music lovers. The concert concludes with a fast-paced Q & A.

Tickets: Specially priced at $10 per person for this Polish Studies event. Purchase tickets by Friday, January 24 by calling 216-687-5018, Monday – Friday between 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. You must indicate you are with Polish Studies for this special ticket price. Tickets also available at the door. Please pay with a credit card and no children under 8 years old, please.

This program is in partnership with the Center for Arts and Innovation at Cleveland State University.



Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm

EXHIBIT: The Destruction of the Polish Elite: Operation AB - Katyn

The Michael Schwartz Library, in partnership with CSU's College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Art Gallery, and Polish Studies Initiative, presents a historical exhibit, "The Destruction of the Polish Elite: Operation AB - Katyn" which sheds light on crimes perpetrated by the Third Reich and the Soviet Union at the beginning of World War II and poses questions about the scope of mutual cooperation between these regimes.

Maria Szonert Binienda, president of the Libra Institute, will hold a discussion on this historical event on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 4:00 pm near the exhibit area on the first floor of the Library.

The exhibit is divided into several thematic blocks. The first depicts the Soviet-German political and military alliance in the years 1939-1941, as well as the joint invasion of Poland, its partition and occupation, during which the cooperative powers introduced their destructive policy towards the citizens of the conquered country. The next sections present the two notorious criminal operations of 1940, first the Massacre in the Katyn Forests, and then the AB Operation*. Exhibit panels reconstruct preparations for the crimes, their course and the major culprits. The exhibit also presents profiles of several victims, including families that fell victim to both aggressors. Finally, the exhibit looks at the big picture of these operations, depicting their geographical range and documenting the lack of punishment for the vast majority of the Third Reich and the USSR officers responsible for these crimes. 

This traveling exhibit was prepared by the Public Education Office of the Institute of National Remembrance, Poland and was made available to Cleveland State University by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago. It is located in the Michael Schwartz Library, first floor east, and is open during regular library hours. It will be on display through November 21, 2013.

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Cleveland State University is looking forward to working in partnership with the Cleveland Foundation and The Sculpture Center to host Przemyslaw Jasielski, a noted Polish artist. Mr. Jasielski was recently invited by Poland’s Ministry of Culture to participate in the Malta Festival in Poznan, and he continues to build his professional reputation. Jasielski will be spending the fall semester at CSU and will be creating a site-specific installation for the Galleries at CSU that will be unveiled at a private reception for the Polish Community on Thursday, October 24 at 6:00 pm.

Private Preview Reception and Meet the Artist

Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
CSU Arts Campus, Galleries at CSU, 1307 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115
North Gallery: Przemyslaw Jasielski
Site-specific installation – Creative Fusion Artist in Residence at the Sculpture Studio of the Art Department at Cleveland State University and hosted by The Sculpture Center.
The installation will be displayed from Friday, October 25 to Saturday, December 7, with a public opening reception on Friday, October 25 from 5:00-8:00 pm and Artist Talk at 6:30 pm.

RSVP by October 17, 2013 by telephone to 216-687-3660 or via email at

Transnature is Here: The Blending of Art and Science in the Sculptures of Przemyslaw Jasielski

Sunday, November 17 from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Polish-American Cultural Center, 6501 Lansing Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44105
Join us for lunch and a talk by Przemyslaw Jasielski, CSU’s Visiting Polish Scholar. Lunch is $11.00 per person ($6.00 per child) and at 1:00 pm, join us for a special talk (talk only—free of charge).

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

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

Polish Studies Highlights

  • In 2010, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed in Warsaw that created a new and promising partnership between Cleveland State University and the University of Warsaw, the premier educational institution in Poland.  Specifically, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences is committed to developing student and faculty exchanges as well as to exploring joint research initiatives.  The creation of this partnership was facilitated by the Kosciuszko Foundation, Inc.
  • Initial fundraising efforts in 2011 raised $27,400 from the Polish American community of Northeast Ohio, including major gifts from the Charles M. & Helen M. Brown Memorial Foundation, Parker Hannifin Foundation, Third Federal Foundation and Mr. Donald E. Washkewicz.
  • In 2012, the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences hosted visiting scholar Dr. Piotr Wilczek, from the University of Warsaw.  He taught two classes, “Polish Culture through Film” and “The Canon of Polish Culture.”  The classes were offered for credit and in a continuing education format. 
  • Dr. Wilzcek delivered three community lectures while in Cleveland giving presentations at the John Paul II Polish-American Cultural Center in Cleveland’s Slavic Village, Cleveland State University, and at Sokolowski’s University Inn restaurant. 
  • In 2012, Dr. Edward Horowitz was named the Director of the Polish Studies Initiative. Dr. Horowitz is an Associate Professor of Communication and he has traveled to Poland on three different research trips, and lived in Warsaw for 10 months in 1994. 
  • The College’s Polish Studies Community Advisory Committee looks to build upon the foundation of excellent academic efforts and community outreach begun by Dr. Piotr Wilczek; the Committee will continue to work toward building an endowment to sustain this program.
  • Under the leadership of Dr. Horowitz, a three-part Polish Studies Lecture Series is finalized for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The series offers lectures about Polish poetry, nationalism and communism in 20th century Poland, and how the worldwide economic crisis is affecting Polish young adults.
  • As we look to the future, we plan on bringing another visiting scholar from Poland in 2014 to build upon the foundation of excellent academic efforts and community outreach begun by Dr. Piotr Wilczek, our 2012 scholar.
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