Norman Davies ”Poland in the Rockies hit on exactly the right formula.”
Andrew Nagorski – Newsweek ”If a program like this had been offered at the time when I was a student, I’m sure I would have jumped at the opportunity.”
Stan Oziewicz – Globe & Mail ”I’ve been to many conferences; this is the first that will stay with me forever.”
Katherine – Chicago ”I deepened my understanding of my heritage, forged new and lasting friendships, and was inspired to carry out academic research in Warsaw, Poland.”
Martin – Toronto ”PITR brings together some of the brightest and most talented young Polish-Canadians and engages them in a unique experience of knowledge, interaction and the exquisite surroundings of the majestic Rocky Mountains”
Nina – Washington ”PITR set me on my path for my career… opened up a whole new world to me that sent me to graduate school to study the post communist world and landed me at a job in the international affairs community, focusing on democracy assistance… I have contacts all over the globe ready to support my work. I grew as a person, a thinker and a friend.”
Judith – Cape Town ”I’m a slightly more uncommon PITR attendee – being neither Polish, nor an official student of the language, the country or the people. Call it an exercise in empathy-making and community-building, if you will; PITR connected me to a community of people dotted all around the globe whose common ancestry, language or location continue to intrigue me.”

C. Davies – UK Attending Poland in the Rockies is one of the best things I ever did – which is why, despite living in the UK I managed to find my way over to Alberta three times in six years! PitR is not just another diaspora conference. It informs you about the best of Polish history and culture, and introduces you to people of all kinds of Polish connections, including those with none other than an academic interest, and with whom you can explore questions of identity and shared interests over a couple of weeks of intense learning and partying in one of the most beautiful parts of the entire world.

PitR is not only for those who are confident or knowledgeable about their relationship with Poland – it is also for those who know they have a Polish connection but are unsure what it really means. For me, its greatest achievement has been to encourage so many of its alumni, who might not otherwise have considered doing so, to work or study in Poland and find out about the country themselves. When I spent a year in Poland in 2010, I was able to explore the country with friends I had made thousands of miles away in Canmore. They will be friends for life.



PitR 2014 will be held July 24 – Aug. 3 in Banff

The academic program of PitR is comprised of a series of lectures, workshops and debriefing sessions. Subjects covered will be Polish history, contemporary Poland, culture, media and diaspora. This broad range of topics, as interpreted and discussed by world-class academics, will give students an understanding of:

• Poland’s past and how it affects the present.
• Poland in Europe and in the world.
• Contribution to modern democracy.
• The role of the diaspora.
• Poland’s multi-ethnic heritage.
• Literature, theatre, language and art.
• The role of the media.

The conference also features film screenings, teambuilding activities and a themed gala dinner with a keynote speaker. The theme of this year’s dinner will be the 25th anniversary of the fall of communism. 

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