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.”

PitR Past Speakers

Norman Davies A historian, a writer, an authority on Central and Eastern Europe, a music buff, a collector, a true Renaissance Man – Prof. Norman Davies is an outstanding academic respected worldwide for his many books about history. He is also an organizer and a participant of many initiatives and debates, often addressing the most critical questions affecting today’s world. At the same time he is a very warm and approachable person.

Krzysztof Zanussi Filmmaker, writer and producer; a major figure in European cinema. Major films: The Structure of Crystals, Family Life, Behind the Wall, The Illumination, The Contract, The Year of the Quiet Sun, Wherever you Are, Life for a Life, The Silent Touch, Camouflage, Weekend Stories, In Full Gallop, Our God’s Brother, Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease.

Tamara Trojanowska received her MA from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, and completed her PhD at Oxford and the University of Toronto where she is currently head of Polish Studies at the Department of Slavic Literatures and Languages. Professor Trojanowska directed the cultural segment of Poland in the Rockies, presenting an overview of Polish literary and cultural history that is as interesting for those familiar with the subject as for those just being introduced to it. Together with Professor Johnston, she addressed issues of identity – in literature and in contemporary life.

Anna Cienciala  Professor Emeritus , University of Kansas; Her areas of expertise and special interest are European diplomatic history, 1914-1945, with emphasis on Poland; Polish political history 1918-45; and the history of the Jews in Poland, 1918-1945. She is American editor of the English language Katyn volume to be published by Yale University Press in 2004 in its Annals of Communism series; Dr. Cienciala will present the subject, “Katyn – Why the long silence in the West”?

Jagna Wright and Aneta Naszynska  British documentary film-makers of Polish descent; They have presented, A Forgotten Odyssey, dealing with the deportation of 1.7 million Poles to the Soviet Union in 1940-41 as well as two new films coming out in 2004 dealing with the Warsaw Uprising and Polish-Jewish history and relations. 

John J. Bukowczyk Professor of History and Director of the Canadian Studies Program at Wayne State University in Detroit and also a past president of the Polish American Historical Association; author of And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish-Americans and editor of Polish Americans and Their History: Community, Culture, and Politics, general editor of the Ohio University Press Polish and Polish-American Studies Series, and editor of the Journal of American Ethnic History, published by the Immigration and Ethnic History Society.

Menachem Daum is the co-director and producer, with Oren Rudavsky, of the acclaimed documentary, Hiding and Seeking. Winner of the Grand Prix – Warsaw Jewish Film Festival and First Prize for a documentary and Best Inter-Faith Film of 2004, Hiding and Seeking has garnered nothing but rave reviews from the New YorkTimes, the New York Post, Newsday, The Village Voice, Nowy Dziennik, The Jerusalem Post – and one could go on and on. The consensus: “Simply the most important documentary of 2004 and a must for every thinking person.” Hiding and Seeking, a profound examination of humanism and religion, centers on Polish-Jewish relations but the issues it addresses are universal.

Karin Friedrich, a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, teaches history at the University of Aberdeen. Professor Friedrich received her MA from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich and her PhD from Georgetown University in Washington DC. She is a specialist in Prussia and Poland 1500-1800, in the history of political ideas and in early modern identities. She is the author of The Other Prussia: Royal Prussia, Poland and Liberty, and has published many articles on political ideas in Poland-Lithuania, and on identity and nationalism.

Robert Frost, University of Aberdeen, was appointed to the Chair in Early Modern History and as Head of School for Divinity, History and Philosophy in September 2004.  Professor Frost joined the University from King’s College, London, where he was Reader in Early Modern History and Head of the History Department.  His main interests lie in the history of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth, in particular in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.  He is also interested in the history of warfare in northern and eastern Europe form the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries, the Thirty Years War and the history of Sweden.  Professor Frost has published After the Deluge:  Poland-Lithuania and the Second Northern War  (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1993) and The Northern Wars:  War State and Society in Northeastern Europe, 1558 – 1721 (Longmans, Harlow, 2000).

Wanda Koscia Producer/Director specializing in history and current affairs for the BBC. For over two decades she worked extensively across the former Soviet bloc on a number of major television series, including: The Struggles for Poland (1985), The Other Europe (1988), The Hand of Stalin. Leningrad (1989), The Walls Came Tumbling Down (1990), Death of Yugoslavia (1995), Tourists of the Revolution (1998). In 2005 she made “Battle for Warsaw”, a film about the Warsaw Uprising (featuring an interview with her own mother who was a participant aged 16). During the 1980s she was active in the Solidarity support group in London.

Lynn Lubamersky Associate Professor of History at Boise State University. Concentrating on social and family history in Central Europe, she has published several articles on noblewomen’s access to political power in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the eighteenth century. Her most recent article, “Inheritance, Custom, and Economic Power among Polish Noblewomen: The Case of Barbara Radziwiłłowa,” was published in Germany in Zeitschrift für Ostmitteleuropa- Forschung.

John Micgiel is the associate director of the Harriman Institute, the director of the East Central European Center and executive director of the Institute for the Study of Europe, and adjunct professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University. His books include Coercion and the Establishment of Communist Rule in Poland, 1944-1947, In the Shadow of the Second Republic and Frenzy and Ferocity: The Stalinist Judicial System in Poland, 1944-1947, and has been editor of a number of collective works on East Central Europe.

Edward Mozejko fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, is the author of over 200 publications including books, articles and reviews on Slavic literature, comparative literature and studies of Milosz, Konwicki, Aksenov and Yovkov, among others.

Andrew Nagorski, Vice President and Director of Public Policy at the EastWest Institute. Formerly Senior Editor at Newsweek International, he was responsible for expanding Newsweek’s network of foreign editions, including Newsweek Polska. Fluent in English, Polish, Russian and French, Mr. Nagorski, author of The Birth of Freedom: Shaping Lives and Society in the New Eastern Europe and a novel, Last Stop Vienna,  has held the position of Bureau Chief  in Berlin, Moscow, and Warsaw, and served as correspondent in many parts of the world. From this broad perspective, Mr. Nagorski will discuss media and contemporary issues.

Eva Nagorski, writer and producer of Solidarity, a 22-minute narrative film about loyalty and friendships in the context of the Solidarity era. A writer and translator, she co-authored with Janusz Glowacki on the screenplay No-Smoking Section and translated several of his works including Antigone in New York. Her one-act play, The Coat Rack, was published in Poland’s Dialog (translator: Glowacki). She has written scripts for NBC’s Las VegasLaw & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Deadline. She was senior editor of Notorious magazine, editor of the We Are Family Foundation website, has authored two children’s books, has written and produced various projects including a documentary on Nowy Dziennik, and was director of the Nantucket Film Festival Screenplay Competition. In Poland, she was an assistant to Academy Award winning director, Andrzej Wajda, and co-director of the nationwide screenplay competition, New Scenario.

Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud  Authors of A Question of Honor – The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II;  Stanley Cloud, a former Washington bureau chief for Time, was also a national political correspondent, White House correspondent, Saigon bureau chief, and Moscow correspondent for Time. Lynne Olson was a Moscow correspondent for the Associated Press and White House correspondent for the Baltimore Sun.

Estanislao (Stan) Oziewicz is a former journalist with The Globe and Mail, Canada’s national newspaper based in Toronto, where he has worked as legislative reporter at Queen’s Park and the Quebec Legislative Assembly, as China correspondent, assistant national editor, editor of the weekend Focus section and as an investigative reporter. He now writes on foreign affairs. Born in Argentina to Polish parents, where he was educated at St. Michael’s College School, York University and Ryerson Polytechnic University as well as at l’Universite de Bordeaux, he speaks English, French, Polish and Mandarin. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune and the South China Morning Post.

Andrzej Rabczenko Minister-Counselor at the Polish Embassy in Washington responsible for scientific, educational and technological affairs, has worked for the Polish government establishing links between American and Polish educational and scientific institutions, organizing a successful initiative to gain recognition for Polish medical schools by the US Ministry of Education, facilitating a network of Polish studies in the US, and promoting collaboration with and investments by American businesses

Eli Rubenstein is the national director of the March of the Living (Canada) and Director of Education of the March of Remembrance and Hope.

Adam Szostkiewicz, born 1952, a Krakow’s Jagiellonian University graduate ( Polish philology, M.A.), an activist of Solidarity 1980-1988, political prisoner 1982, underground press journalist, joined Tygodnik Powszechny national Catholic weekly 1988-1999, served as the spokesman for Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki’s presidential campaign 1990, worked for BBC Polish Section in London, joined POLITYKA weekly newsmagazine 1999 as Deputy Foreign Editor, a commentator on international relations, religion and culture for Polish national TV and radio. He’s married, with two daughters, and commutes between Krakow where he’s based and Warsaw where he works.

Wanda Urbanska, author, journalist, and former producer/host of the nationally syndicated PBS television series Simple Living with Wanda Urbanska. In 2006, Ms Urbanska was awarded the Amicus Poloniae Award for her work promoting development and cooperation between Poland and America.

Piotr Wrobel, who holds the Konstanty Reynert Chair of Polish Studies at the University of Toronto, has authored or co-authored over 50 scholarly articles and nine books including The Historical Dictionary of Poland and Nation and History: Polish Historians from the Enlightenment to the Second World War.

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