Polish Studies


100th Anniversary of Polish Independence Symposium & Gala Celebration

October 20 & 21

Symposium will be held in Davidson Hall's Founders Hall, and is free and open to all. 

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Location: Founders Hall, Davidson Hall, CCSU

9 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. Light refreshments    

9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Symposium Opening Ceremony

  • Dr. M. B. Biskupski, Endowed Chair in Polish and Polish American Studies
  • Dr. David Dauwalder, CCSU Provost
  • Honorable Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland

Symposium presentations:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m. “Polonia and the Haller Army” 

  • Dr. Robert Szymczak, Professor of History, Penn State Beaver

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Jozef Pilsudski” 

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Light lunch provided for all symposium attendees

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. American Polonia and National Commemorations before World War I” 

  • Dr. Anna Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, Eastern Connecticut State University

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Lachowicz Fellow 

  • Sean Kunicz, CCSU student of History
  • NBHS winners of the competition

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Polonia Paderewski Choir - Patriotic Songs (sing-a-long)

Exhibit (available for view in Founders Hall throughout the day) :

Eternity and a Moment: 1918-1939 Architecture as a Tool of National Identity”
Co-sponsored by the Embassy of the Republic Poland in Washington, D.C.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Location: Founders Hall, Davidson Hall, CCSU

1 pm Light refreshments

Symposium presentations:

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm “The role of Catholic Church in regaining independence” 

  • Dr. Michael Guzik, SJ, Lemoyne College

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm "Who Created Modern Poland?" 

  • Dr. M. B. Biskupski, Endowed Chair in Polish Studies, CCSU


Gala Celebration

Location: Alumni Hall, Student Center, CCSU

Gala tickets are $85 and $25 for students.

4pm – 5pm Cash Bar
5pm Gala Dinner (ticket only)

Keynote address:

Meaning of November 11th, Dr. Neal Pease, Professor of History, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Awards ceremony:

Bene Merito and Polish Medal of Merit


Please print the attached form and mail it with payment.

Contact Magda Jacques for ticket information or by calling 860-832-2010

Free parking available on campus. 

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