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(812) 855-4848

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Polish Studies at Indiana University

The Institution

Indiana University at Bloomington is the largest of the eight campuses of Indiana University. Located in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, it has an enrollment of almost 36,000 students and is thus one of the largest research universities in America; more than 86 of the University's academic programs rank in the top 20 nationally.

Polish Studies Center

The Center is a division of International Programs Office. It was established in 1977 to promote Polish culture throughout the Indiana Universty system's eight campuses. Its headquartes are at the Bloomington campus, where it works in cooperation with related units like the Russian and East European Institute, the Indiana Center for Global Business, and other schools and units. It has a full-time faculty specialist on Polish literature and language, and Polish-speaking faculty teach advanced courses in political science and linguistics. Polish language is taught at the first- and second-year levels in the academic year, and first-year Polish is offered in the summer session.

The Center coordinates an exchange program with Warsaw University that brings many Polish faculty and students to Indiana and sends at least one Indiana University faculty member and graduate student to university-supported exchange positions in Warsaw each year. Also, it sponsors lectures at several Indiana campuses located in centers of Polish-American population, including South Bend, Fort Wayne, and Indianapolis. Cultural programs of the Center include lectures, concerts, film showings, and Polish holiday activities at which students, faculty and townspeople meet and have opportunity to converse in Polish. Academic activities include courses by faculty visiting from Poland, and workshps and conferences sponsored jointly with departments such as Slavics, History, Jewish Studies, Political Science Journalism, and the School of Business.@

The Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

The Department offers courses designed to meet a wide range of needs and interests in Polish and other Easter European Languages. Advanced language courses are designed not only for the department's majors, but also for students specializing in other disciplines, particularly in the social sciences, natural sciences, and other languages and literatures. The department offers literature and culture courses that require no knowledge of a Slavic or East European language and that can be taken by any student interested in the East European area.

Polish Study Courses

Polish 363-4/563-4 Survey of Polish Literature & Culture I-II @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: I: Polish literature in English translation from its origins to the end of the nineteenth century in its historical and socio-political context. II: Polish literature in English translation from the end of the nineteenth century to the present in the larger European context. Knowledge of Polish not required.

Language Instruction

Polish 101/Polish 501: Elementary Polish I @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The first semester course in beginning Polish is intended for students who have had no background in Polish. This is a rigorous course that will introduce basic grammar concepts and simple conversational language. A considerable amount of time will be spent on pronunciation practice and reading comprehension in order to prepare students for P102/P502. Students enrolling in this course are expected to spend no less than ~45 minutes a day in out-of-class study time. patterns and building an active vocabulary. 4 credits
Polish 102/Polish502: Elementary Polish II @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The second semester course in the beginning Polish sequence will expand upon grammar concepts learned in the first semester course. Students will be exposed to several 'real life' situations and will be able to function on a simple level in daily spoken Polish. The video course "Uczmy sie polskiego" will be used on a weekly basis. This interactive course has been designed to present students with realistic daily situations and to give them a chance to see how a 'native speaker' would react in such situations. Writing skills learned will include informal and formal letter writing and simple reporting of events.
Polish 201-202/Polish503-504: Intermediate Polish II@@
COURSE DESCRIPTION:The course teaches modern standard Polish used by college educated speakers in Poland. Structure and vocabulary acquisition through written exercises, study of word formation, drills, reading and discussion of short stories.
Polish 301-302/Polish 505-506: Advanced Intermediate Polish I @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Morphological, lexical, and syntactical analysis of a broad spectrum of textual materials with special emphasis on meaning. Development of oral and written fluency and comprehension.

Poland-Related Courses

History J200: World War I @@
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The social-economic, political, and psychological strains of the war traumatized European society, produced the violent ideological movements of communism and fascism, and sowed the seeds for World War II. This course will examine World War I in detail from four main perspectives: diplomatic/military; socioeconomic; personal, and cultural.
History J300: Isaac Deutscher's"Non-Jewish Jew" @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Isaac Deutscher was raised to become a great Talmudic scholar. Instead he became a Polish communist and later a renegade Trotskyite, expelled from the Polish Communist Party in 1932. In February 1958, now living in emigration in England, he told the story of "the non-Jewish Jew" to the World Jewish Congress. There is a Jewish tradition—Deutscher began, citing Spinoza, Heine, Marx, Luxemburg, Trotsky and Freud—of breaking with Jewish tradition.
History B323 History of the Holocaust @@
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will survey the historical events and intellectual developments leading up to, and surrounding the destruction of European Jewry during World War II. We will examine the Holocaust against the backdrop of modern Jewish and modern German history.
History D300: The Jews of East Europe @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: For centuries, the largest and most influential center of Jewish civilization was housed in the shtetls of Eastern Europe. Not only did the Jewish community of Eastern Europe play a formative role in the history of the region as a whole, but its influence on Jewish culture and identity can still be felt today. Through an examination of the history, culture and politics of the Jews in Poland, Lithuania, Ukraine and Russia, we will see how the "Jews' paradise" of the sixteenth century gradually became the "prison of nations" in the nineteenth century. Some of the topics to be covered include Jewish communal organization, messianic movements, the development and spread of Hasidism, daily life in the shtetl, Yiddish secular culture, and Jewish responses to radical politics. 3 credits
History D327: Between Feudalism and Modernity: The Twilight of the Habsburgs 1780-1918@
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Enlightened despotism; Metternichian system; struggle for German unification; Habsburg culture and civilization. German-Austrian, Hungarian, Czechoslovak, South Slavic, Rumanian, and Polish nationalism. Industrialization; Christian socialism and Austro-Marxism; murder at Sarajevo; destruction of the empire; its legacy to Europe. 3 credits.
History D328: Eastern Europe in the 20th Century @ @
COURSE DESCRIPTION:A journey through the strange and fascinating land of Eastern Europe. The story of the changes experienced by Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, etc. in an area that was often a mixing bowl, seldom a melting pot, and in a few cases a time bomb. World War I; the peace settlements in Poland, Czechoslovakia, Austria, etc. Parliamentary democracy vs. military dictatorship; irredentism; economic transformation; Nazi domination; Munich; Soviet seizure of power. National communism of Tito, Gomulka, Kádár, etc. Soviet and Western rivalry in Eastern Europe.
Political Science Y340: East European Politics @
COURSE DESCRIPTION:War in Kosovo! Economic collapse in Russia! Former Communists in NATO! -- these are the headlines from East Europe over the past year. Yet these simple statements hide a complex reality. The collapse of communism in 1989 brought forth a new political euphoria: peace and democracy in the world were the expected outcomes. Since then, the countries of East Europe have sought to build stable democracies and affluent market economies. In this transition to democracy, they have encountered many problems -- including a bloody war in the Balkans, the revival of ethnic and national hate, and economic chaos and hardship. Still, some of the East European states are well on the way to success.
Russian 353 Central European Cinema@
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Broad cultural overview of Central European cinema, highlighting major developments of cinema in Poland, Hungary, Bulgaria, and the former Republics of Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia in the post-Stalin era. Special attention will be given to the individual style and aesthetics of several major film directors.


Bielasiak, Jack - Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington@ @
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1975
Phone: (812)855-5662 / Fax: (812)855-2027 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Comparative politics and international relations with major emphasis on the transformation of communist societies and political structures in East Europe; political participation and decision-making processes and the political crises in Poland.
  • Polish Politics: Edge of the Abyss, with Simon, M., New York: Praeger, 1984.
  • Poland Today: The State of the Republic, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 1981.
  • "Determinants of public opinion differences on EU accession in Poland." in Europe-Asia Studies, Dec, 2002
  • "Past and Present in Transitional Voting: Electoral Choices in Post-Communist Poland," with Blunck, D. in Party Politics, 8, 2002, pp. 563-585
  • "Poland's Transition as Political Repolarization," Hungarian Studies Quarterly, 14:2, Fall, 2000, pp. 259-273
  • "Poland's Politics" in Sabrina Ramet, ed., Eastern Europe: Politics, Culture and Society Since 1939 Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1998
  • "Solidarity's Self-Organization, The Crisis of Rationality and Legitimacy in Poland," in East European Politics and Societies, vol. 4(3) 1990.
  • "The Dilemma of Political Interests in the Post-Communist Transition," in Polish Road from SocialismW. Conner and Ploszojski, eds., Sharpe, 1992.
  • "Institution Building in a Transformative System: Party Fragmentation in Poland's Parliament," in Comparative Legislative Studies Lawrence Lanley, ed., International Political Science Association, 1993.
  • "The Limits of Reform: The Political Economy of `Normalized Poland,'" in Political Implications of Economic Reform in Communist Systems, Donna Bahry and Joel Moses, eds., New York University Press, 1990.
  • "Recruitment Policy, Elite Integration and Political Stability in People's Poland," Maurice Simon and Roger Kanet, eds., Policy and Politics in Gierek's Poland, Boulder, Colorado, Westview Press, 1980, pp. 95-134
  • "Polish Politics: The Permanence of Crisis," American Politcal Science Association, Washington DC, August 28-31, 1980
Bucur-Deckard, Maria - Assistant Professor, Department of History, Indiana University, Bloomington @@@
Ph.D., Illinois University, 1996
Phone: (812) 855-1993 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Southeast Europe, modern Europe, and gender.
  • Behind the Iron Curtain: Poster Art from Poland and Romania, with Wiles, T., Bloomington, Indiana University, 2000
Feldstein, Ronald - Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington @
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1973
Phone: (812) 855-9906 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Accentology; morphophonology; historical phonology.
  • "The Prosodic System of Common Slavic"
  • Polish 201
  • Polish 503
Goldberg, Halina Assistant Professor, School of Music, Indiana University@
Ph.D., City University of New York,1997
Phone: 812 855-7965 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Chopin, music in Poland and Eastern Europe, performance practice, reception, and national constructs.
  • "Musical Life in Chopin's Warsaw 1810-1830"
  • "Nurturing a Genius: the Polish Context of Chopin's Music," for the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
  • "Does Four Equal Twelve? Chopin's Works with the Orchestra as Arranged for the Salon" at the International Chopin Congress in Warsaw.
  • "Chopin in Warsaw Salons" awarded the 1998 Wilk Prizes for research in Polish Music.
  • Organizer of The age of Chopin: The Chopin Sequicentennial Symposium, September 17-19, 1999.
Grimmond Sue, Professor of Geography, Indiana University, Bloomington @
Ph.D., British Columbia
Phone: 812-855-7971 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Urban climates in Poland
  • Energy and CO2 fluxes from contrasting urban environments (Marseille, France; Lodz, Poland; Baltimore, USA and Vancouver, B.C.). with Offerle B. et al., American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, December 2001
Howard, Chris - Associate Instructor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University @
Diploma, Polonia Institute, 2000
B.M., Indiana University, 1995
Phone: (812) 855-9450 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Deterioration of Polish-Jewish relations in interwar-Poland, Contemporary Central European social issues and problems of transition, The origins of the "backwardness" of Polish society, Teaching of Polish and English as a second language.
  • Elementary Polish I
  • Elementary Polish II
Johnston, Bill Director of Polish Studies Center, Department of Applied Linguistics, Indiana University @@
Ph.D., University of Hawaii, 1995
Phone: (812) 855-1507 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Translations of modern Polish literature. Field of language teacher education and teacher development, specifically in the areas of teacher knowledge and teacher identity.
  • "Krzysztof Koehler: Six poems; Tadeusz Pióro: Four poems; Mariusz Grzebalski: Six poems". in Carnivorous Boy and Carnivorous Bird: Poems by Polish Poets Born After 1958 M. Baran, Ed., Brookline, MA: Zephyr Press. 2004.
Kiziria, Dodona Associate Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University @
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1986
Phone: (812) 855-3046 / Fax: . . . / E-mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: 19th and 20th century Russian and Georgia literature; Russian, Soviet, and Georgian cinema; Georgian language and culture.
  • Russian 353
Robinson, Jean - Professor, Department of Political Science, Indiana University@
Ph.D. Cornell University, 1980
Phone: (812)855-7230 / Fax: (812)855-2027 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Comparative politics and political theory, with special focus on public policy, gender, and feminism.
  • "State Feminism in Poland?," in Comparative State Feminism D.M. Sttson and A. Mazur, eds., , 1995.
Shore, Marci - Assistant Professor, Department of History, Indiana University @@
Ph.D., Standford University, 2001
Phone: (812) 855-8036 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS:Twentieth Century Polish History Polish-Jewish History; Jewish Intellectual and Cultural History in Modern Europe,
  • J300 Seminar, Isaac Deutscher's "Non-Jewish Jew": Jews and Cosmopolitanism in Modern European Intellectual History
  • D327 lecture, Between Feudalism and Modernity: The Twilight of the Habsburgs 1780-1918
Sissenich Beate, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington @@@
PhD, Cornell University.
Phone: 855-4198 / Fax: 855-2027 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: State-Building by a non-State: European Union Enlargement and the Diffusion of EU Social Policy in Poland and Hungary
  • "The Diffusion of EU Social Policy in Poland and Hungary," in Norms and Nannies: The Impact of International Organizations on Central and East European States Ronald Linden, ed., Rowman and Littlefield, 2002.

Visting Faculty

Cavar, Małgorzata - Visiting Instructor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington @
Ph.D., Potsdam Universitaet, Potsdam, Germany
Phone: (812) 855-3351 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Segmental phonology, palatalization, features, phonology of Polish, functional OT phonology, phonetics in phonology, perception.
  • Indiana University: 2002-2003, 2003-2004
  • "Palatalization in Polish. An Interaction of Articulatory and Perceptual Factors"
  • 2nd Year Polish
  • 3rd Year Polish
  • Humboldt University, Germany
Koehler, Krzysztof - Visiting Kosciuszko Foundation Professor, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, Indiana University, Bloomington @
Phone: . . .1 / Fax: . . . / E-Mail: . . .
MAJOR INTERESTS:Writing poetry
  • Indiana University: 2002-2003
  • 2nd Year Polish
  • 3rd Year Polish

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