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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-2801
tel. (607) 254-4636

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Polish Studies at Cornell University

The Institution

The University located in the Finger Lake Region of New York State in the town of Ithaca which stands at the southern end of Cayuga Late.

An elite Ivy League institution, Cornell is both a private institution, comprised of a number of schools and colleges, and New York State's land-grant university and thus a public institution. As a consequence of the latter, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Human Ecology, the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, and the College of Veterinary Medicine - its four statutory colleges - are all part of the State University of New York.

As the state's land-grant university, Cornell has a commitment to conducting practical research and to helping New York States' citizens apply the results of that research which it does through the Cornell Cooperative Extension and other outreach programs.

Language Instruction

The Department of Modern Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences offers four semesters of Polish in a two year cycle.
  • Polish 131 Beginning Polish @
  • Polish 132 Continuing Polish @
  • Polish 133 Continuing Polish @
  • Polish 134 Intermediate Polish @
  • Polish 300 Directed Studies @
The Institute of European Studies

The Institute coordinates and promotes interaction between faculty and students from the University's thirty-one departments and divisions that deal with European subjects. The focus of the Institute is pan European and though, at present, none of its activities are specifically Poland-related, its academic programs include: @@
  • Undergraduate concentration in European Studies
  • Russian and East European Studies Major
  • Certificate in European Studies (CES)


Laquatra, Joseph, Jr. Associate Professor Human-Environment Relations and Housing and Design @
Ph.D., Cornell University, 1984
Phone: (607) 255-2145 / Fax: (607) 255-0305 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Housing; residential energy efficiency, indoor air quality, housing technology, and housing affordability.
POLAND-RELATED SCHOLARSHIP: As a scholar in residence at the American Polish Home Builders Institute in Gdansk during his 1994 sabbatical, Dr. Laquatra travelled around Poland to teach a course on energy efficient construction. His report Toward a Strong Polish Housing Industry is available on the Internet.

Lazes, Peter Senior Extension Associate, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Director, Strategic Planning for Unions; Programs for Economic Transitions @ @
Phone: (212) 340-2811 / Fax: .... / Email:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Worker Participation, Industrial Democracy, Job and Organizational Restructuring, Strategies Planning for High Performance Work Systems, Strategic Planning for Unions, Participative Action Research, Methods to Develop Sustain Co-Learning, Health Care Reengineering, Economic Development Strategies, Large System Processes
POLAND-RELATED ACTIVITIES: Listed by the School of Industrial and Labor Relations as an expert on Poland in the area of International Studies. @

Poland-Related Resources

Polish-born Nobel Laureate

Hoffmann, Roald, Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters and Professor of Chemistry. @
Ph.D. Harvard University, 1962.
Phone: 607-255-3419 / Fax: 607-255-5707 / E-mail:;
NOBEL PRIZE: Shared with Kenichi Fukui the 1981 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the theoretical interpretation of chemical reactions using rules of orbital symmetry.
MAJOR INTERESTS: Applied theoretical chemistry: the geometry and reactivity of molecules, from organic through inorganic to infinitely extended structures. Chemical Education. Poetry: his poems evoke the magic of molecular science, its historical roots, the richness of modern chemical activities, and the mysterious confluences of science and art. In 1997 he published with Shira Leibowitz Schmidt Old Wine, New Flasks; Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition
POLISH LINKS: Born in Zloczow, Poland, in 1937, survived the Nazi occupation, arriving n the U.S. in 1949, after several years of post-war wandering in Europe.

Last updated 09/23/05


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