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Geneva, NY 14456
tel. (800) 245 0100

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Polish Studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges

The Institution

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a pair of coordinate four-year liberal-arts colleges located in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York.

Hobart College (for men) and William Smith College (for women) share campus facilities, curriculum, and faculty, while maintaining individual emphases in other programming, activities, and athletics. Single-sex and coeducational residences are both offered. Hobart, founded in 1822, and William Smith, founded in 1908, also share a profound belief in the value of undergraduate liberal arts education. The Colleges' curriculum combines a strong grounding in scholarly thought and tradition with a variety of interdisciplinary, study-abroad, and other innovative components.

Study Abroad

Jagiellonian University Program

The Colleges offer a program in Poland in affiliation with the Jagiellonian University (founded in 1364) of Krakow, Poland. Krakow, the host city, is the ideal student location with over 18,000 students and 2,000 faculty at the Jagiellonian University, one of the great intellectual centers in Europe. Traditionally scholars and students have been attracted from all over the world. Nicolaus Copernicus and Pope John Paul II both studied in Krakow. HWS students will study at the School for Central and Eastern European Studies (SCEES). By living and studying in Krakow students have the opportunity to observe first hand some of the dramatic changes that Poland has experienced in the last few years with the transformation from a communist, centrally-planned system to a liberally-oriented market society. The city itself, is a marvel of astonishing old architecture (virtually untouched by the war), beautiful parks and gardens, and a vibrant street life on the banks of the Vistula River, making it one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe.
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Ost, David, Associate Professor of Political Science @ @
PhD, University of Wisconsin at Madison
tel: (315)781-3428 / Email:
MAJOR INTEREST: Comparative politics, with a particular focus on the politics of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.
POLAND RELATED SCHOLARSHIP: Fluent in Polish and Russian, Professor Ost is a frequent visitor to both areas, having been awarded a number of research fellowships for foreign travel. Professor Ost was a resident faculty member in Krakow, Poland program during 1997-1998 and will be on leave during the 1998-1999 academic year, again on a Fulbright to Poland.

Weiss, David, Associate Professor of English @ @
M.F.A Johns Hopkins
tel:(315) 781 3644 /
MAJOR INTEREST: Author of two collections of poems, The Pail of Steam, and The Fourth Part of the World, and of the novel The Mensch. He has published poems and essays in The New Yorker, Parnassus, Partisan Review
POLAND RELATED SCHOLARSHIP: Resident faculty member in Krakow, Poland program 1997-1998

Last updated 4/23/99


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