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Swarthmore College
Swarthmore , PA 19081
610 -328-8300

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Polish Studies at Swarthmore College

The Institution

Although the webpages of Swarthmore College currently list no Polish Studies courses that are given on campus, Swarthmore has established two strong Study Abroad programs in Poland, on in the area of Dance and Theater, the other in the field of Environmental Engineering in the area of , or ones bearing on Poland-related matter. However, as detailed below, a couple of faculty members do have Poland-related interests.

Study abroad in Poland

Poland Environmental Studies Program

A program of study is available at the Technical Universities in Krakow, Poland, for students who desire a foreign study experience in environmental studies. Students usually take three courses taught in English consisting of the survey course Environmental Science and Technology in Poland plus two other courses that depend on student interests. In addition, students are required to take an intensive orientation course on Polish language and culture.

Study Abroad at the Silesian Dance Theater

OVERVIEW Swarthmore College has established first-of-their-kind study-abroad programs in Poland. Swarthmore dance and theater students will earn credit for working with the Silesian Dance Theater in Bytom, Poland.

THE SWARTHMORE COLLEGE SEMESTER AT THE SILESIAN DANCE THEATER. At Swarthmore, the dance curriculum has been shaped to reflect the multifaceted and multicultural nature of the discipline. It follows that numerous study abroad options exist and are encouraged for students interested in dance. The Dance and Theatre Studies Programs have jointly developed a new semester-abroad program for interested Swarthmore students based at the Silesian Dance Theatre (Slaski Teatr Tanca) in Bytom in conjunction with the Jagiellonian University of Cracow and other institutions in the vicinity. .The program is intended to provide participating students with a combination of foreign study with the experience of working in various capacities (dance performance, arts administration, scenography, etc.) within the environment of a professional dance theatre company for credit. Participating students will be housed in Bytom along with attending weekly tutorials in Cracow. Participation in Silesian Dance Theatre's annual international dance festival in July is highly recommended and may be required for certain types of credit. Beyond credits in Theatre Studies and Dance, a menu of possible tutorials is being developed in intensive Polish language, Polish Literature, and History, Environmental Studies, Film, Religion, Jewish and Holocaust Studies, and other fields. @.

Polish Study Abroad Courses

THEA 018. Advanced Movement Theater Workshop. @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course focuses on deepening the understanding of the body's expressiveness and continuing an exploration of ensemble creation. The course will examine theatre styles including the Grotesque, the Absurd, Bouffon, Pantomime and Clown. The primary task of the class will be to explore these styles through the body to expand the tools with which we communicate in performance.
THEA 073. Arts Administration for Performance. @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Available to students participating in the semester abroad in Poland.
THEA 074. Scenography for Dance Theater Performance. @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Available to students participating in the semester abroad in Poland.
THEA 076. Polish Theater and Drama. @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Available to students participating in the semester abroad in Poland. No reading knowledge of Polish is required.


Kuharski, Allen, Professor of Theater, Swarthmore College @
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1991
Phone: (610) 328-7794 / Fax: (610) 328-6837 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Polish Theatre and Drama.
  • Plakat Polski The Polish theater poster is "low art" with a high purpose. by Christopher Haines in Swarthmore College Bulletin, Sept. 2002
POLAND RELATED SCHOLARSHIP: Fulbright Scholar in Scenography, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, 1981.
  • Ferdydurke stage adaptation of the novel by Witold Gombrowicz, (Translator and Dramaturg)
  • Hanemann screenplay by Agnieszka Holland and Magdalena Lazarkiewicz, (Translator with Helena Morawska White),
  • History, by Witold Gombrowicz, (Translator with Dariusz Bukowski)
  • White Marriage, by Tadeusz Rozewicz. (Director and Set Designer)
McGarity, Arthur E., Professor of Engineering, Swarthmore College @
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1979
Phone: (610) 328-8077 / Fax: (610) 328-8082 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Environmental engineering.
POLAND RELATED SCHOLARSHIP: Fulbright Scholar Krakow Technical University
  • Poland's Transition to a Market Economy: Prospects for Energy Efficiency and Conservation Editor of Proceedings of Joint Workshop of US and Polish Academies of Sciences 206pp (1994)
  • "Landfill Lechate Treatment in Poland Using Constructed Wetlands," with W. Wojcik, XVI Intern. Conf. On Solid Waste Technology and Management (Philadelphia, 2001),
  • "Solid Waste Management in Poland," with W. Wojcik, XVI Intern. Conf. On Solid Waste Technology and Management (Philadelphia, 2001),
McNamee Kosakowski, Ann, Professor of Music, Swarthmore College @
Ph.D., Warsaw University, 1978
Phone:(610) 328-8238 / Fax: (415) 233-0366 / E-Mail:
MAJOR INTERESTS: Grabowska, Szymanowska, Chopin, Szymanowski, Bacewicz
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