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Webster University
Saint Louis, MO 63119
(314) 968-6900

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Polish Studies at Polish Studies at Webster University

The Institution

Webster University is a private, nonprofit, accredited University located in Webster Groves, a picturesque suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. Founded in 1915, it enrolls some 22,000 students and offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs at its many campuses across the United States, Europe, China and Thailand.

Polish Study Courses

FORL 2150 01 Topics in Culture: Banned in Poland: Film, Music, Literature
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course will offer an overview of banned art in Poland between 1945 and the present. We will contemplate the idea of political and religious censorship in literature, film, and music. We will concentrate on Polish art but also mention the Western European and Russian art that was banned in Poland. Students will watch and discuss such films as Bugajski's Interrogation, Skolimowski's Hands Up, or Kijowski's Kung-Fu or Kawalerowicz's Mother Joan of the Angels, which were shelved for decades or considered "not welcome". The course will give the students an opportunity to analyze the poetry of Milosz, excerpts of Toranska's book They published underground in the 1980s, as well as articles from the Polish exile magazine in Paris Culture (among others by Jezioranski). We will be introduced to Polish jazz banned after WW II and strongly associated with political views of the West. We will listen to original pieces by Komeda composed for Polish films of the '60s. Students will also compare Polish and American censored topics and their cultural origin.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Bachminska, E.
ILC 2150.02 Topics in Culture: Gdansk: Culture of Nobel Laureates @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: An in-depth study into the culture of society and changes made by Polish Nobel Laureates. Poetry and prose from centuries past to journalism and electronic technological correspondence are studied in order to understand the impact of these thinkers and writers in life and death struggles of historic proportion. Gdansk shipyards are the staging of an academic journey into the world of Solidarity and Nobel Laureate Lech Walesa to encompass culture and literature. Polish Nobel Laureates in Literature shape a nation and the world.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: West C.

Language Instruction

FORL 1090.03 Elementary Language: Level I: Polish @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is intended for beginners. It stresses oral communication and every day vocabulary useful while traveling to Poland, the country of Chopin and Copernicus. Students will learn how to do shopping and talk about their hobbies. The course will also introduce Polish culture through Polish music and haiku.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Bachminska, E.
FORL 1100.02 Elementary Language: Level II: Polish @
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course is intended for those who would like to sharpen their Polish language skills: speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing. Oral communication and fun are stressed. We are going to learn how to order food in a restaurant and write letters in Polish.
COURSE INSTRUCTOR: Bachminska, E.

Faculty

Bachminska, Ewa Adjunct Faculty, Department of International Languages and Cultures, Webster University @
M.A., Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 2001
Phone: ... / Fax: ... / E-Mail: ewabachminska-AT-hotmail.com
MAJOR INTERESTS: The culture of Poland
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West, Christopher Adjunct Faculty, Department of International Languages and Cultures, Webster University @
M.B.A. Fontbonne University, 2002
Phone: ... / Fax: ... / E-Mail: WestChris1@aol.com
MAJOR INTERESTS: Polish Culture
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