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Polish Studies

Department of Transnational Studies

Contact Information

College of Arts and Sciences
732 Clemens Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4680

Phone: 716.645.2082
Fax: 716.645.3825
Web Address: www.transnationalstudies.buffalo.edu/
Keith Griffler
Chair
Janina Brutt-Griffler
Director, Polish Studies Program
bruttg@buffalo.edu

Program Overview

The Polish program (located in the Department of Transnational Studies) is intended to train students in the spoken and written language and to deepen their knowledge of and interest in the literature, history and culture of Poland. The Polish Studies Program at the University at Buffalo has entered a period of programmatic development. The Program's mission involves a broad approach to the discipline that situates "Polishness" in its historical contexts of cosmopolitanism, transnationalism and diaspora. We seek to provide a contemporary international perspective that reflects the nation's new position as a member of the European Union, incorporating, at the same time, the Polish experience outside of Poland as reflected in the Polish community in Buffalo.

With almost 40 million people in Poland and more than 10 million Polish Americans, Polish continues to be an important world language. Poland has contributed to world culture and civilization in almost every area, and the tradition of sustaining a rich cultural life is reflected in the output by Polish painters and musical composers and in the number of Nobel prizes for literature won by Polish citizens, including Henryk Sienkiewicz (1905), Wladyslaw Reymont (1924), Czeslaw Milosz (1980), and Wislawa Szymborska (1996). We aspire to engage students, scholars and the community whose knowledge and interests center on the Polish experience.

Last updated: September 10, 2014 11:09 am EST