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"Translating Polish Literature into English: A History"

Michael Mikos, Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, UW-Milwaukee


Date and Time: April 12, 2012, 4:00 – 5:30 PM

Location: 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

Sponsors: Center for Russia East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA)


About the speaker: Michael J. Mikoś is Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  The author of 13 books and over 70 articles on Polish language, literature, and cartography, he won the PEN Club Prize for his six-volume history and anthology of Polish literature in English.  For the last 30 years he has directed UWM’s study abroad program at the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Poland.


About the lecture: Familiarity with Polish literature in the English speaking world has been limited historically by the existence of adequate translations.  Beginning with translations of Kromer and Goślicki in the 16th century, Polish authors have been selectively rendered into English.  Not until the end of the 19th century did Polish literature begin to enjoy widespread popularity in North America, largely through the work of prolific translators like Jeremiah Curtin, George Noyes, and Arthur and Marion Moore Coleman.  Subsequent generations of translators have expanded the range of Polish literature available to English-speaking readers, so that it now embraces the most significant Polish classics, as well as large number of contemporary authors.

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The University of Wisconsin Russian Folk Orchestra

Brink Lounge

Date and Time: Tuesday, April 17

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2012 Wisconsin Film Festival

Date and Time: Wednesday April 18-Sunday April 22, 2012

For more information and a complete schedule of events:


Below are films whose topics pertain to the countries of Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia:



The Deadly Affair: (1966, 115 min)

Thu April 19 at 6:30 pm

Friday April 20 at 1:30 pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


Chekhov for Children: (2010, 72 min)

Thu April 19 8:15 pm

Friday April 20 at 4:15 pm

Monona Terrace


Putin’s Kiss: (2011, 82 min)

Fri April 20 at 1:15 pm

Union South Marquee

Sat April 21 at 4:45 pm

Sundance Cinema 2


Girl Model: (2011, 77 min)

Fri Apr 20 at 5:30 pm

Sundance Cinema 2

Sat April 21 at 3:30 pm

Bartell Theater


Khodorkovsky: (2011, 111 min)

Sat April 21 8:15 pm

Sunday April 22nd at 3:30 pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art


Elena: (2011, 109 min)

Sun Apr 22 at 9:00 pm

Orpheum Theater




How to Start a Revolution: (2011, 87 min)

Thu April 19 at 4:30 pm

Union South, Marquee

Sat April 21 at 2:30 pm

Chazen Museum of Art


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"Building Welfare States for the Young Generation in Postcommunist Europe: The Politics of Family Policy in Hungary, Poland, and Romania."

Tomasz Inglot, Professor of Government, Minnesota State University



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Date and Time: April 19, 2012, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: 206 Ingraham Hall, 1155 Observatory Drive

Sponsors: Center for Russia East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA), Department of Political Science, European Union Center of Excellence, and the European Studies Alliance with funding from the University Lectures Committee.


About the speaker: Tomasz Inglot is a native of Poland. He arrived in the U.S. as a political refugee in 1983, during the martial law regime of General Wojciech Jaruzelski. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994. Currently, he is Professor in the Department of Government at Minnesota State University-Mankato where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in comparative politics and international relations. During his tenure there he served as Director of the International Relations Program and Douglas R. Moore University Research Lecturer. His research interests focus on comparative social policy/welfare state and the politics of Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of Welfare States in East Central Europe, 1919-2004 (Cambridge University Press 2008), a co-winner of the 2009 AAASS/Orbis Book Prize. He co-edited a volume of papers on East European social security reforms at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars in 2005 and published several book chapters on the politics of social policy in the region. His articles have appeared in Communist and Post-Communist Studies, Perspectives on Political Science, Polityka Spoleczna (Warsaw), and most recently in Problems of Postcommunism. Tomasz Inglot is a recipient of several major grants and fellowships, including an ACLS Postdoctoral Fellowship in East European Studies, IREX travel grants, and a Fulbright Fellowship. His most recent collaborative research project, funded by the National Council of Eurasian and East European Research (NCEEER) and completed in September 2011, analyzed the development of family policies in Hungary, Poland, and Romania from 1945 to the present. He is currently working with two colleagues, a feminist historian of social policy from Hungary and a sociologist from Romania, on his second book entitled Welfare States and Families in a Changing Europe: A Comparison of Hungary, Poland, and Romania.


About the lecture: This presentation summarizes collaborative and interdisciplinary research on the institutional development and the politics of family policies of Poland, Hungary, and Romania conducted in the region during 2009-2011. In my talk I will concentrate on the most significant changes and trends in cash benefits and services for mothers, families and children since 1989, and especially since the EU accession in the mid-2000s. In all countries we discovered strong evidence of path dependence or historical continuity. Hungary, with its traditionally generous pronatalist policies, serves as the best example of this tendency. In contrast, Poland and Romania, both with long histories of neglect of family policy, demonstrate that under certain circumstances and with some programs significant change or path departure is possible. We notice first examples of this trend already in the mid-1990s but our disaggregated analysis of family policy developments since 2000 reveals a completely new dynamics of policymaking and reform increasingly enabled by deepening of administrative decentralization, EU funding, and also by the emergence of different kinds of conservative-liberal political coalitions with strong support from the emerging urban middle classes. Individual and group policy entrepreneurs in Poland, organizations of large families in Poland and Hungary, and local government activists and middle class women in Romania skillfully exploited domestic political channels and EU resources to influence policy change in family allowances, childcare, and social assistance. Still, Poland represents the only example of an attempted (not yet fully completed) “paradigmatic” shift in family policy across the board. Nonetheless, in all three countries the most powerful players have faced formidable obstacles in the form of institutional legacies of preexisting programs. We suggest that only when family policies become significantly less reliant on the historically most entrenched pillars of social insurance, and in case of Romania and Hungary also equally well-consolidated employment-related family allowances and childcare leaves, and focus more on non-traditional policy goals, now supported by the new middle classes, such as the wellbeing of children and care opportunities for working mothers, we might witness significant cumulative path departure across the board. Finally, since 2000 we document an accelerated merger of conservative, pronatalist ideologies with a neoliberal emphasis on individual rights reserved primarily for working families, emerging urban middle classes, and individual workingwomen across all three countries but with varied intensity and effect. Poland serves as the best illustration of this trend; followed by Romania. Hungary under the second Orbán cabinet exemplifies the lasting power of traditional state paternalism, reinforced by the failure of previous social democratic and neoliberal reforms. Finally, the continued salience of demography has bolstered the influence of many pre-existing institutions and patterns of family policy across the postcommunist region, with Hungary as the leading example, followed by Romania, and lastly by Poland where for the first time ever population concerns elevated this category of social policies, targeting the young rather than the elderly, to the very top of the national agenda.

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Language for Life:

Professional Opportunities in National Security and Intelligence


Date and Time: Wednesday, April 25th, 6:30-8:00 pm

Location: 126 Memorial Library


Interested in exploring professional opportunities in national security and intelligence?  In learning about the kinds of academic experiences that federal agencies most value in prospective job candidates? Come to this panel to learn about professional opportunities for students with well-developed foreign language and cultural competencies. Panelists are from the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Language Service Corps, National Security Agency, and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Featured speakers:

• Al Leftwich, Defense Intelligence Agency
• William Rivers, Chief Linguist, National Language Service Corps
• Patrice Shackleford, National Security Agency
• Errol Smith, Foreign Language Program Office, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
• Peter Sursi, Chief, Language Personnel Resource Unit, Federal Bureau of Investigation

Language for Life is a program of the Language Institute to give current UW-Madison students the opportunity to meet with alumni and working professionals who studied a foreign language in college, and are using that language in their professional or personal lives in inspiring ways. See past Language for Life programs.>

Sponsored by the Language Institute, the National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages (NCOLCTL), and the UW-Madison Russian Flagship Center, with Language Institute funding from the College of Letters and Science Anonymous Fund. For more information: Michael Kruse,             (608) 890-4629      .

The Language Institute is an initiative of the College of Letters and Science, with substantial support from the Division of International Studies.

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"Stranger Things Have Happened: The Road Towards LGBT Equality in Poland"

Greg Czarnecki, National Coordinator, EqualJus



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Date and Time: April 26, 2012, 7:00 pm
Location: Union South

Sponsors: Center for Russia East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA), LGBT Campus Center, Gender and Women's Studies, QLaw, and the 10% Society


About the speaker: Greg Czarnecki was born to Polish parents in Massachusetts. He studied Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont, focusing his major in environmental justice which looks at the cross-section of social and environmental issues. In 2001 he moved to Warsaw, Poland where he started to volunteer for newly-established national NGO "Campaign Against Homophobia - KPH". In 2008 he was hired by the organization to coordinate the "Monitoring LGBT Discrimination in Poland" project. He is currently a board member of the organization, as well as a board member of the LGBT umbrella organization, ILGA-Europe. 

About the lecture: Poland is known for many things abroad: its Pope, its fight against Communism, its vodka...but certainly not for its liberal politics. In fact, for many years it had the won the title of probably the most homophobic country in the European Union. How then can it be that a mere 7 years ago Gay Prides were banned and now there are openly gay and transsexual people serving in the Parliament? Was the picture not so bleak as people thought in years past? Or is it not so rosy as some would like to think now? This lecture will take an activists perspective on the specificity of homophobia in Poland and the rapid social change in connection to the lives of LGBT people.






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"Russia's Cold War Generation and the End of the Soviet Dream: Soviet Baby Boomers Talk about Their Lives"

Donald Raleigh, Jay Richard Judson Distinguished Professor of History, UNC-Chapel Hill


Date and Time: April 26, 2012, 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Location: Pyle Center

Sponsors: Center for Russia East Europe and Central Asia (CREECA), Department of History

About the speaker: Coming Soon!

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