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Autumn Leaves: An All-Chopin Recital

October 17, 2020

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Crisis in Belarus: A Panel Discussion

October 22, 2020

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Women of the Gulag: Movie Screening and Discussion with Director Marianna Yarovskaya

October 28, 2020

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Pawlik/Moniuszko-Symphonic Project

November 21, 2020

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Forbidden Music: The Forgotten Composers of the Interwar Period

December 2, 2020

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Polish Film Festival Postponed

The fall 2020 Polish Film Festival has been postponed until spring 2021.


Our research program welcomes graduate and post-doctoral fellows whose work focuses on Central and Eastern Europe.

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We offer a certificate, coursework, and study abroad opportunities for undergraduate students.

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Join us for lectures, concerts, our annual film festival, and other programs and events throughout the year.

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Our Mission

Established through a generous grant from the Louis Skalny Foundation, the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies is housed within the Department of Political Science at the University of Rochester. As an academic meeting place for teaching and research, the Skalny Center brings together faculty and students who wish to study the historical legacy and the current transformations within Central Europe. The Skalny Center maintains a specific focus on Poland because of its size and its success in achieving political and economic change.

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In the Headlines

November 4, 2019

Polish Film Festival provides insights from abroad

The University of Rochester Skalny Center is back with this year's Polish Film Festival November 5-10 in Rochester.

November 9, 2018

Polish film on display at local festival

Director Filip Bajon and producer Olga Bieniek join Good Day Rochester on Fox news to discuss Part II of the Polish Film Festival.

September 28, 2018

Flights, Memory, Emigration: Polish Writing Now

On September 28, 3018, the Skalny Center hosted Olga Tokarczuk, one of Poland's most celebrated and beloved authors, a winner of the Man Booker International Prize, as well as her country's highest literary honor, the Nike.

July 24, 2018

Connections: Discussing NATO and President Trump's visit with Vladimir Putin

Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester discusses NATO commitments and President Trump's recent visit with Vladimir Putin.

April 16, 2018

Connections: Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, defense attaché of Ukraine

Interview with Major General Volodymyr Havrylov, the defense attaché of Ukraine.

March 14, 2018

Multinationals pull strings at World Bank

In this episode of the Quadcast, University of Rochester professor of political science Randy Stone talks about his findings that indicate undue corporate influence at the World Bank. 

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2019 Skalny Center Newsletter