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A collage of three images. The first showing a group walking towards a church, the second and third are headshots of the artists.

Spring 2024

Lecture and Artist Series

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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

May 8, 2024

NATO at 75—powerful and necessary, or costly and obsolete?

Q&A with the Director of the Skalny Center on NATO’s significance.

Created as a counterweight to the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc, the military alliance may be more important now than ever.

April 20, 2024

The Peasants

Chłopi, D.K. Welchman, Hugh Welchman, Poland/Serbia/Lithuania 2023, 114 min., Polish with English subtitles

Presented by the Dryden Theatre at George Eastman Museum, in collaboration with the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies and the Polish Film Festival.

October 31, 2023

Annual Polish Film Festival returns to Rochester

Starting Thursday, November 2, the annual Polish Film Festival is returning to the Rochester area thanks, in part, to the local and active Polish-American community.

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Giving to the Center

We are grateful for the generous contributions made by friends of the Skalny Center. To make a gift online, click on the “Make a Gift” button below and type in Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies into the ‘Other Designation Box’.

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