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Fading Democracy—March 11

A three-part series of online panel discussions about the state of democracy and its challenges at the beginning of the twenty-first century.

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TERMINUS—March 14 & 21

A new work by Katarzyna Skarpetowska for Rochester City Ballet.

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Polish Film Festival—April 7-14

The spring 2021 festival will be virtual, through the Little Theater.

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TERMINUS—April 24

The world premiere of TERMINUS, Katarzyna Skarpetowska’s new work.

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Research

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

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Education

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

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Outreach

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

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In the News

Polish Film Festival goes virtual

by Fox Rochester, Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The spring 2021 Polish Film Festival in Rochester begins this week. A different film will be available for streaming each day April 7-14.

Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester, joined us to run down the lineup of films.

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Feature Video

Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz Panel Discussion

March 26, 2021

The panelists are: Maciej Pieprzyca, film director; Professor Randall Stone, Skalny Center director; Zbigniew Granat, professor of music, Nazareth College School of Music; Professor Mark Watters, director, Beal Institute for Film Music and Contemporary Media

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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

April 7, 2021

Polish Film Festival: The movies you otherwise wouldn’t see in Rochester

Randall Stone, the Director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies, discussed the Polish Film Festival lineup Wednesday during News 8 at Noon.

April 6, 2021

Polish Film Festival goes virtual

Randy Stone, director of the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester, joins Fox Rochester to run down the lineup of films.

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.

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2019 Skalny Center Newsletter