Speaker: Jan Tomasz Gross
Nerw York University
Topic: Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia
Time: 7:30pm, January 24, 1997
Place: 110 Rayzor Hall, Rice University
Wine and cheese reception to follow.
This lecture is sponsored by the Central European Study Group at Rice University, and co-sponsored by the Kosciuszko Foundation's Houston Chapter, by the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciecnes and by the Department of German and Slavic Studies at Rice University. Professor Gross is the author of many books, among them Revolution from Abroad: The Soviet Conquest of Poland's Western Ukraine and Western Belorussia (Princeton 1988). This topic is essential for the understanding of the Polish role in European history. Do plan to attend.
Chronicles publishes Herbert speech
Zbigniew Herbert's acceptance speech upon receiving the Ingersoll Prize has been published in the September 1996 issue of Chronicles: A Magazine of American Culture (see SR 16/1 and 16/2). The speech deals with Herbert's encounters with T.S. Eliot and with the differences between literature and expository writing. It is a fine example of Herbertian understatement. Those wishing to purchase the issue of Chronicles in which it appeared should write to or call Chronicles, 934 North Main Street, Rockford, IL 61103 (815-964-5053). A copy of Herbert's speech can also be obtained from The Sarmatian Review free of charge, upon receipt of a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Polish materials by the bushel on the Web
We are beginners in exploring the World Wide Web, and we offer our suggestions with some trepidation. During a recent cruise we found tons of well-prepared Polish and American Polish subjects in many sites, including Polish World, http://www.polishworld.com
Among other items, you will find there information about dozens of Polish personalities and politicians. The articles are more detailed than in Who's Who. It was interesting to note that some of the so-called "Solidarity advisors" do not list their decades-long membership in the PUWP (they used to in Who's Whoin 1982). We also found a list of American politicians of Polish background: a very short list. There are good entries on the Polish Embassy. The Web pages of individual Polish academics are most rewarding; one of these individuals created a page on Conservatism, giving the best definition of it we have seen in a long time, http://www.man.poznan.pl/~bielecki/consen.html
Tygodnik Solidarnosc on the Web? Yes, http://www.pol.pl/news_p/solidar/38/f7.htm
Polish genealogy on the Web, http://www.man.poznan.pl/~bielecki/genpolen.htm