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September 2000

Vol. XX, No. 3

Expiring subscriptions

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Polish enrollments at UIC reach 461

Total Polish enrollments at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1999-2000 reached 461 (251 in the Fall and 210 in the Spring). Colleagues who complain about difficulties in recruiting students for Polish and other non-Russian Slavic languages and literatures should perhaps query Professor Alex Kurczaba, the chief architect of these high enrollments, on how he manages to achieve his results. Other universities in the Chicago area do not even come close to these figures. And what about giving Professor Kurczaba a prize for his ability to attract students? With so many Polish organizations active in the Chicago area, surely someone could devise a proper token of appreciation for his work.

At the same time, it cannot be expected that such high enrollments will be maintained indefinitely without support from Polish organizations and the Polish community. Sitting on one's hands and taking Professor Kurczaba's achievement for granted is a sure way to help Polish Studies at UIC fail. Letters of appreciation sent to the Department of Slavic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, with a cc to the Dean, would be a token of support; consult UIC catalog for names and addresses.

Polish Literature Online

The University of Gdansk offers a nice selection online of works of Polish literature featuring over a hundred titles, at the following address:

A Festival of Polish Arts and Culture in Arkansas? But of course!

Arcansas Catholic (29 April 2000) carried an ad about a Festival which took place in Little Rock, 5-14 May, 2000. The Festival included a lecture on "Arkansas' Polish Catholic Heritage" by James Wood, Ph.D., a piano recital, and a screening of several of Andrzej Wajda's movies. And you thought there were few Catholics in Arkansas, let alone Polish Catholics.

Polish American Historical Association Membership Drive

Once more, we would like to remind you that PAHA seeks new members. To keep the Polish American discourse going, associations like PAHA are essential. To join, send your check and address to

PAHA, St. Mary's College

3535 Indian Trail

Orchard Lake, MI 48324

Or contact Dr. Karen Majewski at

Membership fees are as follows: students and senior citizens, $12/yr; regular, $20/yr; institutional or family, $35/yr; patron, $100; lifetime member (individuals only), $500.

PAHA's history goes back to 1942. The organization publishes a Newsletter and a bi-annual periodical, Polish American Studies.


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