Volume XXIX, No. 3
Throwing Poland down a Memory Hole
On 31 July 2009 Professor
Krasnodębski’s article is provocative, and it makes one reflect on the events he did not mention. For over a decade now, the Jurzykowski Polish Chair at Harvard has remained unfilled. The excuse we hear is that Harvard cannot find an appropriate person to fill it. Yet Jagiellonian University and University of Warsaw teem with able Polonists (some of whom contributed to the volume (Nie)obecność reviewed in this issue of SR) whose professional credentials compare favorably to some of the current Harvard professors in Slavic languages and literatures. Another item: two years ago, a Polish American bequeathed to the University of Illinois-Chicago an endowment for three chairs in Polish studies-two in history and one in literature. We have not seen any signs in professional periodicals that UIC is vigorously searching for scholars willing and able to fill these chairs.
If there are Polish Americans who still believe that they have been treated fairly in academia, they should study these examples very attentively. Δ
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