Hana Cervinkova is the Director of the Exploring Central Europe program. A professor of cultural anthropology and education, she is the founding director of the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education, a center for practice and scholarship at the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw. With a Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research in New York, her academic interests include Central European transformation, urban anthropology, action research, and educational ethnography. She has been an academic partner of Syracuse University Abroad for 12 years. Dr. Cervinkova co-teaches the Negotiating Identities seminar with Juliet Golden.
Ula Klobuszewska is the program coordinator at the International Institute for the Study of Culture and Education (IISCE) at the University of Lower Silesia. Ula is responsible for the organization of the program in Wroclaw and for your well-being while you are in Poland. She will be on site all the time while you travel and stay in Wroclaw.
Juliet D. Golden
Juliet D. Golden is a core curriculum professor of two courses Negotiating Identities Across Europe’s Borders and East Central Europe in the 20th Century. With a degree in International Affairs and a Ph.D. in International Education, Juliet has designed and taught innovative courses about Central Europe for the last eight years. Her interests include: politics of memory, the Holocaust, history of Central Europe, urban spaces and architecture.
Adam J. Chmielewski
Adam J. Chmielewski is Professor Ordinarius in the Institute of Philosophy, University of Wrocław, Poland. He is also a social activist and political columnist. He studied philosophy and social sciences at the universities in Wrocław, Oxford, New York and Edinburgh. An author and translator of several books, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Studia Philosophica Wratislaviensia, and a member of editorial boards of several Polish and international journals. In 2011, as a director of the institution of culture Wroclaw 2016, he played crucial role in winning the title of the European Capital of Culture 2016 for the city of Wroclaw, authoring the successful bid of the city for this title.
Dominika Ferens co-teaches Exploring Culture and Society in Transition: Class, Gender, and Sexuality in Poland. She holds a Ph.D. in English from UCLA, and a postdoctoral degree from the University of Wrocław. While her recent work focuses on the intersections of literature and ethnography, she has also been instrumental in creating a space in Polish academia for research grounded in theories of race, gender, and sexuality.
Katarzyna Gawlicz is a core curriculum professor of a course Civil Society – East and West. She holds degrees in Philosophy and Gender Studies, as well as a Ph.D. in Humanities. Her research interests include early childhood education and care with a particular focus on children’s participation and democracy, ethnographic and participatory research with children, and democratic education.
Lotar Rasiński is a professor of philosophy at the University of Lower Silesia and a Director of the University Press. He co-teaches with Adam Chmielewski, Discord and Unity: Engaging Contemporary World through Ethics and Philosophy, a unique exploration of how philosophy can help us understand and engage in thinking through some of the fundamental dilemmas of our times. For his latest book entitled, In the Footsteps of Marx and Wittgenstein. Social Criticism without Critical Theory (2012, in Polish) he was awarded the top academic honor by the Prime Minister of Poland (2014). He specializes in contemporary political philosophy, philosophy of language, and critical theory.
Łukasz Rogoziński is a Polish language teacher of two courses Polish 101and Survival Polish. He holds an MA in Polish Philology and has taught courses about Polish as a foreign language since 2007. He is author and co-author of several papers in phonetics and corpus linguistics as well as a member of the editorial board of peer-reviewed journal Baltica ~ Silesia. He is currently preparing his Ph.D. dissertation on the articulation of Polish language sounds by the Latvians.
Marcin Starnawski teaches the course Civil Society – East and West. His background is in Sociology, Education (Ph.D. in social science) and Jewish studies (Oxford University diploma). For the last sixteen years, he has taught courses linking various perspectives in historical social sciences with those of critical education and pedagogy. His research projects included studies on racism, migration and diaspora, poverty, capitalism and social movements, global education.