Juliet D. Golden
Juliet D. Golden is the Director of the Central Europe Center. With a master’s in International Affairs and a Ph.D. in International Education, Professor Juliet Golden has designed and taught innovative courses about Central Europe for more than 10 years. Her deep interest in the history of Central Europe developed through research and her journalistic work in the region. Her interests include politics of memory, the Holocaust, urban spaces and architecture as well as photography.
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.
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.
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.
Karol Kociszewski is a professor of economics at the Wroclaw University of Economics and Business in the Department of Ecological Economics. He holds degrees in international trade as well as a Ph.D. in ecological economics. His interests include sustainable development with special consideration of agriculture and rural areas and development economics with a particular focus on transition countries. He is the author and co-author of several books and over one hundred scientific papers. His university teaching (with 20 years of experience) is focused on development economics, international protection of environment, environmental and resource economics and history of economic theory.
Zofia Kolbuszewska teaches Exploring Culture and Society in Transition: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, and Disability in Poland. She holds a Ph.D. and a post-doctoral degree in American Literature from the Catholic University of Lublin, Poland, where for 20 years she also taught courses in Polish culture and film. She was a Senior Fulbright Scholar at Columbia University and a Kosciuszko Foundation Research and Teaching Fellow at SUNY, University at Buffalo, where she taught courses on Polish history, culture, and cinema. While her recent work focuses on the intersections of media and literature as well as the cultural dynamics of failure in all its social dimensions, she has also written and taught courses on contemporary gothic, cultural ramifications of melancholy, and contemporary forensic imagination.
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.
Bozena Szaynok co-teaches the history course East Central Europe in the 20th Century. She holds a PhD from the University of Wroclaw, where she is currently a professor in the department of history. She is also a visiting professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the past, she has been a guest lecturer at the University at Chicago, Central Connecticut State University, Yale University, Columbia University, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Brandeis University, West Virginia University, the Sorbonne, the University of Tel Aviv, Hebrew University and the University of Leipzig. She has published widely in Polish, English and Hebrew and has been the recipient of numerous prestigious scholarships and awards. Her research interests include Polish-Jewish-Israeli relations, the history of Poland and Eastern Europe after WWII, and the history of the Catholic Church in Poland after WWII.