SThe CES Gazette
Volume 4 Issue 2 Summer 2006
Second Annual Celebration
of Polish Culture
The second annual celebration of Polish Culture at the
University of Florida took place on April 1, 2006 at the
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art. The goal of this year's
celebration was to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of
Poland's Solidarity Movement, as well as to mark the
second academic year of the Polish Studies program at
UF. The event once again brought together faculty, staff,
and students from a number of UF departments and
fostered cooperation between the larger academic
community and the Polish diaspora, Polonia. The main
sponsors of this celebration were the Polish Student
Association, the Center for European Studies, the
Department of Germanic and Slavic Studies, VISA, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and
the Polish American Club of Sarasota.
The program opened up with welcoming notes by Magdalena Andrzejczyn, the president
of the Polish Student Association. Ms. Andrzejczyn stressed the importance of the Solidarity
Movement which began as an "illegal" workers' union in Poland in the early 1980s, but ended
up as one of the strongest sparks that inspired anti-regime revolutions in not only Poland but
also in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and the Soviet Union. Following Ms. Andrzejczyn's opening
remarks, Drs. Ewa Wampuszyc and Christopher Caes of UF's Polish Studies program
commented on the impressive growth of Polish Studies in the two years of its existence and
briefly discussed the history of the Solidarity Movement. Celebrating the Movement's dedication
to non-violent means of protest, members of the Polish Student Association, PolSkA, read the
"21 Postulates," Solidarity Movement's original demands.
As part of the Polish Culture celebration, the organiz-
ers had the honor of hosting Dr. Andrzej Rabczenko of the Table of Contents
Embassy of the Republic of Poland. From 1994 1998 Dr.
Rabczenko worked as the Embassy's counselor for scientific From the Director 2
and technological affairs; during this time he organized con- Spiing Highlights &
ferences, meetings, created a network of Polish studies in the Outreach Events .. 3-4
US, and helped build bridges between American and Polish
institutions. Currently on his second diplomatic appointment
to the United States, Dr. Rabczenko represents the Embassy of Grant Winners......6
Poland as Minister-Counselor responsible for scientific, educa- Study Abroad ........7
tional and technological affairs. As one of the eyewitnesses of Contact Info ......... 8
the Solidarity Movement, Dr. Rabczenko stressed the need for
Polish studies in the US to begin with the "big questions" -
such as, for example, human and civic rights and
only then to discuss the Polish experience as an The CES Gazette
example or model of action. He highlighted the Volume 4, Issue 2
relevance of this non-violent movement to the
broader global context.
The next presentation was a videotaped Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director
interview with a Solidarity activist, Kazimierz Natasa Kovacevic, Editor
Masiak. Mr. Masiak was a director at an T C G i
The CES Gazette is published each
engineering company in the Gdansk shipyard. He semester to provide information to
served as the Solidarity delegate of his firm during faculty, students, and supporters of
the first protest in 1980 and was denounced in a European Studies about the activities
trial and sentenced to four years in prison for his and programs of the CES. For
political activities. He was eventually jailed for a further information, please visit the
year and a half, and after leaving jail, unable to find CES website at www.ces.ufl.edu.
employment due to his political involvement, Mr.
Masiak and his family emigrated to Chicago, IL. In
1989 he helped supervise the first partially-free Polish elections which permitted the Polish
diaspora worldwide to vote. Finally, Mr. Masiak's remarks about the Solidarity Movement were
complemented by a series of short films Solidarity, Solidarity, which featured prominent Polish
filmmakers' reflections on the contemporary significance of this movement.
The second annual celebration of Polish Culture at UF repeated the great success of its
predecessor. The organizers prepared a diverse program dedicated to one of the most significant
popular protests in recent history and brought together UF deans, faculty and students and
members of the Polish diaspora. The success of the celebration is a reflection of the increasing
popularity of the Polish Studies program at UF. In the past year, the Polish Studies program
doubled its enrollment from 50 students in 2004-05 to 100 students in 2005-06; in addition, the
Polish Student Association, PolSkA, has continued to grow. Finally, with the support of the
Center for European Studies, the Polish Studies program has managed to increase the Polish-
related library holdings at the University of Florida and add two Polish television stations on UF's
campus cable. Congratulations!
From the Director
Jean Monnet Workshop Have a suggestion about a guest
on European speaker on a European topic?
Political Institutions To suggest a potential speaker for the
CES speakers series, please complete the
On April 17-18, 2006, the Center for European online form at \ V w.ces.ufl.edu/
Studies hosted a workshop on the links between CESspeakerform.html
political institutions in Europe, "From Elections
and Parties to Legislatures and Executives." The
workshop was made possible through a grant from the Jean Monnet Program of the European
Commission, with additional support from the CES and UF's College of Liberal Arts and
Sciences. Although European institutions were the primary focus of the workshop, non-
European examples served as good comparative cases and enriched the understanding of the
issues at hand. Among the presenters at the workshop were a number of political science
professors at UF, including CES Director Dr. Amie Kreppel, as well as guest lecturers from the
University of Sussex, University of Iowa, Texas Tech University and University of California-
The workshop opened with a discussion the electoral reform in Italy and its impact on the
changing character and capacity of the executive branch to engage directly in the legislative
process. The electoral reform, which apparently failed to resolve Italy's legislative woes, was then
compared to the electoral reform in New Zealand to show that changes in electoral systems do
not always provide the functional results intended by scholars or advocates. The next
presentation shifted the focus to the results of Germany's 2005 parliamentary elections to
reconsider the contention that mixed-member electoral systems encourage the rise of two-bloc
party systems. The presenters next evaluated the pros and cons of institutional reform,
comparing, for instance, the development of Kenyan legislature to the European Parliament, and
recommending gradual institutional reform instead of a more difficult regime overhaul.
The second day of the workshop began with a panel on "Behavior and Institutions,"
which revealed that European Parliament deputies from the new member states tend to be better
educated, more politically experienced, and more right-wing than their counterparts from the old
member states. This panel also analyzed the party elite and voter behavior in France, concluding
that party elites will only enter into alliances and voters will only follow their party's cue when
faced with the success of their least preferred outcome. The workshop concluded with a
roundtable on "Political Institutions, Links and Change," which gave all the presenters an
opportunity to discuss insights gained over the past two days.
Dr. Conor O'Dwyer Wins
Faculty Summer Research Award
We are proud to announce that Dr. Conor O'Dwyer is the recipient of
the 2006 Faculty Summer Research Grant, awarded annually by UF's
Political Science Department. The Faculty Summer Research Award is
intended to support outstanding faculty proposals to undertake original
research. Dr. Conor O'Dwyer, who holds a joint appointment in the
Center for European Studies and Political Science Department, plans to
use the award to initiate a research project entitled "Natural Disasters,
State Capacity, and Social Inequality: A New Approach to the Analysis of State-Building." This
research project aims look at state development through the lens of natural disaster response
rather than through the more traditional, but increasingly less relevant, lens of interstate war. Its
starting point is the intuition that, depending on the kind of state institutions in place preceding
natural disasters, the state's response to a disaster may either ameliorate or intensify social
inequality. The Center for European Studies wishes to take this opportunity to congratulate Dr.
Conor O'Dwyer on winning this exceptional award.
CES Sponsors International
The Center for European Studies (CES) sponsored a
successful International Coffeehouse meeting on
February 10, 2006. The theme of the February
meeting, which was attended by more than 150
students, was the CES Study Abroad Programs.
The International Coffeehouse, coordinated by the
University of Florida International Center, offers an
opportunity for international and domestic
students, faculty, staff and visiting scholars to
mingle in a relaxed environment. Since its inception in Fall 2005, the event has attracted over 800
American and international students.
Thanks to support from the CES and other generous contributors, the International
Coffeehouse has become a success and will be expanded into a weekly event. Beginning Fall
2006, the International Coffeehouse will be held every week in the Matthews and Bryan Lounges
in the Reitz Union, from 7 pm-9 pm on Friday nights. The CES is scheduled to sponsor another
European-themed coffee house on September 15, 2006. For more information about this event,
please e-mail Leslie A. Owen at Lowen@ufic.ufl.edu or call her at 352-392-7074.
CES Introduces New University Scholar
The Center for European Studies is happy to announce that Anna Rutz, senior in the
Department of Sociology, was selected as the CES' University Scholar for the 2006-2007
academic year. Ms. Rutz will work with CES and Department of Sociology faculty Dr. Alin
Ceobanu on a project researching the relationship between national identity and European
consciousness in Poland following the country's accession to the European Union. Given the
Polish government's recent emphasis on Polish-specific values
and increasing social conservatism, Ms. Rutz will investigate
whether national identity is complementary to, or competitive
with, its pro-European orientation. To answer these questions,
Ms. Rutz will spend six weeks in Poland this summer,
documenting this topic via a variety of outlets (journals, popular
magazines, and electronic media) and interviewing Polish
political leaders and workers. Ms. Rutz will receive a stipend of
$2500 and $500 in travel funds from the University Scholar's
Center for European Studies Courses
The Center for European Studies is happy to announce that it can now offer 17 courses
in the following areas:
Undergraduate Seminar in European Studies
Special Topics in European Studies
Seminar in European Union Studies
Seminar in European Union Studies (Reinstated)
Overseas Study in Europe
Beginning Hungarian 1
Beginning Hungarian 2
Elementary Hungarian: Review & Progress 1
Intermediate Hungarian 1
Intermediate Hungarian 2
Beginning Turkish 1
Beginning Turkish 2
Intermediate Turkish 1
Intermediate Turkish 2
Turkish for Heritage Learners 1
European Union Studies Program
Fall 2006 Courses
The following EUSP Minor/Certificate courses will be offered in Fall 2006:
EUS 4931/CPO 4104 The Politics and Institutions of the EU (pending)
EUS 4905 Individual Work
GET 3581/JST 3930 Literature and Art of the Holocaust
FRT 4523/ENG 4135 European Identities, European Cinema
EUH 3206 Europe Since 1914
For more information, check out the EUSP website at http://www.ces.ufl.edu/eusp/.
For a list of CES affiliated CES Grant W winners
faculty and vour chance to
become a CES affiliate faculty The Center for European Studies extends its congratula-
member, please visit our tions to the following University of Florida faculty and
website a t www.ces. ufl.edu. graduate students who are the recipients of this year's
Course Development Grants
+ Dr. Christopher Caes, CES/German-Slavic Studes, "Screening Polish Culture"
+ Dr. Abdoulaye Kane, Anthropology/CAS, "Islam in Europe"
+ Dr. Margaret Kohn, Political Science, "European Politics in Fiction and Film"
+ Dr. Richard Conley, Political Science, "Irish Government, Politics, and Society"
+ Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc, CES, "Magical Realism in Poland"
Course Enhancement Grants
+ Dr. Peter Bergmann, History, "Nationalism and the Idea of Europe"
+ Dr. Regina Bures, Sociology, "Urban Sociology"
+ Dr. Nancy Clark, School of Architecture, "Materials and Methods of Contruction 2"
Faculty Travel Grants
+ Dr. Brenda Chalfin, Anthropology, Travel to Brussels for research at the World Customs
Organization, Division of Tariff and Trade Affairs
+ Dr. Kenneth Martison, Fine Arts, Travel to Prague for research at Knihovna Narodniho
+ Dr. Richard Conley, Political Science, Travel to Dublin and Belfast to coordinate site visits for
a UF course-related trip
+ Dr. Alin Ceobanu, Sociology/CES, Attending an immigration training program at the
Euro pean University Institute in Florence
+ Dr. Geraldine Nichols, Romance Languages and Literatures, Travel to Seville to work out
details of a new faculty-student exchange program
Graduate Travel Grants
+ Monica Postelnicu, Journalism and Mass Communications, Presentation of paper at the
International Communication Association Annual Conference in Dresden
+ Cristopher Cary, Fine Arts, Travel to Krakow and Warsaw for pre-dissertation research
+ Karina Vazquez, Romance Languages and Literatures, Travel to Madrid and Valencia for
+ Cheri Brodeur, Age Education and Communication, Travel to Great Britain to attend a
training program with theorist Michael Kirton.
+ Ineta Janusas, Fine Arts, Travel to Arezzo to attend
the Polyphonic Competitiont l fdi
Check out external funding
+ Kristen Landreville, Journalism and Mass opportunities at ebsite:
opportunities at our website:
Communication, Presentation of paper at the w\v\v.ces.ufl.edu.
International Communication Association Annual
Conference in Dresden
NEW! Study Abroad Program in Pecs and Budapest: The UF in
Pecs and Budapest Program offers students an opportunity to earn six .
credits at the University of P6cs (Hungarian Language in Action and
Hungary at the Crossroads, taught in English). Students will spend four
weeks in Pecs and two weeks in Budapest. Cultural excursions are also
planned in the vicinity of these two cities and around Lake Balaton,
the largest lake in Europe and the location of Hungary's many cultural
sites. Contact: Dr. Alice Freifeld (email@example.com) and Edit Nagy
NEW! Study Abroad Program in Krakow: This program,
scheduled to open in Summer 2006, is being designed in
cooperation with Jagiellonian University, Central Europe's second
oldest university. Students will have the opportunity to earn UF
credit by attending Polish language courses as well as courses taught
in English on various aspects of Polish culture, history and society.
The program will also provide an introduction to this rich region of
Poland through excursions in Krakow and environs. Contact: Dr.
Chris Caes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc
Prague Summer Study Abroad Program: UF students will be
studying at the Charles University Institute for Language and Prepa-
ratory Studies (ILPS), located near the Vysehrad. Prior knowledge of
the Czech language is NOT required. Students combine English-
language curriculum with an in-country cultural experience. Czech
language instruction is also available for those interested. UF area
courses studies taught in English by UF faculty. Non-degree and non-
UF students welcome! Contact: Dr. Hana Filip (email@example.com) and
Holly Raynard (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Summer Study Abroad at Vesaliuis College, VUB in
Brussels, Belgium: The Vesalius College is an English-language
international college within the Dutch-speaking Belgian Vrije
Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The program is part of the European
Union Studies Minor, and unless previously discussed and ap-
proved by the Director, all students must take a 3-unit course,
EUS 4956 Overseas Studies (topic varies by year). Contact: Dr.
Amie Kreppel (email@example.com).
Salzburg Study Abroad Program: This program is perfect for
History and Political Science majors, students who want to complete
the introductory German language sequence (equivalent to GER
1122), and all other students interested in taking the following
courses: Modern Europe, Economics and Politics of the European Union
(students must take this class in order to qualify for the European
Union Studies Minor) or Beginning German III. Contact: Glenn
The Center for European Studies
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Gainesville, FL, 32611-7342
Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director
Dr. Petia Kostadinova, Asst. Director
Nikki Kernaghan, Outreach Coordinator
Brano Kovalcik, Academic Programs
Nubia Pena, Coordinator for
Graduate Assistant: Natasa Kovacevic
Phone: (352) 392-8902
Fax: (352) 392-8966
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