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FROM THE DIRECTOR
It is with very mixed feelings that I am writing
to say goodbye to Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc who,
since Fall 2004, has served as one half of the CES
Polish Studies faculty. In Fall 2010 she will join
the faculty of the Slavic Studies Department at
the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel
Hill as their newest tenure track Assistant
Professor. While I am extraordinarily happy that
Ewa will have the opportunity to flourish as a
scholar as well as a teacher in a truly impressive
department, I am very sad to lose a wonderful
colleague and an important part of the CES.
Ewa joined the CES when the center was
just one year old and had yet to achieve most
of the things now taken for granted. There were
just a handful of classes, no minors and just one
certificate program, only one study-abroad
program and a very modest outreach agenda.
Most of the faculty and staff were learning how
to accomplish goals as the center grew, and
lots of mistakes were made as the CES was built
from the ground up. Ewa arrived with a smile
on her face and a work ethic that continues to
impress those who work with her. Together
with her colleague, Dr. Chris Caes, Ewa worked
to build the Polish Studies program. Working
collaboratively the two of them designed
more than a dozen courses, sponsored an
active student organization, developed a
study abroad program, built important links
with the community and even worked to
raise funds from contributions specifically
for Polish Studies. As a result of their efforts,
enrollments in the Polish language and area
studies program have more than doubled since
the early years and the Polish Studies program
today serves as a key component of the East-
Central European Studies Minor/Certificate and
the CES as a whole.
Along the way Ewa was twice nominated
for a college-wide teaching award (winning it
once) and managed to keep up her scholarly
research agenda presenting papers at
numerous conferences and working on several
articles and book chapters.
Beyond the confines of Polish Studies
Ewa has been a huge asset for the CES, always
willing to participate in outreach activities
(more than 24 in all) from guest seminars at
Oak Hammockto mini language lessons at the
Reitz Union, to organizing guest speakers and
the annual Polish Night and Wigilia festivities.
She has served on just about every committee
within the CES, including several critical
search committees, and for more than three
years she was the CES Language Programs
Coordinator. Perhaps, above and beyond all of
these contributions, Ewa has been a wonderful
colleague. She has made herself available on a
professional and personal level to any and all
who needed her help. And as a result, everyone
at CES, and indeed well beyond its confines, will
miss her tremendously.
Thus, I am unquestionably sad to lose Ewa
as a colleague within CES, but I know that she
will in many ways remain with us as a result
of the program that she helped build and the
myriad of other contributions she has made
over the years to the CES as a whole. Moreover,
I am truly happy that all of her efforts, scholarly
and programmatic, have been recognized
by some very wise people at UNC who have
given her the opportunity to grow in new
ways. I hope that all of the friends of CES will
join me in thanking Ewa for everything she
has done for and given to CES over the past six
years and wishing her all the best in her future
endeavors-may she be as successful at UNC as
she been here!
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2007 Venice Biennale in Italy. The works
are a reflection on the experience of native
Americans who traveled through Europe
with Buffalo Bill Cody's Wild West Show.
Exhibit dates are October 4 November
19, with an opening reception on October
1. Edgar Heap of Birds will give a lecture on
The CES is planning a series of cooking
Si; wi. classes this Fall, in collaboration with Take
- Away Gourmet, a local caterer. Recipes
from Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, Poland and
4dC Greece will be demonstrated.
The CES, in collaboration with the Samuel P.
Harn Museum of Art, the Honors Society, and
Student Government, pulled outall the stops
for the April Museum Nights. The theme was
Project Europa. The CES co-sponsored the
Project Europa exhibit and related symposium,
and film showings. The exhibition examined
the relationship of art to democracy in Europe
and questioned the promise and potential of
Europe's democratic dream. ProjectEuropa ran
at the museum from February 7 to May 9,2010.
Museum Nights is an event at the Har that
keeps the museum open late once a month to
give visitors an opportunity to experience art,
performances, and special programming when
the museum is usually closed.
Project Europa exhibit will travel to the Miriam
and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia
University! In addition, the Project Europa
catalogue is now available in the museum gift
shop. The fully illustrated, 116 page catalogue,
featuring essays by Kerry Oliver-Smith, Marius
Babias, and Boris Groys retails for $29.95.
Activities included talks given by student
researchers based on themes from Project
Europa, poetry readings inspired by art at the
Harn, movies that highlight issues presented
in the exhibition, music from several groups
of artists, performances of folk dances from
around Europe, computer geography games,
building an anti-Berlin Wall, gallery scavenger
hunt, and food and refreshments.
More than 550 people attended, making this
the second-most popular Museum Nights in
the Ham's history.
Gainesville international folk Dance Group
UF students in Dr. Sidney Wade's advanced poetry writing class
Claudia Hoffmann, Heather Bigley and Ash Baysal
RI M U S E U M 0 F A R T
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The CES co-sponsored the 48th Annual Southern Conference on Slavic Studies.
Organizer Michael Gorham in Russian Studies said, "Direct and indirect
indications suggest participants were uniformly impressed by and greatly
benefited from the various events surrounding the three-day conference.
Numerically, expectations were far exceeded on attendance and participation,
coming very close, if not surpassing, the Conference's participation record, which
is usually only approached by D.C. area hosts. There is no question that this,
together with the local participation numbers, clearly demonstrates that the state
of Florida-and the University of Florida in particular-has become something of
a powerhouse for Russian, East-Central European, and Eurasian Studies."
Three European Union Studies
students, Corinne Tomasi,
Angelo Verbiest, and Regina
Topolinskaya (pictured left to
right with faculty advisor Dr.
Petia Kostadinova) attended
the 68th Annual Midwest
Political Science Association
National Conference in Chicago
to present their papers at the
poster session. All three students are undergraduates.
Corinne Tomasi said, "The best part of the experience was actually speaking with
other students and professors about my research. I thought it would be nerve
racking to speak in front of professors, but it began to come naturally because
you realize that you know more about the subject than you originally believed."
Corinne is a Political Science Major with a minor in European Union Studies and
The title of Corinne's paper was, "Europeanization and Social Protection
Spending: How Much Does Europe Matter?" The experience encouraged
Corrine to consider presenting a paper at some future date.
Regina Topolinskaya, a political science and economics major with a European
Union Studies Certificate, also presented her paper at the poster session.
The title of her paper was "Candidate Selection and Ballots in the European
Parliament: Barriers to the Development of European Party Groups."
"I received both praise and constructive advice for continuing my research,
Regina said. "Most of the people I spoke with were interested in the unique
angle from which I analyzed the European Parliament and said that they learned
a number of details from my poster presentation. One woman in particular had
a number of valuable suggestions for further analysis, including expanding my
theoretical framework to encompass a fourth aspect of why MEP's run for office.
She emphasized the role of procuring national office in each MEP's incentive
structure based on her own work."
Next spring, Regina hopes to present her thesis research on post-accession
democratic control by the EU in the Baltic States at another political science
Julie Hundersmarck, a Political Science and German major with certificates
in International Relations and European Union Studies, sent this report about
another recent conference that she and Regina Topolinskaya attended:
"In early April I attended the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research
Conference on the European Union in Claremont, California. Having never
been to an academic conference like this one before, I did not know what to
expect. Regina Topolinskaya and I arrived with few expectations and a couple
of nerves about presenting our papers.
"I was scheduled to present my paper, entitled "Enlargement in the EU and
Croatia's Future Accession," in the last panel and knew I would be waiting in
anticipation for the duration of the conference. However, over the course of the
two days, my nerves melted away as I listened to panel after panel discussing
topics that interested me very much. I found myself listening intently to each
presenter, students with whom I had lots in common. My favorite panels included
discussions surrounding Turkish accession and Immigration and Social Policy
because of the inherently fascinating subject matter and the skill with which each
student presented their research in these specific panels.
"I learned a lot throughout the eleven panel discussions, but was also pleasantly
surprised by how much I already knew about the topics discussed. The EU classes
I've taken at UF, the knowledge that my brain has soaked up through my travels
in Europe, and conversations with friends have all contributed to my knowledge
about the EU, but there is much more for me to learn.This conference enhanced
my understanding of important concepts relating to the EU such as security and
environmental and energy policies.
"The conference was extremely well-organized, and the professors and students
from Claremont were very helpful and encouraging. The other undergraduate
students I met made the whole experience even more enjoyable. Regina and I
joked about how nice it was to be around people who care about Europe as much
as we do.
"I'm very glad I was able to participate in this conference. I think it's important
for undergraduates to experience the atmosphere and proceedings at research
conferences to prepare themselves for future academic endeavors. I am certainly
more prepared for such experiences after my visit to California."
Regina Topolinskaya made this report about the conference: "Being able to
attend the Claremont-UC Undergraduate Research Conference in Claremont, CA
was a great experience to immerse myself in various topics connected with the
EU. From the moment Julie and I arrived we delved into the panel presentation on
immigration in the EU. The next morning, I presented a paper entitled "Candidate
Selection and Ballots in the European Parliament: Barriers to the Development of
European Party Groups" in the "EU Voting and Public Opinion" panel. I was able
to network with the other presenters and discuss the possibility of exchanging
research for our respective projects.
"Later on in the day I attended panel presentations on energy security and
enlargement. The EU Center of California also brought in a speaker to discuss the
changing role of European citizenship in the 21st century. Overall the conference
was well-organized and informative, allowing students to get a taste of what
graduate research presentations would entail and encouraging research on the
EU from numerous perspectives."
Brano Kovalcik gave an
invited talk in Aiken, SC
on April 30 to a group of
19 study abroad students
from the University of
South Carolina Aiken who
will study in Prague and
cities of the Czech Republic and Slovakia,
respectively. The talk served as an overview of
current political and social developments in
these two Central European countries.
As outreach to the general public and
specifically to the retired population, the CES
held a six-week lecture series "The Collapse
of Communism" at the Institute of Learning
in Retirement. About 65 people, on average,
attended the weekly lectures.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
held a Major & Minor Fair during which
representatives, including faculty
undergraduate coordinators, showcased the
many opportunities their departments had to
offer, including combined-degree programs,
minors, internships, research, and field
The CES participated in the fair and Brano
Kovalcik, Academic Programs Coordinator
and Lecturer, was quoted in the UFAdvisor
noting that the fair "gave us an ideal
opportunity to talk to those students who
are still shopping around for a major or
minor. Many students have probably already
explored their options online, but they
needed someone like an advisor or faculty
member to talk over their options to finally
make a decision."
The CES annual Jean Monnet Centre
of Excellence workshop entitled "The
Constitutionalization of the EU" took place on
March 20,2010. Scholars from Europe and the
USA including, Marco Brunazzo, University
ofTrento; Sergio Fabbrini, University of
Trento; Dr. Andre Glencross, University of
Pennsylvania; Dr. Joseph Jupille, University
of Colorado at Boulder; Dr. Dan Kelemen,
Rutgers University; and Dr. Andres Malamud,
University of Lisbon presented on a variety
of related topics. Papers and abstracts from
the workshop, as well as more information on
the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence and its
activities can be found online at www.ces.ufl.
Inviting native speakers into the foreign
language classroom is a great opportunity for
students to interact in the target language
with someone other than their professor.
While learning how to compose biographies,
Dr. Wampuszyc's first year Polish class
interviewed her father, Mr. Jan P. Wampuszyc.
They asked him such questions as: "Where
and when were you born?" "What is your
profession?" and "Why did you come to the
At the beginning level, listening to a
native speaker reply to these questions
can be tough. Nonetheless, the students
demonstrated their ability to listen carefully.
At the same time, Mr. Wampuszyc was happy
to show the class a map of Poland and locate
the cities where he grew up.
The EU Club organized a model EU conference
this spring. Hotly debated topics included
human rights, energy security, Kosovo
independence, and Iran's nuclear capabilities.
Students from Ewa Wampuszyc' Spring 2010
course "Femininity and Fiction in Central and
Eastern Europe" toured the exhibit Project
Europa at the Har Museum. Curator Kerry
Oliver-Smith led the tour and focused on
those artworks that were created by female
artists or that addressed gender issues.
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CES student representatives Regina Topolinskaya
and Alejandro Verbiest attended the Model
EU Conference sponsored and organized by the
University of Pittsburgh and held at Washington
and Jefferson College from February 19-20, 2010.
Students assumed the country responsibilities of
Germany and Ireland and competed against other
universities to negotiate the 2007 Lisbon Treaty.
CES faculty member Sinan Ciddi escorted
the students. He said, "It was inspiring to
accompany Regina and Alejandro as they spent
a considerable amount of time preparing for the
event. Throughout the proceedings our students
effectively argued the positions of their respective
countries and presented future vision for Europe."
Regina was awarded 2nd prize for representing
a 'large country'. This adds to the success of last year
when CES students won two awards.
Regina wrote this: "My trip to Pittsburgh
was a great experience. Participating in the
Model EU simulation of the European Council
allowed me to see first-hand the difficulties of
negotiation between member-states, each of
which had a vested interest in securing their
respective policies. At the simulation, EU members
and I (as Germany) were able to debate and come to
a consensus on the issues of qualified majority vote
and broad roles for the President of the European
Council in the run up to the Inter Governmental
Conference for the Lisbon Treaty.
"Outside of the simulation, we Floridians spent
our time navigating the Pittsburgh area, marveling
at the beauty of the pristine snow and enjoying
the topography. Thank you to everyone at the CES
for their time and support and to Dr. Ciddi for
accompanying us on four planes and numerous
car rides, as well as throughout hours of European
Council debate and discussion. This trip would not
have been possible without them."
Congratulations to Regina and Alejandro!
FACULTY, STAFF, & STUDENT NEWS
Coordinator and faculty
Brano Kovalcik received
an Employee Recognition
award for passing his 5-year
anniversary as a University of
Polisn lecturer Ewa wampuszyc
has accepted a faculty position at
the University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill beginning this fall.
She will join the Department of
Slavic Languages and Literatures.
Two students will be University Scholars with the
CES for the 2010-2011 academic year. The University
Honors Program selected both of their projects for
Burney A. Ratliff, a junior in the
Department of History will work
with CES faculty Edit Nagy on
a project examining the role of
Czechoslovakia, Hungary, and
Poland in Cold War technology
transfers from the west. These
Soviet bloc countries were minor
players in the conflict but they managed to achieve
measurable success particularly in the categories
of technology transfer and industrial espionage.
Mr. Ratliff will center his analysis on the factors
that contributed to the success of Czechoslovakia,
Hungary, and Poland in obtaining technologies
specified in the Coordinating Committee for
Multilateral Export Controls (CoCom), which was
established to prevent the Soviet bloc countries from
acquiring military-related technology.
Regina Topolinskaya, a
senior in the Department of
Political Science and in the
Department of Economics, will
work with CES and Department
of Political Science faculty Dr.
Petia Kostadinova on a project
researching the ability of the
European Union to maintain democratic pressure
on its member-states after their accession into the
Union. Ms.Topolinskaya will center her analysis on
comparative case studies of the Baltic states of Latvia,
Lithuania, and Estonia and evaluate the success of EU
attempts to ensure democratic quality, especially in
the contentious area of rights for Russian minorities.