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date : 18-01-13

JU Open Day

Date: 08.03.2013

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date : 07-01-13

Magical Texts in Ancient Civilizations - Call for registration

Date: 27.06.2013 - 28.06.2013

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date : 20-11-12

Poetry and patriotic song evening

Date: 29 November 2012Place:...

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date : 29-10-12

5th International Academic Conference "Pro-development activity

Date: 29 - 30 November 2012

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date : 29-10-12

36 International Festival of Young Jazz Bands

Date: 6 -10 December 2012Website:...

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date : 26-10-12

2012 Presidential Elections in the United States: Challenges and

Date: 26- 27 October 2012

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date : 10-10-12

5th International Academic Conference

5th International Academic Conference...

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date : 26-10-12

"Vivat Benyovsky! – our common hero" Exhibition

Date: 5 - 30 November 2012Place:...

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date : 10-10-12

Jagiellonian Diplomatic Encounters

Date: 15 October 2012Place:...

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date : 10-10-12

Effective instruments supporting territorial development

Effective instruments supporting territorial development –...

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date : 13-09-12

Inauguration Ceremony at the Jagiellonian University

Date: 1.10.2012Place:...

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date : 27-09-12

Malopolska Scientists' Night

Date: 28.09.2012

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date : 11-09-12

Lettra – Krakow 2012 / Letter and Sign

Date: 13.09.2012 - 10.10.2012

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date : 27-09-12

Chasing the World.

A conversation with Professor Wojciech Nowak, Rector of the Jagiellonian...

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date : 13-09-12

Third International Conference on Human Rights Education (HRE)

Date: 06.12.2012 - 10.12.2012

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date : 10-07-12

Second International Congress of Polish History: Poland in Centr

Date: 12.09.2012 - 15.09.2012 Place:...

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date : 11-09-12

Boundaries in/of International Relations

Date: 20-22 September 2012

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date : 24-04-12

Conference

International Conference: Perception of culture - Culture of...

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date : 16-05-12

The Jagiellonian University ranked the best university in Poland

The 13th edition of the ranking prepared by...

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date : 16-05-12

AMERICAN ETHNICITY: RETHINKING OLD ISSUES,ASKING NEW QUESTIONS

Date: 28.05.2012 - 29.05.2012Organizerr:...

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date : 06-06-12

Garden Festival

Date: 1-17 June 2012Place:...

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date : 19-06-12

Exhibition dedicated to Gustav Klimt's works

Date: 12.06.2012  -  12.07.2012

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date : 10-07-12

Cinema on the Wave

DATE:  2012-06-25 - 2012-08-30

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date : 10-07-12

Benedictine Music Summer 2012

Date: 2012-06-08 - 2012-08-19...

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date : 03-12-08

Kraków second in GUARDIAN'S WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS 2008

We are lucky to live and study here -  Krakow has been chosen as the second...

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date : 10-07-12

Summer Chamber Concerts 2012

Date: 2012-06-06 - 2012-08-26The...

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date : 18-07-12

Summer School at the Jagiellonian University

Date: 10.06.2012 - 31.07.2012School...

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date : 23-08-12

Second International Congress of Polish History: Poland in Centr

Date: 12 - 15 September 2012 Place : JU Auditorium Maximum, ul. Krupnicza...

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date : 03-10-12

Inauguration ceremony 1st October 2012

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date : 17-02-10

Central European Summer University

The Faculty of Humanities of the...

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date : 01-03-10

3rd Days of American Culture ‘New York, New York’

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date : 24-06-10

20th Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow

          20th Jewish Culture...

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date : 24-06-10

Tibilisi Days in Krakow

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date : 09-07-10

International Festival of Street Theatres.

         International...

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date : 14-07-10

The Fair in Krakow.

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date : 20-08-10

Coce Live Music Festival Krakow

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date : 29-09-10

7 x Gospel. 19-31.10.2010

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date : 29-09-10

Manhattan Short Film Festival

An extraordinary global event will take place the week of...

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date : 21-10-10

Unsound Festival 2010

After months of slowly releasing program details, with expectation building, Unsound...

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date : 29-10-10

The world's best photography in Krakow

From 3-24 November 2010 in the Gallery of Modern Art Art Bunker in...

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date : 08-11-10

Greater Krakow, Greater Opportunities 1910-1920

8/9/2010 - 27/2/2011 In 1910, a grand plan was set in motion for...

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date : 08-11-10

The Gallery of 19th Century Art in the Cloth Hall

3/9/2010 - 1/10/2013 Krakow's oldest public gallery...

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date : 15-11-10

International Festival of the Form Theatre.

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date : 17-11-10

International Mobility Fair

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date : 17-11-10

The United States Meets Europe - A Forum for Young Leaders

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date : 20-12-10

Annual MA-Level Graduate Student Conference at American Studies

Call for Proposals:  American...

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date : 04-02-11

Krakow Under Nazi Occupation 1939-1945

1 September 2010 - 1 January 2013 it has been three...

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date : 13-05-11

Second Czesław Miłosz Festival

Date: 09.05.2011-15.05.2011Organizer:...

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date : 13-05-11

11th Science Festival

Date:  11.05.2011-14.05.2011Place: Main...

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date : 20-05-11

Bluesroads- Student Music Festival

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date : 30-05-11

Public lecture with Prof. Detlef Junker.

Date: 7th June 2011Time: 9.45

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date : 28-07-11

"My Skittish Samurai": exhibition devoted to Czesław Miłosz

Date:  13.07.2011-15.09.2011Place:...

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date : 15-09-11

Opening Convocation Ceremony 2011/2012

On Saturday, October 1, 2011 at 11.00...

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date : 13-10-11

World Press Photo 11

Venue of an exhibition:  Bunkier Sztuki, pl. Szczepański 3a

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date : 13-10-11

The exhibition "Żaczek and its inhabitants".

Date: September 24 - November 10, 2011

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date : 08-11-11

The media in China, China in the Media.

Date: 07-08.11.2011

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date : 08-11-11

Forum on New Economy

Date: 14.11.2011- 15.11.2011Organizer:...

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date : 08-11-11

Lecture: "Pakistan and its neighbourhood"

Date: 14.11.2011

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date : 08-11-11

Prof. Jan Jargoń Organ Festival

6 -13 November 2011

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date : 08-11-11

Kraków Philharmonic: November

November is definitely a Polish month! In the repertoire: recitals of Polish pianists,...

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date : 15-11-11

The fall of USSR and its consequences for Europe and the world.

Date: 30 November 2011- 2 December 2011

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date : 16-11-11

1st International Student's Day in Krakow.

Date: 17 November 2011Place:

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date : 16-11-11

"Ladies of Shanghai." Chinese posters of the 1920s and 1930s

Date: 17.11.2011 - 30.11.2011

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date : 18-11-11

Photographic exhibition "I've seen Bolivia"

Date: 19 November 2011 - 30 January 2012

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date : 18-11-11

Meeting with Ambassador Dr. Martin Eichtinger

Date: 24 November 2011Place:...

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date : 03-01-12

4th University Gala Concert on 8 January 2012

Date: 8 January 2012Place: Auditorium Maximum UJ, ul. Krupnicza 33...

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date : 10-01-12

600 years of the Faculty of Medicine

Date: 11 January...

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date : 10-02-12

TAS Scholar Garry Robson's Article in YaleGlobal Online

In his recent article, Garry Robson discusses issues of globalization,...

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date : 16-02-12

Prof. Garry Robson's new publication

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date : 16-02-12

Jagiellonian University ranked the best Polish university

The Jagiellonian University has been...

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date : 14-03-12

Guest Lecture - March 19, 2012

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date : 23-03-12

The biannual workshops American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues

Date: 21.03.2012 - 06.04.2012Organizer:...

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Prof. Ann Hetzel Gunkel on her expierience of teaching of Philiosophical Issues in American Film

In 2011-12, Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Ph.D. served as Visiting Fulbright Professor of Cultural Studies in the Department of International &  Political Studies’ Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. She is Associate Professor of Humanities & Cultural Studies and Director of the Cultural Studies Program at Columbia College Chicago, USA.



As a Visiting Fulbright Professor of American Cultural Studies at Jagiellonian University for Fall/Winter 2012,  I’ve had the pleasure of teaching a seminar called Philosophical Issues in American Film. Using the theoretical tools of Cultural Studies and philosophical reading, the course analyzes film texts to understand how the meaning & mythology of national identity is constructed and contested. Themes such as ideology, masculinity, violence, urbanity, modernity, and postmodernity frame the course.


The course has been engaging and fascinating to teach. Students voluntarily took on a course twice as long as the usual university class meeting so that we could screen film segments each week. I was really impressed with that commitment:  the usual 2 hour European course was instead 4 hours! And yet, this didn’t deter my wonderful students. Graduate and undergraduates from American Studies, Polonistyk, Transatlantic Studies and more joined the seminar. This made for a wonderful mix of expertise and experience. The class was a multi-national cohort, which made our investigations of American nationalism and the mythologization thereof via cinema truly interesting.


Students were thoughtful, patient, generous with commentary and very eager in their excellent class preparation. The writing in this course was superb, producing some of the best critical writing on these films I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. It was an absolute delight to serve as the Professor for this group of wonderful young people.


In an eye-opening session, we examined ideology and childrens cinema using Henry Girouxs deconstruction of Disneys animated narratives. The relationship between media, pedagogy and schooling became a central issue in the conversation, as did the suspect ideological neutrality accorded “mere childrens entertainment.” In another unit, we connected the concept of poetry, techne and art in Plato’s Republic to an analysis of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas and the role of film in narrativizing ethnicity, violence, and American manhood. Moving from the Gangster Film to the Western, we linked a semiotic analysis of mythology to the deeply held cultural constructs of the Hollywood Western found in George Steven Shane.


An examination of The Matrix was connected to our reading of modernism, Descartes and the re-deployment of Cartesian thinking in cyberspace. Prof. David Gunkel (NIU) was kind enough to give a guest lecture to the group on that topic. The class shifted from dystopic modernity to the existential anxiety of post war urban America. Our analysis of Film Noir, especially The Third Man, was a provocative conversation about the legacy of World War II. The course culminated in an examination of postmodernity via Baudrillard and Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man). Jarmuschs rethinking of the western genre via a reframing of the notion of western expansion and the concept of frontier wilderness brought the course full circle, as we examined the repressed voices of the western genre.


If you are interested, please visit the course website and check out our readings:http://annhetzelgunkel.com/uj/film/


Every class meeting meant a new insight, a new idea, and really engaged thinking and learning. I walked out of the Institute onto the beautiful Rynek each Thursday night energized from the class sessions. I am truly honored to have taught this seminar at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora as a Guest of the Transatlantic Studies (TAS) Program. It was a one of kind learning experience for me as a professor and I will fondly remember the UJ students and faculty.