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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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Joining the Jagiellonian University Community: a Fulbright Professor’s Story 2011-12

The new school year began at the Jagiellonian University, which has been in business since 1364. This place is literally old school. For me, its just back to work as my courses at the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora begin tomorrow;  I am assembling my materials, collating my syllabi, and so on. On the other hand, if I actually THINK about where I am, its kind of awe-inspiring. Founded by King Kazimierz Wielki, this is the oldest university in Poland. It was the second university to be founded in Central Europe, after Prague in 1348. This is the place Copernicus studied.

 

Things were done here in Latin for the majority of the universitys history (that is how they rolled back then.) Although the university – with currently about 58,000 students – is massive and has buildings throughout Krakow, the historical centers are Collegium Maius and Collegium Novum. The former is the center of the medieval university – a gorgeous, amazing structure with vaulted ceilings, colorful frescoes, etc. It is now a museum as well. Located at the corner of Świętej Anny (St. Ann) and Jagiellońska streets, JU Collegium Maius Museum is the oldest university edifice in Poland. Its history can be traced back to 1400 when King Władysław Jagiełło donated this tenement house to the university. Almost every room in this building has its own legend and is associated with such outstanding personalities as Copernicus, Faust, Twardowski or St. John Cantius.

 

The Collegium Novum is the “new” university (BTW, new here means the 1800s). It is used daily. The most magnificent building of the Jagiellonian University, the Collegium Novum (The New College) was built in 1883-1887 to the design of Feliks Księżarski. Collegium Novum is an imposing example of neo-Gothic with a fantastically composed, monumental façade of raw brick. Visible over the ogival-arch arcades of the gates are five huge windows of the Assembly Hall spanning two floors. Attention is turned to the keystones of the windows, displayed over which are the multicoloured coats of the arms of the universitys benefactors. Above, in the highest finial, the coat-of-arms of the University – St Stanislaus holding an escutcheon with the Polish Eagle – towers over the entire façade. That university symbol is used only for the most solemn occasions.

The interiors were made equally imposing, with their character making reference to the architecture of Collegium Maius, which included ogival-arch portals, a staircase, and crystalline and star-shaped vaulting over the corridors. The Assembly Hall, with its coffer beam ceiling, is embellished with portraits of the Universitys professors and rectors. It is also the place where Jan Matejkos Astronomer Copernicus or Colloquy with God is displayed. (A copy of that painting hangs in our Chicago living room).

 

I mostly do not have time to think about the grandeur of the medieval university but you can kind of feel it on the cobblestone streets and these amazing buildings. Mostly, I am just going about my job. But its pretty darn cool to be a visiting Professor at such an institution. I would like to think that my grandfather Juliusz Hetzel (whom I never knew), who knew five languages, who was a Latin teacher and school principal in łodz–who walked to Warsaw in the early 20th century to study at the university– would be proud of his grandaughter, the professor at UJ.

 

The history of the University in English & Polish is online at: http://www.uj.edu.pl/uniwersytet/historia

 

 Post by Ann Hetzel Gunkel, Ph.D.


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.