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Pucinski Conference has been been featured in Dziennik Zwiazkowy, a Polish newspaper. Please click here to read it!




Polish American Historical Association 75th Anniversary Conference
September 7-9, 2018

Members of Polish American Historical Association

On September 7-9, Loyola University Chicago hosted a conference to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Polish American Historical Society (PAHA) - an institution whose mission is to research and promote the history and culture of the Polish Diaspora and Polonia. Participants in the conference included historians, sociologists and other researchers from both the United States and Poland, who presented lectures on topics ranging from research on the history of Polonia and immigration to achievements and challenges PAHA faces for the future.

PAHA Panel: Quo Vadis Polish American Studies

In addition to lectures and discussion panels, the conference’s participants had the opportunity to visit Loyola University’s Lake Shore Campus, watch the film The Fourth Partition and visit historically significant landmarks for Polonia in Chicago. 

The conference was organized in partnership with the Senate of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Academy of Learning, and the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Representatives of many Polish and American institutions and organizations including the Chicago Polish Museum, the Museum of Polish History in Warsaw, the Chicago History Museum, the Immigration Museum in Gdansk and the Józef Piłsudski Institute in New York also participated in the event.

PAHA Panel: Polish American History Museums

Half of the conference participants were researchers from Poland, which demonstrates the growing interest in the history of Polonia and the Polish diaspora in Poland.  

Professor Dominik Pacyga

Dr. Dominik Pacyga, an American historian of Polonia, summed up the significance of the conference saying “PAHA is a very important organization. Polonia needs to know their history to understand their present. For 75 years, the organization has been helping researchers who study the history of Polonia reach an American academic audience.

Professor Anna Mazurkiewicz, PAHA President

PAHA can boast of many achievements, and the organization, thanks to an influx of new members, especially young researchers from Poland, has a bright future ahead. New and fresh ideas come with young people. I am sure that PAHA will continue to develop dynamically, and in 25 years will be celebrating its 100th anniversary”‌

Bozena Nowcka McLees and Dean Fr. Thomas Reagan

The director of the Polish Studies Program at Loyola University Chicago, Bożena Nowicka McLees, highlighted that “In recent years, the organization has been able to consolidate studies devoted to the diaspora, and especially to Polonia in America, to attract a larger group of researchers from Poland and bring together their research with the work of researchers studying Polonia in the United States. For decades these two groups were separate, but over the last twenty years the situation has changed radically. This change can be seen at PAHA’s anniversary conference - half of its presenters came from Poland. Thanks to this, there is an authentic exchange of opinions, research and observations, which is very valuable from an academic point of view.”

Quotes for this summary were taken from an article published in Polish by Dziennik Zwiazkowy on September 18, 2018.

Access program here 

The Lira Ensemble concert in the evening of the conference 

Tour of Polish Chicago for conference guests


Loyola Celebrates 10 Years of the Polish Studies Program

Professor Bozena Nowicka McLees and Vice Consul Piotr Semeniuk

Anthony Bukoski Visits Loyola
November 10th & 11th, 2017

Yuriy Serebryansky Visits Loyola

September 20th, 2017



April 8th: Film screening of Jan Karski and the Lords of Humanity and Panel

Slawomir Grunberg’s documentary “Karski and the Lords of Humanity” presents an engaging, multifaceted portrait of the legendary Polish resistance fighter who tirelessly tried to open the eyes of the world to the atrocities perpetrated by the Nazis during World War II.  Grunberg deftly combines documentary footage of a Karski’s recollection of the events with other interviews, old photographs, and even animated sequences to create a cohesive and persuasive account of how the leaders of the most powerful nations chose to remain deaf to his pleas for an urgent intervention.  The nature of this documentary forcefully emphasizes the contrast between Karski’s selfless efforts and the indifference of those who were in a position to affect meaningful change.

Slawomir Greenburg, Tom Wood, Bozena Nowicka McLees, and Zbigniew Banas.


November 11th: Film screening of The Fourth Partition and discussion with director

November 13-14th, 2015 : Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference:
The Poles Program

CCIC The Poles Poster


November 18th: When Do Reconciliation and Cooperation Matter?

 Past Events

Film Discussion with Marek Probosz 
‌and Zbigniew Banas, photo by bnm


April 15th: Ida Film Screening and Discussion with Zbigniew Banas

March 19th: Śmierć Rotmistrza Pileckiego The Death of Captain Pilecki with guest actor Marek Probosz

September 19-20th: Jan Karski Conference


November 21st: ‌

November 13th: Film Screening and Discussion with Bożena Garus-Hockuba

November 12th: Modern Language & Literatures Language Fair, Fall 2013


April 13th: John Merchant Lecture - "Polish-American Poetry: Reading Between the Lines"

November 27th: Anna Ferens documentary film maker Anna Ferens Film Screening "Co mogą martwi jeńcy/What Can Dead Prisoners Do"


September 22nd:  John Merchant Inaugural Lecture


April 21st and 22nd: Polish Language Certification Exam

April 18th: Polish Studies Scholarships and Awards Ceremony with Polish Student Alliance and Loyola's Polish American Alumni Network 

April 12th: Undergraduate Student FORUM Competition of Undergraduates Students' Papers on Central and Eastern Europe

March 24th: Plocieniak Polish Language Fluency Exam (for upcoming seniors)

March 22nd: Lecture on Jewish Culture in Poland

March 1st: 4 Polish American Poets Reading Poetry


April 19th: FORUM - Competition of Undergraduates Students' Papers on Central and Eastern Europe

April 12th: Polish Resistance AK Foundation Lecture

April 2nd: Plocieniak Scholarship Polish Language Exam

February 22nd: Shana Penn Lecture: Women in the SOLIDARITY Movement

November 17th: An Evening of Poetry and Music with Adam Zagajewski and Sarah Rothenberg

November 7th: Polish film screening and discussion with director Magdalena Lazarkiewicz


April 28th: Poland and its Performative Democracy

November 12th - 13th: CHOPIN & PADEREWSKI 2010 International Conference

September 27th: The Polish Resistance (AK) Foundation Endowed Scholarship


February 16th: Poetry with Teeth Lecture by Ewa Chruściel, Ph.D.


October 15th: ‌


November 14th: ‌