Annual Copernicus Lecture
Our distinguished lecture series features the rich variety of Polish intellectual and cultural life. Photos by Peter Smith
Copernicus videos on YouTube
Visit our YouTube playlist for video of select past events. Photo by Peter Smith
Polish Studies Faculty
Copernicus Program Director Genevieve Zubrzycki and Prof. Piotr Michalowski are among more than a dozen U-M faculty who conduct research on and teach about Poland.
Copernicus Program in Polish Studies
The University of Michigan offers more Poland-related programs than any other educational institution in North America. Poland is prominently featured in U-M courses on culture, film, history, language, literature, politics, and society, as well as in programs of the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies (CREES). With the country's accession to the EU in 2004, CREES programs on Poland are organized in collaboration with U-M's Center for European Studies. The Copernicus Program in Polish Studies, located at CREES, supports lectures, symposia, mini-courses, Polish language instruction, undergraduate and graduate student fellowships, study abroad opportunities, and an annual newsletter (Kopernikana). The Copernicus Program in Polish Studies has developed close links with the Polish government and numerous educational institutions in Poland, including universities in Gdansk, Kraków, and Warsaw. With these resources and an outstanding permanent faculty whose primary focus is Poland, U-M attracts some of the best students from Poland and the U.S. who are preparing for careers in academia, business, environmental protection, higher education, government, and law. Building on 40 years of programming under the Copernicus Endowment, the University of Michigan formally recognized the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies in January, 2014. See the press release here.