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Polish-Jewish Studies

  1. Polish Jewish Studies Workshop

The Copernicus Program in Polish Studies and the Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan are uniquely situated to illuminate the rich and complex history of Polish-Jewish life in Poland. In 2014, the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies signed an official affiliation with POLIN: Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw, facilitating collaboration on research exchanges for faculty and pedagogic activities for University of Michigan students.

TEACHING

In addition to Polish, Yiddish, and Hebrew language courses through the advanced level, University of Michigan students can take courses on Polish-Jewish topics in the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, History, Near Eastern Studies, Political Science, and Slavic Languages & Literatures. Our graduates become leaders in the field, making important contributions to scholarship.

FELLOWSHIPS & GRANTS

The Copernicus Program in Polish Studies and Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies offer numerous funding opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to study at the University of Michigan or travel to Poland for research or internships. Postdoctoral fellowships are also available to scholars and artists through the Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies.

EVENTS

Faculty and staff at the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies and Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies organize several events each year including lectures, conferences, and films. Recent distinguished speakers on Polish-Jewish topics include writers Eva Hoffman and Agata Tuszyńska, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum Piotr Cywiński, POLIN Museum director Dariusz Stola, and POLIN chief curator Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett.

FACULTY

The University of Michigan faculty includes world-renowned scholars with unique expertise on Jewish-related themes in Poland.

Herbert Eagle – Slavic Languages & Literatures
East European literature and cinema, literary and film theory

Zvi Gitelman – Political Science, Judaic Studies
East European and Israeli politics, Jewish political thought and behavior

Alexandra Hoffman – Judaic Studies
Yiddish language, literature of Jewish diaspora

Mikhail Krutikov – Slavic Languages & Literatures, Judaic Studies
Yiddish literature, Jews in Eastern Europe

Marian Krzyżowski – Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy; Judaic Studies
Polish and Jewish immigrants in Detroit

Anita Norich – Judaic Studies, English Language & Literature
Yiddish language and literature, modern Jewish culture, Holocaust literature

Benjamin Paloff – Slavic Languages & Literatures, Comparative Literature
Polish literature and translation

Shachar Pinsker – Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies
Hebrew literature, modern Jewish literary culture

Brian Porter-Szűcs – History
Modern Polish history, religion in Poland

Jeffrey Veidlinger – History, Judaic Studies
Modern East European Jewish history, Jewish culture

Geneviève Zubrzycki – Sociology
Nationalism and religion, Jewish revival in contemporary Poland

SUPPORT

Learn how you can support Polish-Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Copernicus Program in Polish Studies | copernicus@umich.edu
Jean & Samuel Frankel Center for Judaic Studies | judaicstudies@umich.edu