The Copernicus Center for Polish Studies (CCPS) at the University of Michigan welcomes award-winning author Dorota Masłowska for the 2020 Annual Copernicus Lecture. On Wednesday, February 19 at 5:00 PM, Masłowska will give a talk titled, “Hint: My Books Aren’t Really about Sex and Drugs.”
Dorota Masłowska is a novelist and playwright. She published her first novel, Wojna polsko-ruska pod flagą biało-czerwoną (Snow White and Russian Red) at 19, to great critical acclaim. The book was awarded the Paszport Polityki Prize and was translated into over 20 languages. Her second novel, Paw Królowej (The Queen’s Peacock), won the NIKE Literary Award, Poland’s most prestigious literary prize. Masłowska has also written two dramas, A Couple of Poor, Polish-speaking Romanians, and No Matter How Hard We Try, which garnered a Polish Ministry of Culture Prize. Masłowska’s most recent novel, Inni ludzie (Other People), will soon appear in German, French, and Russian. While it has received much praise, Maslowska’s writing remains controversial because of her use of coarse language and pop culture as vehicles for social commentary. Her works in English have been translated by University of Michigan Professor Benjamin Paloff.
The Annual Copernicus Lecture—established in 1980—brings prominent academic, cultural, and political figures to campus to advance a deeper understanding of Poland’s people, culture, and history, as well as its growing influence in world academics, arts, and affairs. This lecture is free and open to the public.
Hint: My Books Aren’t Really about Sex and Drugs
Wednesday, February 19, 2020
1010 Weiser Hall, 500 Church Street, Ann Arbor
The Copernicus Center for Polish Studies (CCPS) at the University of Michigan was established in 2019 after more than 40 years of activity and programs offered by the Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment. To celebrate the 500th anniversary of the great Polish astronomer’s birth, the endowment and a Polish program were launched in 1973 in cooperation with students, faculty, and the Polish Americans of Michigan who contributed generously with their time, energy, and financial assistance. CCPS continues the tradition today by enabling faculty appointments, programming, and student fellowships in Polish studies. It also organizes the Annual Copernicus Lecture—established in 1980—which brings prominent academic, cultural, and political figures to campus to offer the public a deeper understanding of Poland’s people, culture, and history, as well as its growing influence in world academics, arts, and affairs. For more information, visit ii.umich.edu/polish.