The Copernicus Center for 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 Center for 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.
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 Center for 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.
Faculty and staff at the Copernicus Center for 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.
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
Mikhail Krutikov – Slavic Languages & Literatures, Judaic Studies
Yiddish literature, Jews in Eastern Europe
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