Summer 2014

Chivalry Remembered in the UK: The Old Poles and the New
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Commentary

Chivalry Remembered in the UK: The Old Poles and the New

The “Old Poles” vs. the “New Poles” in the U.K., and where the twain shall meet.

The Political and Social Roots of the Łódź Biennale
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

The Political and Social Roots of the Łódź Biennale

Joanna Szupinska recounts the wonderful moment in history in 1981 that united workers, students and artists to create a multi-layered exhibition and proposed an altogether new social and political reality. The values of that group continue to influence the mission of the Lodz Biennale.

Elegance, Minimalism, Flesh: CR loves Paweł Skurski
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

Elegance, Minimalism, Flesh: CR loves Paweł Skurski

The artist’s work reveals “A fascination with woman and with questions about her nature and magnetism…”

The Betweeners: A Work by Ian Wojtowicz
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

The Betweeners: A Work by Ian Wojtowicz

Ian Wojtowicz staged his work, “The Betweeners” at Montreal’s Skol in April 2010.

Big Mary and the Slavic Miners’ Battle with King Coal
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

Big Mary and the Slavic Miners’ Battle with King Coal

The coal patch town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania was the scene of one of the most deadly attacks by the coal companies against the defenseless miners and their families. Vince Chesney tells this story with special tribute to “Big Mary” Steptak, an immigrant whose eloquent oratory in several Slavic languages united the miners in their struggle for basic rights.

“Reporting from DC, this is Justine Jablonska”
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Features

“Reporting from DC, this is Justine Jablonska”

She spent the final quarter of her graduate journalism program in Medill’s Washington DC newsroom. A few highlights from Justine Jablonska’s 12-week adventure in the U.S. capital.

Naples, Florida: The High Cost of Living in Paradise
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Travel

Naples, Florida: The High Cost of Living in Paradise

A brief holiday in Pelican Bay is a bit like a visit to paradise. But this earthly paradise comes at a price, muses Kinia Adamczyk, a price too high for many long time residents who are forced to move.

Reconciling Past and Present in the Shadow of the Palace of Culture
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Features

Reconciling Past and Present in the Shadow of the Palace of Culture

Is there a parallel between Warsaw’s Soviet-built Palace and Poles’ relationship with their past?

Catching up with … Jan Lisiecki, pianist extraordinaire
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Interviews / Music

Catching up with … Jan Lisiecki, pianist extraordinaire

Jan Lisiecki on being a citizen of the world and on why he prefers music to math.

Recovering a Stolen Childhood
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Features / Interviews

Recovering a Stolen Childhood

Wesley Adamczyk survived deportation to Siberia and exile to chronicle that journey in When God Looked the Other Way, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. His father, Jan Adamczyk, was one of tens of thousands of Polish officers killed in the Katyń massacre.

Peter Raina: Love, Politics, Betrayal
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Films / Interviews

Peter Raina: Love, Politics, Betrayal

When a historian from Kashmir fell in love with Poland and a Polish woman, both love affairs ended tragically.

When an American Dream Turns into an American Tragedy… Jan Lewan strives for redemption
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Interviews

When an American Dream Turns into an American Tragedy… Jan Lewan strives for redemption

The rise and fall of a polka king turned pauper.

A “Polyachka” in Saint Petersburg
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Travel

A “Polyachka” in Saint Petersburg

Unsmiling bureaucrats and hospitable hosts, onion domes and skating to the music of Lady Gaga: welcome to St Petersburg.

Exiles in Paris
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Books

Exiles in Paris

CR’s first fiction: Chopin, Countess Potocka and Prince Czartoryski in Paris.

Same Neighborhood. New Friends?
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Commentary

Same Neighborhood. New Friends?

The 1989 generation is the first for hundreds of years which doesn’t have to do anything extraordinarily brave for their country, writes Warsaw-based Krzysztof Bobinski.