It is with heavy hearts that we have learned of the passing of Professor Włodzimierz Siwiński, the Rector of the University of Warsaw between 1993 and 1999. Professor Siwiński was the Director of the American Studies Center between 1981 and 1984.  

Włodzimierz Siwiński was born on April 24, 1939 in Legionów, Poland. He earned his MA in Economics from the University of Warsaw in 1961, and his PhD in Economics in 1968. In 1970, he completed postgraduate studies at the University of Amsterdam; in 1976, he obtained habilitation at the University of Warsaw. He was a research fellow at Kent State University in Ohio in 1978 – 1979 and at Indiana University at Bloomington in 1984 – 1985.

He was a titular professor since 1987 and a full professor of economics since 1992. Throughout his career, Professor Siwiński made significant contributions to the field of economics, particularly in the areas of international trade and economic integration. He authored a number of important publications, including Szkice o gospodarce światowej (Warszawa: Państwowe Wydawnictwo Naukowe, 1985), a monograph he coauthored with Professor Romuald Kudliński, and Creditworthiness and Reform in Poland: Western and Polish Perspectives (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988), which he coedited with Professor Paul Marer.

In addition to his scholarly work, Professor Siwiński was deeply committed to the University of Warsaw, where he served as a professor of economics since 1992 and held the position of the Rector for two terms. During his tenure as the Rector, he oversaw the construction of the much-acclaimed University of Warsaw Library building right across the street from where the ASC is now located. 

We extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends.

Year 2022/2023

June 16: Forecasting & Prediction – Necessary Skills for the 21st Century Leadership

June 3, 2023

Leadership Studies Research Group has the pleasure to invite for a lecture by Dr. Sam Potolicchio on skills neccessary in 21-century leadership.

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Getting your OZN grade

May 29, 2023

Collected all the OZN points required by your program of studies? See what you need to do to get your grade.

Year 2022/2023

May 29: Persephone & Demeter: A Workshop on “Lore Olympus”

May 26, 2023

Join this workshop on the current reiterations of the Persephone and Demeter myth and take part in a little knowledge-production experiment.

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American Studies Colloquium Series

June 1: Reckless Shelter: Contemporary Ecopoetic Practice

May 25, 2023

In this lecture, Karen Holmberg — a poet, writer and academic —will talk about the engagements with environmental and ecological initiatives at Oregon State that have shaped her and her recent work, while sharing and discussing sample poems that show her lifelong preoccupations with language as a living matter and one of the chief tools humans have for “being toward and becoming with” the natural world.

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American Studies Colloquium Series

May 25: English Language Bias and the Generalizability Problem in the Face of Global Linguistic Diversity

May 18, 2023

According to different sources, there are between 6,000 to 8,000 languages spoken in the world today. However, many academic fields tend to rely on English as a model language and do not question the generalizability of findings from studies done with English speakers. This talkwill illustrate how English is in some respects unusual and how focusing on it exclusively might provide a biased picture of language and the human mind.