Useful Tips, Skills, and Know-How for Academia
A Two-Part Online Seminar for BA Freshers


Part I

Tuesday, October 26 at 5:30 pm

After a short welcome talk given by dr Małgorzata Gajda-Łaszewska (Counselor for Students’ Affairs), dr Marta Usiekniewicz (BA Freshers Counselor) will give you a quick crash course on navigating ASC’s administration and online spaces, and dr Anna Kurowicka will introduce you to the realities of studying at a university, discuss academic etiquette and communication with lecturers, as well as online and irl class participation rules. She will also speak about phone use in class and discuss inclusive and discriminatory language.

Part II

Thursday, October 28 at 5:30 p.m.

During the second part of our Freshers’ Guide, dr Ludmiła Janion is going to share tips on how to prepare for and benefit from different types of classes: lectures, seminars and workshops. She will also speak about the advantages of active participation in classes and the purpose of the reading list. You will leave the meeting with practical tips for studying for exams, efficient reading strategies, listening and note taking skills. Finally, you will find out the difference between using and abusing Wikipedia, and when (if ever) it may be good for you.

2 OZN for each seminar

Year 2023/2024

December 1: Screening & Discussion with Co-directors of ‘CURED’ documentary

November 30, 2023

The American Studies Center and the U.S. Embassy Warsaw invite you to a special private screening of the award-winning documentary CURED, which highlights a pivotal but little-known moment in LGBTQ history when activists and psychiatrists rose up to challenge a formidable institution — and won!


Changes in Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska’s office hours schedule

November 30, 2023

Dr. Gajda-Łaszewska’s office hours will be cancelled on Thursday, December 7, 2023.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 30: Conceptual Writing in Extremis: Sonic A(na)rchives in 21st-century North American Poetry

November 30, 2023

The lecture focuses on current developments in North American conceptual writing as a poetic mode invested in archival research. The common denominator of the archives that the poets selected for this study foreground are the forms of present-day extremity.

American Studies Colloquium Series

November 16: New Forms/Known Rivers

November 16, 2023

When #BlackLivesMatter emerged in 2013, it animated the most consequential Black-led mobilization since the civil rights and Black power era. Today, the hashtag turned rallying cry is but one expression of a radical reorientation toward Black politics, protest, and political thought.

Year 2023/2024

November 9: Scared Sick: Medicine and the Gothic Tradition

November 9, 2023

Join Weird Research Group for the second meeting of Weird Medicine Series! This talk will be grounded in the foundational Romantic period and will explain ways in which Gothic works reflected some of the most controversial medical pursuits, playing out their possibilities and dangers.