Special Guest Lectures

The American Studies Center strives to introduce students to the wider academic world of American studies by inviting special guests. They join us from foreign academic institutions, diplomatic missions, governmental agencies, and non-governmental organizations to share their knowledge and passion related to American history, politics, and culture. You can learn all about the past and upcoming meetings and special guest lectures organized at the ASC on this page.

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2019/2020

Fall Term 2019/2020

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2018/2019

  • June 21-22, 2019
    Failed Leadership – International Conference
  • May 30, 2019
    Najjar Abdul Musawwir (Southern Illinois University Carbondale)
    From Africa to America: A Visual Artist Aesthetic Reaction to the Banjo
  • May 24, 2019
    Edward Commentale (Indiana University Bloomington)
    Krzysztof Michałek Memorial Lecture: Kurt Vonnegut and ‘Quality of Place’ in America’s Midwest
  • May 23, 2019
    Andrew Wise (Daeman College)
    Immigrant Communities and Environmental Justice in the Progressive Era: Dr. Francis Fronczak and Public Health in Buffalo, NY (1899-1917)
  • May 15, 2019
    Meeting with a Columbian writer Winston Morales Chavarro
  • May 9, 2019
    Paul Auster
    Photography Exhibition by Arnaud Rodamel

    [watch on YouTube]

Fall Term 2018/2019

  • December 5, 2018
    Marjorie Perloff (Stanford University)
    Poetry in the Digital Age
  • November 29, 2018
    Henryk Szlajfer (University of Warsaw)
    Co-authors of the Atlantic World: New Christians and Jews in the Latin America’s Colonial Economy of the 16th-17th Century
  • November 21, 2018
    Hasrat Arjjumend (Grassroots Institute – Canada/India)
    Environmental Issues of Indigenous Peoples in Canada
  • November 14, 2018
    Frank J. Finver (Public Affairs Officer, US Embassy)
    US and Current Affairs
  • October 26, 2018
    Robin Wagner-Pacifici (New School for Social Research)
    Our Age of Crisis: Donald Trump’s Elongated Rupture as Elusive Event
  • October 18, 2018
    “Salam Neighbor:” Screening and Discussion
    Introduction by Natalia Gebert
  • October 12, 2018
    Paulina Ambrozy (Adam Mickiewicz University)
    George Blaustein (University of Amsterdam)
    Tim Jelfs (University of Groningen)
    Zuzanna Ładyga (University of Warsaw)
    Josephine Metcalf (University of Hull)
    Miroslaw Miernik (University of Warsaw)
    Tomasz Basiuk (University of Warsaw)
    The Launch of The New Americanist: A Symposium.
    Round table discussion on American Studies Publishing in Europe.
  • October 12, 2018
    Josephine Metcalf (University of Hull)
    The Launch of The New Americanist: A Symposium.
    “Dynamic”; “Distinct”; “Accessible”? Navigating the Evolving American Studies Publishing Scene in the UK
  • October 12, 2018
    Tim Jelfs (University of Groningen)
    The Launch of The New Americanist: A Symposium.
    Publication Workshop for Graduate Students/Early Career Academics
  • October 11, 2018
    George Blaustein (University of Amsterdam)
    The Launch of The New Americanist: A Symposium.
    “Nightmare Envy and Other Stories: American Culture and European Reconstruction”
  • October 4, 2018
    Radosław Sikorski
    Nasz Amerykański Sen
    [watch on YouTube]

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2017/2018

Fall Term 2017/2018

  • January 10, 2018
    Lázaro Pena (University of Havana)
    La inserción de la economía cubana en la economía global
  • December 19, 2017
    Leadership Studies Division: ME TOO: The Limits of Permissiveness
  • December 15, 2017
    Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. (Northern Arizona University)
    In Living Color: Hollywood’s Relationship with Race 
  • December 7, 2017
    Jack Halberstam (University of Columbia)
    New Gender/Queer Archives Conference Keynote lecture: Trans* – A Hidden Archive
  • November 24, 2017
    Steve Berry
    Meeting and discussion
  • November 16, 2017
    Aleksandra Leniarska
    Tomasz Jacheć

    Radosław Leniarski
    Leadership Studies Division: SPORTS, POLITICS, PROTEST
  • November 16, 2017
    Bogumiła Lisocka-Jaegermann (University of Warsaw)
    Renata Siuda-Ambroziak (ASC UW)
    Joana Bahia (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro)
    Inter-Institutional Symposium: Transnational Afro-American Religions
  • November 15, 2017
    John B. Judis
    The Populist Phenomenon in the United States and Europe 
  • November 7, 2017
    Neal Pease (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee)
    A Hundred Years of US-Polish Relations
  • November 6, 2017
    Carlos Vasquez-Zawadzki (University of Cali)
    La cuentística de Gabriel García Márquez desde una perspectiva musicográfica
  • October 26, 2017
    Ruben Sykora
    Exhibition: Paraguay vive
  • October 19, 2017
    Michał Bilewicz
    Feras Daboul
    Dominika Michalak
    Jarosław Ziółkowski
    Hate-speech, Civic Society, and the Media 
  • October 17, 2017
    Marta Figlerowicz (Yale University)
    Economy-Sized Giants
  • October 16, 2017
    Robert Brinkmeyer (University of South Carolina)
    The Dynamics of Segregation in “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Go Set a Watchman”
  • October 11, 2017
    Heizel Christina Tórrez Velásquez
    Pedro Cabezas
    Institute of Global Responsibility and the CESLA Research group on Latin America and the Caribbean: The environmental, social and political impacts of mining industry on the democratic development of Central America

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2016/2017

  • May 26, 2017
    Winnifred F. Sullivan (Indiana University Bloomington)
    Krzysztof Michałek Memorial Lecture: Banning Bibles, Constituting the People
  • May 23, 2017
    Salvatore Barbones
    Meeting and discussion
  • May 18, 2017
    Nabil M. Alawi (An-Najah National University)
    Dehegemonizing American Studies: A Palestinian Perspective
  • May 18, 2017
    Lisa K. Parshall (Daemen College)
    Election 2016: Time and Con(sequence): Reforming America’s Presidential Nominating Process Post-2016
  • April 27, 2017
    Margaret Ohia-Nowak (Wrocław University of Science and Technology)
    Black People in Poland: A Self-Reflective Study of Discourse
  • March 29, 2017
    Stanisław Filipowicz (University of Warsaw)
    Steven Hayward (UC Berkeley)
    Michał Kuź (Lazarski University)
    Peter L.P. Simpson (Graduate Center of CUNY)
    Artur Szutta (Gdansk University)
    Tomasz Żyro (War Studies University, Warsaw)
    The Centrality of the Regime for Political Science
  • March 28, 2017
    Paul W. Jonesa
    Meeting with the US Ambassador
  • March 23, 2017
    Katarzyna Pisarska
    (Founder and Director of the European Academy of Diplomacy in Warsaw, Poland and the Visegrad School of Political Studies)
    Russia’s Information Warfare in a World of Post-Truths
  • March 9, 2017
    Małgorzata Ziółek-Sowińska (piano, vocal)
    Karolina Gadomska (vocal)
    Dominik Gręda (guitar)
    Black History Month in ASC, a concert: Remembering African American Music
  • March 9, 2017
    Małgorzata Ziółek-Sowińska (ASC UW)
    Black History Month in ASC: The Soul Music Aesthetics in the Music of Aretha Franklin
  • March 6, 2017
    Elizabeth L. Evans (a Eurasia Foreign Area Officer – FAO) Women’s Career Paths and Challenges in the US Military Forces
  • March 2, 2017
    Małgorzata Ziółek-Sowińska (ASC UW)
    Black History Month in ASC: Jazz and the Blues in the Poetry of Langston Hughes and Sterling A. Brown

Fall Term 2016/2017

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2015/2016

  • June 18-19, 2016
    Academia at Night and Family Picnic: Discover UW – University of Warsaw 200 anniversary celebration
  • June 7, 2016
    Emily C. Burns (Auburn University)
    The Terra Foundation for American Art:“Local Color in Art”: Nationalism and Impressionism in the United States, Australia, and France
  • June 6, 2016
    Queer Feminist Film: The Punk Singer (2013), Sini Anderson
  • June 6, 2016
    Thomas Greven (University of Berlin)
    The Rise of Right-wing Populism in Europe and the United States: A Comparative Perspective
  • June 3, 2016
    Chris Steineger (former Kansas State Senator)
    U.S. Embassy in Warsaw: U.S. Elections 2016
  • June 2, 2016
    Claire Bea (U.S. Foreign Service Officer from the American Embassy in Warsaw)
    American-Polish Relations: The U.S. Perspectives on American-Polish Relations
  • May 12, 2016
    Spotkanie z Katarzyną Surmiak-Domańską, autorką książki Ku Klux Klan. Tu mieszka miłość
  • May 9, 2016
    Queer Feminist Film: Public Speaking (2010), Martin Scorsese
  • April 28, 2016
    Stanisław Obirek
    American Studies Center 40th Anniversary Lecture: John Paul II and His Impact on the Polarization of the Catholic Church: Poland as a Case Study
  • April 26, 2016
    Michał Chudoliński (comic book and film critic, editor of “Gotham in the rain”)
    Superman – Twilight of the American God
  • April 21, 2016
    Tomasz Basiuk (University of Warsaw)
    American Studies Center 40th Anniversary Lecture: Viral Communications: Jonathan Demme in Dialogue with Pedro Almodóvar
  • April 19, 2016
    A debate with Pamela Wells and Paul Bryan Robinson (“Replika” LGBTQ magazine)
    Election 2016: LGBTQ Issues and 2016 Presidential Election
  • April 12, 2016
    Omar López Montenegro (Human Rights Director at the Cuban American National Foundation)
    Mr. Obama goes to Havana: the Future of US relations with Cuba
  • April 11, 2016
    Queer Feminist Film: Regarding Susan Sontag (2014), Nancy D. Kates
  • April 7, 2016
    Agnieszka Graff (ASC UW)
    American Studies Center 40th Anniversary Lecture: Getting paid to read difficult books. Democracy, market liberalism and the crisis of the humanities
  • April 4, 2016
    Meeting with members of the US House of Representatives: Dana Rohrabacher
    Juan Vargas
    Brian Higgins
    David Cicilline
  • March 31, 2016
    Grzegorz Kość (ASC UW)
    American Studies Center 40th Anniversary Lecture: Rebalancing “Near the Unbalanced Aquarium”: Revisiting the Archival Sources of Robert Giroux’s Version of Lowell’s Memoir for a New Copy-Text
  • March 10, 2016
    David A. Jones (ASC UW)
    American Studies Center 40th Anniversary Lecture: Return of Fallen Empires? What are the Aspirations of the Russian Federation, China, the United States, and the European Union?
  • March 7, 2016
    Queer Feminist Film: Angela Davis: Portrait of a Revolutionary (1972), Yolande DuLuart

Fall Term 2015/2016

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2014/2015

  • June 13, 2015
    Meeting of the American Studies Network
  • June 3, 2015
    Andrzej Krakowski (City University of New York)
    Pollywood. Jak stworzyliśmy Hollywood
  • June 1, 2015 
    Queer Feminist Film: The L Word vs. Lip ServiceF to 7thOrange is the New Black
  • May 14, 2015
    Spotkanie autorskie i debata z Joanną Masiubańską, autorką książki Kubańskie kłamstewko
  • May 11, 2015
    Heinz Ickstadt (Freie Universität Berlin)
    Transcendentalists and Cultural Nationalists: from Thoreau and Church to the Painters and Writers of the Stieglitz Circle
  • May 4, 2015
    Queer Feminist Film: Jenny Livigstone, Paris Is Burning (1990), Daniel Peddle, The Aggressives (2005)
  • April 13, 2015
    Queer Feminist Film: Silas Howard & Harry Dodge: By Hook or by Crook (2001); Sadie Benning
  • March 26, 2015
    Debata: Przełom w stosunkach amerykańsko-kubańskich Przyczyny i konsekwencje

Fall Term 2014/2015

  • February 2, 2015
    Queer Feminist Film: Carole Roussopoulos, SCUM (1976), Mary Harron, I Shot Andy Warhol (1996)
  • November 26, 2014
    Performance: Tracie Morris
  • November 3, 2014
    Queer Feminist Film: Dyketactics (1974), Multiple Orgasm (1976), Double Strength (1978), Still Point (1989), Sanctus (1990), Generations (2010); Barbara Hammer
  • October 30, 2014
    Panel dyskusyjny o sytuacji osób LGBT w USA: Tęczowy raport o stanie państwa– zmiany prawne, zmiany w języku, współczesne wyzwania i ikony ruchu LGBT w USA
  • October 9, 2014
    I have a dream – Martin Luther King in Polish

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2013/2014

Fall Term 2013/2014

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2012/2013

Fall Term 2012/2013

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2011/2012

  • September 25-27, 2012
    Festival of Science, a series of three events: Presidential Elections
  • August 24 – September 21, 2012
    American Month, the U.S. Embassy announces a series of events devoted to American culture: American Dream
  • May 25-26, 2012
    Ogólnopolska interdyscyplinarna konferencja organizowana przez Doktoranckie Koło Naukowe Gender i Queer: Nienormatywne praktyki rodzinne
  • May 11-12, 2012
    The American Studies Center of the University of Warsaw hosts a conference: The 1960s: Legacies
  • February 22, 2012
    A screening and debate: Miss Representation

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2010/2011

Fall Term 2010/2011

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2009/2010

Fall Term 2009/2010

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2008/2009

  • September 25, 2009
    E. Grzeszczyk
    S. Kuźma-Markowska
    S. Góźdź
    R. Miszczak
    M. Pisuk
    “Hip-hop generation” kontra “pokolenie hip-hopu”. Znaczenie kultury hip-hop dla polskiego i amerykańskiego społeczeństwa.
  • May 7, 2009
    Eric J. Sundquist
    Martin Luther King’s “Dream Speech” – Its Sources and Legacy
  • May 20, 2009
    J. Peter Burkholder (Indiana University)
    Music as a Transatlantic Tradition
  • April 17 and 18, 2009
    Suzanna Danuta Walters (Indiana University)
    The End of Coming Out
    Interdisciplinary Symposium: Post-Race? Post-Gender? The Politics of Identity in Contemporary United States

Fall Term 2008/2009

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2007/2008

  • September 23, 2008
    Agnieszka Graff
    Science Festival organized by PAN: Anger, guilt, denial – the logic of “racial problem” in the U.S. in the context of upcoming presidential elections
  • May 19-21, 2008
    International Conference organized by American Studies Center: Beyond Imagined Uniqueness: Nationalisms in Comparative Perspective
  • April 8, 2008
    Jennifer Ashton (University of Illinois)
    The Black Aesthetic and the Critique of Self-Expression in the 1960s: From Charles’ Olson’s ‘Projective Verse’ to LeRoi Jones’s ‘How You Sound?’
  • April 7, 2008
    Walter Benn Michaels (University of Illinois)
    The Trouble with Diversity
  • March 26, 2008
    Konferencja organizowana przez Fundację Wspomagania Wsi oraz Koło Naukowe i Samorząd Studencki Ośrodka Studiów Amerykańskich: Stany Zjednoczone w świecie w perspektywie dwóch dekad
  • March 14, 2008
    Queer Studies Workshop: The Vagaries of Subjectivity: Queer Perspectives on Subject Formation and the Critique of Identity
  • March 11, 2008
    Celia Bense (University of Paris 8)
    The Historical Context of “Tally’s Corner”

Fall Term 2007/2008

  • December 8-9, 2007
    International conference, School of American Studies – Collegium Civitas and American Studies Center: Quo Vadis America?
  • December 7, 2007
    Lawrence R. Chamer
    NATO in the 21st Century – Expectations and challenges and Maintaining national identity within a growing NATO
  • December 6, 2007
    Miles White
    From Hip-Hop to Hardcore: Race, Representation and the New Culture of Masculinity
  • November 26, 2007
    Edward J. Kulakowski
    Current Issues in U.S. – Polish Relations
  • November 17, 2007
    Gościnny wykład pułkownika Williama D. Beercase z U.S. Air Force Academy
  • November 16-22, 2007
    Patrick B. Miller (Northeastern Illinois University)
    The Culture of Reform in 1960s America, The Long Civil Rights Movement: Recent Perspectives, The Academic Experience in America and Goals and Strategies of Civil Rights Crusaders

Special Guest Lectures

Spring Term 2006/2007

  • September 25, 2007
    Ewa Grzeszczyk
    Sebastian Góźdź
    XI Festiwal Nauki: HIP-HOP i elektrofunk w Stanach i nie tylko
  • September 24, 2007
    Agnieszka Graff
    XI Festiwal Nauki: Rasowe stereotypy w Stanach Zjednoczonych
  • June 2, 2007
    Workshop on Researching and Teaching American History
  • May 17, 2007
    Cristianne Miller (University at Buffalo)
    Edward H. Butler
    (University at Buffalo)
    Modernism, Sexuality, and Performing the Female Body: Marianne Moore and Else Lasker-Schüler
  • May 11, 2007
    William C. Pratt
    Place Makes a Difference: Region and Locale in American Culture
  • May 10, 2007
    Magdalena J. Zaborowska (University of Michigan)
    From Baldwin’s Paris to Benjamin’s: The Architectonics of Race/Sex in “Giovanni’s Room”
  • March 24, 2007
    Geert Hofstede
    Culture’s Recent Consequences
  • March 15, 2007
    Robert Faulkner
    Participant Observation and Improvisation: A View From the Band Stand

Fall Term 2006/2007

  • December 4, 2006
    David T. Morris
    Current U.S. Foreign Policy Towards Iraq and Iran, and the War on Terror
  • November 2, 2006
    Conference: American Studies: A Thirty Year Perspective
    Warsaw University American Studies Center Anniversary Conference 1976-2006
  • October 18, 2006
    Richard Yarborough (University of California)
    African American Writers and the Antislavery Struggle
  • October 17, 2006
    Conference: American Model – Polish Reality
  • October 5, 2006
    Marianne Noble
    The Role of Sentimentality as Category and its Political and Social Values in the 19th Century Fiction


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