BUFFALO - The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, in conjunction with the Polish Legacy Project, presents Buffalo's first Polish Film Festival, Art Exhibit and Book Fair from Nov. 7 through 19. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.
The event kicks off with "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin," a lecture by Timothy Snyder, PhD, on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Regis Room of the Richard E. Winter Student Center. "Bloodlands" is a new kind of European history, which presents the mass murders committed by the Nazi and Stalinist regimes as two aspects of a single history, in the time and place where they occurred, in the lands between Germany and Russia, when Hitler and Stalin both held power.
Snyder is the Bird White Housum Professor of History at Yale University. He specializes in the political history of Central and Eastern Europe. He is the author of five award-winning books (all of which have been translated): "Nationalism, Marxism, and Modern Central Europe: A Biography of Kazmierz Kelles-Krauz" (1998); "The Reconstruction of Nations: Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Belarus," 1569-1999 (2003); "Sketches from a Secret War: A Polish Artist's Mission to Liberate Soviet Ukraine" (2005); "The Red Prince: The Secret Lives of a Habsburg Archduke" (2008); and "Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin" (2010). "Bloodlands" won five awards including the Emerson Prize in the Humanities and the Leipzig Award for European Understanding, and has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Snyder holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he was a British Marshall Scholar at Balliol College, and a bachelor's degree from Brown University. He also held fellowships in Paris, Warsaw, and at Harvard University, where he was an Academy Scholar.
The Polish Legacy Book Fair will be held in the Montante Cultural Center from Thursday, Nov. 15 through Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Market Arcade Theatre, 639 Main St., Buffalo. Books and DVDs of Polish and Polish-American culture, history and culinary arts will be available for sale. There will also be an art exhibit and sale that features works by Polish-born artist Andzej Kozyra. For a complete schedule of events, including Polish film screenings, visit canisius.edu/newsevents.
For more information, contact Mary Lou Wyrobek at 888-5970 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The event is co-sponsored by The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College, the Kosciuszko Foundation, WNY Division, The Canisius College Department of History, and the Yale Alumni Association of Western New York.
One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.