Noted Jewish history expert lectures on campus Jan. 29

Annamaria Orla-Bukowska

Annamaria Orla-Bukowska of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow lectures on “Jews and Jewishness in Post-Communist Poland: Past Steps Forward, Present Steps Backward?” 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Youngstown Historical Center of Labor and Industry (Steel Museum), 151 W. Wood St. Youngtown.

The lecture, sponsored by the YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies, is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jacob Ari Labendz, center director and Clayman Assistant Professor in the Department of History, at jlabendz@ysu.edu.

Orla-Bukowska is a social anthropologist, specializing in issues of multiculturalism. Her major field of concentration is Polish Christian-Polish Jewish relations in the 20th and 21st centuries. She has guest-lectured in the United States, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Greece, Australia and Israel.

Orla-Bukowska was a 1999 Koerner Holocaust Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew & Jewish Studies, a 2004 Yad Vashem Fellow in Jerusalem, and a 2009 Skalny Center Fellow at the University of Rochester. She is the author of a chapter on Polish collective memory in “The Politics of Memory in Postwar Europe” and the co-editor of “Rethinking Poles and Jews: Troubled Past, Brighter Future.” With a grant from the Polish Ministry of Research and Higher Education, she has led a 3-year research project on the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow, the results of which are currently being compiled and analyzed.