Brown University 2009

Film, Theater, Culture and Politics of Poland.


  • Michal Okłot, Professor of Slavic Languages at Brown University.

  • Agnieszka Herdan, Assistant Professor of Accounting and Finance Department at University of Greenwich.
  • Agnieszka Morstin-Popławska, Assistant Professor of the Institute of Audiovisual Arts at Jagiellonian University.
  • Mateusz Borowski, Assistant Professor of the Drama Department at Jagiellonian University.

Program Description

The seminar will run for five weeks (June 14 - July 18, 2009).

The Brown in Krakow Summer Program is designed for American students who want to experience and study Polish culture, and the most recent economical, political, and social changes of one of the fastest growing economies in Central Europe. Students will take one Polish culture course devoted to art, architecture, literature, film and theatre of Poland, which will be co-taught by Brown faculty members, Svetlana Evdokimova, and Michal Oklot and guest lecturers from Jagiellonian University. In this course students will also have a unique opportunity to participate in workshops of the two legendary European theaters Cricoteka and Gardzienice, and study the films of the famous Polish Film School guided by the film study scholars from the Jagiellonian University. The second course will be devoted to the social and economic transitions after 1989 until the present challenges associated with the new status of Poland as a member of EU. The course will be taught by Jagiellonian University faculty from the department of European Studies, Economy, and Sociology.


Undergraduates from any U.S. college.

Passport/Visa Requirement

US citizens do not require a Polish visa to participate in this program or to travel to Poland for the period of time within which this program occurs. Students who do not hold US Passports must consult with the Embassy of Poland to determine if they are required to obtain a student visa to enter Poland. Please be advised that the group will travel to (modern-day) Ukraine. Students may, therefore, require a student visa for Ukraine and a multiple entry student visa for Poland.

It is each individual student’s responsibility to determine what documentation is required for study with Brown in Poland. The Department of International Polish Studies at the Faculty of Polish Studies of the Jagiellonian University will provide Brown with the appropriate invitations for student who request visa support. Students must notify summerabroad@brown.edu that they require visa support for the program in Krakow no later than February 28, 2009.

Learn more about the Program here.


Brown University

Summer and Continuing Studies
Brown University
42 Charlesfield St. Box T
Providence, RI 02912
Phone: (401) 863-7900

Jagiellonian University

Michał Zając
International Programmes Coordinator
Department of International Polish Studies
ul. Grodzka 64
31-044 Kraków
Tel.: +48 12 663 1820