About Us

The Skalny Center offers a variety of programs and initiatives in advanced research, undergraduate education, and community outreach.

Research program:

The Skalny Center offers a new research program that involves graduate and post-doctoral fellows. The program attracts very high caliber graduate students, including students from Poland, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Russia and Ukraine. They have been hired to teach in the nation’s top universities. In addition, each year the Skalny Center offers one post-doctoral fellowship in international and Central European politics for applicants whose work focuses on Central and Eastern Europe. Fellows offer two courses during the academic year and spend several months in Poland doing research.

Undergraduate program:

The Skalny Center sponsors a Certificate in Polish and Central European Studies and plays important role in the new undergraduate major in International Relations.

The Center offers courses of Polish Language on four different levels: Beginners I, Beginners II, Intermediate, and Polish Review.

Summer study on location at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland – the Skalny Center offers grants to make it possible for students regardless of financial need.

Courses offered by visiting faculty - there is a long-standing exchange with Jagiellonian University which brings one scholar each semester to the University of Rochester. Recent visitors have taught courses on Cold War, Post-Communism in Central Europe, the Politics of the European Union, the Political Economy of Post Communism, Polish History, Russian Politics, and Democratization.

Outreach program:

Skalny Lecture and Artist Series offers a wide range of lectures and concerts.

Polish Film Festival - each year, the five-day festival showcases some of Poland’s best cinematic treasures and often brings to town Poland’s most acclaimed actors and directors to headline the event. In a sign of how far Poland has come, this initiative has been supported by a major grant from the Association of Polish Filmmakers.

The Center is located on the University of Rochester's River Campus, at 101 Harkness Hall.