NEIGHBORHOOD NOTES | Polish American Cultural Institute moves to Riverplace in Minneapolis, sponsors spring forum on May 1


The Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM) headquarters and library have moved. Formerly located on Northeast Central near Lowry the library has moved to Riverplace, 43 Main Street Southeast, Room 228.

“Between Tragic Past and Bright Future: Polish Society Since the Smolensk Catastrophe” is the theme of this year’s Spring Forum sponsored by the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. Focused on contemporary issues in Polish culture and society the Forum is set for Tuesday, May 1, 6:30 p.m. at the new headquarters of the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota (PACIM) at Riverplace, 43 Main street SE, Suite 145.

Forum presenters are

  • Stanislaw Burdziej, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Warmia and Mazury University in Olsztym, Poland, and co-founder of Court Watch Poland Foundation, a Polish watchdog organization focused on the system of justice.
  • Bartosz Pilitowski, PhD candidate in economic sociology ata Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland. His recent research conducted with the Warsaw School of Economics studied the legal consciousness of Polish entrepreneurs. Bartosz is also a co-founder and chairman of Court Watch Poland Foundation.

The Forum is free and open to all.

Meanwhile, Judith Blanchard who has served as Librarian for the Polish-American Library at PACIM for 18 years has announced her resignation from that office. In her position she has built the Library from 300 old volumes to over 5200 books, movies, CD’s, DVD’s and more – an amazing accomplishment. The good news is that Judith will continue to publish the Update, the rich and indispensable resource for anyone interested in Polish American events, exhibits, concerts, art, visitors and more.

The Polish-American Library was established in 1994 as a local depository of Polish culture. The Library provides current Polish and English language materials, preserving an array of materials on Polish arts and traditions, and maintaining a collection of biographies, histories, and social sciences available to researchers.

The public may use the library while materials may be checked out only by members of PACIM. Membership is just $25 a year.

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