As part of our American Experts in Poland program, Professor Robert Shapiro  from the Judaic Studies Department at Brooklyn College, will visit Łódź from August 17 through 31, 2009.

Professor Shapiro will give lectures and conduct workshops in conjunction with the 65th anniversary of the uprising of the Lodz Ghetto.  The topic of his presentation will be the pre-war history of Jewish self-government in Lodz and the history of the Litzmannstadt Ghetto. His seminar on the “Litzmannstadt Ghetto” on August 28 at 15:00 is open to the public, and will be organized by the Center for Jewish Research at the University of Łódź’s Institute of History. Those interested in participating should email

Joe Rospars, co-founder of Blue State Digital and New Media Director for Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential campaign, made a stop in Lodz on his recent visit to Poland.  Joe spoke to a standing-room-only audience at the University of Lodz Faculty of International Relations, interviewed with TVP Lodz, and gave an exclusive talk for students of the Higher School of Film, Television, and Theatre.

More photos from the University of Lodz here.

Check out Joe’s talks from both schools on YouTube, courtesy of Projekt Lodz:

And for those of you who are interested in seeing them again, here are some of the clips from Joe’s talk:

A huge thanks to Projekt Lodz and our friends Blazej Moder and Krzystof Kaluzna for their assistance in putting together the day’s program, and to Professor Oleksy and the American Corner at University of Lodz, and an even bigger thanks to everyone who came out for these presentations and really engaged with us and asked such interesting questions.  I felt like America and Poland really met face-to-face there in Lodz, and that’s what it’s all about.