By Anthony A. Adame, outreach coordinator, Center for Slavic and East European Studies
On Thursday, April 9, the Polish Studies Initiative (PSI) coordinated a lecture by visiting scholar Tomasz Pudlocki, assistant professor at the Institute of History, Jagiellonian University, Poland. Pudlocki specializes in the socio-cultural history of Galicia.
Pudlocki spoke about the word gender as a threat to Polish identity and how the word has caused a split in Polish society. Pudlocki notes that the word gender has been given a negative connotation by the Catholic Church and older members of the general public in Poland. The Catholic Church strongly advocates against feminism and gender ideologists and blames the LGBT community for the problems in education and society. He notes, however, that Poland is not as oppressive to the LGBT community as other countries in the region.
After Pudlocki’s lecture, he fielded questions from graduate students from the Center for Slavic and East European Studies (CSEES) and the history department.
Pudlocki is a member of the Commission on History of Women (Polish Academy of Science); the Commission on History of Science (Polish Academy of Arts and Science); former president of the Society of Friends of Science in Przemysl; and a Kosciuszko Foundation grantee.
CSEES would like to thank Dr. Daniel Pratt for his help coordinating the visit.