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The Permanent Chair of Polish Culture invites you to the following talks and workshops by authorsb held on Thursday, November 15.  Thursday’s afternoon events are free and open to the public.

At 1:00 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers discuss their book, One Life to Give: A Path to Finding Yourself by Helping Others. The book incorporates Bienkowski’s experiences as a child in exile from his Polish homeland to Soviet Siberia and incorporates his later experiences as a professional psychotherapist.

At 2:00 p.m. Andrew Bienkowski and Mary Akers will then present a workshop on “Writing Together: The Many Sides of Co-Authorship.”

At 3:30 p.m., author Wesley Adamczyk, a survivor of Soviet labor camps presents a workshop, “Writing from the Heart,” discussing and sharing his insights into writing one’s memoirs whether for professional publication or for leaving a legacy of personal memoirs for one’s family.

Join us for the opening reception at 7:00 p.m. at the Montante Cultural Center. This year’s festival includes an Art Exhibit and Sale featuring works by Polish-born artist, Andrzej Kozyra. He studied at the Krakow Academy of Fine Arts in the studio of Jan Szancenbach. His paintings of everyday objects combined with a creative use of depth and dimension provide an intriguing experience of infinity and limitation simultaneously. A moment captured evokes a fragment of the flux of time. The history of the world expressed in these paintings stops in its course the moment we stop looking at it. Two documentaries, Argentinian Lesson and Decrescendo follow.

Submitted by:  Mary Lou T. Wyrobek, adjunct instructor, religious studies