Upcoming Events

In honor of UW-Parkside's 50 Year Celebration, we are bringing you intriguing events that encourage dialogue for budding changemakers and discuss social champions of our past. Follow us on Facebook for information about the events listed below as well as other unique happenings in the College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies.


UW-Parkside study abroad students will be visiting Poland Dr. Helen Rosenberg. Please join us as we prepare for our trip with two discussions and a documentary focusing on Polish culture, history and immigration. 

World War II Effects On Poland

January 7  |  10-12 pm  |  MOLN 107

Dr. James Pula will speak on the effects of WWII on Poles with specific emphasis on Gdansk, Warsaw, and Krakow, three cities we will be visiting. He will discuss stages of immigration motivated by historical and cultural events in Europe that affected Poles directly.

James S. Pula is a Professor of History at Purdue University, Northwest specializing in immigration studies and nineteenth century U. S. history. He is the author or editor of over 20 books and more than 100 other works including the recent Immigration & Immigrant Communities (1790-2016) from Grey House Publishing (2017). He served as editor-in-chief of The Polish American Encyclopedia that the American Library Association selected as one of the best reference sources of the year. Awarded the Oskar Halecki Prize 3 times for his research publications, his other recognitions are the Mieczysław Haiman Award for scholarly achievement; the Distinguished Service Award from the American Council for Polish Culture; the Rudewicz Medal for scholarly research; the Tadeusz Kościuszko Medal from Polonica Technica; the Gambrinus Prize in History from the Milwaukee County Historical Society; and the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

Poland’s Independence

January 8  |  10-12 pm  |  MOLN 107

Doctoral Candidate, Martin J. Kozon, will discuss Poland’s struggle for independence in the tumultuous 20th century, from reborn statehood in 1918, WWII, and all the way to its break from communism in 1989 to modern times.

Martin J. Kozon hails all the way from Connecticut, and is currently pursuing his doctoral degree in Modern European History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Under the supervision of Professor Neal Pease, his field of interest lies in 20th century Poland with a concentration on the interwar period (1919-1939). He completed his Master’s degree at UWM in 2015, with a thesis on Polish foreign policy under Józef Piłsudski and the Sanacja regime. While his research interests generally deal with authoritarianism and contested borderlands in East Central Europe, he has also examined the impact of historical rivalries on soccer, as well as Polish satirical films analyzing the socioeconomic conditions within the Polish People’s Republic (1944-1989). 

The Fourth Partition 

January 9  |  10-12 pm  |  MOLN 107

The film discusses reasons for the mass Polish migration at the turn of the 20th century. Featuring rarely shown images, the film talks about Chicago Polish neighborhoods, as well the livelihood of the Polish immigrants.


Civil Rights Panel Discussion
February 13

Bold Beginnings: History Lecture and Reception
March 12 | 4-7pm | Oak Room
Emeritus Professor of History Laura Gellot presents the history behind UW-Parkside's founding

Sociology Spring Mini-Conference
April 5 | 9am-12pm

And More!