(Polski Unwersytet Ludowy)
Location: Dom Polski, 9150 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114
Telephone number: (215) 624-9954
The meetings take place on the Sunday, once a month at 3:00 PM from October until April.
The University does not meet during the spring and summer months.
PROGRAMS AND GOALS OF THE UNIVERSITY
The Polish People's University in Philadelphia is associated with the Polish American Congress. It's cultural and educational achievements for Polonia date back to 1919. The goal of the University is the introduction to and cultivation of Polish culture and tradition, as well as education about today's Poland among Americans of Polish descent. Since it's beginnings, the University has placed a great emphasis on maintaining and preserving the beauty of the Polish language. All of the lectures and readings are in Polish.
The lectures encompass a diversified spectrum of topics and are published each year in the " University's Bulletin". Many of the subjects and topics from the past years have been collected and printed in a commemorative publication:
Polish People University Board members from left: Standing: Dr. Janusz Romanski, dr. Jozef Rzeznik. Sitting: Dr. Malgorzata Romanski, mgr. Regina Gorzkowska-Rossi, Janina Zagorska (not present)
"Memoirs - Program of Lectures of Polish People's University". The publication has been created to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the University, and also includes the brief history of the institution.
During social meetings, which take place after the lectures, there traditionally are discussions with the speaker, where all attendees have an opportunity to exchange questions and opinions in both Polish and English in the more relaxed formats. The university lectures are presented by many distinguished representatives from Polonia's political, cultural spheres and societies: professors, clergy, members of Polish government, diplomats, doctors, engineers, and artists.
The Board of the University would like to continue serving the Polish American community with this form of activity. Any suggestions, help, and volunteers are greatly appreciated. Financial contributions are especially needed, as lectures are provided based on the voluntary donations of it's members. The University's Board works on a voluntary basis.
Polski Universytet Ludowy Board at the Pulaski Parade in Philadelphia. From left: Mrs. Felicja Rzeznik, Dr. Jozef Rzeznik, Dr. Janusz Romanski, Dr. Malgorzata Romanska.
Membership is open to all who are interested in Polish culture and heritage, and cherish the beauty of the Polish language. The Board of the Polish People's University especially invites, a local Polonia to suggest topics for future lectures, as well as active volunteering to bring planned lectures to fruition, for continuing and keeping the Polish traditions alive.
The University commemorative publication is available at Dom Polski, 9150 Academy Road, Philadelphia, PA 19114, and at the Polish American Congress, 308 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
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