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Past Event Spotlight: August 27th - "Memorial Candles in Our Hands"

On August 27 a conference exhibit entitled “Memorial Candles in Our Hands: The Advantages  Polish Scholarship and Museum Studies on the Commemoration of Holocaust Sites  Have Brought for Polish – Jewish Relations” was held within the framework of the Past / Future Review, which took place on August 27 – 29. The conference had an international rapport, with participants from several countries attending in person or online.

To view the exhibition, click here.

For a video of the exhibit, click here.

The Conference was chaired by Dr. Marcin Owsiński of the Stutthof Museum, and the speakers were Professor Sebastian Piątkowski of the Radom branch of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance, Dr. Aleksandra Namysło of the Katowice branch of the Polish Institute of National Remembrance, and Dr. Piotr Setkiewicz of the Auschwitz–Birkenau Museum. The panelists presented their papers and took part in the discussion that followed, conducting a review and a synopsis of the Polish initiatives in research and museum studies to commemorate the Holocaust, and comparing the Polish achievements in this field with what has been done in other countries to commemorate and pay due tribute to the Holocaust of the Jewish People. In addition, they considered the impact these activities have had on the awareness of Polish and Israeli citizens, and hence also on the current and prospective relations of these two countries. The Conference was addressed to Polish and American recipients, who had the opportunity to observe the Conference on the internet thanks to the support given us by our international partners.

December 7th, 2021: Polish Lecture Series: , "World War I and the Battle For Lwów: The Impact on Polish Identity"

The Polish Studies department invites you to an online lecture on WWI and the 1918 Battle of Lwów (Lviv)! The lecture will take place on zoom and feature Professor Andrzej Chwalba, Dr. Damian K Markowski, Dr. John Hittinger, and Dr. John Radzilowski.

To RSVP for this great lecture, email

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December 16th, 2021: UST MAX Luminary Lecture: Dr. John Hittinger on "St. Maximillian Kolbe as the Patron of "Our Difficult Century": Discerning Authenic Innovation"

Join the UST MAX Center for their Luminary Lecture series featuring the director of the St. John Paul II Institute, Dr. John Hittinger! Dr. Hittinger will be speaking on how the bold, innovative saint Maximillian Kolbe is a great exemplification of St. John Paul II's teachings that we must establish the priorities of ethics over technology, persons over things, and spirit over matter.

The lecture will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church's Parish Life Center - St. Theresa Room (704 Old Montgomery Rd., Conroe, TX 77301)

To register, please click here.

March - April 2022: Polish Artist Romuald Oramus visits UST!

He will show an exhibit entitled “In the Stream of Time,” featuring paintings and prints from 1981–2021. It will first be shown at the oldest university in Poland, the Jagiellonian University (Nicholas Copernicus was a member of its faculty!) It will be shown in the University Museum – the Collegium Maius in Kraków, Poland from October 7th, 2021 – January 15th, 2022. The work will then be sent to Houston and shown in the Link‐Lee Mansion at the University of St. Thomas, from March 16th – April 6th, 2022. Dr. Hittinger has written a brief appreciation of the work of Romuald Oramus for the catalog and attended the exhibit's opening in Poland. We look forward to welcoming this exhibit here at UST!