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Witold Gombrowicz (1904-1969): An international conference celebrating the centenary of his birth

Friday, October 22, 2004 - 2:00pm to Saturday, October 23, 2004 - 8:00pm

The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Yale University Press, in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute will host an international conference at Yale University, October 22nd - 23rd, 2004.


An exhibition, The World of Witold Gombrowicz, drawn from the archive in the Beinecke Library, will be on display from October 22, 2004 through January, 2005.


The Yale School of Drama will present Ferdydurke, October 22nd - 23rd, 2004, at the University Theater, featuring the Polish acting company Teatr Provisorium. This play is made possible through a generous gift from Piotr and Judy Chomczynski. 


Friday, October 22nd - Beinecke Library, Rooms 38 and 39
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Panel 1, Chair: Tomas Venclova, Professor, Slavic Languages and Literature, Yale University

Introductory Remarks by Pawel Potoroczyn, Director, Polish Cultural Insitute

  • "Gombrowicz and Bruno Shulz," Ewa Kuryluk
  • "Gombrowicz in Argentina: a personal reminiscence," Miguel Grinberg
  • "Gombrowicz and the theater," Allen Kuharski, Swarthmore College
6:30 p.m.
Reception and opening of the exhibition The World of Witold Gombrowicz
8:00 p.m.
Production of Ferdydurke, Yale University Theater, click here for ticket information

Saturday, October 23rd - Beinecke Library, Rooms 38 and 39
9:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Panel 2, Chair: Jonathan Brent, Assoc. Director, Yale University Press, Yale University
  • "The Argentinian translation of Ferdydurke," Klementyna Suchanow
  • "On translating Ferdydurke and Cosmos," Danuta Borchardt
  • "Snapshots from Witold Gombrowicz's Diary," Lillian Vallee, Modesto Junior College
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Panel 3, Chair: Vincent Giroud, Vassar College
  • "Gombrowicz and nature," Jerzy Jarzebski, Jagellonian University, Krakow
  • "Gombrowicz and art," Piotr Millati, University of Gdansk
  • "Gombrowicz and America," Krystyna Lipinska-Illakowicz, New York University
5:30 p..m.
Reception, Yale University Press, 302 Temple Street
8:00 p.m.
Production of Ferdydurke, Yale University Theater, click here for ticket information


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