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The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies receives Polonicum Award

5th November 2018

The Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies was honoured with the Polonicum Award at a ceremony in Warsaw on November 5th 2018. The award recognizes outstanding achievements in the advancement of Polish culture. It was established in 2006 and is under the patronage of the Marshal of the Senate of the Republic of Poland. According to regulations, the laureate receives a bronze statuette and a commemorative diploma. The award is conferred during ceremonies celebrating the founding of the University of Warsaw in November of each year.

The Polonicum Award was created upon the initiative of Prof. Ryszard Kulesza, Director of the Polonicum Centre of Polish Language and Culture for Foreigners at Warsaw University. It is awarded to foreign scholars for outstanding achievements in propagating the Polish language, culture and history outside Poland. The aim of the Polonicum Award is to promote the culture of Poland abroad, in the fields of language, literature, culture, history and art.

Sarah Smyth and Joanna Rzepa represented the Department of Russian and Slavonic Studies at the ceremony in the Ballroom of the Tyszkiewicze-Potoccy Palace. They gave a speech about the history of the teaching and learning of Polish language and culture in Trinity College since the mid 1980s. This award is a remarkable tribute to the achievements of a very small unit within the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultural Studies. The Department would like to express its indebtedness to all those who have contributed to the Polish programmes down the years and to the School, Faculty and University for supporting us in this work.