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ALLEN KUHARSKI


Professor Kuharski, a leading authority on contemporary Polish theater and dance, has taught at Swarthmore College since 1990, and has also taught at the University of California at Berkeley and in the graduate program in theatre at Villanova University. He has created and led a variety of programs and actions that have linked Swarthmore to leading theater institutions in Poland, and has often worked in cooperation with the Polish Cultural Institute in New York.


Prof. Kuharski's many initiatives include a reciprocal residency program with the Silesian Dance Theater of Bytom, Poland; two campus symposia at Swarthmore on Polish dance and theater; and the selection of acclaimed Polish choreographer Jacek Luminski to serve as Swarthmore's Lang Visiting Professor of Social Change in 2001. In addition, Kuharski serves as co-director of Swarthmore's Semester Abroad program in Poland, which has sent two dozen Swarthmore students to Poland since its establishment in 2000.


Among his other contributions, Kuharski in 2003-04 served as a member of the International Planning Committee for the centennial celebration of Polish playwright Witold Gombrowicz. Also, with the support of Swarthmore's William J. Cooper Foundation and the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Kuharski in 2000 launched the award-winning English-language stage version of Gombrowicz's novel Ferdydurke with Teatr Provisorium and Kompania Teatr of Lublin, Poland, using his own translation of the Polish text. With the support of the Polish Cultural Institute the production has toured the U.S. four times, in addition to its appearances in Poland, Sweden, Egypt, Germany, Norway, and the U.K.


In 2002, the Polish government honored Kuharski with its Order of Merit in Polish Culture for his contributions to U.S.-Poland cultural exchange.


For a more complete biography, with list of publications, click here.
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