Attn: Former Catholic University of Lublin students (Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski) Print
Written by Sherry   
Tuesday, 16 October 2007 06:53
Attention Polish readers of ID - especially if you attended Catholic University of Lublin (Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski).

My friend David Curp is a professor of eastern European history and especially of post-WWII Poland. David is acutely aware that most academics assume that when one speaks of the Church, one is really speaking of the clergy, not the laity and that really significant aspects of lay Catholic life have yet to be written about in English.

David is planning a large scaled research project - the KUL Project - about five cohorts of lay students who choose to study at the Catholic University of Lublin during the Communist years when they were also certain to be penalized for doing so. Dave is seeking to hear from lay students in the faculties of Philosophy and Humanities in the graduating classes of 1948, 1960, 1972, 1974 and 1980.

As Dave writes: the goal of this study is to consider the roles of faith, alienation (from the "new reality" of the PRL) and solidarity in sustaining and expanding KUL in the postwar era and to write a social history of KUL in the PRL.

Why did they choose KUL instead of a state university? How did graduating from KUL affect your career in People's Poland? Who helped you and why? Who discriminated against you? By pursuing these questions David hope to develop a more detailed description of lay religious life in Poland. Check out the KUL blog to learn more.

(Przepraszam, ze jeszcze nie pisze po polsku, a teraz chce zaczynac ten blog a to jest spieszniej dla mnie pisac po angielsku. To nie znaczy, oczywiscie, ze chce listy i informacje tylko po angielsku. Po okresie nauczanie w Ohio University tego kwartalu wiecej zamierzam pisac po polsku).

Which is the last intelligible Polish you are ever going to encounter on this blog!