Szymczak was featured speaker in Polish Studies lecture series

September 23, 2011

Robert Szymczak, associate professor of history at Penn State Beaver, was a featured speaker in the September lecture series presented by the S. A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish Studies at Central Connecticut State University. His topic was “Katyn and the Politics of Massacre.”

Szymczak is the author of numerous publications, including “Cold War Crusader: Arthur Bliss Lane and the Private Committee to Investigate the Katyn Massacre, 1949-1952," which appeared in Polish American Studies: A Journal of Polish American History and Culture and "The Vindication of Memory: The Katyn Case in the West, Poland, and Russia, 1952-2008" which was published in The Polish Review by The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America. His book review of "The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, 1939-1956," written by Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann, was published in the journal American Communist History, Vol. 8.

Szymczak holds a doctorate in modern world history from Carnegie Mellon University; a doctorate in history from Lancaster University, England; a master’s degree in liberal studies from Duquesne University, and a master’s degree in history and a bachelor’s degree in history and literature from West Virginia University. He holds a Certificate of Study from Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, and has received fellowships from Yale University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition, Szymczak is the recipient of Penn State’s prestigious George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Research Award, and a three-time recipient of the Penn State Beaver Advisory Board Excellence in Teaching Award.

He can be contacted at or 724-773-3895.

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Last Updated September 26, 2011