LSA and the International Institute have formally approved the establishment of the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.

The program is supported by the Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment, LSA and the II, and administered as part of the Center for Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies and the Weiser Center for Europe and Eurasia.

The program is directed by Geneviève Zubrzycki, associate professor of sociology.

The Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment was founded in 1973 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Polish astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Its activities quickly gained national and international recognition and is now widely regarded as the premier Polish studies program in North America.

Undergraduate and graduate courses relevant to Polish studies are routinely taught by a dozen faculty and lecturers affiliated with the program. Since 1990, more than 25 doctoral dissertations on Polish topics have been successfully defended.

The Nicolaus Copernicus Endowment funds Copernicus Fellowships for Incoming Graduate Students in Polish Studies and Copernicus Summer Grants, and supports Polish language instruction.

In addition to formal instruction and graduate training, the Copernicus Endowment organizes the annual Copernicus Lecture.

By formally recognizing the Copernicus Endowment’s activities as a program on its 40th anniversary, the university is investing in a vibrant and internationally renowned area studies program with wide support at the university and in the community, while contributing to U-M’s tradition of excellence in global education.