23 marca na Wydziale Filologicznym w Sosnowcu odbył się Dzień Otwarty Instytutu Kultur i Literatur Anglojęzycznych. Naszymi gośćmi było niemal stu uczniów szkół średnich, którzy z zainteresowaniem wysłuchali wykładów i wzięli udział w specjalnie dla nich przygotowanych zajęciach. Dużym zainteresowaniem cieszyły się np. warsztaty kanadystyczne zorganizowane przez profesor Eugenię Sojkę, dr Sabinę Swetę Sen-Podstawska oraz panie Monikę Kołtun i Taylor Brecles oraz wykłady profesora Rafała Borysławskiego, profesora Leszka Dronga oraz doktora Justina Battina.

During  the VI Second-Hand Book Charity Fair we have collected over 2500 zl!!! The names of animal foundations which will benefit from the money collected at the fair will be announced on the board of the Institute of English Cultures and Literatures soon. We would like to express our deepest gratitude to all those who gave us books (and other fantastic goods!) for sale and those who bought them. Very special thanks should go to our  volunteers: Ola Łazanek, Karolina Woźniak, Magda Zgoda i Kasia Włodarczyk – without their commitment and passion (and culinary skills!) the fair would not be such a success! The next fair will be organized in April 2017.

 The seminar by Marta Dziurosz at which she spoke about her translation residence at the London Free Word Centre gathered a large audience and inspired a vivid discussion. Marta graduated from our “British and American culture and literature” program in 2006 followed by the UNESCO literary translation studies course. The first part of her lecture was devoted to the Free Word Centre itself, which is a charity organization working at the intersection of culture and politics and creating space for the collaboration of publishers, writers, translators, academics, NGOs workers, activists, artists, and journalists. Its focus on the freedom of speech is realized through numerous programs and projects, including the Power of Translation program that Marta was talking about, mentioning such initiatives as projects directed at teachers and their multilingual students (migrants and refugees) using the creative potential of translation and multilingualism, anti-censorship campaigns, and supporting literacy among the underprivileged.

On November 9, 2016, Department of American and Canadian Studies organized a guest lecture of Douglas Christie, professor of theological studies from Marymount University, Los Angeles, and Ralph Black, poet and co-director of the Brockport Writers Forum at the State University of New York. The lecturers talked about (micro)racism in contemporary American society as depicted in the award-winning poetic meditation by Claudia Rankine entitled Citizen: An American Lyric (2014). During the talk students spontaneously shared observations on the existence of racist prejudices in their own environments. The lively discussion that followed seems to testify to the importance and universality of the topic.