Aleksandra Bednarowska a faculty member in the Department of Modern Languages at the Pedagogical University of Cracow, Poland, teaches courses ranging from intermediate to advanced German language, and literature from the 18th to the 21st centuries ranging in topics from culture to feminist literature, to the Holocaust.
Dr. Bednarowska is currently a visiting scholar in German in the Department of World Languages. This is Bednarowska’s second visit to EMU. In winter semester 2016 she was an invited research scholar and lecturer in the Department of World Languages, where she also taught several courses in German.
Doctor Bednarowska was born in Cracow, but completed her undergraduate studies in German at the Humboldt University in Berlin, where she witnessed firsthand the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. In 1990 she moved to the USA and continued her studies at State University of New York at Stony Brook, where she earned her PhD. From 1996-2001 she worked as Visiting Assistant Professor at Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA and from 2001-2004 as Director of Women’s Resource Center at Kent State University in Kent. Ohio. Since she took up her position at the Pedagogical University in Cracow in 2004, she has been lecturing on German-Jewish women writers at various universities in Spain, Germany, Belgium and Israel with a consortium of international colleagues. Professor Bednarowska has co-edited three volumes on the topic of silence in literature and history, as well as the newest trends in German Studies. She has published numerous articles on German-Jewish women writers, Polish-Jewish writers, and German Jews during the Holocaust.
In October 2018 the presidents of Eastern Michigan University and the Pedagogical University of Cracow signed a Memorandum of Understanding to develop the academic links between the two institutions. This agreement was initiated by Dr. Bednarowska and Dr. Carla Damiano, Professor of German at EMU, and will provide students in many disciplines university wide new study abroad and internship opportunities in Cracow; an additional goal of professors Bednarowska and Damiano is to offer joint online courses in the German program in addition to the exchange of faculty and staff, and ultimately joint academic degree programs.