Permanently Part of Poland

2/26/2019

Prof. Anna Muller is the newly elected President of the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA), a position that will further immerse her deeper into the historical and contemporary contribution of Poles. 

Anna Muller, who is the Frank and Mary Padzieski Endowed Professor in Polish/Polish American/Eastern European Studies, begins her day by listening to Polish news. Poland is her home country, and she visits multiple times each year, spending time with family and stopping by familiar places. 

Muller is also the newly elected President of the Polish American Historical Association (PAHA), a position that will further immerse her deeper into the historical and contemporary contribution of Poles. 

“PAHA turned 75 last year and had a major conference in Chicago,” said Muller.

According to the PAHA website, this Association “publishes a scholarly journal, Polish American Studies, and a semi-annual newsletter; sponsors books on Polish American experience; organizes annual conferences; and researches the activities of the American Polonia and the Polish diaspora on other continents.”

In conjunction to her Presidency, Muller is a curator for a special project called: Objects that Speak, which will help to collect memoirs, diaries, letters, and other objects to tell the stories of Polish Americans. 

Over the spring and summer, Muller will be giving a talk in Poland in May, and teaching a short class in the summer on Warsaw. Muller enjoys sharing her love for and experiences in Poland, which has led her to plan a study abroad trip to Poland every other year. Places they visited include: Krakow, Łódź, Warsaw, Gdańsk, Zakopane, and in 2017 they went to Ukraine, and visited Lviv. 

“On past trips, we’ve focused on visiting the concentration camps, but that has since changed,” she said. “It’s all about being in a new culture and place and challenging yourself.” 

These are the results Muller looks for, understanding that traveling abroad is a high impact practice and priority in CASL. 

When not in or traveling to Poland, Muller admits she “loves teaching, and loves Dearborn; Dearborn is home just as much as Poland is.” 

 

-Leah Johnson Olajide

 

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