The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and
first lady, Agata Kornhauser-Duda, visited New Britain on Sunday,
September 22, to meet the local Polish community. While here, they stopped at
Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library
to tour the Polish-American archives and book collection and learn
about the Polish Studies Program.
While at CCSU, the President and his wife were hosted by Dr.
Zulma Toro, CCSU President, Dr. M.B. Biskupski, the Endowed Chair in Polish and
Polish American Studies, and Dr. Carl Antonucci, Director of
They were joined by some Polish faculty and students from the CCSU Polish Club.
Their visit revolved around a large display that Ms.Renata Vickrey, University Archivist and Special Collections
librarian, constructed illustrating the history
of the local Polish community and CCSU’s Polish Studies
Program. President Duda was motivated enough to offer to send books and
materials related to Polish history to CCSU to augment the collection when he
returned to Poland.
It was a proud day for CCSU and the local Polish community – an opportunity to share our accomplishments and heritage with a sitting Head of State. It was indeed an historic visit for all of us.
Local artist, Robert Carley,
will exhibit in the Elihu Burritt Library, 2nd floor.
The exhibit features120 caricatures
and quotations of famous musicians, some will include information about their
ties to Connecticut. Major musicians from Louis Armstrong to Mozart to Elton
John to ZZ Top are on display. Each caricature is surrounded by their wit and
Meet the artist during a reception
on Saturday, July 20 from 12 to 2 p.m. and listen to music of acoustic guitarist
The exhibit can be viewed during
the Library’s opening hours.