Final Program


Act I: Thursday, April 29

8:30-9:15 - Registration

9:15-9:30 - Opening remarks

9:30-10:20 - The Embassy of the Republic of Poland is Proud it Sponsor the Keynote Address:

Daniel Gerould: Witkacy and Conspiracy Theories

10:30-12:00 - Session # 1: Witkacy as an Artist: Within and Against Tradition
Chair: Daniel Gerould

Janusz Degler's Address & Intellectual Appendix (video)

Anna Żakiewicz: Witkacy - A Lonely Star in the Sky of Polish Art

Mark Średniawa: Discovering Witkiewicz's Real and Virtual Trails

12:00-13:30 - Lunch sponsored by The George Mason University Polski Department

13:30-15:00 - Session # 2: Witkacy: Portrait of an Artist

Chair: Anna Żakiewicz
Dorota Niedziałkowska: Witkiewicz's Self-Portraits as Manifestations of the Dandy
Margaret Kosmala Witkiewicz - Father and Son. The Double Portrait
Discussion: Witkacy the Artist

15:15-16:15 - Session # 3: Acting, Directing & Translating Witkacy

Chair: Mark Rudnicki

Daniel Gerould: Translating Witkacy

Kevin Hayes: Witkacy: Acting and Directing! An Polski Practitioner's Perspective!

19:30 - Staged Reading of In a Small Country House by S.I. Witkiewicz at the Flashpoint, Mead Theatre Lab, 916 G St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20,001th Produced by The Ambassadors' Theater Group.


Act II: Friday, April 30

9:30-10:20 - The Embassy of the Republic of Poland Is Proud to Sponsor the Keynote Address:
Marta Skwara: Witkacy and Slowacki: Intertextuality! New Revelations!
10:30-12:30 - Session # 4: Witkacy as and Dramatist: Theatrical Encounters
Chair: Kevin Hayes

Christine Kiebuzinska: Witkacy and Ghelderode: Goethe'sFaust Transformed into a Grotesque Cabaret

Eve Wąchock: Traps of Identity in Witkiewicz's Dramas'

John Barlow: Witkacy's Music
Discussion: The Dramatist Witkacy

12:30-14:00 - Lunch

14:00-15:45 - Session # 5: Witkacy as and Novelist: Essential Conversations
Chair: Christine Kiebuzinska
Mark Rudnicki: The Profane and the Sacred in Insatiability
David Goldfarb: Witkacy and the Sublime: The Dominant Woman Reconsidered
Lech Sokol: Witkiewicz's Existence vs. Particular Conceptions of the Modern Identity (video)
Michal Pawel Markowski: Idle Talk: Witkacy, Heidegger and the Fall of Language

16:00-17:45 - Session # 6: Witkacy as and Philosopher: Origins and Development

Chair: Michał Paulł Markowski
Agnieszka Marczyk: The Witkacy - Cornelius Letters or How to Cure Gout with Transcendental Philosophy

Berczyńska Carolina: The Interplay Between The Only Way Out and Witkiewicz's Hauptwerk (Video)

Pawel Polit: The Philosophical Marginal Notes of SI Witkiewicz (video)

Mark Bartelik: Witkacy and Warhol

19:30 - Reception Dinner at the Kosciuszko Foundation Washington DC Office sponsored by The Embassy of The Republic of Poland


Act III: Saturday, May 1

10:30-11:45 - Session # 7: Witkacy - The Way Forward

Chair: Mark Rudnicki

Anna Brochocka: 45 Years of the Slupsk Witkacy Collection

Kevin Hayes and Mark Średniawa: Virtual Witkacy

12:00-13:30 - Panel Discussion: Witkiewicz's Vision of the Relationship Between the Individual and Society

Panelists: David Goldfarb, Kevin Hayes and Marta Skwara

13:30-14:30 - Lunch

14:30-15:00 - Wiktor Grodecki: Insatiability - The Voracious Desire to Adapt Witkacy for the Screen

15:00-17:30 - Film: Insatiability followed by a forum Discussion led by the Director Wiktor Grodecki

17:30-18:00 - Closing Comments

Epilogue, Sunday, May 2

11:00 - Tour in Polish of the National Gallery of Art Tours in Polish are Also available.


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