New York, NY — Brooklyn College Distinguished Professor Emeritus Feliks Gross, one of the founders of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America (PIASA) in 1942 and its Executive Director from 1975-1988 and president from 1988 to 1999, will celebrate his 100th birthday on June 17, 2006. To mark the occasion, the Polish Institute will honor Dr. Gross by organizing two sessions during its 64th Annual Meeting at Hunter College on Saturday, June 3, 2006.
The first session, “Feliks Gross: The Enlightened Pluralist” begins at 2 p.m. and will feature presentations by Dr. John Kubik, Rutgers University (“The Humanism of Feliks Gross’s Social Science”); Dr. Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College/CUNY (“Feliks Gross: Between Assimilation and Multiculturalism”); and Dr. Grazyna Kubica-Heller, Jagiellonski University, Cracow, Poland (“Feliks Gross and His Cracovian Roots”). Dr. Kubica-Heller will illustrate her presentation with a short documentary film.
The second session, “Feliks Gross: Teacher, Friend and Colleague,” starting at 4 p.m., will gather Dr. Jerome Krase, Brooklyn College; Dr. Henry Wasser, CUNY Academy on the Humanities and Sciences; Dr. Hans Trefousse, Brooklyn College; Dr. Joseph Wieczerzak, editor of The Polish Review; and Dr. Thaddeus V. Gromada, executive director of the Polish Institute, for a roundtable discussion of their friend and mentor. Mrs. Eva Gross Friedman of Los Angeles, daughter of Prof. Gross is expected to be in attendance along with Feliks Gross’s many students and friends. The sessions will be held on the sixth floor of the West Building at Hunter College (corner of East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue), and are open to the public. Registration information for the 64th Annual Meeting of the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America can be secured by contacting the Polish Institute, 208 East 30th Street, New York, N.Y. 10016, 843-768-3276, or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org Advance registration fee is $20.
Professor Gross was a labor lawyer and a member of the prewar Polish Socialist Party before immigrating to the United States during the Second World War. Gross was a faculty member of the Department of Sociology at Brooklyn College from 1946 to 1977. He also was affiliated with the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. In 1980 he became president of CUNY’s Academy for the Humanities and Sciences, which he helped to establish. He is the author of more than twenty books, including Ideologies, Goals, and Values (1985).
The Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA) is a national academic organization founded in 1942 in New York City. Its mission is to advance knowledge about Poland’s intellectual and cultural heritage to America’s pluralistic society. Its headquarters is a five-story townhouse at 208 East 30th Street, New York City, which contains a library, archives, editorial offices, and a gallery and lecture hall.