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People in History

Mikolaj Rej, the Father of Polish Literature, 500th Anniversary of his Birth

Mikolaj Rej (Rey) was one of the giants of XVI century Renaissance Poland. He was born in Little Poland in a Rusyn village on the Dniestr River. Rej was blessed with good health and lived a long life (1505-1569) compared with his contemporaries, since the average lifespan at that time was about 20 years and those who lived longer than 49 were considered old.

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The Best and the Most Evil Political Figures of the XX Century According to Poles

Recently we said farewell to the most important and best known Pole, John Paul II. We are lucky that people around the world see Poland as the country where this great and charismatic leader was born. Here we will analyze how Poles see the world, the turn of the new century and millennium was a good occasion to summarize the passing historical epochs. The ranking of the ten best and ten most evil politicians of the twentieth century was published by a renowned Polish weekly journal, Polityka.

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A Living History of Marie Curie

MANYA: A Living History of Marie Curie
One-woman play by Susan Marie Frontczak
Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. - Fermilab's Ramsey Auditorium
7 p.m. - Panel Discussion on Women In Science with Fermilab Scientists
Debbie Harris, Anna Pla, Vivian O'Dell & Heidi Schellman,
Moderated by Marge Bardeen - Free with your ticket to performance - Room One West
Tickets - $15 ($8 for ages 18 and under)

What does the phrase "persistence in the face of obstacles" mean to you?
Imagine: You are not allowed to speak your language. Your home country forbids you to attend university. You have no money to attend college elsewhere. What are your chances for success? In spite of these and other adversities, Marie Curie was the first woman to receive a doctorate in the sciences in Europe, the first woman to receive a Nobel Prize, the first person to receive a second Nobel Prize, and the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne in its 600 year history. Audiences re-live the uncanny collaboration between husband and wife, Pierre and Marie, companion scientists, who worked with the medical community to establish the first successful radiation treatments of cancer. Furthermore as a single mother Marie raised her two daughters from the ages of 16 months and 8 years after the tragic death of her husband.

Meet the woman behind famous scientist Madame Marie Curie, discoverer of radium and radioactivity, as portrayed by author and actress Susan Marie Frontczak. Frontczak has given over 40 performances as Marie Curie at universities, theaters, and conferences since its debut in 2001. Whether looking at Marie within her historical context or through the lens of a new millennium, this is a life that challenges our assumptions about what one person can achieve and the responsibilities of science.

Tickets for Manya ($15/$8 for ages 18 and under) are available now. For further information or telephone reservations, call 630/840-ARTS (2787) weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. At other times an answering machine will give you information and a means of placing ticket orders. Ramsey Auditorium is located in Wilson Hall, the central building of Fermilab. Wilson Hall, a high-rise, is visible from the lab entrance from the west on Kirk Road at Pine Street. At this time, only the Pine Street entrance is open. Our address is simply Kirk Road at Pine Street, Batavia, IL 60510. If you would like to mail in a check for tickets, make it payable to Fermilab, P.O. Box 500, MS 111, Batavia, IL 60510. For more information check out our web site at
Note to Educators: This event is eligible for teacher credit through our Education Dept. (630/840.3092)


Jozef Poniatowski


Born May 7, 1763 in Vienna, died October 19, 1813 near Leipzig. Polish patriot and statesman, general and army chief, national leader and military hero of the independence wars period. He fought under Napoleon and became a marshal of France.

Poniatowski was a Pole by choice rather than necessity, but became Poland's most glamorous warrior. "An archetypal Polish military-Romantic hero... one of the most brilliant military commanders of the day... Cornered by the Prussians and Russians near Leipzig, Poniatowski refused to surrender, preferring to lead his troops to a heroic, suicidal defeat. The choice faced by Poniatowski encapsulated the nation's hopeless plight, and his act of self-sacrifice was to serve as a potent symbol to Polish patriots for the rest of the century".

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Famous Poles: Chopin, Copernicus, and Curie

How many people of Polish origin are famous all over the world? Quite a few but we need to distinguish between these who are known all around the world and these who are known mainly in Poland.

There are few who are famous in Poland and abroad. Nikolaus Copernicus (in Polish Mikolaj Kopernik) was a famous astronomer and a creator of a theory of heliocentric system.

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