4 stycznia 2018

Enhance your English in academic contexts with the English in Academia Program developed by the Center for Totalitarian Studies!


Unique in this country, English in Academia is a hands-on English-language program for emerging scholars in the humanities and social sciences seeking to learn and practice top-level English in an international academic context.

The program will assist you in building and refining your scholarly persona in the global academic world. It will empower you to contribute considerably to the world with your ideas, research, and professional experience.

The “Foundations I and II” sessions will introduce you to some of the key characteristics of the Anglo-American style of scholarly discourse, giving numerous opportunities for writing, discussing, and presenting your work, field, and arguments as well as for learning from the experience of others, all within a friendly and supportive setting.

The “Foundations in Public Speaking” will offer you an outstanding platform for tackling your anxieties about public performance – be it a project presentation, conference talk or a guest lecture.

For those wanting to benefit the most by completing the entire Program, from January 2018 three specialized tracks will be launched: “PhD”, “Author”, and “Presenter”, targeting specific needs of emerging academics. More details available soon.


Foundations I: 12 January
Foundations II: 23 February


John Cornell received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he held a Rackham Humanities Research Fellowship, and his B.A. in musicology from the University of California, Berkeley. His research concerns the intersection of political and social history with musical practice, with a focus on France and the United States.

Richard Washington MA(Oxon), MSc, MA: from 2013 to 2017 Director of Communications and Recruitment of the Natolin Campus of the College of Europe in Warsaw. A graduate of the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, he worked for nine years as a professional actor. He is also a graduate in History and Social Sciences (Oxford University, Birkbeck College and the College of Europe) and an occasional lecturer and media commentator in politics, the EU and international relations. He is an experienced master of ceremonies, public speaker and workshop leader. With the British Alumni Society in Poland he regularly chairs a current affairs discussion group, The Ladies and Gentlemen’s Club. He was a member of Islington Borough Council (1998 – 2002) and, before moving to Poland in 2010, was frequently involved in political campaigns in the UK. He is also an authorised Lay Preacher in the Diocese in Europe of the Church of England.


Completing the Program (Foundations + a selected topical track) will be acknowledged with an official certificate issued by the Center.

How to apply:

An electronic application (in English) should include:

  • a 100-200-word bio
  • a 100-200-word statement of interest in taking the Program
  • a 300-word description of your current (or planned) research


Send your application to: englishinacademia@obnt.pl by 10 January 2018.

At the bottom of your application, please copy-paste the authorization below to process your personal data:

“I hereby give consent for my personal data included in my application to be processed by the Witold Pilecki Center for Totalitarian Studies with its seat at Foksal Street 17, 00-372 Warsaw, for the purposes of recruitment under the Data Protection Act of 29 August 1997 (Journal of Laws of 2016, item 922)”.

To ensure high-quality instruction and learning efficiency we can only accept a limited number of applications.

For admitted applicants, the Program fees are covered by the Center (transport, accommodation, and meals NOT included).

Workshops begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. (with a 45-minute lunch break) and are held in the Center’s conference room at Foksal 17 Street, Warsaw (III floor).


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