Classrooms and Barrooms: An American in Poland

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Overview

In Classrooms and Barrooms, David J. Jackson recounts his experiences during a semester-long Fulbright Fellowship in Poland where he taught classes at the university level and learned more about Poland and himself than he expected. From the trepidation associated with learning he was assigned to teach in a city considered by most to be an unpleasant wasteland to meeting American and Polish colleagues for the first time, Jackson's worries vanished as he quickly learned to accept the challenges Poland presented. Halfway through his time in Poland he stumbled into a bar populated with an ever-changing cast of eccentric locals who welcomed him into their world. Each visit led him to another revelation about Polish history and culture. Alternating among hilarious, somber, and uplifting, Jackson's experiences in the classrooms and barrooms of Poland aim both to inform and entertain.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761843832
  • Publisher: Hamilton Books
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

David J. Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. From October 2007 to February 2008, he was a Fulbright Fellow in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lódz in Poland. Jackson is also the author of Entertainment and Politics: The Influence of Pop Culture on Young Adult Political Socialization and numerous articles in scholarly journals.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Kresowa Chapter 2. Choosing Lódz, Heading for Wroclaw Chapter 3. Return to Kresowa Chapter 4. (Dis)Orientation Chapter 5. Friendly Fulbrighters Chapter 6. To Work in Lódz Chapter 7. Meanwhile, Back at Kresowa Chapter 8. Poland for the First Time Chapter 9. Names and Pictures Chapter 10. Polka, Polka, Polka Chapter 11. A Great Day of Teaching Chapter 12. Warsaw, London and Oxfordshire Chapter 13. Another Bar Chapter 14. A Day on Piotrkowska Street Chapter 15. Wigilia Chapter 16. My Grandfather's People Chapter 17. Comments Chapter 18. Fitting In Chapter 19. Christmas and Boxing Day Chapter 20. Poland, Slovenia and Austria Chapter 21. Fighting Poland Chapter 22. Three Good Classes Chapter 23. Zbyskuuuu… Chapter 24. Breaking Glass Chapter 25 Chapter 25. Firsts and Lasts

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

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    I wrote this book

    I wrote this fairly short (140 pages) book while I was in Lodz, Poland teaching on a Fulbright Fellowship. I think people with a Polish background will like the book because in it I try to reveal what I'm learning about all aspects of Polish life to which I had access: classrooms, barrooms, family life and so on. It's not a rich and detailed account like some travel writing, but instead presents in clear and simple prose a series of episodes in my life in Poland.<BR/>Here is what the publisher says about the book:<BR/>In Classrooms and Barrooms, David J. Jackson recounts his experiences during a semester-long Fulbright Fellowship in Poland where he taught classes at the university level and learned more about Poland and himself than he expected. From the trepidation associated with learning he was assigned to teach in a city considered by most to be an unpleasant wasteland to meeting American and Polish colleagues for the first time, Jackson's worries vanished as he quickly learned to accept the challenges Poland presented. Halfway through his time in Poland he stumbled into a bar populated with an ever-changing cast of eccentric locals who welcomed him into their world. Each visit led him to another revelation about Polish history and culture. Alternating among hilarious, somber, and uplifting, Jackson's experiences in the classrooms and barrooms of Poland aim both to inform and entertain.<BR/><BR/>About the Author<BR/>David J. Jackson is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. From October 2007 to February 2008, he was a Fulbright Fellow in the Department of American Studies and Mass Media at the University of Lódz in Poland. Jackson is also the author of Entertainment and Politics: The Influence of Pop Culture on Young Adult Political Socialization and numerous articles in scholarly journals.

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