The plenary session was opened by two distinguished keynote speakers: Prof.
Samuel Coale of Wheaton College, Norton Massachusettes delivered a lecture
on ‘Searching for a Postmodern Ethics: Oxymoron, Occidental Operations, or
Open Enigma?’ and Ms Kate Delaney, the Cultural Attache of the United States
Embassy in Warsaw, read a paper entitled ‘What Do We talk About When We Talk
About Family Values’. Altogether 41 papers were read and discussed in two
sections. They concerned various aspects of contemporary American literature,
fiction, poetry and drama, the new ways of looking at historical, cultural
and political phenomena, as well as the perspectives in which contemporary
America is perceived at home and abroad. Informal discussions were continued
until small hours. The organizers plan on publishing the conference proceedings
at the beginning of 1999.
Due to the presence of the majority of PAAS members in Ustron, on October
22nd the meeting of the Polish Association of American Studies was held
to discuss current problems. A number of new members joined the Association.
Prof. dr hab. Teresa Pyzik
Department of American Literature and Cultere, University of Silesia
The opening of the conference: Prof. Teresa Pyzik, prof. Tadeusz
Slawek, prof. Jerzy Duczak (L-R)
Prof. Teresa Pyzik during her opening address
Prof. Tadeusz Slawek, Rector of University of Silesia
Prof. Samuel Coale - the first keynote speaker