Mark Rudnicki, a long time member of NOVES, is a Term Associate Professor of English at George Mason University, where he teaches courses in composition, research methods, philosophy, and world literatures. Previously, he taught at George Washington University, University of Warsaw, and Jagiellonian University. He is the recipient of two Kosciuszko Foundation Research Fellowships and has spoken at various conferences primarily on the intersection of philosophy and literature in the works of Witkacy, Gombrowicz, and Schulz. More recently he has turned his teaching and research to the topics of Gender, Race, and Immigration. He holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
He will talk to us about about the Polish artist, writer, philosopher Stanislaw Witkiewicz (Witkacy). Dramatist, poet, novelist, painter, photographer, art theorist, and philosopher, Witkacy was one of the leading members of Poland's literary and artistic avant-garde of the first half of the 20th century. Does his life and works provide life lessons on how to live in the 21st Century