Discover today’s Poland in Sept. 27 seminar

The Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences will host a talk on “Discovering Today’s Poland” Sept. 27 from 12:45 to 2 p.m. in the Mandel School Room 320A.

Led by Kathleen Farkas, associate professor at the Mandel School, and Richard Romaniuk, adjunct instructor, “Discovering Today’s Poland” will provide participants with an understanding of the transformation that occurred in Poland as it moved from a socialist state through the Solidarity movement to a democracy with elected leaders. The faculty members will answer questions such as: What has the impact been on the Polish people with issues of substance abuse, domestic violence and homelessness? How did these changes affect the Polish and their descendants who live in the Cleveland area? How do social workers, counselors and others gain the cultural competence to work effectively with this population?

Both faculty members taught in Poland last year and have colorful, interesting stories to share.

This program has been approved for 1.25 CEUs for social workers and counselors. The program is free and open to the public.

Additionally, students are invited to join Mandel School faculty for a learning experience in Poland. The “Invisible Groups in a New Poland” travel dates are March 8-17 (earn up to 15 CEUs). There also are several required pre- and post-trip seminars.

For details, call 216.368.6014 or email