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Polish professor's annual trip home

Peter Przytula

Peter Przytula has guest lectured at Stanford University, the Graduate School for Social Research in Warsaw, Poland, and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in Minneapolis, Minn.

Each spring Peter Przytula takes a group of St. Cloud State University students to his native Poland. The trip includes visits to historic cities and a day at a concentration camp. Students sample restaurants, ballet, opera and take tours of media outlets.

Students often cite the recollections of Holocaust and Polish uprising survivors as the most unforgettable aspect of the trip. "I hope students will come to appreciate other cultures and learn the depth of European history. I hope they will learn a lot about how mass communications is done in a new democracy and realize they do not do things that differently from us," he said.

Przytula, an professor in the Mass Communications Department, has led the trip since 1997.