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UNH-Manchester Professor Joins the Ranks of Martha Stewart and James Michener

February 7, 2007

Thaddeus Piotrowski, professor of sociology at UNH-Manchester, joins Martha Stewart, Pulitzer Prize winner James Michener, former President of Poland Lech Waleza, historian Norman Davies, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, composer Krzysztof Penderecki and others, as a recipient of the Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Polish Culture.

The Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes the rich heritage of Poland and offers educational resources for the scientific and artistic work by Americans of Polish descent.

Piotrowski was recognized for promoting Polish history and culture through his books: “The Polish Deportees of World War II,” “Genocide and Rescue in Wolyn,” “Poland’s Holocaust”, and “Vengeance of the Swallows.” He is also the author of “The Indian Heritage of New Hampshire and Northern New England.” He and his wife Terri were guests of honor at the 35th International Polonaise Ball in Miami, FL, in January.

Piotrowski teaches courses at UNH Manchester in sociology, anthropology and the Holocaust. He is the recipient of the UNH Outstanding Associate Professor Award, the Faculty Scholar Award and a three-year Carpenter Professorship Award.

He has also received a number of other awards for his scholarly work including the Cultural Achievement Award from the American Council for Polish Culture, the Literary Award from the Polish Sociocultural Centre of the Polish Library in London, and the Interpreter of Perennial Wisdom Award from the Monuments Conservancy of New York. In addition, he has given more than 50 talks on local and regional ethnic history, east central European history, and the Holocaust to university audiences, the general public and professional organizations in America, Canada, England and Poland.

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