Majewski, Karen M. 1955-
MAJEWSKI, Karen M. 1955-
Born April 21, 1955, in Chicago, IL; daughter of John (a computer operator) and Geraldine (a factory operative) Majewski; married Matthew Feazell (a graphic artist), April 30, 2005. Ethnicity: "Polish." Education: Southern Illinois University, B.A., 1977, M.A., 1981; University of Michigan, Ph.D., 1998. Politics: Democrat. Religion: Roman Catholic. Hobbies and other interests: Hungarian folk dance.
Home—Hamtramck, MI. Office—Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Indian Tr., Orchard Lake, MI 48324. E-mail—[email protected]
St. Mary's College, Orchard Lake, MI, associate professor of Polish and East Central European studies, 1994-2003; Orchard Lake Schools, Orchard Lake, curator of Polish book collection, 1998—. Dekaban Foundation, member of board of directors, 1999—. City of Hamtramck, member of Hamtramck Historical Commission, 2002-03, City Council president, 2003-05, mayor pro tempore, 2005.
Polish American Historical Association (executive director, 1998—), American Studies Association, American Historical Association.
Polish American Historical Association, distinguished service award, 2003; Oskar Halecki Award, 2004, for Traitors and True Poles: Narrating a Polish-American Identity, 1880-1939.
Traitors and True Poles: Narrating a Polish-American Identity, 1880-1939, Ohio University Press (Athens, OH), 2003.
Contributor to books, including Something of My Very Own to Say: Women Writers of Polish Descent, edited by Thomas S. Gladsky and Rita Holmes Gladsky, Columbia University Press (New York, NY), 1997; Multilingual America: Transnationalism, Ethnicity, and the Languages of American Literature, edited by Werner Sollors, New York University Press (New York, NY), 1998; and The Multilingual Anthology of American Literature: A Reader of Original Texts with English Translations, edited by Marc Shell and Werner Sollors, New York University Press (New York, NY), 2000. Contributor to academic journals, including Polish American Studies.
Karen M. Majewski told CA: "The purpose of my work and life—which manifests in so many ways—seems to be to recover and give new life and meaning to things that others have abandoned and forgotten."
BIOGRAPHICAL AND CRITICAL SOURCES:
MELUS, winter, 2003, Krystyna Zamorska, review of Traitors and True Poles: Narrating a Polish-American Identity, 1880-1939, p. 238.