About

Hello! My name is Filip Mazurczak. I was born in Legnica, Poland, in 1988. At the age of four, I moved to the United States. I grew up in the great state of South Dakota. I have lived, worked and studied in both Poland and the United States. I am a journalist, editor, translator and English teacher. Below you can learn a little about me. In the other tabs, you can read some of the things I have written in both English and Polish. Email me at filip.mazurczak@gmail.com.

Education

Richard Pipes and I in 2011

2018-Present: PhD in History, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland

2017-2018: Master of Arts in Oral History, Columbia University, New York, NY

2016-2017: Post-Graduate Certification in Translation Studies, UNESCO Chair for Translation Studies and Intercultural Communication, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

2011-2013: Master of Arts in International Affairs with a Concentration in European, Eurasian and Russian Studies, The George Washington University, Washington, DC, magna cum laude

2006-2010: Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish and Hispanic Studies, Creighton University, magna cum laude

Professional Experience

  • December 2016 – Present Translator, Polish Theological Society, Krakow, Poland
    • Translating the academic quarterly theological journal The Biblical Liturgical Movement from Polish into English
  • October 2017 – May 2018 Archives Assistant, Columbia Center for Oral History Archives, New York, NY
    • Creating metadata for archival interviews
  • January 2016 – July 2017 Editorial Intern, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington, DC
    • Writing and editing articles and blog posts about preservation and historic sites across the United States
    • Building out blog posts using CMS
  • April 2014 – Present Editorial Board Member, The European Conservative, Vienna, Austria
    • Proofread texts published in the magazine, decide which texts are to be published and about the direction of the biannual magazine’s development and write for each issue
  • May 2014 – Present Freelance Journalist, Translator, Editor and Educator
    • Teach English to both individuals and groups, do Polish-to-English and English-to-Polish translations for the Jagiellonian University and the Pontifical University of John Paul II and translate Leopold Tyrmand’s Filip into English, proofread English-language texts and write a variety of articles magazines including First Things, Tygodnik Powszechny and Visegrad Insight
  • November 2013 – April 2014 Assistant Editor, New Eastern Europe, Kraków, Poland
    • Editing the online edition of the magazine using CMS; copyediting, proofreading and translating texts; running magazine’s Facebook and Twitter accounts; maintaining relations with business partners
  • August – October 2013 Intern, European Capital of Culture 2016, Wrocław, Poland
    • Running a website using WordPress and marketing research on how to increase tourism to Wrocław in 2016
  • January – May 2013 Communications Intern, American Enterprise Institute, Washington, DC
    • Publishing web pages using CMS, proofreading and copyediting AEI publications; aiding in the promotion of AEI-published books
  • September – December 2012 Domestic Policy Intern, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC
    • Assisting scholars in policy research
  • June – July 2012 Intern, Tygodnik Powszechny, Kraków, Poland
    • Copyediting, proofreading, selecting and authoring texts in one of Europe’s most influential Catholic magazines
  • June – July 2014 Intern, Galicja Jewish Musuem, Kraków, Poland
    • Writing grant proposals, interpreting lectures by former concentration camp inmates into English and updating Galicja’s website using CMS
  • January – May 2012 Intern, Office of Rep. Kristi Noem, Washington, DC
    • Aiding legislative assistants in research, organizing correspondence with constituents and giving tours of the Capitol building
  • August 2009 – May 2010 Opinion Editor, The Creightonian, Omaha, NE
    • Copyediting, writing and proofreading texts and managing the website of this award-winning newspaper

Languages

  • English (native speaker)
  • Polish (native speaker)
  • Spanish (advanced in speech, reading and writing; C1)
  • Italian (basic; A2)

Certifications

  • Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA), Cambridge English Language Assessment, Pass Strong, British Council, 2015.

Academic Publications

  • Book Review – In Broad Daylight: The Secret Procedures behind the Holocaust by Bullets By Father Patrick Desbois. New York: Arcade Publishing, 2018. 312 pp. Hardcover, $24.99. The Oral History Review, Volume 45, Issue 2, 1 August 2018, Pages 380–38
  • “Władysław Szpilman’s Career in Postwar Poland,” Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, Volume 32, November 2019 (forthcoming)
  • “The Reception of Olga Tokarczuk’s Flights in the English Language Press,” Konteksty Kultury; accepted for publication, forthcoming

Conferences and Presentations

  • “Władysław Szpilman’s Poland: Art, War and Hope – The Music of Władysław Szpilman.” A lecture on the life and music of Władysław Szpilman as well as the thousand-year history of Polish Jews, as part of the North Mankato Community Read program, in which Szpilman’s memoir The Pianist was promoted. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyVsgVYWPk4, North Mankato Taylor Library (January 14, 2016)
  • “Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn: A Surprising Critique of Polish Messianism,” 45th annual Student History Conference at The University of South Dakota (April 22, 2010)

Awards

  • Best Paper in European History, 45th Annual Student History Conference at The University of South Dakota (April 22, 2016)
  • Nebraska Press Association 2010 Collegiate Contest, Third Place for Best Editorial for the article “U.S. Catholics Should Oppose the Death Penalty.”

Computer Skills

CMS, WordPress, Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office, social media

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