Professor Andrzej Ceynowa, Americanist, literary scholar, rector of the University of Gdańsk in 2002-2008, died at the age of 69. The information about the scientist’s death was provided on Monday by the university’s spokeswoman Magdalena Nieczuja-Goniszewska. “We say goodbye to an extraordinary man – full of temperament, passion, kindness, who has always had at heart the issues of the University, as well as of the region and the country” – she wrote.
“An outstanding organizer, visionary, wholeheartedly involved in the activities of the University of Gdańsk has died. Prof. Dr. Andrzej Ceynowa was an outstanding Americanist, fascinated with cognitive studies, passionate about literature, theater, traveler and an excellent expert in classical music” – wrote a spokeswoman for the University of Gdańsk in a sent release media.
“We say goodbye to an extraordinary man – full of temperament, passion, kindness, who has always had at heart the issues of the University, but also the region and the country. We bid farewell to the Teacher and Friend of many of us. We express our deepest sympathy to the family of the deceased” – said Nieczuja-Goniszewska.
Ceynowa lectured at, among others, Yale University and George Washington University
Andrzej Ceynowa was born on November 22, 1951 in Gdańsk. After graduating from high school in 1969, he began studies at the Institute of English Studies at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He graduated in 1974, and then started working as an assistant at the Department of English Philology at the University of Gdańsk.
In 1978 he obtained a doctoral degree. In 1993, he presented his habilitation thesis “The Art of Black Theater 1968–1982” and obtained a postdoctoral degree in humanities in the field of literary studies. In 1995 he was appointed associate professor at the University of Gdańsk. He has lectured at Yale University and George Washington University, among others.
According to gedanopedia, he was a co-founder of the American Culture Research Center of the University of Gdańsk. He dealt with issues of contemporary American (mainly African-American) drama and theater.
Rector of the University of Gdańsk, dean of the Faculty of Philology
He was also a two-time scholarship holder of the Fulbright Foundation, president of the Gdańsk Branch of the Kashubian-Pomeranian Association, member of the board of the Gdańsk Scientific Society, chairman of the Pomeranian Province Rectors’ Council. In the years 2001-2002 he was the vice-chairman of the European Education Committee at the Minister of National Education.
In 2002, he was elected rector of the University of Gdańsk, which he held until 2008. Thanks to his efforts, new buildings of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Main Library, Modern Languages and the seat of the new rectorate were built on the campus in Oliwa.
For eight consecutive years (until September 2016) he was the dean of the Faculty of Philology of the University of Gdańsk, contributing to the development of scientific research and extending the didactic offer of the faculty and the entire university.
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