Biography

Gabriele Simoncini received a Ph.D. in History/Political Science from COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY, New York in 1991 with Professor Joseph Rothschild, preceded by the Laurea Degree summa cum laude in Philosophy from the UNIVERSITY OF PISA.  He completed his post-doctoral specialization at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace, STANFORD UNIVERSITY, California.


In the past, he has been a researcher for a year at the FREIE UNIVERSITÄT Berlin, and for four years at the UNIVERSITY OF WARSAW.  After receiving his education in the classics, philosophy and languages, he studied and worked extensively in Eastern and Western Europe, doing research in archives and institutions of several countries including the Vatican, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, Poland, and Russia.  He acquired a knowledge of several Eastern and Western European languages, which he uses for his research. 


The awards he received include the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from the Hoover Institution, the President’s Fellowship from Columbia University for four years, and Research Fellowships from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for four years.  While at Columbia University he served as Coordinator for the Center for International Scholarly Exchange.


Professor Simoncini conducts research in Contemporary Eastern European History and Politics. His past interests have included political ideology, Communism, Poland, and Eastern Europe.  Currently his research and editing activities address ethnopolitics, identity, globalization, and Global Education.


His publications include: Ethnopolitics in PolandThe Communist Party of Poland;  and articles on ideology and ethnopolitics.  Reviews of his publications, defined as pioneering, appeared in American and European journals including the Polish ReviewNationalities Papers, American Reference Book Annual, and Przeglad Historyczny


From 1991 to 1999, he was coordinating editor of the "Special Topic Issues Series" of the journal "Nationalities Papers", published by the Association for the Study of Nationalities in New York.  He served as member of the editorial board of "South East European Monitor", published in Vienna.  He is currently member of the editorial board of scholarly journals including "MIND Journal", and "POLONIA Journal", published in Poland.


In the U.S. he taught at Columbia University, Barnard College, New York University, St. John’s University, Pace University, and the City University of New York.  His teaching experience includes graduate and undergraduate courses in history and politics on Eastern and Western Europe, Ethnopolitics, Integration, and Western Civilization.


Professor Simoncini participates in academic and professional activities and presents papers at international conferences and institutions.  He is member of several associations including: Italian Association of Consulting Companies for Research, Innovation and Development, American Political Science Association, American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies, Polish Studies Association, Italian Association for Ukrainian Studies, Italian Association of Slavists.  Recently he published articles on global and private higher education. 


He lives in Tuscany since 2000.  His consulting activities cover the fields of international education and exchange, institutional and corporate optimization and fund raising.  He has consulted for Mosaic Press in Vienna and SMF International Consulting in Milan.  In U.S.A. he consulted for public institutions and private business including the Metropolitan Museum of Arts and Bankers Trust in New York.  Currently he operates with GENF International Consulting (www.genf.it) in the fields of knowledge management, internationalization, global education, delocalization, and brand management.  He consults for universities, public institutions, foundations, banks, and private business in Italy, U.S.A., Poland, Macedonia, and Eastern Europe.


In professional areas has taught and teaches courses in management, at executive training schools in Italy including Telecom Learning Services, Istituto Formazione Operatori Aziendali Florence.


Professor Simoncini has taught courses in political science, international affairs, globalization, and security, at universities in Italy including University of RomeScuola Superiore S.Anna of Advanced Studies Pisa, CEA/University of New Haven Rome and Florence, N.A.T.O. Defense College Rome, Military Academy Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri Rome.  In Europe he has taught and consulted for private universities including Lazarski University Warsaw, KAAFM University Cracow, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University ISUM in Macedonia.  He teaches political science at Richmond University London-Rome, and John Cabot University Rome.



Academic courses for credits

Current Courses

Auschwitz - Politics of Genocide
Terrorism and Counterterrorism
Globalization: a European Perspective
Western European Politics
Security Studies
Italian Politics and Society
The Modern World Since 1550
History of the Italian Mafia
Introduction to Political Theory
Comparative Politics
Nationalism, Ethnicity, and Integration in Europe
Comparative Religions in Global Context

Courses

Eastern European Politics and Societies
The Jewish Experience in Rome
Modern Political Theory
International Affairs
The Politics of Ethnicity and Identity
Modern Europe - The Age of Nationalism
Human Rights
Human Rights Universal Principles in World Politics
Italian Society from Fascism to Present
Global Human Rights Instruments
International Affairs since 1945
History of the Soviet Union
The Politics of Genocide
Modern Europe - the Age of Imperialism
Modern Europe - Europe since 1945
Social History of the Mafia
Political Change in Italian History
Italy from the Congress of Vienna to WWI
Language, Identity, and Integration in Italy
Living Italy
Living Italy Florence
History of Italian Cinema
Contemporary Italian Politics

Other Courses

- Polyethnic Rome:  Global Integration in Progress
- Ethnic Networks, Ethnopolitics, and Global Risks
- Intelligence, Terrorism, and Ethnic Nets in Global Context 
- Federalism and Decentralization in Europe
- Paths of European Integration:  Poland & Italy
- The Politics of Identity
- International Cultural Relations
- Conflict Resolution
- Identity, Integration, and Ethnopolitics


Professional Training Courses

Gestione valori intangibili e know how - Internazionalizzazione dell’ intangibile - Innovazione e gestione in contesto globale - Gestione negozio settore bancario - Creazione ed avvio della piccola impresa - Management della microimpresa - Formazione e-work - Opportunità e sviluppo di nuove imprese in telelavoro - Formazione e-learning - Qualità in impresa ricettiva - Orientamento al mercato della piccola e media impresa - Internet marketing - Guida al percorso formativo - Gestione del tempo e miglioramento personale - Introduzione al management.



Students

STUDENTS EVALUATIONS   (Selection)

All students evaluations are available upon request

GRADUATE STUDENTS Ph.D. DISSERTATIONS   (Selection)
- Nomine ecclesiastiche e atteggiamento del clero come oggetto delle relazioni tra la Santa Sede e il Regno d’Italia sotto il pontificato di Pio XI (1922-1939).  By:  J. K.
Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
GENEVA, Switzerland


STUDENTS THESES   (Selection)
Croatia Entering European Union: The Accession Negotiation Towards the Full Membership.  By:  M. G.
Finding the Middle Way.  A Socio-Anthropological Look into the Creation and Ascension of the Swedish Social Democratic Party.  By:  J. S.

- The Role of Islam in the World’s Largest Muslim State:  Indonesia and Islamic Fundamentalism.  By:  M. B.
- The Nature of the Massacres in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia during the Years 1943-1944.  By:  K. M.
- The EU Legal Framework on Asylum and Immigration and the Italian Lack of Compliance with the EU Dictates.  By:  F. M.
Current Trends in Managing Italian Higher Education.  By F. N.
The Reasons behind the Break-up of Yugoslavia.  By:  J. P.
The European Union Foreign Policy and Security and Defense Policy.  By:  A. T.

- The Italian Crisis: Role of the Monti Government.  By:  E. B.
The Education System and Private Higher Education in Bulgaria.  By:  E. P.

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TESTIMONIALS BY STUDENTS

(See the FIELD TRIPS session)


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Guest Speakers


Conferences/Panels (selection)

2016     The Importance of Higher Education in the Formation of the Future Europe.
              XXVI ECOMOMIC FORUM.  Krynica.  
2016    Organization and Innvation in Property Managemet.
             Re-Innovation Conference. Camera dei Deputati.  Rome
2016    Understanding Contemporary Italian Culture.
              BRADLEY UNIVERSITY Conference. Rome.
2015     Innovation in Knowledge Transfer and Higher Education 
              XXV ECOMOMIC FORUM.  Krynica.  
2015     Introduction to Reinventing the Market.
              SINTEG National Convention.  Florence.
2015     Managing Knowledge Transfer.
              LISIAI - EMMECI Conference.  Venice.
2014      Knowledge Transfer: Intangible and Global.
              MADE Conference.  Milano.
2014     Educational Experiences and Experience-Education.
             Active, Independent Modes of Engagement and Research.
              RICHMOND UNIVERSITY Conference. Rome.
2014      Human Capital Managemet and Development in Transnational Education.
              SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY Conference.  Florence.


2013       Higher Education in European and Global Context.
               VIII International Scientific Conference, 
               Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.  Kiew.
2013      Knowledge Transfer from Local to Global.
               XXII ECOMOMIC FORUM.  Krynica.
2013      Higher Education from Local to Global.
               XIII International Conference.  KAAFM University.  Krakow.
2012      Higher Education from Local to Global.
               III International Conference. 
               University of Economics and Humanities.  Bielsko Biala.
2012      Soutenance de Thèse.
              Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.
              Geneva.
2012      Higher Education Mobility in Global Context.         
               XII International Conference.  KAAFM University.  Krakow.
2011      Mobility as a Tool for Institutional Development
               and Transfer of Innovation to Education.
               Presidency of  the (Education) Council of the European Union. 
               European Conference.  Sopot.
2011      Security, Politics, and Higher Education in Global Context.
               XI International Conference.  KAAFM University.  Krakow.


2010      Global Education in Contemporary World.
              International Conference.  KAAFM University, Krakow.
2010     The Fortune of the Gypsies.
              National Conference.  Opera Nomadi  NGO, Rome.
2010     The Future of Territorial Associations.
              National Annual Organizational Conference.  Confedilizia. Rome.
2010     Communication and Social Networks in the Era of Intellectual Capitalism.
              Conference SINTEG. L’Aquila.
2009     Management of Corporate Property for Education.
              Conference.  Pratese Industrialists Union.  Prato. 
2009     The International Economic and Financial Crisis.
               XIX ECOMOMIC FORUM, Krynica. 
2009      Central Europe – Eastern Europe: A New Iron Curtain?
               XIX ECOMOMIC FORUM, Krynica.
2009      New Scenarios in International  Property Managements.
               Conference SINTEG.  Catanzaro.
2009      Trends of Global Education.
               International Conference.  KAAFM University, Krakow.
2009      Academic Teaching about Rom (Gypsy) Culture.
               Conference.  Regione Lazio,  Rome.
2008      Innovation and property management.
               Conference.  SINTEG, Rome.
2008      Current Realities of the Roma People in Italy.
               Conference.  Summer School, Ohrid.
2008      Eastern Europe from Communism to Democracy.
               Conference.  John Cabot University, Rome.
2007      Global Education in the Era of Globalization.
               International Conference. 
               Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski UNIVERSTY, Krakow.
2007      International Education in Rome.
               TEK International Education Meeting.  Krakow.
2006      The Culture and the Market of Global Education.
               International Seminar.  Lazarski University, Warsaw.
2006      Global Private Education.                
               Sixth International Academic Conference. 
                Andrzej Frycz Modrzewski UNIVERSITY, Krakow.
2006      The “Born Global” University.
               TEK International Education Meeting.  Krakow.


 2005       Delocalizing International Universities in Tuscany.
               Conference.  Arcidosso.
 2004      Education with a Global Perspective. 
               Fourteenth Annual International Conference
               American Association of University Administrators.
 2004      Migration and Identity in Europe: the Case of Italy.
               International  Conference.  John Cabot University, Rome. 
 2004      Identity, Ethnicity and the Polyethnic State.
               International Conference.  John Cabot University, Rome.
 2003      A New Cultural Presence.
               International Conference.  Columbia University & ENEL, Larderello.
 2003      International Professional Integration in Europe. 
               Conference.  International  School of Graduate Studies, Volterra.
 2002      Professional Integration: from Asia to Italy. 
              Conference.  International  School of Graduate Studies, Volterra.
 2002      International Graduate Schools in Europe.
              Conference.  International  School of Graduate Studies, Volterra.
 2001      International Education and Experience Education.
               Conference.  International School of Graduate Studies, Volterra.
 2001      Il ponte delle idee.  La Scuola Internazionale di Alta Formazione. 
               Conference.  American Chamber of Commerce.
               European University Institute, Florence.


 2000    Culture maggioritarie e culture minoritarie: incontri e scontri. 
               Conference, University of Venice. Venice.
 1998      Frontières et changements de “l’espace nationale”
               dans l’ istoire de l’ Europe du Centre-Est.
               UNESCO Conference, University of Lublin, Lublin.



Consulting


Publications

LIST OF PUBLICATIONS (Selection)

Full text of publications in:  www.researchgate.net

Articles
- G. Simoncini, M. Kneller, “Higher Education: the Challange to Link Global and Local. In: Makiela Z. (ed.), Innowacje i procesie zarzadania regionem.  KTE- KAAFM University Press,  Cracow, 2014.
- G. Simoncini, O. Kovtun, "Basic Principles of Teaching Aviation English In: The Sixth World Congress "Aviation in the XXI-st Century". ICAO, NAU, MESU, National  Academy of Science of Uraine, Kiev, 2014.
- G. Simoncini, “Security, Politics, and Higher Education in Global Context.”  In:  XI International Academic Conference. KAAFM University Press.  [Forthcoming].
- G. Simoncini, “Global Education in Contemporary World.” In:  X International Academic Conference. KAAFM University Press.  [Forthcoming].
- G. Simoncini, “Mobility and Current Trends in Global Education.” In: Mendel M., Atlas A., (eds.), Mobility as a Tool to Acquire and Develop Competences from Childhood to Seniority. Foundation for the Development of the Education System. Warsaw, 2012.
- G. Simoncini, “Trends in Global Higher Education.” In: Aksman J., Pulki J. (eds.), Konteksty wychowania i edukacji.  KAAFM University Press. Cracow, 2012.  
- G. Simoncini, Mobilność i aktualne trendy w edukacji na swiecie.”  In: Mendel M., Atlas A., (eds.), Mobilność sposobem zdobywania i rozwijania kompetencji – od juniora do seniora. Fundacja Rozwoju Systemu Edukacji. Warszawa, 2012.
- G. Simoncini, “Global Private Education.” In:  Bednarczyk B., Lason M. (eds.), Contemporary Determinants of International Relations.  WSiFM. Cracow, 2006.
- G. Simoncini, “A New Cultural Presence.” In: Baratloo M., et al. (eds), Geothermal Larderello: Tuscany, Italy.  New Urbanisms / Columbia University. Princeton, 2005.
- G. Simoncini, “Monoethnic Poland views Polyethnic Poland.”  Nationalities Papers, [in progress].
- G. Simoncini, “Politiche etniche minoritarie e maggioritarie nella Polonia del XX secolo.” Letterature di Frontiera, Vol. 19, No. 1, 2001.
- G. Simoncini, “National Minorities of Poland at the end of the Twentieth Century.” The Polish Review. Vol. 43, No. 2, 1998.
- G. Simoncini, “Factionalism, Soviet Interference, and the Beginning of Stalin’s Manipulation in the Communist Party of Poland.”  South East European Monitor, No. 3, 1995.
- G. Simoncini, “Ethnic and Social Diversity in the Membership of the Communist Party of Poland: 1918-1938.” Nationalities Papers, Special Issue, Vol. XXII, No. 1, 1994.
- G. Simoncini, “The Polyethnic State: National Minorities in Interbellum Poland.”  Nationalities Papers, Special Issue, Vol. XXII, No. 1, 1994.


Books
- G. Simoncini, European Ethnopolitics:  Nationhood, and National Identities in Eastern Europe.  [in progress].

- G. Simoncini, The Communist Party of Poland: 1918-1929.  A Study in Political IdeologyMellen Press. Lewiston, New York; Queenston, Canada; Lampeter, United Kingdom, 1993.  pp. II-270.

          Reviewed in:
          - Raymond Taras, The Polish Review.  Vol. 42, No. 2, 1997.
          - Edislav Manetovic, Nationalities Papers.  Vol. 24, No. 2, 1996
          - Andrzej Garlicki, Przegląd Historyczny.  Vol. 86, No. 2, 1995.

- G. Simoncini, Revolutionary Organizations and Revolutionaries in Interbellum Poland.  Mellen Press.  Lewiston, New York; Queenston, Canada; Lampeter, United Kingdom, 1992.  pp. XI-278.      

        Reviewed in:
        - Andrzej Garlicki, Przegląd Historyczny.  No.  2, 1995.
        - George S. Bobinski, American Reference Books Annual.  Vol. 24, 1993.


Papers Series
- G. Simoncini, “Ethnic and Social Diversity in the Membership of the Communist Party of Poland: 1918-1938.”  WPS in International Studies.  I-92-13. Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1992.


Edited Volumes
- G. Simoncini, Henry Huttenbach, (editors), “Ethnopolitics in Poland.”  Nationalities Papers, Special IssueVol. XXII, No. 1, 1994. 

          Reviewed in:        
          - Jerzy Tomaszewski, Słowo Żydowskie, No. 21(73), 1994.
          - Israel Figa, Unser Tsait, No. 6, 1995.


Coordination of Edited Volumes - Nationalities Papers 
Special Topic Issues Series

-  "Peoples from the North"  (1999)
-  "Focus on Kazakhstan: History, Ethnicity, Society"  (1998)
-  "Central and East European Linguistic Minorities under Transition"  (1998)
-  "The Disintegration of Yugoslavia: Inevitable or Avoidable?" (1997)
-  "The Nexus of Gender and Ethnicity"  (1997)
-  "Hungary and the Hungarian Minorities"  (1996)
-  "Czech - Sudeten German Relations"  (1996)
- "Implementing Language Law: Perestroika and Its Legacy in Five Republics"  (1995)
-  "Visions and Policies: Estonia’s Path to Independence and Beyond"  (1995
-  "Ethnopolitics in Poland"  (1994)
-  "Voices from the Slovene Nation"  (1993)
-  "The Ex-Soviet Nationalities without Gorbachev"  (1992)
-  "Religious Consciousness in the Glasnost Era"  (1992)
-  "The Gypsies in Easter Europe"  (1991)




Teaching & Research

TEACHING
 


  Columbia University
 

 Barnard College 
 

New York University
 

Pace University
 

St. John’s University
 

John Jay College of Criminal Justice CUNY
 

City College CUNY
 

Richmond University London
 

N.A.T.O. Defence College
 

John Cabot University
 

CEA University of New Haven
 

KAAFM University Cracow
 

University of Rome
 

Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Advanced Studies Pisa
 

Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Ochrid
 

Military Academy Scuola Ufficiali Carabinieri Roma
 

University of St. Thomas
 


RESEARCH


PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

      



Education

1992  STANFORD UNIVERSITYStanford, California
HOOVER INSTITUTION ON WAR, REVOLUTION AND PEACE
Post-Doctoral Fellowship Title VIII.  Political Science


1991  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY,  New York City
Ph.D.  in History.  Dissertation in Political Ideology


1990  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY,  New York City
INSTITUTE OF EAST CENTRAL EUROPE
Certificate


1986  COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY,  New York City
M.Phil.  Master of Philosophy
(Grade: Excellent)


1982  UNIVERSITY OF PISA,  Pisa, Italy
B.A. (Laurea) in Philosophy
(Grade: Summa cum Laude)



Academic Field Trips

Field Trips EUROPE

Politics of Genocide:

Auschwitz
&
Krakow


(Nazi and Communist Genocides)
Politics of Religion:

Sarajevo
&
Srebrenica


(Muslims, Christians, and Jews)
Politics of Separation:

Skopje
&
Šutka


("Gypsies" and "Non-Gypsies")
Politics of Identity:

Krakow
&
Wadowice


(Polish Catholicism and Identity)
Politics of Crime:

Palermo
&
Corleone


(Cosa Nostra Organized Crime)
Politics of ...

in progress

Field Trips

Rome

"Rebibbia
State Prison"
Rome

"Carabinieri Military Academy"
Rome

"Carabinieri MIlitary School"
Rome

"The Great Mosque"
Roma

"Gypsy Camp"

The Rom Community
Rome

"Camera dei Deputati"

Italian Parliament
Rome

"Power: Palaces and Places"
Rome

"Former Gestapo Headquarters"
Rome

"The Jewish Ghetto"
Rome

"Mussolini"
Former Residence & Bunker
Rome

"The Court of Appeal"
Rome

"Museum of Italian Emigration"
Rome

"Risorgimento Museum"
Rome

"The Italian Senate"
Rome

"Communist Party Headquarters"
Rome

"PDL Party Headquarters"
Rome

"FI Party Headquarters"
Rome

"Jewish Catacombs"
Rome

"Cinecittà Studios"

Field Trips Others

Florence

"State Court House"
Florence

"Juvenile State Prison"
Florence

"Pandolfini Auction House"
Florence

"Toxicology Center City Hospital"
Volterra

"High Security State Prison"
Volterra

"The Municipality"
Siena

The "Contrada" Civic Society


Library & Archives

R.A.G.S. (Raccolta Archivio Gabriele Simoncini) Library and Archives

R.A.G.S. is a private collection of books, periodicals, and archival materials covering modern Eastern Europe / Russia, and focusing on modern Poland. A small section addresses modern Italy and Western Europe. Fields represented are: history, politics, philosophy, ideologies, labor movements, ethnicities, and national minorities. The collection is mostly in English and Polish languages, with a large section in Italian. There are materials in German, French, Russian,Yiddish, and other Eastern European languages.


The Library (about 10,000 volumes) covers primarily Poland and Eastern Europe / Russia from the early 1800s to the present. The volumes are primarily in English and Polish, secondarily in Italian, with volumes in French, German, Yiddish and other Slavic languages. Most books, whether specialized monographs or of general subjects, have been published in the last sixty years. The library includes a substantial international section of reference and bibliography. A conspicuous section covers modern Western Europe and Italy in the fields of history, philosophy, and politics.


The Archive (about 5,000 items, 10 linear meters - original documents, manuscripts, microfilms, xerox copies, photocopies, clips, and photographs) is primarily in Polish with two large sections in English and Italian.  It contains documents (from Polish and international sources) on modern Poland, from the eginning of the twentieth century to the present, with two major foci: interbellum Poland and late Communist-post Communist Poland. A minor section in Italian covers Italy, mostly contemporary politics.


The Periodical Collection (over 50 periodical serials, out-of-print and current, several complete serials) contains mostly historical and political periodicals and journals.  It lists among others,  in English: Slavic Review 1962-1997; Nationalities Papers 1976-1997; Soviet Studies 1973-1975; The Russian Review 1975-1981; The Polish Review 1956-1997;  in Polish: Niepodlegŀość 1929-1939; Czerwony Sztandar 1918-1938; Niepodlegŀość Nowy Jork - Londyn 1972-1996; Z Pola Walki (Moskwa) 1926-1934; Z Pola Walki (Warszawa) 1956-1990; Gŀos Ludu 1948; Po Prostu 1956-1957; Rada Robotnicza 1957-1961; Życie Gospodarcze 1956-1960; Wojskowy Przegląd Historyczny 1956-1986; Najnowsze Dzieje Polski 1958-1968; Dzieje Najnowsze 1969-1983; Kultura Paryż 1979-1982; Nowe Drogi 1947-1990; Solidarność 1981; Biuletyn Żydowskiego Institutu Historycznego w Polsce 1950-1990;  in Russian: Novii Satirikon 1917; Biulletin Oppositsii 1929-1940.


The collection has an alphabetic and subject catalog (cards 7 x 10 cm) of most books in Polish, and an electronic searchable catalog of most books in English. Electronic general cataloging is in progress. 




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Contact

Gabriele Simoncini
GENF International Consulting
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53036 Poggibonsi  (Florence)
ITALY
Tel +39 058 888 421


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Email:   gabriele.simoncini@genf.it

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FIELD TRIP  Politics of Genocide:  Auschwitz & Krakow - (Nazi and Communist Genocide)

Exploring the darker side of our past, John Cabot University students enrolled in our course on Genocide undertook a field trip to Auschwitz extermination camp and Krakow organized by Professor Simoncini during the Spring Semester 2011.  The course on Genocide, developed several years ago by Professor Simoncini has been met with great interest by students.  Professor Simoncini, who received his PhD from Columbia University, is an expert in this field having spent several years of his academic career in Poland, Germany, and Eastern Europe.  He teaches the Genocide course to include field trips, guest speakers, social network links, and audiovisual materials.
The class field trip was based in Krakow, Poland, the capital city of a region that experienced varieties of genocide policies including the Nazi and Communist ones.  The visit to Auschwitz was very detailed, lasted several hours, and was led by a guide from the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum.  Students then visited the much larger Birkenau compound. Students were exposed to a unique experience, where they could directly visualize what they have been studying in class.
The field trip continued with visit of the original Schindler Factory, now transformed into an innovative and interactive museum. The students were able to better contextualize genocide in historical and cultural terms.
The next segment of the trip was the visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Center.  The genocide of the Ukrainians was an important example of genocide in Europe that the students had studied in class with the usage of documentary materials.  At the end of the day, participants had an authentic Ukrainian dinner in the Center’s cellar.
The following day, the students visited the Jewish quarter of Krakow, one of the most significant examples of historical Jewish life in Europe.  Students had the opportunity to visit old Synagogues and places of past and present Jewish life, including the Galicja Museum, dedicated to the Jewish life of the region.  Students were also guided by Professor Simoncini to visit a private residence building, still maintaining its original, untouched structure from historical time.  They had the opportunity to get a feeling of past private Jewish life, as uniquely described in his books by literature Nobel laureate I. B. Singer.
A section of the trip was dedicated to the visit of the city of Nowa Huta, the most relevant Polish example of Communist utopia’s social and architectural experimentation, including genocidal practices through labor policies.  This event has been portrayed in A. Wajda film “Man of Marble”, watched by the students before the trip.  The visit was a real flash-back into a different, incredible world. The experience was completed by a meal in a surviving Communist restaurant (a real rarity known only to Professor Simoncini), where the smelly cabbage soup, the socialist plates, the aluminum spoons, and a “proletarian” menu, had remained unchanged since 1970.
Students had the opportunity to explore the Center of Krakow where Professor Simoncini explained everything connected with places where Nazi, Communist, and other genocides intersected.  This unique atmosphere was perfectly described by A. Wajda “Katyn”, a movie screened in class before the trip.  Professor Simoncini guided the students throughout places, materials, and documents, and because he speaks many languages of the regions, was able to help the students gain a greater understanding as he guided the students through many concealed aspects of the surrounding context.
Finally, the students had some time to admire the heart of Krakow, whose jewel is the Main Square, and with visits to the Royal Castle, the Old University, the National Museum (including the Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Cecilia), and the surrounding scenic Vistula river.
The somber aspect of the field trip subject was mitigated by the embracing friendly atmosphere of this Polish city, crowded with college students, clubs, and all kinds of music and events.  Good beer, a taste of vodka, and good food, made everyone happy.  Female students received red roses.  Hand kissing (an old Polish noble tradition) might happen next time!


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I really loved this field trip. As a member of the Jewish community I have always wanted to visit Auschwitz and believe that it is vitally important to visit in order to ensure that our society as a whole never forgets this atrocity. In addition to this, Professor Simoncini was the perfect leader for this trip. His passion and enthusiasm for Poland, the history of the Jewish people, and Holocaust studies was not only inspiring, but also was incredibly captivating, making anything he talked about incredibly interesting and engaging. I would wholeheartedly recommend this trip to other students and all people. I loved how we followed the path of Schindler’s list and our visits to the utopian city and the salt mines on Sunday were very cool. The trip had a fantastic pace and was incredibly fun while still being very educational. I wish I could have taken this trip with additional classes for 3 credits. That would have been fantastic, if only you offered that this semester. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this trip and to give feedback. I wish I could do it again. Thanks,  Zach Kotler  (AIFS Fall 2015)


The trip to Poland with Professor Simoncini was THE BEST trip I took during my time abroad. Krakow is an incredibly underrated city and I think everyone should visit if they have the chance. Professor Simoncini was an amazing tour guide. He obviously knows so much but didn’t overwhelm us with information and really let us enjoy all that Krakow had to offer besides its WWII and Communist history. I think it needs to be stressed that while this trip does have a lot of time devoted to visiting the camps and learning about Communism, it’s not entirely dedicated to this. Krakow is a great city for young people including a vibrant nightlife and has some of the best food I ate in Europe. That being said, I’m really happy that I was able to see the camps and the city of Krakow in this historical context. I hope one day that I’ll be able to return to Poland!  Also the museum at Schindler’s Factory was fantastic and I wish there had been an hour or two to dedicate to going through it. It is incredibly interactive and multi-media based and seemed super cool.  Zoe Gardner  (AIFS Spring 2016)


Thank you so much for the incredible trip. Here is my testimonial: When I saw that AIFS had a school-sponsored trip to Krakow, Poland, I jumped at the opportunity to go with them. This was a standout feature for me that helped me choose AIFS over other programs because AIFS was the only group I found that had something like this. Not only was it extremely cool to go somewhere off the beaten track of typical study abroad trips, but it would also be an extremely valuable opportunity to visit Auschwitz with a guide and locals who knew the city well. The trip ended up being the best decision I've made so far on study abroad. The trip balanced fun experiences and emotional experiences very well, and all of our days were jam packed with cool tours and delicious food. I never imagined myself enjoying Zapiekanki on a corner in Krakow after exploring an old castle or watching a traditional Polish dance in the night market and laughing with friends over pierogis, yet here I was in Krakow doing exactly that! However, the part of the trip that will stand out to me the most was our trip to Auschwitz. It will probably end up being the most meaningful part of my study abroad experience. While very difficult to see, I am very grateful AIFS helped bring me there. Being Jewish, I knew I wanted to see Auschwitz at one point in my life. Pulling up to Birkenau and seeing the infamous gate and train tracks was very overwhelming. I felt very connected to my heritage, and without this trip, I may have never had the opportunity to visit such a deeply important place.  Alison Cohen  (AIFS Spring 2016)


I thought the trip to Poland was amazing and truly moving. I would definitely recommend the trip to other students and would take a three-credit class on the material if it were offered at the school. Although a very heavy trip emotionally, I think that it is necessary for everyone to see Auschwitz. I enjoyed the history and tours of the trip. Professor Simoncini was extremely knowledgeable and engaging. I am also convinced that Marco knows everything and he keeps me laughing! In addition to this, I thought the trip was well organized and provided a good balance of group tours and free time. Overall I loved the trip to Poland and am grateful that I had the opportunity to taste the tragedy of the Holocaust and so much more.  Lauren Felice  (AIFS Fall 2015)


Having the experience to go to Poland, I thought was almost a once in a lifetime opportunity. Being able to go personally for me was a big deal, because my grandma is from there so seeing the places she has told me about in person was a very interesting. Being able to go to Auschwitz was a highlight of the tip you could say. Growing up in history class you would always have a section about the holocaust and you would discuss what you thought about it and such, but you never would think about going there one day.  My aunt and uncle work and live out in Washington D.C., so I have been their many times, and Iv gone through the holocaust museum there, and going through it hit you with emotion, but nothing like walking through Auschwitz, going into buildings and hearing what it was used for.  Over all I thought this trip was an amazing experience to go on! When people come to study abroad no one would ever think about going to Poland.  Personally if this trip wasn’t offered I don’t think I would have thought to go to Poland, and everywhere we visited during that weekend. If this trip was offered again, I would suggest for the students to go on it, even if they aren’t really “excited” to go, it definitely is worth it.  Emily Schneeberger  (AIFS Spring 2016)

The Poland trip was very educational and really changed my perspective on the reality of Germany occupation in Poland. Before this trip I just had a basis of what happened to the Jews during World War II from American history textbooks and what we would learn in history classes. However, actually going to Poland and really experiencing and seeing what happened, changed everything. The trip was very emotional in the sense that you’re walking in the same footsteps as the Jews did and having to imagine what they went through. I believe its something everyone should experience, because it does change the way you think about life and how this can never happen again. I believe that this trip should be offered again because it’s a learning experience and shows students the history and reality of what actually happened. Also, having the professor there was very helpful because he gave us the true hard facts of what happened and was very knowledgeable about all the details. The sites that we visited, such as Auschwitz, helped my understanding of what actually happened in history. Though it was emotional to visit, I believe its something future students should experience as well, because it’s such a powerful learning tool. In addition, when we toured the Jewish Ghetto it was helpful to have the professor there and explaining exactly what happened, it was a very interesting experience of stepping back in time. Overall, the whole trip was very educational and helped me further understand the history of German occupation in Poland. I would definitely recommend having this trip available to future students.  Alicia Sanderson  (AIFS Spring 2016)

Going on the Poland trip was by far one of the most eye opening experiences that I have ever witnessed. I believe that everyone needs to go to Auschwitz in order to confirm that we will never repeat this part of our history. Not only did I learn a lot about the past, but also Krakow is a beautiful city full of rich culture and amazing food. Poland was by far one of my favorite trips that I have gone on since I have been in Europe.  Mackenzie Busekist  (AIFS Spring 2016)

I greatly enjoyed the field trip to Poland. I had signed up with the intent of wanting to learn about the history there and I had heard Poland was a beautiful place, and people were right; Poland was absolutely lovely!! It was one of my favorite trips from the whole semester. I felt that there was a very good balance of scheduled, tour activities and student free time. Professor Simoncini did a great job as our tour guide! You can tell he is so unbelievably knowledgeably about the topics he talked about in Poland and he truly has a passion for the subject, which made it so much more enjoyable to participate in! The only thing I would recommend was maybe finding the time for the Schindler’s museum. We were able to visit it and walk through quickly but it was the most interactive and visually appealing museum that I have been to abroad and I would have appreciated a little bit more time to more thoroughly walk through it! Overall, it was a fantastic trip and I enjoyed every second of it!  Megan Kaveney  (AIFS Spring 2016)               

Before going on the Poland fieldtrip, I would never have chosen to go to Poland for a weekend trip, but because it was offered through the program, I decided it would be worth it. I did not expect for the trip to be one of my favorite trips during my time abroad. I loved the city of Krakow and all of the culture and food that was there. The hotel that we stayed in was perfect and probably the best part was the breakfast. I feel like I learned so much and experienced things that I never expected to experience during my time abroad. My favorite part was probably just being able to walk to the market and grab some food and just walk around and listen to the music. Auschwitz was a great experience, not necessarily fun, but definitely eye-opening. Like I said Krakow was an amazing country, I loved every single moment of it.  Candace Phillips  (AIFS Spring 2015)

I will never forget what I saw and the way this trip made me feel. Studying what happened in WWII is dark and surreal and seems to have happened ages ago. I think it is important to see the tragedies of our global history in order to prevent it from happening again and also to have a greater appreciation for the beauty and good the world has to offer. I was very impressed with our tour guides and the places we went that most people would not get to visit like the house that Amon Goeth, the commandant of the Krakow-Plaszow concentration camp, lived in during the war. From the Jewish Ghetto to Schindler’s Factory to Auschwitz-Birkenau, our weekend in Poland was extremely educational and for some personal. Though this weekend was thought provoking and heavy, it was also inspirational. The people are kind and welcoming and willing to share their history in order to educate others. The food, especially the zapiekanka, was another wonderful part of the experience that brought us closer as group and to the culture. Another part of the trip that helped lighten the mood was going to the salt mines. The chapels inside the mine with carvings and chandeliers all made from salt are incredible. I hope that AIFS continues to offer this excursion to future groups so that they too can have an unforgettable weekend.  Haley Wright  (AIFS Spring 2015)

Going to Poland was probably one of the best excursions I have done with AIFS and Richmond University so far in my study abroad experience. Not only was it fun and enjoyable, but it was also eye-opening. Growing up in America, there are some aspects of history that we cannot fully understand by just reading a textbook. Having the opportunity to go and see the Jewish Ghetto and Auschwitz put everything I had ever learned into perspective. That is just something that you cannot get from a history textbook or lecture. As a history major and a fourth-generation Polish American, this trip was one that I will remember and cherish forever. While this trip was educational, it was not worth any credit. While I would have gone regardless, this trip should be offered as credit. This is a trip that everyone should take at least once in their lifetime and they should have the chance to get the most out of the experience. If this trip were offered for credit, it would give people that opportunity. It would allow students to really absorb what they are seeing and contemplate and analyze all the information. While the Holocaust might not be the most attractive area of history, it is one of the most important both from a historical perspective and from a contemporary perspective. This trip exceeded my expectations and I cannot wait to share what I have learned with others.  Amy Dugger  (AIFS Spring 2015)

To be completely honest I am still in awe from our trip to Poland. I can recall learning about some of the horrors of the Holocaust in high school and primary school, but nothing compares to actually seeing it in person. To stand where the victims of the Holocaust stood sent chills down my spine and really made me wonder how the Nazi’s could be so callous. If I had to choose my favorite part of the whole trip it would be when we saw the entire luggage that belonged to the Jewish men and women who lost their lives. At that moment the whole experience became much more human.  If it were my decision there would be a whole class taught about the Holocaust with the trip and a research paper a mandatory part of the class. I would have taken that class. Although, I was a big fan of the trip I do not think students who go on the Poland excursion should be able to write a paper and earn credits. That should not be an incentive for students to go because that undermines the purpose of the trip. Obviously, the trip was on the expensive side and that probably deters some students, but at the same time it shows that the people who went really wanted to be there. I feel that if students are going just to earn some “easy credits” will bring down the group morale. In closing that was by far my favorite part of my whole study abroad experience. The whole trip was expertly done and I hope you continue to offer it as long as your program exists. I hope my feedback helps with your decision. Sincerely,  David Dautrich Jr.  (AIFS Spring 2015)

The excursion to Poland was an eye opening experience for me. We stepped off of that airplane and within an hour we walking the same steps of those who lost their lives in Auschwitz. One can try to sympathize and feel a sense of compassion for the ruthlessness of such terror, but I simply couldn’t. I will never have a full understanding of what tragedy these innocent individuals experienced. I felt a sense of disappointment that I was not brought to tears fro the many eye opening sights. I couldn’t grasp such brutality. But as a young individual living in a new generation, if I don’t expose myself to the cruelty of history and learn from it, history will repeat itself. I am the change in the world. We need to do better at understanding one another and showing a sense of compassion towards others. As much discomfort that I felt walking through the death camp, I am grateful for the eye opening experience and the many life lessons that I have learned. After visiting Auschwitz, I was privileged to sit at the dinner table with the professor and gain insightful information about Poland. Krakow is a charming city with many friendly people. I enjoyed self-exploration to various shops and had the opportunity to talk to a local Polish woman about her life experience living in Canada and her travel to Poland. She was grateful for her country and the life she has created for herself. She gave her opinion about politics in Poland and Italy. I asked a plethora of questions and gained a new perspective on the many personalities that surround me each day. Chatting with that woman was the highlight of my trip. I think it is a beautiful thing when you are able to spark conversation with locals of a community that you are completely unfamiliar with. I felt a sense of freedom in Poland. I was able to walk downtown and shop at the local market. The sun was shining bright and it was a perfect way to end a weekend full of learning.  Angela Pascarella  (AIFS Spring 2014)



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