The Polish Media Center at the Polish Institute of Culture & Research at Orchard Lake welcomes
Dr. Alina Klin to the staff of the Media Center.
She graduated from Jagiellonian University in Poland with a Ph.D. in Slavic Studies.
Dr. Klin’s career transitioned when she came to the United States in 1986 to work as a visiting lecturer in Polish Studies at Wayne State University. Teaching Polish language, literature, and culture, as well as researching and promoting Polish heritage, became her life passion. During her many years at WSU, Dr. Klin also focused on fostering a deeper understanding of contemporary Poland, taught Polish and Yugoslavian film, advised the WSU Polish Culture Club, organized numerous events, and took students on study abroad programs to Poland. As a member of the WSU interdisciplinary group Ethnic Layers of Detroit, she created short videos about the Polish American legacy, as well as mentored students making such films.
She was honored by the Polish Government with the Golden Cross of Merit, received the WSU College of Liberal Arts Excellence in Teaching Award, and the General Kazimierz Pulaski Medal of Honor.
She is a member of many Polish organizations: she is first vice president of the Friends of Polish Art, director of the West Side Detroit Polish American Historical Society and Kościuszko Foundation, Michigan Division. Also, she is a member of the North American Association of Teachers of Polish.
In 1990-1992, Dr. Klin was first a writer and later the associate editor of the Polish Weekly/Tygodnik Polski. It was then that her interest in journalism and Polonia affairs developed.
Dr. Alina Klin is very much looking forward to working for The Polish Media Center as she hopes to chronicle our local Polish American life, as well as continue to research and highlight the importance of Polish contributions to the building of the “American dream”.