A CIVIL SOCIETY
We divulge the ideas of liberty, the rule of law, social openness, community activism, and cultural awareness.
The American way!
Freedom, the Rule of Law, and Government Transparency
Social Openness and Commitment Towards the Community
Cultural Awareness and Intellectual Independence
Luke Darby Bartosik
President of the Center For American Studies
Welcome to the Center For American Studies!
Have you ever dreamed about
an open, free, and prosperous society?
Join our team – let’s build it together!
Center For American Studies is a fully independent non-governmental organization located in Poland. Among our members there are people from all walks of life: young professionals, future academics, opinion leaders, public intellectuals, community activists, and more.
We do not only advance American studies as an academic discipline, but also inspire others to implement what’s best in the American way of life in their every-day living: approachability, resourcefulness, and individualism combined with commitment towards the community.
Each of us has a different story, interests, and plans for the future.
What we all share is the desire to build a civil society and advance the core American values.
Luke Darby Bartosik
Graduate of law and student of philosophy at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Graduate of the LL.M. in American Law program organized by the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Washington, D.C.). Fellow of the American Institute on Political and Economic Systems organized by The Fund for American Studies and Charles University in Prague (2017), the Hayek Summer Workshop organized by the Institute For Economic Policy at the Leipzig University (2018), and the Institute For Leadership in the Americas at the University of the Andes in Santiago, Chile (2019). Member of the advisory committee of the Journal of Liberty and International Affairs and translator for the TransLegal World Law Dictionary. He gained international experience in an American law firm (Kurczaba & Associates, Attorneys at Law in Chicago) and the federal court in the capital of the United States (Superior Court of the District of Columbia). Since 2016, President of the American Law Society. His academic pursuits are centered around legal and political theory and philosophy, history of economic thought, and American constitutionalism. Great fan of old American music, antiques, and cats.
Student of Management and Business Law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (Poland). Activist within the non-govermental sector. Among other things, he worked as a finance and accounting assistant for the Local Activity Found (Fundacja Aktywności Lokalnej). Currently, he is also organizing the action for bone marrow donations titled HELPERS’ GENERATION under the auspices of the DKMS Foundation. Participant of multiple language camps (Italy, UK, Malta, and others) as well as seminars at the Polish-American Leaders’ Academy. Since 2016, member of The American Law Society. His academic interests are focused around the Austrian school of economy, widely understood theory of politics, the doctrine of natural rights, methodology of sciences, and the history of the economic thought. In his free time, he does backpacking and trekking, and eats Greek food.
Director of Legal Affairs
Student of law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Co-founder of the Society of Economic Law “Liberalization-Privatization-Deregulation” and a member of the American Law Society. Organizer and speaker at national conferences as well as seminars. A volunteer at the AMU University Legal Clinic as well as an activist for various foundations and non-governmental organizations. Participant of courses, trainings and summer schools in the field of law. His interests and area of professional expertise is related to the public procurement law and contract law. Enthusiast of travel, literature and sport, and – since childhood – a supporter of Real Madrid.
Alumnus of the Taras Shevchenko High School in Biały Bór (Poland). Student of Law and Economy at the Poznań University of Economics and Business and Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. Since 2017, member of The American Law Society. Member of the organizing committees of various national conferences (“U.S. Diplomacy, Foreign Affairs and International Law”) and international conferences (“American Legal, Political and Economic Thought”). Active member of Academic Sports Association at the Poznań University of Economics and Business. Volunteer who collected food for malnourished children and families who find themselves in a difficult financial situation. Participant of numerous olympiads in the fields of history, geography, and biology. He was an active member of the school parliament, choir and the theater group. His academic interests are focused around the role of the United States of America in foreign affairs as well as the history of the enrichment of Western countries and establishing of capitalism as the main economic model of the modern world. Enthusiast of cycling, jogging, and American movies.
Student of law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is interested in commercial law and penal law, and has professional experience in criminal and civil law. Active member of the American Law Society, where she leads the marketing team. Her passions include learning foreign languages and Italian cuisine (she learned about it during an exchange program in Italy!)
Student of Psychology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan. She is interested in client-centered therapy, influence of broadly understood culture on human morality, and American humanistic psychology. She is also an active member of The American Law Society. Currently, she participates in two projects covered by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Her free time is mostly spent on listening to alternative music and watching independent cinematography.
Student of Psychology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. Karolina is interested in the subject of eating disorders and psychotherapy in the neopsychoanalytical approach, which has been developed in the USA. She combines a passion for psychology and the culture of the United States. She is an active member of The American Law Society where she works for the marketing team as well as the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. She devotes her free time to singing and playing the piano.
Student of Psychology at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań. She is interested in addiction therapy and cognitive-behavioral psychology. She is an active member of The American Law Society. Currently, she participates in two projects covered by the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. In her free time, she roller-blades, reads crime novels, and watches movies.
Simon Curylo is a student at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He is also an active member of The American Law Society and the Commercial Law Student Association. Since his first year of law studies, he has been gaining work experience working for alegal counsel in Poznan. In 2018, he co-organized a national contest, IP Challenge. He is interested in civil law and legal-political doctrines. Apart from law, he is a music passionate who plays bass guitar.
Damian Szlingiert, M.A.
Financial and Administrative Director
Graduate of law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. He develops his skills and legal interests working for a law firm in Poznań. Scholarship holder of the Rector’s Scholarship for the Best Students of the University of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan (academic year 2015/2016). In 2017, he received a scholarship to study in Indonesia (Universitas Negeri Medan), where he expanded both his social and academic network, and learned to communicate in the Indonesian language. By co-managing the campaign of one of the committees in local elections in 2018, he gained a lot experience in team management, cooperation with external entities, logistic and financial planning, as well as taking care of promotional and marketing affairs. A travel, strength sports, and plants lover.
Chair of the Audit Committee
Student of law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. She is interested in civil law and intellectual property law and has professional experience in those fields. Scholarship holder of the Rector’s scholarship for the best students of the University of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan in 2019/2020. She is leading the team of The American Law Society. She coordinated conferences such as “Gun Rights: Legal, Cutural, and Ethical Problems” and “The Constitution of the United States. Theory and Practice”. She coorganizes the Summer School in the Foundations of Democracy: American Law, Politics & Economy. An enthusiast of belles – lettres, healthy living, and fostering good relationships.
Jacob Łyjak, B.A., M.A.
Jacob Łyjak is a graduate of law at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a bachelor of economics at the Poznań University of Economics. As part of the Erasmus program, he also studied Business Administration (Betriebswirtschaftslehre) at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. In the 2014/2015 academic year, he was one of the people cooperating with the Parliament of the Student Government at the Faculty of Law and Administration of the Adam Mickiewicz University. Co-organizer of po.MOVIE.nia – cyclical evening movie screenings at the Faculty of Law and Administration at the Adam Mickiewicz University aimed at university-wide cinematographic education. Co-founder and vice president (2015-2017) of the student academic association “The American Law Society” dedicated to the popularization of American culture, economics, history, law, and politics. Active participant and organizer of numerous nationwide and international conferences. Co-creator of TransLegal – World Law Dictionary for lawyers from around the world. In the years 2017- 2018, a member of the audit committee of the Polish Entrepreneurship and Leadership Society, supervising the activities of the board. His professional career has been focused on working at a law firm dealing with legal and tax services for commercial companies. Particularly interested in commercial law. His hobbies include travel, fantasy, politics, financial markets, architecture, and movies.
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