In September 2021 Adam Mickiewicz University hosted representatives of Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station, Texas, USA: prof. dr. Patrick Stover (vice chancellor and dean for agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M AgriLife and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research) and prof. dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz (TAMU professor and the president of the Texas Polonia).
The talks concerned the existing cooperation initiated by the AMU Faculty of Modern Languages, within the Horizon 2020 COLING project), whose coordinator at AMU is prof. Tomasz Wicherkiewicz, PhD.
This cooperation refers to the Polish activities of prof. Jim Mazurkiewicz. In 2019, during the stay of prof. Katarzyna Klessa and prof. Maciej Karpinski in the US, at the University of Texas at Austin, the Wielkopolska dialect still preserved in the Chappel Hill area among the Mazurkiewicz family and neighbours was documented.
During the current visit, Prof. Mazurkiewicz donated to the UAM a set of archival audio-video recordings of traditional Polish music performed by Texas artists. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences for his scholarly work and activity in supporting Polish-Texan relations.
An important point on the agenda of the meeting was to discuss the possibility of broadening the scope of joint activities between the AMU and TAMU to the main areas of interest of the University of Texas, such as: agricultural and biological sciences, earth sciences, biochemistry, genetics and molecular biology and chemistry.
Both parties expressed their will to establish such cooperation, including research and teaching staff exchange.