Associate Professor of Music and Department Chair
Lang Music Building 402
Barbara Milewski is Associate Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College. She earned an AB from Bowdoin College, and an MA and PhD from SUNY Stony Brook and Princeton University, respectively. A Polish music specialist, she has lectured extensively on Chopin and folk music, Polish musical memory, and music of the concentration camps. Recently she has explored narratives of Polish/Jewish identity in the music of Polish films created during the first half of the twentieth century. Her scholarship has appeared in 19th-century Music, Polin: Studies in Polish Jewry, 19th-century Music Review, and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. With Bret Werb she also researched and produced the compact disc, Aleksander Kulisiewicz: Ballads and Broadsides. Her translations of Polish songs for that recording, as well as for Thomas Pasatieri's song cycle Letter to Warsaw, and Paul Schoenfield's Camp Songs, have brought wider attention to the remarkable repertoire of topical songs created in the Nazi camps. Her work has been generously supported by fellowships and prizes awarded by Fulbright, the American Musicological Society, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America, and the Kosciuszko Foundation. Most recently she was awarded a Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award. Her latest essay, "Remembering the Concentration Camps: Aleksander Kulisiewicz and his Concerts of Prisoners’ Songs in the Federal Republic of Germany,” will appear this fall in Dislocated Memories: Jews, Music, and Postwar German Culture, ed. by Tina Frühauf and Lily Hirsch. She is currently at work on a book-length study that explores Krystyna Żywulska's musical-poetic activities in Auschwitz-Birkenau.