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Sam Rubin is a recent B.A. Summa Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College, where he studied music and politics. His research interests center around the relationship between composer and government, citizen and state, and artist and the market. Through Fulbright, Sam seeks to better understand contemporary political unrest in Poland, Europe, and his home the US through the lens of musical composition. His research, to be completed at the Institute of Art and the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music (Katowice,) will focus predominantly on the work and political activities of the luminary Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, with further complementary study of the mid to late 20th century Polish musical Avant-Garde at large. While in Poland, Sam will complete ethnographic interviews with colleagues and students of Górecki, with the goal of expanding the written-body of English language scholarship on the composer’s contentious departure as rector of the Szymanowski Academy in 1979. Sam is particularly interested in the ideology and doings of the Katowice branch of the Catholic Intellectuals Club, which Górecki formed shortly after leaving the school. A classically-trained violist and amateur mandolinist, Sam hopes to deeply engage with Poles through music during his stay.