Storm Lake
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Danuta Zamojska Hutchins, of Storm Lake, was born in Warsaw, Poland and experienced the ravages of Nazi occupation, their reprisals for the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 and Poland’s fall to communism after its liberation by the Soviet Army. Dr. Hutchins left Poland in 1962 to study American literature and language at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. in Modern Languages, Education and Linguistics from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Dr. Hutchins has taught Slavic Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Buena Vista College (now University) at Storm Lake, Iowa; Indiana University at Bloomington, Indiana; Iowa State University at Ames, Iowa and Ohio State University at Columbus, Ohio. She has also taught courses in German Language, Literature and History and Russian Language and Literature at Teikyo-Westmar University and Westmar University at Le Mars, Iowa from which she retired at its closure in 1995. She has authored many papers and book chapters in her field and has written four books of general interest. Her early retirement enabled her to devote her time to her artwork, resulting in several successful group and solo exhibits of paintings, etchings and sculpture.

Dr. Hutchins and her husband, a professor of Chemistry at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, have two grown children, Edward and Maria.

The Butterfly Effect: ­ Why Do We Feel Empathy with the Victims of War, Hunger, Terror and Natural Disasters?
Referring to her book, “Torn Out Memories,” Dr. Hutchins tells the experiences of a child living under the Nazi occupation of Poland and during the Warsaw Uprising. She relates her personal trauma to the terrors suffered by the victims of 9/11 attacks.

Herbert Hoover’s Role in Distributing Food in Post WWI and WWII in Europe
As a child, Dr. Hutchins experienced firsthand President Hoover’s distribution of food in Poland after WWII. A chapter in her book, “Torn Out Memories,” gives details of those experiences and her connection with the Hoover birthplace in West Branch.

Sacred and Profane Art Presented in Power Point
are the issues and images of the human body in European art of the Middle Ages through the present. Images selected include examples of figurative paintings, drawings and caricature, as well as sculpture. Discussion centers on both the aesthetic and the philosophic considerations of the human image as a vehicle of veneration and beauty versus that of scorn and distortion.

Flowers of the Prairie
With a copy of the “Prairie and Woodland Flowers Coloring Book” as reference, this presentation identifies prairie wildflowers, their common English names and Linnaeus-based classification in Latin. It informs when they blossom, where they grow and what medicinal and food uses have they served during the times of early pioneers and Native American Peoples. With the “hands-on” component of drawing/coloring images of those flowers, this presentation can be taken to the local prairies or prairie gardens and tailored to specific ages and interests upon request.

Understanding and Reading Slavic Poetry in English Translation
This presentation includes recitation and discussion of poems and short poetic works written by the most outstanding contemporary Slavic authors, centered especially on women poets. Discovering some intimate details in their biographies and significant events surrounding them and their epoch enhance the understanding of selected works and bring these poets to life. Some humorous commentaries on the idiomatic and cultural differences between the works’ original language and that of the English translation provide a glimpse into the task of literary transposition from a very personal vantage point by Danuta Hutchins, herself a poet and published translator of many poetic works into and from the English language.