At the Institute for the Study of Nationalities (Polish: Instytut Badan Spraw Narodowosciowych, IBSN) board meeting held on September 17, 1931, a decision was taken to establish the Seminar for the Study of Nationalities (Polish: Seminarium Narodowosciowe, SN) within the framework of this institution. It was believed that starting an educational programme would enable to quickly create a group of young specialists, scientists and broadly defined administrative officers characterized by their understanding of and openness to, national minorities issues in Poland, both in the national and Promethean concept. The one year curriculum of the Seminar (SN) included lectures and seminar activities during which its participants were obliged to present the results of their own inquiries carried out with the assistance of the lecturers in the form of papers. In 1938 the SN's Graduates Circle was set up to enable the former students of the SN to continue their ethnic research which had already been started.
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