31 Years since the Collapse of Communism in Czechoslovakia
The importance of preserving memory increases as we move further and further away from the lived experience of Communism in Czechoslovakia from 1948-1989. The ‘Spytaj sa Vasich’ Project aims to do just that and offers a collage of excerpts (written and video) to chronicle what it was like to live under, and eventually overthrow, the Communist regime.
Slovak-Themed Panels at Annual SSA Meeting
This year’s annual Association of Slavic, East European and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) Convention promises to deliver a wealth of research findings from across the globe as a variety of scholars will present from their own time zones via Zoom!
Download (see below) a list of the Slovak-related panels to be presented online (not in person!) at the 2020 ASEEES Convention: Nov. 5-8 and Nov. 14-15. All times listed are EST.
Please note that the annual Slovak Studies Association meeting will be held on Friday, Nov. 6 from 6:30-8:30pm, EST—Virtual Convention Platform, Room 6.
October 28, 1918
A couple of related happenings:
See the NY Chapter of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences tree-planting announcement
Perhaps appropriately on Czechoslovak Independence Day, Kosice’s downtown ‘Prior’ department store (today ‘Tesco’) is getting a cleaning! ‘Prior’ was established under Communism in the 1980s, it reportedly became one of the first ‘K-Mart’ stores after the regime change in 1989! Photo courtesy of Kosice noted tour guide, Milan Kolcun (via Facebook).
by Bill Tarkulich
Presented by the Slovak American Society of Washington, DC (SASW)
Saturday, October 24th, 2:00 PM (EST)
This presentation provides a broad overview of the events that precipitated the attack, the battle itself, and its impact on the future of the country’s villages and people. The battle involved 1,350 tanks and 139,000 casualties, earning the site the name “The Valley of Death.” Yet here in the United States, it remains one of the least-known battles of the war.
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Bill Tarkulich is the grandson of Carpatho-Rusyn grandparents from the villages of Nová Sedlica and Zboj, in the far northeastern corner of Slovakia, on the borders of Poland and Ukraine. He has traveled throughout Slovakia, visiting and remaining in touch with many of his relatives, from Bratislava to the Ukrainian border. Bill travels throughout the United States, delivering presentations about the history of East Slovakia, and is the author of a website, iabsi.com, that helps people locate their ancestral villages in Slovakia. His current research interests are the daily life of ordinary people in Slovakia during the world wars and under communism. He holds university degrees in Electrical Engineering and Business Administration, and is retired.
Petro studied at Comenius University in Bratislava before moving to Canada and continuing his studies at the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Ph.D in Comparative Literature). He teaches Russian and Slavic literature at the University of British Columbia and holds the Chair of Modern European Studies.
The Association of the Slovak Writers’ Organisations awards the P. O. Hviezdoslav Prize each year to a translator of Slovak literature into a foreign language. In December last year, this prize was awarded to the literary scholar, PETER PETRO, who lives in Canada. He was awarded the prize for his translations into English.
The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center is pleased to invite you to the 2020 Summer Seminars, presented by the John and Helen Timo Foundation. This exciting series features interactive presentations with some of the most prominent Carpatho-Rusyn American scholars working today.
The six seminars are thematically split into two groups:
- Great Carpatho-Rusyn Americans
- Being Carpatho-Rusyn American
These are all live events that include the opportunity to ask questions in real time.
The seminars are free to attend, but registration and a free Zoom account are required.
By: Alexander Duleba (ed.)
This publication is an outcome of the research project entitled “EU-Ukraine
Association Agreement and the Slovak-Ukrainian Cross-Border Cooperation:
Implications and Opportunities” implemented by the Institute of Political Science at
the Faculty of Arts of the University of Prešov.