Slovak Studies Association

Remembering Nov. 17, 1989

31 Years since the Collapse of Communism in Czechoslovakia

Short video introducing the ‘Spytaj sa Vasich’ Project

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.

ASEEES Virtual Convention, 2020

ASEEES 2020 Convention

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, ESTVirtual Convention Platform, Room 6.

Happy Czechoslovak Independence Day!

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).

“The Battle of Dukla Pass”

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.

To register in advance for this Zoom webinar, please visit:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Please contact if you have questions.

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,, 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.

‘TRANSLATION IS A DUEL’ Literárne informačné centrum

Read the interview with Peter Petro, who translated the Rivers of Babylon trilogy into English.

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.

Exkluzívny film: ‘Spýtaj sa vašich 68’

On this 52nd anniversary of the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, we encourage you to take a minute to watch (and share) this firsthand account in the form of a film: Spýtaj sa vašich 68.

View the trailer

Summer 2020 Webinar Series: Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center

Carpatho-Rusyn Summer 2020 Webinar Series

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.

More information at their 2020 Summer Seminar Website

“The Year of Zuzana Čaputová”

Slovak President Zuzana Caputova

The current edition of the Slovak news magazine Týždeň focuses on Zuzana Čaputová‘s first year as President of Slovakia. See her interview with the magazine as well as on television with journalist Štefan Hríb.

New Publication

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.

Webinar–“Slovakia: New Government, New Challenges”

Our colleagues at Friends of Slovakia partnered with the German Marshall Fund of the United States on April 28, 2020 to present this special webinar event which can be viewed below.


  • Dr. Kevin Deegan Krause, Associate Professor of Political Science, Wayne State University, Michigan
  • Pavol Demeš, Senior Non-Resident Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States
  • Dr. Grigorij Mesežnikov, President, Institute for Public Affairs, Bratislava
  • Moderator: Jonathan Katz, Senior Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States 

“Slovakia has woken up.” “Seismic anger…” “March of the inexperienced.” These were some of the headlines in the days after Slovakia’s February 28 parliamentary election, in which an amalgam of opposition parties soundly defeated the long-time governing party. The new government, sworn-in wearing surgical masks and gloves, faces the immediate challenge of managing the health impact and economic fallout from coronavirus without losing sight of its broader objectives. How will it convert its anti-corruption message into practical measures? What do the election results say about the popularity of right-wing populists, the role of the Hungarian minority in Slovak society, and Slovakia’s relations with its Visegrad neighbors? Will Slovakia’s approach on the major issues facing the European Union shift? What approach should the United States take with the new government?

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