New Book Available from Slavica Publishers – Into the Spotlight: New Writing from Slovakia

Slavica Publishers has recently published, Into the Spotlight: New Writing from Slovakia, which features sixteen Slovak authors who have been shortlisted for or have won some of the most prestigious Slovak and European literary awards. They represent the Slovak literary scene across the lines of gender, age, style and subject matter. Most importantly, all of them are living authors, engaging with today’s world and carrying on conversations with other contemporary writers and readers.

With contributions from: Veronika Šikulová – Uršuľa Kovalyk – Pavel Vilikovský – Jana Beňová – Viťo Staviarsky – Dušan Mitana – Balla – Pavol Rankov – Zuzana Cigánová – Monika Kompaníková – Michal Hvorecký – Lukáš Luk – Marek Vadas – Alta Vášová – Ivana Dobrakovová – Peter Macsovszky

Published with support from the Centre for Information on Literature/SLOLIA (Slovak Literature Abroad).

Advance praise for Into the Spotlight:

“Though Into the Spotlight is drawn from the work of writers from one of Europe’s smallest countries, this source reveals itself to be something like a magic lamp out of which comes a multitude of subjects, themes and styles well out of proportion to its size. Like the best writers this anthology brilliantly balances the specific and the universal. There are stories that could have taken place anywhere – of love and hate, beauty and ugliness, illness and music – stories distinctly and intriguingly Slovak – of a devout Slovak’s imprisonment in the Russian Gulag, the rough and tumble world of the country’s Roma – stories from other countries and continents, and stories that seem to come from other worlds entirely – of real or imaginary doubles and surreal nocturnal circuses.”

— Michael Stein, Literalab

Into the Spotlight: New Writing from Slovakia is available from https://slavica.indiana.edu/bookListings/Three_String_Books/Into_the_Spotlight

Noted Warhol Scholar Captivates Large Crowd at Slovak Embassy

Dr. Elaine Rusinko, a professor of Russian at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Andy Warhol scholar, presented a wide-ranging and fascinating talk on April 21st about pop artist Andy Warhol and his Rusyn heritage.  Enhanced by an extensive slide presentation, Dr. Rusinko established Warhol’s Rusyn ethnicity despite popular media referring to him as of Czech origin.  The Rusyns are a stateless minority in Slovakia and several neighboring countries. Dr. Rusinko described Warhol’s ancestral birthplace in Mikova in present-day Slovakia and the development of the Warhol Museum of Modern Art in Medzilaborce, Slovakia.  She noted Warhol has become one of the leading modern artists with a painting sold recently for more than $100 million.

Born in Pittsburgh, Andy was a talented artist at an early age and was influenced by the icons of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church. Through her slides, Dr. Rusinko was able to compare some similarities between these icons and several of Warhol’s works.  He was also heavily influenced and encouraged by his mother, Julia, who was widowed when Andy was 14 years old.  Julia also lived with Andy for more than twenty years during his New York career.

More than 70 persons attended the lecture at the Slovak Embassy in Washington, D.C.  The talk was co-sponsored by the National Capital Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

Copies of Rusinko’s monograph “We Are All Warhol’s Children”: Andy and the Rusyns were available at the event.  She is also the author of Straddling Borders: Literature  and Identity in Sub-Carpathian Rus.  Presently, Dr. Rusinko is writing a biography of Julia, Andy’s mother.

Accidental Hero at Ford’s Theatre – April 2nd

Ford’s Theatre Society, the American Friends of the Czech Republic, and Mr. and Mrs. Frederic V. Malek cordially invite you and a guest to attend a special performance of “The Accidental Hero,” a miraculous true story about freedom, World War II, and the inescapable question, “Who am I?”

Ford’s Theatre
511 Tenth Street, NW,
Washington, DC
Sunday, April 2, 2017

7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Performance followed by a conversation with the artist.

“The Accidental Hero” is written and performed by Patrick Dewane, telling the true story of his grandfather, a World War II officer who miraculously liberated his own grandparents’ native villages in Czechoslovakia. 

Patrick Dewane’s grandfather refused to talk about his service in the war. Yet when he died, his basement yielded a treasure trove of typewritten accounts, photos and rare film footage. 

Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life as an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences. Dewane takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey from Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge, and the end of WWII.

Reserve tickets online at www.fords.org/productions/accidental-hero/

Epiphany Church in Annandale, VA serving meals during Lent

Epiphany Church in Annandale, VA will be serving savory, meatless, Eastern European meals every Friday during Lent (March 3 – April 7) for dining-in and take-out. The menu will include pirohy (potato & cheese-filled), halushki (sauteed noodles with cabbage) and homemade vegetarian soups & desserts.

Meal items are priced separately. Quantities may vary.

Take-out: 4-7:00pm
Dine-in: 5-7:00pm

Slovak and Ukrainian handiwork and ceramics, egg decorating kits, nut rolls, and cookbooks will also be on sale. Sale times of these items may vary.

Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church
3410 Woodburn Rd.
Annandale, VA
(703) 573-3986
www.epiphanyofourlord.org

SASW Appoints Virginia Sorkin to its Board

The Slovak American Society of Washington (SASW) is pleased to announce the appointment of Virginia Sorkin to its board of directors.  Ms. Sorkin, the holder of two masters degrees, will fill the seat of Ludo Hintos who resigned recently. Virginia Sorkin most recently worked in information technology at the Library of Congress. She also managed the National Digital Library Visitors Center.

Ms. Sorkin said she was pleased to join the board and will focus her efforts on membership and scholarship fundraising.  She is a member of the American Association of University Women, the Brandeis National Committee and The Transition Network.  She hopes to develop some joint activities with these groups.

The SASW Board urges its members and other interested parties to consider running for the board at its October membership meeting to be held at the Slovak Embassy.  Three seats of the nine member board will be up for election, including the seat held by Ms. Sorkin.  One or two other seats may be open.

Interested parties should make their interest known to the SASW Board (info@dcslovaks.org).  The board meets monthly and would be pleased to host interested parties at one of its board meeting.

2017 SASW Speakers’ Series

The SASW is proud to announce its 2017 Speakers’ Series. Since 2003, the SASW has hosted a diverse range of speakers ranging from policy experts, academics, genealogists, folklorists, diplomats, authors and historians on Slovak-related topics. 

February 23rd – Dr. Kimberly Zarecor will talk about her recent book, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960.

April (TBA) – Dr. Elaine Rusinko will give a talk on “Andy Warhol: The Carpatho-Rusyn King of American Pop Art.”

June (TBA) – Dr. Charles Sabatos will discuss the classic historical novel, Out Of This Furnace, which tells the tale of a Slovak/Rusyn family in Braddock, PA.

October 21st – Dr. Paul Hinlicky will give a talk on “Lutheranism in Slovakia: From the Reformation to Samuel Stefan Osusky.”

Further details will be provided closer to the scheduled date of the event.

The books, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity and Out Of This Furnace, are available for purchase through AmazonSmile. Please click on the link below whenever you shop on Amazon and you’ll help support the SASW.

https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-1906440

Contributions to the SASW will only be made on purchases through the AmazonSmile website.

Eugene Cernan Passes at 82: Last Man to Walk on the Moon

Eugene Cernan, Slovak-American and the last man to walk on the moon, died on January 16, 2017.

Cernan flew into space three times and twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface.

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a statement after Cernan’s death, “Truly, America has lost a patriot and pioneer who helped shape our country’s bold ambitions to do things that humankind had never before achieved.”

Cernan piloted the Gemini 9 mission in June 1966 and logged more than two hours outside the orbiting capsule. In May 1969, he was the lunar module pilot of Apollo 10, which descended to within eight nautical miles of the moon’s surface. He concluded his historic space exploration career as commander of Apollo 17, the last human mission to the moon in December 1972. En route to the moon, the crew captured an iconic photo of the home planet, popularly known as the “Blue Marble” photo.

As he left the lunar surface, Cernan said, “America’s challenge of today has forged man’s destiny of tomorrow. As we leave the moon and Taurus-Littrow, we leave as we came, and, God willing, we shall return, with peace and hope for all mankind.”

Cernan retired from the U.S. Navy and ended his NASA career in 1976. He went into private business and served as television commentator for early flights of the space shuttle.

Cernan was born in Chicago on March 14, 1934. He graduated from Proviso Township High School in Maywood, IL, and received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University in 1956. He earned a M.S. degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.

Cernan is survived by his wife, Jan Nanna Cernan, his daughter and son-in-law, Tracy Cernan Woolie and Marion Woolie, step-daughters Kelly Nanna Taff and husband, Michael, and Danielle Nanna Ellis and nine grandchildren.

Source: NASA

Support the SASW through AmazonSmile

The Slovak American Society of Washington (SASW) is now a participant in AmazonSmile, a program sponsored by Amazon to support 501(c)(3) public charitable organizations. For each dollar you spend through AmazonSmile, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases to the SASW.

Those who have Amazon.com accounts can use them on the AmazonSmile website and will access to their shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registries as well as their account settings.

Please click on the link below to do your holiday shopping on Amazon and help support the SASW. Contributions to the SASW will only be made on purchases through the AmazonSmile website.

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War hero Imrich Gablech passes away at 101

General Imrich Gablech passed away on December 16th and the age of 101. Gablech joined the RAF in 1941 and flew with the 312th Czechoslovak Squadron. Like many Czechoslovak pilots who flew with the RAF, he was persecuted by the communist regime and forced into manual labor after he returned home after the war.

Please click the link below to the Memory of Nations (“Pamet Naroda”) website to read more about his amazing story.

http://www.pametnaroda.cz/witness/index/id/1238