Category Archives: Past Speakers

Lutheranism in Slovakia: From the Reformation to Samuel Stefan Osusky (10/21/2017)

October 21, 2017 Embassy of the Slovak Republic 3523 International Court, NW Washington, DC 2:00 PM Dr. Paul Hinlicky will give a talk about the prominent Slovak Lutheran intellectual, Samuel Štefan Osusky. Throughout the German mining colonies in “Upper Hungary,” the Reformation message of Martin Luther quickly spread and took hold.  By 1670, some 80 percent of the parishes […]

Book Discussion: Out Of This Furnace (6/24/2017)

June 24, 2:00pm Arlington Central Library 2nd-floor Meeting Room 1015 N Quincy St Arlington, VA Dr. Charles Sabatos will lead a discussion of Slovak themes in Thomas Bell’s novel, Out of This Furnace.  Thomas Bell’s 1941 novel Out of This Furnace is the best-known depiction of Slovak immigrants in American literature.  It was translated from […]

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 […]

Andy Warhol: The Carpatho-Rusyn King of American Pop Art (4/21/2017)

April 21, 2017  Embassy of the Slovak Republic  3523 International Ct NW Washington, DC 6:30 PM Dr. Elaine Rusinko will make a slide presentation on “Andy Warhol: The Carpatho-Rusyn King of American Pop Art” Andy Warhol is the world’s most famous American of Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry; the icons of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church were his first exposure […]

Book Talk: Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity (2/23/2017)

February 23, 2017 Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom St., NW Washington, DC 6:00 PM Professor Kimberly Zarecor of Iowa State University will give a talk on her recent book, Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960. Eastern European prefabricated housing blocks are often vilified as the visible manifestations of everything […]

Celebrating and Commemorating: The Slovak Folk Calendar in the Fall

Saturday, October 1, 2016 Arlington Central Library 1015 N Quincy St, Arlington, VA 2nd Floor Meeting Room 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM How much do you know about the Slovak folk calendar, the traditional events that mark the flow of time in village life? What are the origins of these events, and what are they […]

Book Talk: “Dreams of a Great Small Nation” by Kevin McNamara

October 22, 2016 Slovak Embassy 2:00 – 4:00 PM Following our annual meeting on Saturday, October 22nd we are hosting a talk by the author Kevin McNamara about his recent well-received book, “Dreams of a Great Small Nation” at the Slovak Embassy. In 1917, two empires that had dominated much of Europe and Asia teetered […]

Today’s International Challenges for Slovak Lawyers

May 6, 2016 Embassy of the Slovak Republic 7:00 – 8:30 PM Is Slovakia’s legal education system sufficiently preparing a new generation of international lawyers for the dilemmas they will face across the globe? They will be challenged by a variety of legal cultures across the world, different understandings of what “law” is, and how […]

Slovak Immigration to the U.S. and Canada: Similarities and Differences

October 31, 2015 Embassy of the Slovak Republic 2:00 – 4:00 PM How does Slovak immigration to the U.S. compare to Slovak immigration to Canada? Professor Mark Stolarik, who has been studying Slovak communities in North America for the past 50 years, will compare and contrast Slovak immigration to these two countries from the 1870s […]