SASW Speakers' Series

The SASW Speakers’ Series, which started in 2003, grew out of the occasional SASW-sponsored talks that were held mainly at SASW annual meetings.  At first, the talks were mostly events of opportunity, scheduled to take advantage of speakers who were local or who happened to be in the area and were often scheduled sporadically.  But with the launch of the Speakers’ Series, SASW sought out scholars and other people who are knowledgeable about different aspects of Slovakia and its culture.  What we originally thought would be a somewhat limited pool of speakers has turned out to be a large group of experts who are delighted to have an audience that also shares their interest in Slovakia and their specialties.

Over the years, the assortment of subjects has been broad, from immigration to music, genealogy, politics, literature, architecture, travel, history, and crime novels.  Our range of speakers has also been impressive.  Policy experts, academics, genealogists, folklorists, current and former diplomatic staff, authors, an architect, researchers, and historians have all shared their knowledge and views with us.  Their presentations have given us overviews of their subject field, as well as caught us up on their own research.

We are always eager to hear your suggestions about topics of interest and potential speakers.  If you would like to see a comprehensive list of past speakers, please click this link List of Speakers.

Past Speakers

April 6, 2024
“Who Do I Think I Am? Finding Family in Slovakia”
by Pam Anderson, Owner of Anderson CoGen, Franklin County, PA

March 6, 2024
A Magnet for Talent: How Slovakia Chose to Tackle Its Brain-Drain Problem
Iva Kleinová, Director of Strategy, Research and Innovation Authority (VAIA)

October 28, 2023
Secrets of the Slovak Language and Culture
Dr. Renáta Kamenárová, University of Pittsburgh

September 30, 2023
Vineyards in Slovakia Through the Ages
Dr. Ján Vingárik, Upper Nitra Museum, Prievidza, Slovakia

June 10, 2023
Streetcar Parishes
Robert Zecker, Professor of History, St. Francis Xavier University, Canada

April 13, 2023
Slovakia@30: 30 Years of Slovak Civil Society
Zuzana Wienk, Director of the Civic Association, Bystriny

March 16, 2023
Slovakia@30: 30 Years of the Slovak Economy
Ivan Mikloš, President of MESA 10 and former Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister of the Slovak Republic

February 23, 2023
Slovakia@30: 30 Years of Slovak Domestic Politics
Dr. Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University

January 18, 2023
Slovakia@30: 30 Years of Slovak Foreign Policy
H.E. Radovan Javorčík, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States

November 5, 2022
Argonauts of the Eastern Bloc: Environmentalism in Slovakia after the Velvet Revolution
Prof. Edward Snajdr, John Jay College, CUNY

September 17, 2022
Threads Across Time: Rusyn/Slovak Spinning, Weaving, and Bobbin Lacemaking
Mary Gido

March 5, 2022
Košice’s Influential Communist-Era Subversives
Prof. Marty Manor Mullins, Flathead Valley Community College

October 23, 2021
Seven Slovak Women. Portraits of Courage, Humanism, and Enlightenment
Prof. Josette Baer, University of Zurich (Switzerland)

September 9, 2021
I Am a Brave Bridge: An American Girl’s Hilarious and Heartbreaking Year in the Fledgling Republic of Slovakia
Sarah Hinlicky Wilson

June 10, 2021
Bringing Back Bodrik: A Traditional Solution to a Modern Problem
Robert Glowacky, wildlife filmmaker

May 15, 2021
The New Party Challenge in Slovakia: Understanding and Dealing with Constant Political Change
Prof. Kevin Deegan-Krause, Wayne State University
Prof. Tim Haughton, University of Birmingham (U.K.)

April 17, 2021
The Emperor and the Peasant: Two Men at the Start of the Great War and the End of the Habsburg Empire
Dr. Kenneth Janda, Professor Emeritus, Northwestern University

March 6, 2021
Zelený Nahlas: Environmentalism in Slovakia in the Revolution and After
Prof. Edward Snajdr, CUNY

February 6, 2021
The Great Return: How Reverse Migration Is Transforming Slovakia in the 21st Century
Zuzana Palovič from Global Slovakia

January 12, 2021
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in 2021
Cecilia Rokusek, Stefanie Kohn, and Dave Muhlena from the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library

December 13, 2020
Slovak and Czech Christmas Traditions
Gabriela Bereghazyová and Zuzana Palovič from Global Slovakia

October 31, 2020
Coal Mine Culture – a World of Its Own
John Righetti

October 24, 2020
The Battle of Dukla Pass
Bill Tarkulich

May 4, 2019
Six Events that Made Milan Štefánik a Founding Father of Czecho-Slovakia
Kevin J. McNamara

June 15, 2018
Borders on the Move: A Look at Southern Slovakia’s Tumultuous 20th Century
Professor Leslie M. Waters

May 4, 2018
Remaking Slovakia: The Gentle Revolution and Its Legacies, 1989-2018
Professor James Krapfl

April 21, 2018
Slovakia in 1968: Historical Complexities and Long-term Legacies
Dr. Carol Skalnik Leff

October 21, 2017
Lutheranism in Slovakia: From the Reformation to Samuel Štefan Osusky
Dr. Paul Hinlicky

February 23, 2017
Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 Part 1
Professor Kimberly Zarecor

February 23, 2017
Manufacturing a Socialist Modernity: Housing in Czechoslovakia, 1945-1960 Part 2
Professor Kimberly Zarecor

October 22, 2016
Dreams of a Great Small Nation
Kevin J. McNamara