Category Archives: Speakers

SASW Speakers’ Series: Six Events that Made Milan Štefánik a Founding Father of Czecho-Slovakia

The Slovak American Society of Washington, D.C.&Friends of Slovakia present: “Six Events that Made Milan Štefánik a FoundingFather of Czecho-Slovakia” by Kevin McNamaraForeign Policy Research Institute Saturday, May 4th, 1:30 pm Arlington Central LibraryBluemont Room (2nd Floor)1015 N Quincy Street, Arlington, VA Free admission, but RSVP is required by Wednesday, May 1st to rsvp@dcslovaks.org As the only wholly Slovak leader of the independence movement […]

Martin Votruba (1948-2018)

Martin Votruba (1948-2018) By Dr. Michael J. Kopanic, Jr. (Adjunct Professor of History, University of Maryland University College) It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of an outstanding teacher, dear friend and esteemed colleague, Professor Martin Votruba.  He served as the Head of Slovak Studies Program and was a Senior Lecturer […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: Prelude to February 1948: Crisis in Slovakia and the Roots of a Communist Coup D’Etat

Prelude to February 1948: Crisis in Slovakia and the Roots of a Communist Coup D’Etat by Dr. Luke Ryder, US Holocaust Museum Saturday, November 3rd, 2:00 pm Arlington Central Library 1015 N. Quincy Street Arlington, VA Admission is free, but RSVP is required, by Wednesday, October 31st, to rsvp@dcslovaks.org The Czechoslovak Communist Party’s (CPC) seizure of power in February 1948 […]

SASW Speakers’ Series – 1848: Slovaks between Imperial Vienna and Antagonistic Budapest – Saturday, October 20th

1848: Slovaks between Imperial Vienna and Antagonistic Budapest by Prof. Martin Votruba, University of Pittsburgh Saturday, October 20th, 2:00 PM Embassy of Slovakia 3523 International Ct, NW Washington, DC RSVP is required, by Wednesday, October 17th, to rsvp@dcslovaks.org Lajos Kossuth, the Kingdom of Hungary’s politician born to a Slovak nobleman father and a German mother, wrote in 1842 […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: The American Formation of Czecho-Slovakia: the Cleveland Agreement and the Pittsburgh Pact

The SASW and Friends of Slovakia present:   “The American Formation of Czecho-Slovakia: the Cleveland Agreement and the Pittsburgh Pact” by Prof. Gregory C. Ference, Salisbury University Saturday, September 29th, 2:00 pm Columbia Pike Branch Library 816 South Walter Reed Dr. Arlington, VA   Admission is free, but RSVP is required, by Wednesday, September 26th, to rsvp@dcslovaks.org With the outbreak of war in 1914, American […]

SASW Speakers’ Series – Borders on the Move: A Look at Southern Slovakia’s Tumultuous 20th Century

The SASW and Friends of Slovakia present:   Borders on the Move:  A Look at Southern Slovakia’s Tumultuous 20th Century by Prof. Leslie M. Waters, Randolph-Macon College Friday, June 15, 6:30 pm Embassy of the Slovak Republic 3523 International Court, NW  Washington, D.C. Admission is free, but RSVP is required, by 11 pm, Tuesday, June 12, to rsvp@dcslovaks.org In 1938, Germany’s […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: The Velvet Revolution and Divorce / Remaking Slovakia

The SASW and Friends of Slovakia (FOS) present: “The Velvet Revolution and Velvet Divorce as Witnessed by a U.S. Diplomat” by Amb. Ted Russell (Ret.), our first U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia and “Remaking Slovakia: The Gentle Revolution and Its Legacies, 1989-2018” by Prof. James Krapfl, McGill University, Montreal, Canada Friday, May 4, 6:30 pm Embassy […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: Czechoslovakia in 1968

  The SASW and Friends of Slovakia (FOS) present:  “Slovakia in 1968: Historical Complexities and Long-term Legacies” Saturday, April 21, 2:30 pm Thomas Jefferson Library 7415 Arlington Boulevard Falls Church, VA Dr. Carol Skalnik Leff (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) will discuss the role Slovakia played in the Prague Spring and its aftermath.  Her lecture will consider two issues.  First, it […]

SASW Speakers’ Series: 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 […]

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 […]