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Lecture Series: Shifting Landscape of Neglected Central Europe

Fourth Annual Lecture Series sponsored by the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota: Shifting Landscape of Neglected Central Europe

Past, Present and Future of the Czech and Slovak Republics and their roles in the Vysegrad Four, the European Union, NATO, Transatlantic Relations and Global Affairs

Location: City Bella, Community Room, 6600 Lyndale Ave. So, Richfield,
MN 55423

The Roma in the Context of Current Civil Rights Issues
Europe's oldest and largest minority

Thursday, November 15th, 2012
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
William A. Duna is an American Gypsy descended from Hungarian musicians who
emigrated to the U. S. in 1893. He has been active in the music field as a
teacher, writer, performer and entertainment consultant and is the director
of Basipen, the Society for the Preservation of Gypsy Music. He has also
lectured at the University of Minnesota, has been appointed by two
presidents to the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and has directed
efforts to obtain recognition of the persecution of Gypsies in the
Holocaust and throughout history. In the present day he continues to
actively pursue Roma civil rights.

The Bolshevik Revolution and the Czech Legion
Thursday, January 24th, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Stavrou is a Professor of Russian history at the University of
Minnesota, where he also directs the Modern Greek Studies Program. He is
the recipient of many national and international awards, including
Distinguished Teacher at the University of Minnesota. Born on the Island
of Cyprus, Dr. Stavrou has received his PhD at Indiana University in the
field of Russian and East European history. He studied at Leningrad State
University (1963-64) under the auspices of the Cultural Exchange Agreement
between the United States and the Soviet Union. A strong believer in the
power of cultural exchanges, Dr. Stavrou has visited the Soviet Union and
Eastern Europe for nearly four decades. Dr. Stavrou is the author and/or
editor of books on Russian history and culture. He is currently working on
two ambitious projects, one dealing with relations between Greeks and Slavs
in the 19th century, and the other on religious experiences of Russian
people in the 20th century.

The Hapsburg Empire and the birth of Czechoslovakia
Thursday, February 23rd, 2013
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Dr. Cohen was educated at the University of Southern California and
Princeton University. Between 1976 and 2001, he taught courses on modern
European social and political history and East-Central Europe in the 19thand 20
th centuries at the University of Oklahoma. In 2001, he joined the
University of Minnesota as the director of the Center for Austrian Studies,
executive editor of The Austrian History Yearbook, and Professor of History.
Prof. Cohen's research has focused on social development, ethnic group
relations, and education in modern Austria and the Czech lands. His
publications include *The Politics of Ethnic Survival: Germans in Prague
and Education* and *Middle-Class Society in Imperial Austria, 1848-1918*,
and *Němci v Praze, 1861-1914*. Prof. Cohen's scholarship has earned
national and international recognition. He currently serves on the
advisory board for the modern history unit of the Austrian Academy of
Sciences. The Collegium Carolinum in Munich elected him a full member in
2003, and the Republic of Austria awarded him its Ehrenkreuz (cross of
honor) for Science and Arts, in 2009. In 2011, members of the Austrian
Academy of Sciences elected Prof. Cohen a Corresponding Member of the
Academy's humanities and social science sections.

Attendance is free, but contributions are welcome.

For further information contact: www.cs-center.org

Dr. Allyn Johnson (763-670-3016, john2023@umn.edu)

Dr. Renáta Tichá (651-587-9621; tich0018@umn.edu)

Dr. Josef Mestenhauser (612-822-8862; j-mest@umn.edu)

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