Thank you for coming!

Dear Friends,

Thank you for coming to our programs in the year 2015!

Your comments and suggestions are welcome. If you were not able to attend our events please review them under 2015 Events in the sidebar or you can access a PDF file with SVU-NY 2015 EVENTS OVERVIEW.

Many thanks to Jitka Illner for her successful years as the president of our SVU NY chapter and very warm welcome to Christopher Harwood as the new president.

We are looking forward to seeing you at some of our exciting programs in the next 2016 season.

Wishing you Joyful Holidays and Happy New Year!

The Board

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European Ukraine or Eurasian Little Russia

A Talk and Book Presentation by Professor PAUL R. MAGOCSI, PhD. University of Toronto, Canada
Organized by Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences/ NY with Carpatho –Rusyn Society/ New York Chapter
Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 5pm

Professor Magocsi, scholar and a major force behind the modern Carpatho-Rusyn revival, discussed present-day instability in Eastern Europe made worse by the interest of Putin’s Russia and Orban’s Hungary in Ukraine’s Transcarpathian region (historic Subcarpathian Oblast), territory of former Czechoslovakia until 1939. He also introduced his latest book “With Their Backs to the Mountains: A History of the Carpathian Rus’ and Carpatho-Rusyns”.


Paul Robert Magocsi, PhD. holds degrees from Princeton University (Ph.D. 1972) and Harvard University (Society of Fellows 1976). Since 1980 he is a professor history and political science at the University of Toronto, where he also holds the professorial chair of Ukrainian Studies. He has published 30 books including The Shaping of a National Identity: Subcarpathian Rus’, 1848-1948 (1978); Galicia: A Historical Survey and Bibliographic Guide (1983); Historical Atlas of East Central/Central Europe (1993/2002); The Roots of Ukrainian Nationalism (2002); and Ukraine: An Illustrated History (2007). He is also co-editor and main author of the Encyclopedia of Rusyn History and Culture (University of Toronto Press (2002).

From the right: Martin Dvořák, Consul General of the Czech Republic, Andrea Kaufman, President of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, New York Chapter and Helena Fišera, Board Member SVU-NY
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6 MINUTES II: Academic Show & Tell

Thursday, November 12 at 7 PM
Bohemian National Hall in NYC

In cooperation with the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic.

Czech and Slovak students and Fulbright scholars at universities and institutions in the New York City area were challenged to present the subject of their studies and research, in any field, in a short presentation limited to six minutes. In English.

Presenters included: Vanda Černohorská (sociology-Yale University), Václav Kučera (mathematics-Brown University), Veronika Mišunová (finances-USB), Josef Nejedlý (international law-New York University), Jiří Pelcl (design-Pratt Institute), Anna Pravdová (art history-Art Institute of Chicago), Andrea Průchová (visual culture-New York University, Pratt Institute) and Michael Vintr (international security studies-Columbia University).


PHOTOS are available at SVU-NY FB page:
Video will be available later.

Thank you Vlado Simko, MD for your enthusiastic review:
“…The 6 Minutes program is most resourceful and witty opus from the production generated by the Halsey inventive engine.

… The quality of the speakers, their English fluency and self confidence, as well as the tight moderation by Christopher (Harwood) were admirable.
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Solving World’s Problems: A talk by H.E. Edita Hrda


Due to unforeseen circumstances the event has to be postponed to a later date. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
The Board

Wednesday, October 7 at 6:30pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Floor
New York City

Come and learn first-hand from H.E. Edita Hrdá about her work, challenges and accomplishments in the last 4 years during her demanding post as the Czech ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN.

Please RSVP:

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Forget or Forgive: A talk by Dr. Ondrej Krajnak

Wed, Sept 16, 2015 at 6:30pm
Bohemian National Hall in NY


ONDREJ KRAJŇÁK is a documentary filmmaker. He received his PhD in journalism from the John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin. Since 2004, he is the head of the History Department at Nation’s Memory Institute (Ústav Pamäti národa) in Bratislava where he has created an audio visual archive. During the communist era, Dr. Krajňák participated in the underground church movement. He is a member of the Slovak Confederation of Political Prisoners and of the Steering Committee of European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

The evening included a screening of a Slovak documentary film “Ako som mal začiat tretiu svetovu vojnu” (Accused of Planning WW III) by Juraj Brocko. Based on  a true story of a political prisoner Karol Noskovic, one of thousands innocent victims of red terror in the 1950s, the film offers a dramatic testimony of paranoid communist system and portraits an example of brutal, neo-Stalinist persecution in Slovakia.

Dr. Krajňák also awarded a special merit medal to our board member Gabriel Levický for his participation in the political dissent movement during the Communism in Slovakia.

ÚPN udeľuje Gabrielovi Levickému ďakovný list a pamätnú medailu “Za osobnú účasÅ¥ v boji proti komunistickému režimu a svedectvo života pre zachovanie živej pamäte”.
… a dekrét o priznaní postavenia účastníka protikomunistického postoja.
Podľa §11 odst.3 zákona č. 219/2006 Z.z. o protikomunistickom odboji v znení zákona č. 58/2009 Z.z

For Dr. Krajňák’s Power Point presentation in English please click here:

Photos at SVU NY Facebook Page

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Short Long Journey-Documentary Fim

WED, JUNE 10 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall , 3rd fl.
321 E 73 Str, Manhattan NYC

Moderated by Gabriel Levicky
Photo Miro Svolík


Suggested donation $5.00

The Short Long Journey|Kratka dlouha cesta, (2009) is a powerful documentary capturing the journey of Fedor Gal, a respected Czech sociologist, as he follows his father’s fate after his transport from the Terezin ghetto. Born in March of 1945 in Terezin, Gal never met his father because by then, he was moved to the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen. His father was shot dead during a death march in the same year Gal was born, two months before the end of the WWII. Gal reflects on the horrific past, life, death and humanity bringing a parallel to societal malaise that still survives in the present.

82min. With English subtitles.
Directed by Martin Hanzlicek
Music by Marian Varga

Short Long Journey

6 MINUTES I, April 28 at 7pm

Czech and Slovak Academic Show&Tell
In Cooperation with CUCEE Club at Columbia University
Bohemian National Hall, 321 E 73 St, New York City

The young and bright Czech and Slovak women and men, students, interns and Fulbright scholars studying or working at universities and institutions in the New York City area were challenged to present the subject of their studies, in any field, in a short presentation limited to six minutes each.
The event was a great success! Thanks to all!

6 MINUTES I program notes

PHOTOS from the event are on our Face Book Page.
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