Join us for an evening with Vít Horejš who will discuss subversive puppet activity over three centuries and demonstrate magic marionette manipulation. The presentation will be followed by a screening of the award-winning documentary film Faust on a String, which traces the history of the centuries old Czech marionettes–sleeping beauties that came back to life – at Jan Hus Church on Upper East Side in New York City.
Vít Horejš is the Artistic Director of Czechoslovak American Marionette Theatre (CAMT) based in New York City. He is currently working on his next production “Duke Oldrich & Washerwoman Božena, the True Story”, a non-traditional staging of a traditional marionette play based on the story of love at first sight; and featuring the 11th century Duke who disregarded class boundaries in his marriage but forgot to mention some minor relationship details to his beloved. The show will run in November 2018 at the Jan Hus Playhouse. Visit czechmarionettes.org for more information.
* Czech and Slovak puppetry has been declared an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2017.
In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic.
Free and open to the public.
Suggested donation $5.00
Our events are made possible by the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).
March 21, 2018 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, New York City
Czech and Slovak artists, professionals, students and scholars at universities and institutions in the USA are challenged to present the subject of their project, their studies or research in a short presentation limited to six minutes. In English.
Moderated by Christopher Harwood, PhD, Columbia University
Presenters were: Veronika Cibulková, Aneta Chaloupková, Karel Hermánek, Renáta Kamenárová, Nora Kurzová, Pavel Kraus, Viktor Kryštufek, Dušan Prištic and Matej Vakula.
Organized in cooperation with the Slovak Consulate General in New York with the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).
Monday, March 26 at 6pm, 3rd floor
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Fl.
What a delightful fun evening! Two folk artists Marie Švírgová and Dagmar Benešová “malére?ky” from Podluží region in Moravia, Czech Republic, stopped in NYC before their return to the Czech Republic after giving a workshop at the Czech Embassy in Washington, DC. Thank you for spending your free time with us and sharing your traditions and craft. Marie Švírgová (80), from Lanžhot, has charmed us all with her art and youthful wit. Dagmar Hermi Benešová is a founder of Výtvarná folklorní akademie (Folk art Academy) preserving the decorative folk art of the region by teaching it to new generations. Kudos to Sarka Vamberova for making this event possible! Nice working with you! With the support of the SVU-NY and BBLA team.
A talk by Igor Lukes, PhD, Boston University
Tuesday, APRIL 3 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Fl.
321 E 73 St, NYC RSVP
Igor Lukes is a Professor of History and International Relations at Boston University. He writes primarily about Central Europe. His books include “On the Edge of the Cold War: American Diplomats and Spies in Postwar Prague” (New York: Oxford, 2012), “Rudolf Slánský: His Trials and Trial” (Washington: Woodrow Wilson Center, the working papers series, 2006), “Czechoslovakia Between Stalin and Hitler: The Diplomacy of Edvard Beneš in the 1930?s” (New York: Oxford, 1996). Lukes is also a co-author and co-editor of “The Munich Conference, 1938: Prelude to World War II” (London: Frank Cass, 1999), “Inside the Apparat: Perspectives on the Soviet Union” (1990), and “Gorbachev’s USSR: A System in Crisis” (1990).
Lukes is the recipient of the Central Intelligence Agency 2012 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Literature on Intelligence. He was the 2012 W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow and the Bitton National Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His work has won the support of various other institutions, including Fulbright, Fulbright-Hays, the Woodrow Wilson Center, IREX, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
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Friday, April 20 at 5:30pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 St, 3rd Fl
New York City
Prof. Michael Beckerman, New York University, will deliver the keynote address “My Little Czech Fakebook” for the 2018 Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop.
Since the year 2000, the Czech (and Slovak) Studies Workshop has brought together scholars from the United States and abroad to explore Czech- and Slovak-themed topics from such diverse fields as anthropology, architecture and art history, economics, education, film, geography, history, Jewish studies, literature, music, philosophy, politics, religion, sociology, and theater.
In cooperation with the Harriman Institute and East Central European Center at Columbia University. www.czechslovakhistory.org/
Contact: Christopher Harwood, cwh4 at columbia.edu
Slavic Department – Columbia University
708 Hamilton Hall – MC 2839
1130 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10026
Sunday, JUNE 3, 2018 at 11am
at First Unitarian Congregational Society
50 Monroe Place,
Brooklyn Heights, NY We will visit the historic First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights where Brooklyn-born Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1923), later the First Lady of new Czechoslovakia, was a very active member of the congregation. Her son Jan Masaryk spoke there several times. We will participate in the Flower Communion, originally designed by Norbert Capek, founder of Czech Unitaria in 1923.
An informal POSEZENÍ, a chat around a table with wine or beer and memories of the old timers who live(d) in the neighborhood of the Bohemian National Hall (BNH) on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Some of the speakers are also active in the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA), which built the hall in 1897.
Our POSEZENÍ was moderated by Vít Horejš, with a brief introduction to the history of the community by Dr. Vlado Šimko. Speakers were Norma Zabka, Irene Mergl, Edward Kasinec, Pavel Paces and Jiri Suchanek.
This event was part of a series commemorating the 100th-year anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918 and the contribution BBLA and New York Czechs and Slovaks made.
In English with Czech songs.