The Six-Minute Challenge VIII

March 21, 2018 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Floor
321 E 73 Str
New York City
6-Minute Challenge VIII

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: Veronika Cibulková, Aneta Chaloupková, Karel Hermánek, Renáta Kamenárová, Nora Kurzová, Pavel Kraus, Viktor Kryštufek, Dušan Prištic and Matej Vakula.
Suggested donation: $5.00
Light refreshments.

Organized by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in New York in Cooperation with the Slovak Consulate General in New York.

With the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).

The Art of the Traditional Easter Egg

Monday, March 26 at 6pm, 3rd floor
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Fl.
321 E 73 St.
New York City

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An informal meeting with two Moravian folk artists malére?ky from B?eclav, Marie Švígrová and Dagmar Benešová (founder of Výtvarná folklorní akademie/ Folk Art Academy). They will stop in NYC before their return to the Czech Republic after giving a workshop at the Czech Embassy in Washington on Fri, 3/24. They will share the art of traditional Easter egg decorating design and techniques. It will NOT be a classical workshop! Bring your own supplies, paper, markers to take notes.

In Czech. Interpreters will be available.


In cooperation with Šárka Vamberová, Cultural attaché, Czech Embassy in Washington, DC

Deception, Myth, and Reality in Czech History (1918-1948): A Perspective from the Archives

A talk by Igor Luke, PhD, Boston University
Tuesday, APRIL 3 at 7pm

Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Fl.
321 E 73 St, NYC

Igor Lukes
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.


Czech and Slovak Studies Workshop Keynote Address

Friday, April 20 at 5:30pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 St, 3rd Fl
New York City

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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.

Contact: Christopher Harwood, cwh4 at
Slavic Department – Columbia University
708 Hamilton Hall – MC 2839
1130 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10026

Flower Communion

Sunday, MAY 6, 2018 at 10am
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.

About the Flower Communion:

POSEZENÍ: Remembering New York’s “Little Bohemia”

Tuesday, February 20 at 7pm

A video will be available later.

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.


In cooperation with the Consulates General of the Czech Republic and the Consulates General of the Slovak Republic in New York