Field Trip: Flower Communion in Brooklyn Heights

SUNDAY, JUNE 10 at 11AM
(Meet at 10:30 am.)

Come to participate in the Flower Communion as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the founding of Czechoslovakia.

Location:
First Unitarian Congregational Society
50 Monroe Place at Pierrepont St.
Brooklyn Heights, NY

The First Unitarian Church in Brooklyn Heights has historic ties with Czechoslovakia. Brooklyn-born Charlotte Garrigue Masaryk (1850-1923), later the First Lady of Czechoslovakia, was its very active member. She was instrumental in developing close ties with the Czechoslovak Unitaria and cooperation with Norbert Capek, the founder of Czech Unitarian Church in Prague and creator of the Flower Communion. Both her husband Tomas Garrigue Masaryk and her son Jan spoke from this church’s pulpit. You can see some memorabilia and photos in the church.
Free and open to the public.

About the Flower Communion:
www.uua.org/documents/zottolireginald/flowercommunion.pdf

PROGRAM
We will visit the church and participate in the Sunday Flower Communion service.
Bring a flower to exchange it for another after the ceremony.
Review the song below. It is traditionally sung at this occasion. In Czech!! Its text will be available to non-Czech speakers in a phonetic transcription.

Aj lucka, lucka siroka,
roste na ni­ trava,
roste na ni­ trava vysoka.

After, we will walk around Brooklyn Heights and have lunch in a local restaurant.

PLEASE LET US KNOW if you will join us for lunch so we can make a reservation.
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Organized by Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences in New York (SVU NY)
and The New York Czech Slovak Meet Up

100 Years of Czech and Slovak Literature

Wednesday, June 20 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Floor

Books An evening with Christopher Harwood, PhD, Lecturer in Czech at Columbia University, and Charles Sabatos, PhD, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. They will present highlights of the past century of Czech and Slovak literature. Their talk will be accompanied by readings in English from six literary works—three Slovak and three Czech. Reading the excerpts will be Katarina Vizina and Alex Zucker. Alex will have copies of his translations for sale.

In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic.

Free and open to the public. Suggested donation $5.00
Light refreshments.

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Christopher Harwood is a Lecturer in Czech in the Slavic Department of Columbia University. He also works occasionally as a freelance translator (from Czech and Russian to English) and interpreter (between Czech and English). His professional interests focus on methods for teaching Czech as a foreign language and on 20th- and 21st-century Czech literature and culture. He holds BA (1990), MA (1992) and PhD (2000) degrees in Russian literature from Columbia University. Chris is the President of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), New York Chapter.

Charles Sabatos is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is the author of many articles on Slovak literature, as well as on topics in Central European, Turkish, Russian and American literature and culture. He holds a PhD from the University of Michigan.

Kararina Vizina a native of Bratislava, Slovakia, holds an MA in Musical Theater from The Janá?ek Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Brno, Czech Republic and an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College (CUNY). Katarina co-founded Cabaret Metropol, a band featuring many singers, each specializing in a different language. Katarina was featured with Cabaret Metropol as the pre-show for the 2014 off-Broadway production of Václav Havel’s The Pig. www.katarinavizina.com

Alex Zucker is a translator of Czech literature. His translations include novels by J. R. Pick, Petra H?lová, Jáchym Topol, Heda Margolius Kovály, Tomáš Zmeškal, Magdaléna Platzová, Josef Jedli?ka, Patrik Ou?edník, and Miloslava Holubová. From 2014 to 2016, he served as co-chair of the PEN America Translation Committee. In 2010 he won the ALTA National Translation Award for Petra H?lová’s All This Belongs to Me. You can find Alex’s database of Czech literature in English translation at bitly.com/czechlitinenglish. Visit his website at www.alexjzucker.com.

Free books courtesy of SVU NY.

Books-for-sale will include: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, by J. R. Pick; Three Plastic Rooms and All This Belongs to Me, by Petra H?lová; Angel Station, City Sister Silver, and A Trip to the Train Station, by Jáchym Topol; The Attempt, by Magdaléna Platzová; Love Letter in Cuneiform, by Tomáš Zmeškal; Innocence; or, Murder on Steep Street, by Heda Margolius Kovály; Case Closed and The Opportune Moment, 1855, by Patrik Ou?edník; More Than One Life, by Miloslava Holubová; The Drug of Art, by Ivan Blatný; plus Czech Plays: Seven New Works, an anthology of Czech drama, and The Man Between, a collection of essays on the life and work of translator Michael Henry Heim.

The Tradition of Czech Puppetry: More than Entertainment

Wednesday, MAY 30, 2018 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd floor
321 E 73 St, New York City

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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
Light Refreshments

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Our events are made possible by the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).

The Six-Minute Challenge VIII

March 21, 2018 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, New York City
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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).

PROGRAM NOTES

Video available upon request.

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The Art of the Traditional Easter Egg

Monday, March 26 at 6pm, 3rd floor
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd Fl.

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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.

PHOTOS by Anna Rathkopf

MORE PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE by Suzanna Halsey

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

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

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

Lukes

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Your tax-deductible contributions are welcome and appreciated.
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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. 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

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.

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

The 6-Minute Challenge VII: Czech and Slovak Show & Tell

6-Minute Challenge Nov 29 2017

PROGRAM NOTES – 6-Minute Challenge VII

EVENT PHOTOS – to come

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at 7:00pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 St, New York City

Czech and Slovak artists, professionals, students and scholars at universities and institutions in the USA were 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: Barbora Bartunková (PhD candidate – Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography and Film, Yale University), Jan Fried (U+ accelerator), Martina Hornaková (KITnDO platform), Vladka Jakubiková (Emmemm Publishing, LLC, children’s books), Gabriela Miková Johnson (opera Bellissime project), Ivica Labuda, PhD (biotechnology, Georgetown U.& Biokeys, LLC), Martin Mucha (Igluu start-up), Petra Príborská (film project Anna) and Petra Valentová (PhD candidate, textile design VŠUP, Prague)

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In Cooperation with the Slovak Consulate General in New York.
With the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).

Czech Landscape Architecture- Reflections

Friday, November 3, 2017, at 7 pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 Str, 3rd Floor, New York City

An illustrated talk on the past and present of Czech landscape architecture, gardens, parks, public spaces, and greenways.

Speakers
Stephan Yarabek , Hudson & Pacific Designs in Saugerties, NY, and
Zuzana Ambrožová, PhD, Department of Landscape Architecture at Mendel University Horticulture School in Brno, and a 2017 Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley

In cooperation with Friends of Czech Greenways in New York.

The speakers will also pay tribute to the late Lubomir and Tiree Chmelar, who, after the fall of communism in Czechoslovakia in 1989, co-founded the Prague Vienna Greenways program and the Friends of Czech Greenways organization. They actively promoted cultural and environmental preservation and landscape architecture education in the country. Thanks to their effort, the Lednice-Valtice Chateaux and Parks have been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Open to the Public. Free. Suggested donation: $5.00
Wine reception
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Stephan Yarabek is a landscape architect at Hudson & Pacific Landscape Designs in Saugerties, NY. He is an active member in several Hudson River Valley preservation initiatives, including the Hudson River Valley Greenway and Hudson River National Heritage Area. Stephan had helped design and develop the Prague-Vienna Greenway project in Czechoslovakia since its conception in 1990. Before that, Stephen lectured at the Charles University and several architectural schools under the auspices of SURPMO in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic, right at the onset of the Velvet Revolution in November 1989. His lectures focused on environmental planning and the Greenway Movement in the United States. Stephan also contributed to the creation of a Svatý Jan Nepomuk Trail surrounding the town of Tel? (UNESCO World Heritage site). The trail concept restored the traditional Czech hedgerows which served to filter runoff to the famous 12th-century carp lakes. He also created the initial restoration plan for the town square at Valtice Chateau. Czech and Slovak by origin, Stephan Yarabek, has been a board member of Friends of Czech Greenways organization since 2000. After the premature passing of its founder and director Lubomir Chmelar in June 2016, Stephan was elected FCG’s new president.

Zuzana Ambrožová, a landscape architect, and educator, holds her MA and Ph.D. degrees in Landscape Architecture from Mendel University Horticulture School in Brno in the Czech Republic. She teaches at the Department of Landscape Architecture there and is the author of several professional publications mainly focusing on issues of public spaces and the history of landscape architecture. She published a monograph Main Squares of Small Towns, and the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic has certified her method for evaluating main squares of small towns. Her academic studies took her to Austria, Poland, Germany, Finland, Italy, Thailand, USA, and China. Since 2014 she has been studying American landscape architecture and the way it is taught at universities. She regularly presents at conferences of the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). Thanks to her efforts, the ECLAS conference in 2021 will take place at Mendel University Horticultural School in Lednice. Dr. Ambrožová also gives lectures at the University of the Third Age, appears on radio and television programs, and publishes articles for non-academic audiences to promote the landscape architecture discipline. She is a 2017 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at University of California at Berkeley researching methods of landscape architecture teaching at US universities. Zuzana.ambrozova@mendelu.cz

Friends of Czech Greenways (FCG) is a New York-based nonprofit organization since 1994 promoting cultural and environmental preservation through cultural, sustainable tourism along the Czech greenways. It was founded by Czech-American Lubomir Chmelar and his English wife, Tiree. FCG had initiated and supported the Lu&Tiree Herb Garden in Valtice, in Southern Moravia. FCG sponsors programs, such as the Hickory Foundation Student Grant Program for students of landscape architecture at Mendel University Horticulture School. Dr. Ambrozova it is its 2008 alumna. Another program, Painting with the Bauer Brothers, introduces local children to their heritage and botanic art. Franz and Ferdinand Bauer, natives of Valtice in the 18th Century, created Codex Liechtenstein, a fourteen-volume collection of over 3,000 botanic drawings of superb quality.

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A 1 Architects – Naturally

Thu, October 19, 2017 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall, 3rd floor
321 E 73 St, Manhattan

The architects Lenka Kremenová and David Maštálka, partners of the Prague-based A1 Architects studio, will present their theory of architecture, examples of their work, and introduce their upcoming book Encyclopedia of Home. Their designs bring a tactile sensibility and Japanese-style approach to space and structure in contemporary Czech architecture.

Both studied with Professor Jindrich Smetana (A1 studio) at the VšUP Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. Since their graduation in 2009, they developed their own approach to design. Inspired by the magic of seemingly insignificant details around us shaping the uniqueness of our life, they follow the motto: The secret of architecture is in its naturalness. www.A1architects.cz

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Suggested donation: $5

Lenka a David

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A Talk and Book Presentation

Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism
A Talk and Book Presentation by Barbara Havelkova, PhD
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 Str, 3rd Floor
New York City

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Gender equality law in Czechia, as in other parts of post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe, is facing serious challenges. When obliged to adopt, interpret and apply anti-discrimination law as a condition of membership of the EU, Czech legislators and judges have repeatedly expressed hostility and demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of key ideas underpinning it. This important new study explores this skepticism to gender equality law, examining it with reference to legal and socio-legal developments that started in the state-socialist past and that remain relevant today.

Barbara Havelková is the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She teaches EU Law, public law, human rights, comparative equality law and feminist jurisprudence. Her research concentrates on legal regulation of gender during State Socialism and in post-communist transition in Central Europe. Barbara completed her first degree in law at the Charles University in Prague, and also holds an LL.M. from Europa-Institut of Saarland University and a DPhil from Oxford. She was previously a lecturer and fellow at the University of Cambridge and visited several law schools as a guest researcher, including Harvard University and University of Michigan as a Fulbright scholar and the NYU as an Emile Noel Fellow. Barbara acts as an advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on issues of gender and law.

Upcoming Events

We will resume our programs starting in September.

In September, we are preparing two events. The first will be a talk by a young Oxford professor Barbara Havelková about her new book Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism. Then, in cooperation with the Slovak Consulate, our talented member Gabriel Levický will present and interpret a selection of his Gablevages, collages with poetic and political undertones. In October, we will host a presentation by young Czech progressive architects from the studio Architects A1 in Prague. It will draw a new audience from the world of architecture. We will cooperate with the Storefront for Arts organization and Cooper Union. In November, the seventh 6-Minute Challenge will welcome more Czechs and Slovaks of New York to present their interesting work and projects. In December, we plan to partner with other BBLA organizations and organize a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs led by a professional singer and with texts and pronunciation instructions provided to the audience.

Stand by for details.

Have a splendid summer!

6-Minute Challenge – HS Special

Students with the Consul General, Martin Dvorak, (back left), the AFCSLS’s president, Martin Herman (back right), and the SVU Board members (sitting from the left) Jitka and Pavel Illner, Suzanna Halsey and Charlotta Kotik.
Sunday, JULY 16 at 6pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 St, 3rd floor, New York City

Moderated by Martin Herman, president of AFCSLS

The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) in New York and the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies (AFCSLS) partnered for this special presentation. Ten Czech outstanding 15-18-year-old students following their summer academic studies program at Princeton University presented themselves, their experience at Princeton, and their academic aspirations. In English and in six minutes!

These students were selected in a tough competition of about 300 best Czech applicants to participate in Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Summer Program at one of twenty-four university campuses in the United States. CTY is a program of Johns Hopkins University. Once nominated, each student chooses a course and spends three weeks of intensive studies with about 15 other students from all over the world sharing the same interests and the love of learning. The Czech students’ participation is sponsored by the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies (AFCSLS) .

Students: Michael Buchar (Praha – web design), Anna Hrubá (Praha – robotics), Emil Javurek (Praha -mathematics), Oliver Laryea (Praha – nanotechnology), Filip Novotný (Jihlava- astronomy), Ondrej Pelánek (Brno- ornitology), Martin Picek (Ceské Budejovice – micro controllers), Kristýna Pokorná (Praha – science promotion), Ondrej Tuma (Zlín – electronics) and Vojtech Turland (Brno – applied mathematics).

More PHOTOS from the event are in our SVU NY FaceBook Page Album.

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Film & Discussion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7pm

JUNACI Z PRACHU/ Scouts Rising form the Dust
Documentary film (dir. Tomas Vitek, 2010, 26min., in Slovak with English subtitles)

A story of persecution of the Scout organization members during the communist regime in Slovakia.
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