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Announcing the 2021 Summer Seminars: Register today!

The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center is pleased to invite you to the 2021 Summer Seminars, presented by the John and Helen Timo Foundation. This year’s exciting series features interactive presentations sharing new work in Carpatho-Rusyn Studies, and important discussions about what it means to be Carpatho-Rusyn today.

The Summer Seminars will take place the week of July 12, 2021, from Monday to Friday, at noon ET every day. These are all live events that will include the opportunity to ask questions to the presenters. All of the presentations will also be recorded and shared later on YouTube.

The seminars are free to attend, but registration is required. Please share this information with anyone you think may be interested: this is a great opportunity to engage with your friends and family and share Carpatho-Rusyn history and culture!

The Program

How the Carpatho-Rusyns Were Taught to Think Like White People: A Conversation with Dr. Robert Zecker

Monday, July 12, 2021 – noon ET: Drawing upon his monographs Race and America’s Immigrant Press: How the Slovaks were Taught to Think Like White People (2013) and “A Road to Peace and Freedom”: The International Workers Order and the Struggle for Economic Justice and Civil Rights, 1930-1954 (2018), Professor Robert Zecker (Saint Francis Xavier University) will speak about how Carpatho-Rusyns in North America in the early 20th century understood concepts of race, class, and ethnicity.

Stefan M. Pugh’s Вітаєме! Welcome! A Textbook of Rusyn: A Conversation with Dr. E. Wayles Browne 

Tuesday, July 13, 2021 – noon ET: The renowned linguist E. Wayles Browne (Cornell University) will speak about how he came to study the Rusyn language and his role in helping finish Stefan M. Pugh’s Вітаєме! Welcome!: A Textbook of Rusyn (2021), the first Rusyn textbook designed specifically for a North American university curriculum.

The Poetics and Politics of Andrii Karabelesh: A Lecture by Dr. Nick Kupensky

Wednesday, July 14, 2021 – noon ET: The vice president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center will speak about the life and legacy of the Carpatho-Rusyn modernist writer Andrii Karabelesh (1906-1964), the bard of Subcarpathian Rus’ during the interwar period, a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps, and target of ideological attacks in Communist Czechoslovakia.  

Young Carpatho-Rusyn Professionals in America: A Roundtable with Alexandra Benc, Johna Cook, and Izzy Fernando

Thursday, July 15, 2021 – noon ET: Three young Rusyn professionals in the United States discuss how they learned about their Rusyn roots, how their Rusyn identity has shaped their college years, and how being Rusyn has influenced their professional trajectories.

Young Carpatho-Rusyn Professionals in Europe: A Roundtable with Tomaš Kalynyč, Myhal’ Lyzhechko, Peter Štefaňák, and Marta Watral

Friday, July 16, 2021 – noon ET: Four leading Rusyn activists in Europe speak about how they have contributed to Rusyn culture in their countries, how they have incorporated their Rusyn identities into their professions, and their thoughts on the state of Rusyn culture in Europe today. 

Register today!

You only have to register once to have access to all five events, and there is no cost to attend. We sincerely hope you’ll join us for all of them!

13 thoughts on “Announcing the 2021 Summer Seminars: Register today!

  1. Thank you for sponsoring these lectures

    1. You’re welcome! We’re grateful for and honored by the community support and participation!

  2. We’re looking forward to learning more about our Rusyn heritage! Thank you for making these available!

  3. Thank you for setting up these virtual seminars! I’m trying to soak up as much information as I can about my paternal heritage.

  4. I may not be able to attend the July 12th session. Will it be recorded? And, if so, how can I access it? Thank you for helping descendants understand their heritage.

    1. Thanks for your interest! Yes, all of the sessions will be recorded, and will be on the John and Helen Timo Foundation’s YouTube channel. Subscribe and enable notifications to be sure to find out when they’re posted, and you can catch up on last year’s series there, too!

      1. Thank you for your reply and comment on notifications. I don’t get on YouTube often, so I’m not familiar with all of the details. My mother is C-R from Transcarpathia, and my paternal grandparents are from different areas of C-R, so I’m very interested in this program.

  5. I am most interested in the first and fourth lectures. I will need to watch most if not all on the replay due to work . Thank you to all for making this possible. Thank you, Maria!

    1. This is a big group effort – thanks to Nick Kupensky for being a wonderful co-producer, to all of our colleagues for sharing their knowledge so wonderfully in the presentations, and to everyone who takes the time to watch!

  6. ! Reach out NOW to Rusyns everywhere to inspire their awareness of this excellent well-focused seminar series. From Monday July 12th thru Friday July 16th at noon each day, this extraordinary supported seminar gift brings to you the up-to-date fascinating and exciting educational progress of beautiful Rusyn cultural development in the USA in 21st century. Connect and share !

  7. I work during the week so am not available at noon. Any possibility or making recordings available?

    1. Thanks for your interest in this program!
      All of this year’s seminars will be available at the John and Helen Timo Foundation YouTube channel. Subscribe and enable notifications today to be the first to know when these are posted! You can watch all of last year’s seminars, and a lot of other great content there, too! 🙂

  8. I really enjoyed the seminars presented this week. Unfortunately I could not attend the last one. But I look forward to seeing it, once it becomes available on YouTube.

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