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Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum 2023

Back for the first time since 2019!

Institute of Rusyn Language and Culture at Prešov University is inviting you to Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum 2023 - June 11 - July 1
11th International Summer School fir Rusyn Language and Culture

The University of Prešov in the city of Prešov, Slovakia, announces its eleventh annual three-week Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum International Summer School for Rusyn Language and Culture to be held from June 11 – July 1, 2023 (applicants from North America may begin arriving from Saturday, June 10, 2023). The program is hosted by the university‘s Institute of Rusyn Language and Culture. The University of Prešov is the only university in the Slovak Re- public offering a full-time academic program in Rusyn language and literature accredited for both the B.A and M.A. in Rusyn Language and Literature.

The Studium summer school is intended for those interested in studying the Rusyn language and the history of the Carpatho-Rusyns, including high school (18 and over) and college students, as well as Slavists and any who wish to broaden their knowledge of East Slavic language, history, and culture. Participants can expect to acquire a familiarity with or strengthen their competency in the Rusyn language, as well as gain an understanding of Carpatho-Rusyn history, culture, literature, and ethnography.

The Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum is held on the campus of the University of Prešov, at 17th of November Street, No15 (ulica 17. Novembra, č. 15), with the dormitory, cafeteria, and classroom building, all located in close proximity. Instruction is provided by university professors, distinguished Slavists, and specialists in Carpatho-Rusyn studies from Slovakia, Ukraine, the United States, and Canada. The language of instruction, in parallel courses, is either Rusyn or English. The program offers 20 hours of history lectures and 30 hours of language instruction. A six-hour minicourse in Carpatho-Rusyn ethnography will be offered in English and a ten-hour minicourse in Carpatho-Rusyn ethnography in Rusyn as part of the curriculum. The 11th year of the Studium Carpatho-Ruthenorum will include four hours of lectures in Carpatho-Rusyn literature in English. Extra practice sessions outside of the classroom will help participants strengthen their conversational skills. Participants who complete the program receive official certificates from the Studium, and transcripts will be available for students who wish to earn credits for the program through their home universities.


The history lecture series focuses on Carpathian Rus’ and the Carpatho-Rusyns worldwide from the earliest times to the present. Lecturers include Professor Dr. Paul Robert Magocsi, University of Toronto, and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Valerii Padiak, University of Prešov, Slovakia.


The Rusyn language is offered for beginners, for students who have some knowledge of Russian, Ukrainian, or another Slavic language, and for native speakers of Rusyn. These classes are intended to help participants acquire an understanding of the theoretical linguistic aspects of the Rusyn language, as well as to develop proficiency in the spoken and written language. Lecturers include Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kvetoslava Koporová and Karina Muliar, MA, graduate of the Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture of the University of Prešov.


The mini-course in Carpatho-Rusyn ethnography is taught in English by Professor Dr. Marta Botiková, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, and in Rusyn by Assoc. Prof. dr. Valerii Padiak, University of Prešov, and covers selected topics in folklore and ethnography.


The lectures in English present a new perspective on the past and present of Carpatho-Rusyn literature. The lecturer is Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nicholas Kupensky, United States Air Force Academy.


The following activities take place outside of class and include:

  • presentations on Rusyn traditions, folklore, and the socio-cultural life of Carpatho-Rusyns in Slovakia;
  • presentations on Rusyn folk architecture and culture, including visits to museums, skanzens, and wooden churches, and excursions in the Prešov Region of northeastern Slovakia where Rusyns reside, and abroad;
  • a Rusyn literary evening;
  • visits to the Alexander Dukhnovych Theater and film viewings;
  • pysankŷ (wax resist egg decorating), folksong and dance workshops;
  • an excursion to Topolia, the birthplace of Aleksander Dukhnovych, where crafts of Carpatho-Rusyns in Slovakia, and where SCR participants will have the opportunity to try some of them (the process of baking bread, making clay vessels, threshing grain, etc.)
  • participation in the teaching process in the Rusyn elementary school.

For more information

Click here for more information. [PDF]
Click here to download the application. [Word]

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Announcing the 2022 Summer Seminars

Flyer for the 2022 C-RRC Summer Seminars

The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center is pleased to invite you to the 2022 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.

The Summer Seminars will take place the week of August 29, 2022 from Monday to Friday. 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, and this year, no 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

Unlikely Brothers: Carpathian Mountain Brigands and American Superheroes

A Presentation by Dr. Patricia Krafcik, Professor Emerita of The Evergreen State College

Monday, August 29 at 1 pm ET – click here to join (you must be signed in to Zoom)

‘Russian, But Not High Russian’: Flavors of Identity Among American Carpatho-Rusyns

A Presentation by Richard Custer, Independent Scholar

Tuesday, August 30 at 5 PM ET – click here to join (you must be signed in to Zoom)

The Art of the Coal Region Renaissance: The Painter Anthony Kubek

A Presentation by Dr. Nicholas Kupensky, Associate Professor at the United States Air Force Academy

Wednesday, August 31 at 5 PM ET – click here to join (you must be signed in to Zoom)

Lemko Art as an Artifact of Memory

A Presentation by Michał Szymko, Doctoral Candidate at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University

Thursday, September 1 at 1 PM ET – click here to join (you must be signed in to Zoom)

The Lemko Language as a Cure

A Presentation by Anna Maślana, Doctoral Candidate at Jagiellonian University

Friday, September 2 at 1 PM ET – click here to join (you must be signed in to Zoom)

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The 2022 Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum is cancelled.

The Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum is an annual Rusyn language and cultural immersion program organized and hosted by the Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture at Prešov University since 2009.

The 2022 Studium Carpato-Ruthenorum is cancelled.

In cooperation with our colleagues at the Institute for Rusyn Language and Culture at Prešov University, the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center will share the dates, details, and application via email and social media as soon as the decision has been made to hold this event in person, on-site again.

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Statement from C-RRC against Russian aggression in Ukraine

The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center stands in solidarity with our colleagues, family, and friends in Ukraine who are heroically fighting against Russian aggression.

We support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, condemn the horrific actions of the Russian government, and will continue to stand together for a free, democratic Ukraine.

Карпато-русинський науковий центр висловлює солідарність з нашими колегами, друзями та родичами в Україні, що героїчно борються проти російської агресії.

Ми підтримуємо територіальну цілісність України, засуджуємо жахливі дії російської влади та будемо й надалі виступати за вільну демократичну Україну.

Карпато-русинськый научный центер высловлює солідарность из нашыми колеґами, приятелями и родинов в Україні, што ся геройськы борют против російської аґресії.

Мы пудтримуєме територіалну цілость Україны, осуджуєме страшні діяня російської влады и будеме й надале выступати за слободну демократичну Україну.

Карпато-русинский научный центр выражает солидарность с нашими коллегами, друзьями и родственниками в Украине, героически борющимися против российской агрессии.

Мы поддерживаем территориальную целостность Украины, осуждаем ужасающие действия российских властей и будем и впредь выступать за свободную демократическую Украину.