Panel of Czech and Slovak immigrants

On Thursday, March 24, I will participate in a panel discussion at the Czech Embassy in Washington. We will talk about our experiences as Czech and Slovak immigrants trying to “make it in America.” I’d like to invite interested readers of this blog to attend. The Embassy’s invitation follows:

Dear Friends of Czech Culture:

The Embassy of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library (NCSML), will present the NCSML’s oral history project: Recording Voices and Documenting Memories, on Thursday, March 24, at 6:30 pm.

The project captures and preserves the stories of Czechs and Slovaks who left their homeland during the Cold War era and who settled in Chicago, Cleveland, and Washington, DC. At this event, project coordinator Rosie Johnston will moderate a panel discussion to include previous interviewees Vojtech Mastny, Dagmar White, Charles Heller, Juraj Slavik, and John Palka. Major Gifts Officer Leah Wilson will be on hand to talk about the NCSML’s progress towards rebuilding and expanding the museum campus since the flood of 2008.

Wine and light refreshments will be served after the discussion.

The event is part of the project Democracy and Human Rights: Lessons from the Past for the Current Czech Foreign Policy, organized by the Embassy of the Czech Republic from January through June 2011.

R.S.V.P. to with “Oral History Project” in the subject line by March 23.

Additional questions: 202/274-9108, e-mail:

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom St., NW, Washington, DC 20008

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