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NEWSLETTER
DECEMBER 6, 2014, VOLUME 10, NUMBER 38
University of
Minnesota
Alumni
Reception
at the
Embassy
On Friday, December
6, evening, the Embassy of
Slovenia hosted the annual
holiday reception for the
Washington, DC, chapter of
the University of Minnesota
alumni. Around 35 guests
were addressed by the local
alumni association chair,
Mr. Susan Heltemes, and by
Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar,
who in his remarks outlined
the ties that link Slovenia
with Minnesota.
Embassy of Slovenia
2410 California Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20008,
USA
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Ambassador Dr. Cerar with Ms. Susan Heltemes and Ms. Fran Perpich.
Nowadays,
around
30,000 people of Slovenian
descent reside in Minnesota, and
the Slovenian community there
is unwavering in its efforts to
preserve their Slovenian culture,
history, music and language. He
stressed that most Slovenians
who immigrated to Minnesota
first settled in the Iron Range,
but more recently have largely
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moved into the Twin Cities
metro area, and hence, many of
them attended the University of
Minnesota.
The ambassador also
pointed out that the week of
December 1 - 5 is celebrated
worldwide as the week of the
Slovene language.
On the
occasion of the World Festival
of the Slovene Language, the
embassy displayed in its lobby
novels, poems and stories in the
Slovenian language, along with
children’s books, dictionaries,
grammars, and books by
Slovenian authors and poets
translated into English.
Beside admiring Slovenian
books and an exhibition of
theater posters by Jože Domjan,
the guests could enjoy Slovenian
wine by producer Dveri - Pax, and
delight in traditional Slovenian
festive foods.
Group photo.
PUBLIC DIPLOMACY
Finding Slovenia with ICDC
Presentation by Ms. Jacqueline Widmar Steward.
The
Embassy
of
Slovenia in cooperation with
the International Club of
DC organized on Thursday,
December 4, a public diplomacy
event,
which
featured
a
presentation
of
“Finding
Slovenia”, a tourist guide, and
showcased Slovenian wines
available in the U.S. market
and the introduction of “Pocket
Slovene”, published on the
occasion of the World Festival of
The Slovene Language.
First, Ms. Jacqueline
Widmar Steward presented to
DECEMBER 6, 2014, PAGE 2
some 70 guests her “Finding
Slovenia”, a tourist guide book,
which portrays the natural and
cultural history of the country.
With full-color photographs,
maps, charts and illustrations,
the 200-page hardcover book
was an award-winning Finalist
in the National Best Books 2009
Awards Travel Category by USA
Book News. Later in the evening,
the writer also signed the books,
made available for sale, all
proceeds from which were to
benefit the Slovenian American
Educational Foundation.
Afterwards, Mr. Gorazd
Renčelj, economic counsellor
at the embassy presented the
selection of Slovenian wines.
He introduced some of the sorts
that are distinctive of Slovenia
due to its diverse geological
composition.
Served for the
occasion were refošk/refosco
by Ludvik Nazarij Glavina from
the Primorsko coastal region
and šipon by Verus from the
northeastern part of Slovenia.
Next to these two brands, the
presented selection included
malvasia and cabernet sauvignon
by Santomas; Merlot Capris
by Vina Koper; Rebula/Ribolla
Gialla, Pinot Grigio and Cabarnet
Sauvinon by Bagueri; Colliano
Cuvee White and Colliano Ribolla
Gialla Sauvignon by the Zanut
Kocijančič wine cellar; Giocato
and Duet by Edi Simčič; Pinot
Blanc by Ščurek; and Rose by
Batič from Vipavska Valley.
Next to the presentation
of Slovenian tourist and culinary
features, the guests during the
evening also learned about
the recently published Pocket
Slovene - a new pocket guide
on the Slovene language for
tourists,
businessmen,
and
enthusiasts, which includes an
introduction to the language,
Showcase of Slovenian wines available in the U.S. market.
DECEMBER 6, 2014, PAGE 3
alphabet, dictionary and useful
phrases. The Žepna slovenščina
guide of 125 pages was recently
translated, besides English, also
to 22 other languages by the
Centre for Slovene as a Second
Language on the occasion of the
Days of the Slovene language,
celebrated in more than 50
universities worldwide from
December 1 to 5.
To order Pocket Slovene send an e-mail to:
knjigarna@ff.uni-lj.si
EDUCATION
Annual Meeting of the Society for Slovene Studies in Texas
The Society for Slovene
Studies (SSS), an organization
of
international
scholars
interested in Slovenia, had its
annual meeting at the ASEEES
(Association for Slavic, East
European and Eurasian Studies)
convention November 20-23,
2014 in San Antonio, Texas.
One of the important topics
discussed at the meeting was
the Slovene Research Initiative
(SRI), established at Ohio State
University (Columbus, Ohio)
with the collaboration of the
Society for Slovene Studies and
the Scientific Research Center
in Ljubljana. In Spring of 2014,
the first scholar from Slovenia,
sponsored by the SRI, Dr. Luka
Vidmar, researched the Rare
Book and Manuscript Library at
the OSU, and in Fall of 2014,
Dr. Gregor Kranjc delivered
the SRI inaugural lecture “The
Lessons and Legacies of World
War II Slovene Collaboration.”
Also discussed was eligibility
of American and Slovenian
scholars, researching topics in
social sciences, humanities and
arts, related to Slovenia, and
financial assistance for their
work. For more information
about the SRI visit: http://
cmrs.osu.edu/rcmss/
Beside
their
annual
meeting, the SSS members
participated
in
several
convention panels as paper
presenters, discussants and
chairs. Among these, two
were dealing exclusively with
Slovene themes. In the Young
Scholars Panel, sponsored by
the SSS, and titled “Finding
Slovenia:
Folktale
Revival,
Literacy
Production
and
Confronting Past Injustices”,
two graduate students, last
year’s recipients of the Rado
Lenček Award, presented their
papers: Veronika Muskhelli
(University of Washington)
and Olivia Frances Hellwell
(University of Nottingham,
U.K.). Their papers, respectively
“Folk story Revival in Slovenia”
and “Production, Promotions
and
Polysystem:
Domestic
vs. Translated Literature in
Slovenia” were discussed by
Dr. Veronika Aplenc, University
of Pennsylvania. The Senior
Panel,
titled
“Scholarly
Disciplines Regarding Slovenes
and Slovenia: Continuity and
Change...,”
featured
three
speakers:
Robert
Minnich
(University
of
Bergen,
Norway) with the paper “ A
peasant, citizen and villager
DECEMBER 6, 2014, PAGE 4
of Žetale - reflections over the
transformation of collective
identity
among
Haložani
between 1974 and 2006”;
Leopoldina
Plut-Pregelj
(University of Maryland) with
the paper “Education in Slovenia
after Joining the European
Union: A Cause for Pride and
Concern” and Peter Vodopivec
(Institute of Contemporary
History, Ljubljana) with the
paper “The Conflicting Politics
in History and Memory in
Slovenia since 1990”. The
papers were discussed by Maria
Todorova (University of Illinois,
Urbana-Champaign)
and
Patrick Patterson (University
of California, San Diego). For
more information about the
SSS see its website: www.
slovenestudies.com.
CULTURE
Slovenian Literature Presented at Guadalajara
Book Fair
This past week, the FIL
(Feria Internacional del Libro,
or International Book Fair) in
Guadalajara, Mexico, attracted
almost a million people, including
three Slovenian writers: Mitja
Čander, Gabriela Babnik, and Aleš
Šteger, who came to Guadalajara
from Slovenia for the occasion.
Books by other Slovenian
authors: Mojca Kumerdej, Jani
Virk, Andrej Blatnik, Drago
Jančar, Feri Lainšček, Marko
Sosič, and Suzana Tratnik were
also presented at the fair.
The first presentation
in
Guadalajara,
including
participation by all three Slovenes,
took place in the writer’s guild
(SOGEM) with nearly 70 persons
in attendance. Read partly in
Slovene, partly in English and
partly in Spanish were Šteger’s
poems and Babnik’s prose,
whereas Mitja Čander discussed
the Slovenian cultural scene.
On Wednesday, within the frame
of the FIL, Mitja Čander took
Mitja Čander, Gabrijela Babnik and Aleš Šteger.
part in a roundtable with writers
from former Yugoslav Republics
of Croatia and Serbia, discussing
the literature in times after the
disaggregation of Yugoslavia.
In a separate venue, Gabriela
Babnik gave a lecture on her
writings to scholars in a nearby
Preparatory School.
On Thursday, also within
the FIL, Aleš Šteger read with
great success his poems in
DECEMBER 6, 2014, PAGE 5
Slovene and in Spanish in two
different sessions. In one, taking
place in the distinguished room
of Tequila Herradura, Šteger
not only read the poems in both
languages but also explained
why he decided to write in both
of them. Already on November
26, in Ciudad de Mexico near
the main square Zócalo, Šteger
had held another session of his
project Written on the Site, in
which he in only 12 hours wrote
a book inspired by the events
around him, which at the time
also included protests in Mexico’s
capital.
On
their
way
to
Guadalajara, all three Slovenian
writers stopped in Mexico
City, where honorary consul,
Ariel Lopez, hosted for them a
reception on the premises of
the International House Mexico.
Moreover, in Guadalajara, they
were assisted by the Alejandro
Diaz,
former
Ambassador
of Mexico to the Republic of
Slovenia.
TOURISM
Rakitna
Rakitna, a karst plateau,
south of the capital Ljubljana, is
known for its soothing climate
created by the mixing of the
Mediterranean and alpine air
streams. The name derives
from the Slovene common noun
rakita ‘willow’, thus referring to
the local vegetation, unique Rakitna village.
due to the distinct climate. The
plateau includes the hamlets of
Na Klancu, Hudi Konec, Hrib, known as the “pagan wall” to brought from Bistra; both are
marble artworks dating to the
Boršt, Nakličev Konec, Podgora, protect the road.
The local parish church, end of the 17th century. The
Jezero, Novaki, Žobov Grič, Pri Cajzli, and Zakotkar. The biggest dedicated to the Holy Cross, main altar painting is the work
village, Rakitna, which gives was built in the 17th century on of Henrika Langus (1836–1876).
The distinct climate in
the plateau its name, was first the site of an earlier building, recorded in 1265 as Raquitina, mentioned in written documents Rakitna contributed to the
but the settlement already dating to 1420. The year 1677 foundation of the Rakitna
existed along the route of the is carved into the door frame of Youth Climatic Health Resort,
Roman road from Cerknica to the church. The main altar and specialized to cure respiratory
Emona, when locals helped the side altar dedicated to Saint diseases and the only climate
to build the still visible barrier Martin are said to have been resort in Slovenia not located in
the high mountains. One of the
most popular places in Rakitna
is the artificial lake, which is
surrounded by many walking
and biking paths, worth visiting,
especially for visitors who seek
peace or recreation in nature.
The lake is also a popular spot
for bathing and fishing. There
is a hotel next to the lake,
built in 2010, with a modern
design which blends in with its
surroundings.
Rakitna lake.
DECEMBER 6, 2014, PAGE 6
UPCOMING EVENTS - DC
Slovenian film CLASS ENEMY at the AFI–EU Film Festival
Now in its 27th year, the AFI European Union Film Showcase continues its tradition of bringing
the best in European cinema to Washington audiences. This year’s selection of more than 50
films includes award-winners, international festival favorites, local box-office hits and debut
works by promising new talents, plus many countries’ official Oscar® submissions for Best
Foreign Language Film, including Slovenia’s 2013 Oscar® Selection, Class Enemy (Razredni
sovražnik).
When: Sunday, December 21 at 9:45 a.m.
Where: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
More information: http://www.afi.com/silver/eushowcase/
UPCOMING EVENTS - NYC
GRAMATIK in NYC
Gramatik, an electronic artist from Portorož, Slovenia, is wrapping up the #GramatikLYM tour with the
biggest NYC show yet. His current genre falls under a mixture of hip-hop, glitch, electro, and dubstep.
When: January 23 and 24, 2015
Where: Best Buy Theater, 1515 Broadway, New York City, NY 10036
More information: http://www.gramatik.net/
https://www.facebook.com/MENTLjubljana/photos/a.234000130134677.1073741828.2329841669029
40/305337683000921/?type=1&theater
PSALMS IN NEW YORK performed by CARMINA SLOVENICA
“Chorus can take over from us and experience for us our innermost and most spontaneous
feelings and attitudes, inclusive of crying and laughing.” Žižek.
Choregie project by Karmina Šilec.
When: January 8–11, 2015
Where: St. Ann’s Warehouse, 29 Jay Street, Brooklyn 11201 -- just east of the Manhattan
Bridge (aka DUMBO) http://www.stannswarehouse.org/directions.php
More information: http://www.stannswarehouse.org/current_season.php?show_id=100
http://www.stannswarehouse.org/current_season.php?show_id=100
Watch the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qshuAZwC4Kw
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Editor: Nuška Zakrajšek, Language consultant: Vladimir Pregelj
DECEMBER 6, 2014, PAGE 7
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