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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

The Seal of Biliteracy The purpose of the third event in the Multilingual Education and Culture series is to invite participants into a conversation about a potential way to formalize student language attainment skills different from some of the more traditional accreditation processes, such as Advance Placement classes. The alternative presented here is called the Seal of Biliteracy. The Seal of Biliteracy is an award given by a school,...

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Radio Free Europe Lecture

Radio Free Europe Lecture

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7 PM, The University Club, 420 Summit Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55102 Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty today is one of the most comprehensive media organizations in the world, producing radio, Internet and television programs in countries where a free press is either banned by the government or not fully established.  Radio Free Europe played an especially important role after WW II into the late 20th century.  During the...

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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture Part 2: Keeping our Language Alive: Perspectives from Ethnic Language Schools in MN Organized by Czech & Slovak Cultural Center (CSCC) in collaboration with Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities and Czech Slovak Sokol MN When? Sunday, April 17th at 2:30 PM Where? Sokol Hall: 383 W Michigan St, St Paul, MN 55102 The purpose of this panel is to provide a platform for teachers and program...

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CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

CSCC Presents Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture

Symposium on Multilingual Education and Culture Part 1: Benefits of Multilingualism: How to Become Smarter and More Employable Organized by Czech & Slovak Cultural Center (CSCC) in collaboration with Czech & Slovak School Twin Cities and Czech Slovak Sokol MN When? Friday, March 25th at 7:00 PM Where? Sokol Hall: 383 W Michigan St, St Paul, MN 55102 Come and join us for this long-overdue lecture and discussion to uncover some of...

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Volunteers Needed for the Festival of Nations

Volunteers Needed for the Festival of Nations

The Festival of Nations is between May 5-8, 2016, where this year’s theme is “Folklore and Fairytales”. Czech & Slovak Sokol MN serves authentic food in the Café and supports several dance performance groups. The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota is preparing the Culture Exhibit Booth. CSCC is seeking volunteers for festival hours as well as setup and takedown of the Culture Exhibit Booth. If you volunteer with us at the...

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Informal Czech Conversation Group

Informal Czech Conversation Group

Do you want to practice your Czech?  All ages and levels of Czech language welcome.  Meet others who have traveled to the Czech Republic, studied, lived, or grew up there. Monthly meetings, every third Saturday of the month, 4 PM to 5:30 PM. Meeting Place: Kramarczuk’s, 215 East Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55414 Next Scheduled Meetings: February 20, 2016, March 19, 2016, April 16, 2016, May 21, 2016

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CSCC at the Festival of Nations!

CSCC at the Festival of Nations!

Come and visit us at the Festival of Nations between April 30-May 3, where this year’s theme is “International Arts”. Czech & Slovak Sokol MN serves authentic food in the Cafe, supports several dance performance groups, and prepares a culture Exhibit booth, too! If you volunteer with us at the Festival of Nations, you will get a free admission ticket! To volunteer for a shift at the Czech & Slovak Cafe: call...

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Join Our Center!

Join Our Center!

It is time to join us as a new member of the CSCC! Thank you for your continued support of Czech and Slovak cultural and educational programming in Minnesota! Click here for membership registration or renewal

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May 16 Film Showing: Burning Bush (2013), Parts 2 and 3

May 16 Film Showing: Burning Bush (2013), Parts 2 and 3

Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student, Jan Palach, who set himself on fire in protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1969. Dagmar Buresová, a young female lawyer, became part of his legacy by defending Jan’s family in a trial against the communist government, a regime which tried to dishonor Palach’s sacrifice, a heroic action for the...

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April 10 LECTURE: Michal Hvorecký’s Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America)

April 10 LECTURE: Michal Hvorecký’s Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America)

Michal Hvorecký, one of the most successful and most translated modern Slovak authors, is visiting Twin Cities! This Friday, April 10th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop (on the East Bank of University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus). Event will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. at nearby restaurant, the Loring Pasta Bar. http://ias.umn.edu/2015/04/10/danube/ Parking and...

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Dr. Josef Mestenhauser

Dr. Josef Mestenhauser

It is with great sadness we announce that the founder and a long-time leader of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC), Dr. Joe Mestenhauser, passed away on Saturday, March 14th.  Dr. Mestenhauser co-founded CSCC following the visit of the late president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, to Minnesota in 1999.  Joe was a tireless leader behind the cultural and educational activities of the center and a continuous...

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Film Dates Added! CSCC Sponsoring Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!

Film Dates Added! CSCC Sponsoring Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota will be sponsoring the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival this year, which will be held from April 9-25, 2015! There will be two Czech films shown (see below), as well as films from many other cultures. As a member of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota, you can purchase discounted tickets to the festival! Please consider joining the Czech and Slovak Cultural...

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Welcome to the CSCC Blog!

Visit us frequently to find unique posts related to Czech and Slovak culture, CSCC happenings around town, and information about our members. We hope you find this new feature enjoyable.

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Book Publication: ‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Žantovský

A new book has just been published on Václav Havel entitled Havel: A Life. The book was written by Michael Žantovský (Havel’s former press secretary, advisor, and friend), and was recently reviewed by Marci Shore in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Havel was a Czech writer and statesman, and was the first individual to serve as President of the Czech Republic after the Czech-Slovak split occurred in 1993. Havel: A Life presents a...

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Havel’s Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress

Havel’s Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress

  Click “Read More” to view video WASHINGTON— U.S. congressional leaders have honored the late Czech president, author and freedom fighter Vaclav Havel at a time when his country is marking the 25th anniversary of its anti-communist protests that eventually led to democracy. A bust of Havel was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Havel’s widow, Dagmar, and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka attended the...

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THE PLAY’S THE THING: VÁCLAV HAVEL, ART AND POLITICS

THE PLAY’S THE THING: VÁCLAV HAVEL, ART AND POLITICS

Václav Havel was widely regarded as the preeminent Czech dramatist, who went on to become the first president of the Czech Republic. His plays, written during the Soviet occupation, shined a harsh light on life under the Soviet system. These feature-length and short films focus on Havel’’s long-standing relationships with Prague’s Theatre on the Balustrade and with visionary directors of the Czech New Wave. The Trylon is proud to partner...

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Literary Ventures: 2014-2015 Schedule

Literary Ventures: 2014-2015 Schedule

                The 2014-2015 Literary Ventures schedule and book list is now available. Click on the image below to enlarge it, or click here to view a PDF version of the schedule....

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Václav Havel honored by US House of Representatives

Václav Havel honored by US House of Representatives

The US House of Representatives passed resolution H.R. 506,honoring the life and legacy of former Czech President Václav Havel. According to the resolution, a bust of President Havel will be displayed in the House wing of the US Capitol. The resolution was authored by Rep. Ed Royce, Chairman of House Foreign Affairs Committee. The Embassy would like to thank the American Friends of the Czech Republic, McGuireWoods LLP and the Václav Havel...

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Top March News in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

Top March News in the Czech Republic and Slovakia

March news includes the Czech and Slovak governments condemning Russia’s actions in the Ukraine, decline in Czech population  numbers, and protests in Bratislava.

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