Join Our Center!

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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

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

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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.

Parking and directions:

Do you want to know more about Michal and his book, Danube in America? Interview in English:

Politics of Nationalism and Violence Challenging Europe

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Events, Lectures | Comments Off on Politics of Nationalism and Violence Challenging Europe

Politics of Nationalism and Violence Challenging Europe

Sunday, May 17, 2014 — 

Political science PhD student Matthias Falter will lead discussion of nationalism, violence, and the far right in Central Europe.

Lecture: ‘Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel Čapek and his Generation, 1911-1938’

Posted by on Mar 12, 2014 in Events, Lectures | 16 comments

Lecture:  ‘Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel Čapek and his Generation, 1911-1938’

Tuesday, April 8th at 7:00pm — Dr. Thomas Ort —

In most histories of Europe before the First World War, modern life in Habsburg Mitteleuropa takes on a decidedly gloomy cast. Centering on Vienna in the twilight years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, such accounts describe the failure of rationalism and the rise of a dangerous politics of fantasy.

This book tells a different story, highlighting a generation of Czech writers and artists distinguished by their affirmative encounter with the modern world in the first decades of the twentieth century. Novelist and playwright Karel Čapek, along with other members of his cohort, embraced the possibilities of the post-Habsburg era. Tracing the roots of Čapek’s generation to cubist art and turn-of-the-century philosophy, author Thomas Ort shows that the form of modernism they championed led not into the thickets of fascism or communism but in fact closer to liberal political ideals.

Speaker:  Dr. Thomas Ort

Thomas Ort is assistant professor of modern European history at Queens College–The City University of New York. He received his PhD in 2005 from New York University, with a specialization in the cultural and intellectual history of East-Central Europe. The main focus of his research has been modernist and avant-garde life in early twentieth-century Czechoslovakia, but his most recent work concerns the politics of memory in postwar Eastern Europe.

He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, and a postdoctoral fellowship from the American Council for Learned Societies. His book “Art and Life in Modernist Prague: Karel Čapek and his Generation, 1911-1938” was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2013.

Date: Tuesday, April 8th @ 7pm

Location:  3rd Floor Sokol Hall

Forum:  Skype from New York

Czech Citizenship

Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Events, Lectures | Comments Off on Czech Citizenship

Czech Citizenship










February 11, 2014 —

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic,

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota,


Cordially invite you to a presentation

regarding the new national law on Czech Citizenship




When: the Skype session will take place on  February 19th,  2014 at 7 p.m.

Where:  CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN


Important changes in this law include:



The possibility of dual or multiple citizenships


The possibility of regaining Czech citizenship.


This also involves former Czech citizens who lost their Czech citizenship by naturalization in the USA. These individuals can file a Declaration of Citizenship. The Declaration can be filed at any diplomatic mission of the Czech Republic (and therefore also at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago). The deadline for filing the Declarations pursuant art. 33 of the Law no. 186/2013 is one year of its enactment (until 1.1. 2015).


More information regarding the new law on the Czech citizenship can be found on the website of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago




Vás zvou na

přednášku o novém zákonu ČR o státním občanství





Kdy: přednáška se uskuteční formou videokonference dne 19. 2. 2014 v 19:00

Kde:  v CSPS Hall, 383 Michigan Street, St. Paul, MN

Důležitými  změnami, které tento zákon přináší jsou:


Možnost dvojího či vícerého státního občanství

Možnost znovunabytí českého občanství. Toto se týká také bývalých českých občanů, kteří pozbyli státní občanství ČR naturalizací v USA. Tito tak mohou učinit na tzv. prohlášením Toto prohlášení lze podat na zastupitelském úřadě ČR (tzn. i na GK Chicago). Prohlášení dle par. 33. zákona č. 186/2013 lze učinit nejpozději do jednoho roku od data nabytí účinnosti zákona (tj. do 1.1.2015).

Veškeré informace včetně znění nového zákona číslo 186/2013 naleznete také na  webových stránkách Generálního konzulátu ČR v Chicagu



Slovakia and its Environment

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Slovakia and its Environment

February 9, 2014, 2PM — A lecture by Daren Carlson: Slovakia and its Environment.








Daren-Carlson-Flyer-copyAn overview of Slovakia’s natural community, highlighting the plant and animal species.  Mr. Carlson will also provide information about the state of the environment and describe how Slovak’s use and enjoy the environment.


About the Speaker:  Daren Carlson is a scientist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.  He worked in Slovakia in 2002-2003 researching the English Yew and taxus baccata.  His work with the Minnesota DNR includes forestry issues as well as research in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area.

Josef Mestenhauser – Personal Reflections on Events Leading to 1948

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Lectures | Comments Off on Josef Mestenhauser – Personal Reflections on Events Leading to 1948




Lecture by Dr. Josef Mestenhauser on his personal reflections on the events in the year 1948 and their consequences as part of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota’s 2010-2011 lecture series “Shifting landscapes: Examining the past, present, and future of the Czech & Slovak Republics.” This lecture and discussion series provides historical, contemporary, and personal perspectives on critical issues in the Czech and Slovak Republics. The focus on these countries is intended not only for people of Czech and Slovak background, but for anybody interested in the role of small nations in world politics and economics, in social and cultural change of epic proportions, on development of democracy on the tail of two of the most notorious dictatorships, and on efforts in Europe to create new security arrangements, such as those of NATO and the European Union.

Upcoming Lectures

Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 in Lectures | Comments Off on Upcoming Lectures

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center has a fantastic first quarter planned. These lectures are free and open to the public.   The CSCC would love any donations to continue to bring interesting programs to our audience.

Below is a list of the upcoming lectures and information about the engagement itself. A couple of weeks prior to an event, a reminder post will be made.

Please consider joining us for the following:


Saturday, January 11th  –  Tomas Klvana –  ‘UPDATE ON THE POLITICAL SITUATION IN CZECH REPUBLIC –   at 10AM –  at  City Bella, 6600 Lyndale Ave South, Richfield, MN – Room TBD

About the Speaker:  Communism is dead, but not buried yet, and its corpse reeks. Come and hear about the recent status on the Czech republic presented by SKYPE from Prague, with lot of time for discussion. Dr. Klvana is already well known to our audiences to which he delivered several lectures during his last visit when he was honored by the University of Minnesota with a “distinguished leader” award. Educated at the Charles University in Prague (MA) and the University of Minnesota (PhD), he held several important posts in both public and private life in the Czech Republic and other West European countries. His most recent activities included active support for one of the Presidential candidates, Karel Schwarzenberg, the present Minister of Foreign Affairs. His main focus is on the development of the civil society and support for non-profit organizations that provide the backbone for such society. He visited Cuba several times to help promote the same ideas there, a courageous venture.

Sunday, January 26th – Dr Tomas Sedlacek from the Czech Republic via Skype on his book ‘Economics of Good and Evil’ at 3pm in the CSPS Hall

About the speaker: Tomas Sedlacek has shaken the study of economics as few ever have. Named one of the “five hot minds in economics” by the Yale Economic Review, he serves on the National Economic Council in Prague, where his provocative writing has achieved bestseller status. How has he done it? By arguing a simple, almost heretical proposition: Economics is ultimately about good and evil. His book has been translated into 14 languages.

Sunday, February 9th – Daren Carlson – Topic: ‘Slovakia/Czech Republic and the Environment’ at  2 pm in the CSPS Hall

About the speaker:  Daren Carlson is a scientist at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.   He has spent time studying environmental issues in Slovakia.  He and his wife Barbara are members at Sokol.

Sunday, March 30th – Martin Roberts from Spain via Skype – ‘Austerity Measures and Europe’  (co-sponsored with the Spanish organizations)  at 2 pm in the CSPS Hall

Madrid-based correspondent Martin Roberts will talk about draconian spending measures imposed on the euro zone’s “peripheral” economies by drawing on his reporting from Spain and Portugal for UK newspapers and Reuters news agency since the crisis erupted in early 2010. The big debate for countries eligible to apply for membership of the common currency, like the Czech Republic and Slovakia, is whether they would face the same stagnation and unrest as Spain, or stability like Germany.

Spain is a significant piece of the puzzle because the country was on the verge of needing a bailout in July 2012, one which lenders may not have been able to afford and could have seriously undermined the euro’s sustainability. The crisis has meanwhile battered neighboring Portugal.

The lecture will also spell out what the euro is, as well as how and why it came about in order to demonstrate just how perspectives have changed since it was first launched in 1999. Back in the day, the euro gave Spain a strong currency and low interest rates for the first time ever  and while the good times rolled nobody seemed to notice how inflated the local property bubble was. Then came the Lehman Bros. collapse and Greece admitting it had cooked its books, and governments around Europe suddenly had severe financial problems.

The euro zone has pulled back from the brink – at least for now — but Spain is mired in its longest economic slump for decades and saddled with 26% unemployment, not to mention the impact of draconian austerity programs. Mass protests are common and confidence in the political process is rock bottom, while the crisis has also stoked separatist sentiment in Catalonia. The jury is still out on whether austerity is harsh but necessary medicine for a country that lived beyond its means, or whether they are counter-productive.

About the speaker:  How many people do you know who have quizzed both Fidel Castro and George W. Bush at news conferences? Martin Roberts has reported from at least seven countries and in three languages on matters ranging from an interview with the Dalai Lama to covering the 2002 football World Cup in Korea. He has also earned critical acclaim from the New York Times and Publishers Weekly for books translated from Spanish into English, and have just translated the forthcoming novel by best-selling Spanish author Juan Gómez-Jurado. Martin focuses a great deal of his current articles on the political situation in Spain, and is frequently published in Independent, Times, Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, the Observer, Sunday Times, New Statesman, ITV and the BBC. Martin is a regular studio guest on Spanish TV station Cuatro, and has occasional appearances on La Sexta and radio station COPE.

Literary Ventures
Saturday, January 25, 2014 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall        The Murder of Lidice by Edna St. Vincent Millay – Poem Reading

Saturday, February 22, 2014 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall      Daylight in the Nightclub Inferno: Czech Fiction from the Post-Kundera Generation edited by Elena Lappin – Book Discussion

Saturday, March 22, 2014 10:00 a.m.-noon, 1st floor, CSPS Hall          Reflections of Prague: Journeys through the 20th Century by Ivan Margolius – Book Discussion

The Legacy of Vaclav Havel and CSCC Annual Board Meeting.

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Lectures | Comments Off on The Legacy of Vaclav Havel and CSCC Annual Board Meeting.

Join us on Sunday November 10th for the next lecture in our series entitled ‘ The Legacy of Vaclav Havel’ by Dr. Patrick Dale. The lecture will begin at 1:30pm. Also do feel free to arrive 30 minutes earlier for the CSCC Annual meeting – which will begin at 1:00pm and end before the lecture.

LECTURE: ‘The Legacy of Vaclav Havel’
DATE: Sunday, November 10th
TIME: 1:30pm
LOCATION: CSPS Hall – Sokol Minnesota
383 Michigan Street
St Paul, MN 55102

Gary B. Cohen to Speak on October 9th.

Posted by on Oct 1, 2013 in Lectures | Comments Off on Gary B. Cohen to Speak on October 9th.


Should you need it, the street address for Heller Hall is:

Heller Hall

271 19th Ave S

Minneapolis, MN 55455