Czech and Slovak Club Offers Rewarding efforts to experience, preserve and promote cultures

Since the inception of The international Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences, there have been members of the CzSA or SVU in the state of Nebraska. In 2000, a group of Nebraskans officially founded a Nebraska Chapter of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences. This branch adopted a cultural program that would form a bridge between the Czech and Slovak Lands and Great Plains.  Its members organized successful conferences, cultural actions such as concerts of world renown artists, exhibits, and lectures. Many are sponsored with the UNL Czech Komensky Club.

In 2014-12015 digital preservation of documents dealing with Czech and Slovak lives in the Great Plains will continue with UNL. We hope to continue involvement of the younger generation in these digitization projects. Our goals are to preserve artifacts of Czech and Slovak cultures, to foster a continuation of knowledge and understanding for the next generations to come, and to further the historical narrative.

The Nebraska Chapter of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences plans events for the Nebraska public to experience the living Czech and Slovak cultures. This is accomplished through information sharing and organizational support of visiting artists, and scientists.

If you want to join and take part in the important and rewarding effort to experience, preserve and promote Czech and Slovak cultures in our state, and as part of the larger national Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) activities, contact Mary and Joe Swoboda, Co-Presidents, through Mila Saskova-Pierce, Vice-President. Call 402-472-1336

Dr. Mila Saskova-Pierce
Department of Modern Languages
1035 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln, NE 68588-0315
Tel:  402 472 1336, Cell 4027704624

The international Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (CzSA) has its headquarters in Washington D.C. and its chapters are all over the world, including Japan and Korea.  The society members join regardless of their national origin. Its members are people who are interested in the Czech and Slovak cultures, scientific achievements, and their languages.

The CzSA is an organization that was founded in the fifties for the continuation of scientific inquiry by the Czech and Slovak intellectuals displaced by the Communist regime takeover in 1948.  Most of these intellectuals were refugees in the western countries, although some lived still in Czechoslovakia and contributed under pseudonyms.  Some of the more known members of the society are Madeleine Albright and Zbignew Brzezinski.

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