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2014 Scholarship Application Deadline 3/31/14

March 27, 2014 By: Andrej G Category: Uncategorized

The deadline for the Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago’s annual scholarship application is March 31, 2014.

If you know current law students of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland area, please encourage them to apply.

The Bohemian Lawyers’ Association is the oldest ethnic Bar Association in Illinois. All persons of Czech, Moravian, Ruthenian, Silesian or Slovak ancestry enrolled in an accredited law school in the greater Chicagoland area are eligible for a Bohemian Lawyers’ Association of Chicago (BLAC) annual scholarship.

$2,000 scholarships, payable to the recipient’s law school, are presented at the BLAC Annual Installation Dinner. This year’s dinner is on May 8, 2014, 6 p.m., Riverside Golf Club. Applications must be postmarked or e-mailed on or before March 31, 2014.

For additional information go to BLAC website:

Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota Accomplishments

May 27, 2013 By: Jana Knudtsonova Category: Uncategorized

The Czech and SlovakCulturalCenter was born during the visit to the Twin Cities of the former President of the CzechRepublic, Vaclav Havel, and became fully operational after the necessary legal affairs have been settled. State of Minnesota registered the Center in 2001 and the Federal Government through IRS approved the Center as a tax exempt organization in 2007. In the approximately ten years of officially functioning as tax exempt organization, the Center made substantial impact on the members and on the local and State community. Here is a short list of accomplishments:

  • Co-hosted (with the Vaclav Havel Symposium for Civil Society) the memorable visit to the Twin Cities of President Vaclav Havel
  • Hosted and programmed all Czech Ambassadors beginning with Zantovsky, Vondra, Kolar and Palous
  • Hosted several Slovak delegations, including the Ambassador, Minister of Education and other cabinet ministers and government officials
  • Hosted and programmed several visits of the Consuls General of the Czech Republic from Chicago, Ambassadors Marek Skolil and Dana Hunatova
  • Plan on inviting the new Ambassadors for the Slovak Republic (Peter Komec) and the CzechRepublic (Petr Gandalovic)
  • Hosted and provided several forums for distinguished Czech personalities, Peter Sis, Ivan Moravec, Paul Wilson, Jack Slegers, Martin and Zora Butora’s, Tomas Klvana, Jiri Pehe, and the US diplomat Skoug whose assignment at the US Embassy in Prague included working with Alexander Dubcek and was witness of the “Prague Spring” of 1968 that began      the end of communist rule.
  • Organized major conference on doing business with the CzechRepublic
  • Assisted Governor Pawlenty in organizing a trade mission to the Czech Republic
  • Hosted and programmed a Czech Trade Delegation to Minnesota
  • Co-sponsored with a volunteer theater group three Czech plays (two of Havel’s)
  • Assisted the Perpich Academy of Performing Arts in producing several performances of Capek’s play, The Insects
  • Actively supported the Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota with the annual Czech and Slovak Days
  • Sponsored a major art exhibit of a local Czech artist Ms. Nemcova and a photo exhibit of Misa Daniel, the photographer of the Guthrie Theater
  • Members of the Board have made many presentations about the Czech and SlovakRepublics to the public
  • cooperated with other organizations in co-sponsoring several other conferences
  • Since 2003 organized a total of 32 lectures on selected topics related to the Czech and SlovakRepublics and their relations with the USA.  Lectures were given by prominent US academics and Czech and Slovak public personalities and included topics  related to the history of the Czech and Slovak Republics, their recent developments, relations with the EU, relations with the USA, and aspects of transition from communism to democracy
  • Several of these lectures have been accompanied by relevant films and documentaries
  • Wrote and distributed on the web page and in the Sokol’s SLOVO a total of 44 articles about current topics of interest to the public. These articles are available for downloading.
  • Co-sponsored with the Film Society several annual film festivals that featured the “best” Czech and Slovak films and plan on  doing so annually
  • Cooperated with the annual programs of the Vaclav Havel Symposium for Civil Society located at the University of St.        Thomas and the House of Hope Presbyterian Church. This symposium brought to the Twin Cities such distinguished      personalities as former Secretary of State Madelaine Albright, Ambassador Palous, and Ambassador and Mrs. Butora
  • Cooperated with the Slovak and Czech Honorary Consuls in performing their functions, including the awards of prestigious CerninPalace prize for several prominent members of the CSCC and SOKOL. Awards have been given to Libby Imbrone, Joyce Tesarek, Norman Sladek, and Kent Wilson
  • Developed a technically sophisticated program via SKYPE to bring prominent Czech and Slovak personalities to our audiences. This included the last surviving citizens of the village of Lidice that was leveled by the Nazis. More are planned in the future.
  • Jointly sponsored with Sokol a Literary Ventures group whose members, meeting one per month, read and discuss prominent pieces of Czech and Slovak literature.  On several occasions they heard presentations about the Czech and Slovak Literature from prominent literary scholars
  • Currently are involved in major effort to celebrate the US - EU relationships
  • Organized and promoted many musical performances of prominent Czech groups, including the Cechomor, Druhá Trava, and the famous Plastic People of the Universe
  • Other distinguished musical programs included presentations by Ivan Moravec, Jordan Sramek, Joel Blahnik, Anita Smisek, Vlada Blaha, and a member of the retired opera singers who sang famous Czech opera arias