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November 2019

Tribute to Milan Rastislav Štefánik

November 21, 2019 @ 6:30 PM
Skala Bartizal Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the United States, Ivan Korčok, and the NCSML invite you to a Commemoration of 100th Anniversary of the death this key historical figure. Milan Rastislav Štefánik (21 July 1880 – 4 May 1919) was a Slovak politician, diplomat, aviator, and astronomer. During the World War I, he served as a general of the French Army and later as the first Minister of War of Czechoslovakia. As one of the leading members…

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February 2020

Modernity, History, and Politics in Czech Art

February 8, 2020 @ 2:00 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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The talk introduces Dr. Marta Filipová’s latest book that traces the influence of the changing political environment on Czech art, criticism, history, and theory between 1895 and 1939, looking beyond the avant-garde to the so-called peripheries of modern art. The period is marked by radical political changes, the formation of national and regional identities, and the rise of modernism in Central Europe - specifically, the collapse of Austria-Hungary and the creation of the new democratic state of Czechoslovakia. The monograph…

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March 2020

History on Tap: The era of the E.R.A. in Iowa

March 11, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, 1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United States
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The Equal Rights Amendment is a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution designed to guarantee equal legal rights for all American citizens regardless of sex.

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April 2020

*Postponed* History on Tap: Humanoid Robot Takeover

April 8, 2020 @ 6:30 PM
Kalona Brewing Company, 405 B Avenue
Kalona, IA 52247 United States
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Robots have integrated into our society, moving beyond manufacturing applications. Robots can now be found working in hotels, hospitals, and schools.

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September 2020

A Conversation on the Kashmir Conflict

September 3, 2020 @ 7:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Dr. Ather Zia, a political anthropologist from the University of Northern Colorado, will speak with Dr. Pranav Prakash, a Windgate Fellow at the Center for the Book at the University of Iowa, about the dispute of Kashmir and ongoing people's resistance. The Kashmir conflict is often presented as a simple territorial dispute primarily between India and Pakistan, with China playing a third-party role. The vantage of Kashmiris who have fought for their right to self-determination and Independence is habitually sidelined.…

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Pandemic Perspectives: Fear and Scapegoating during a Pandemic

September 29, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The National Museum of American History is launching an engaging series of talks through February 2021 that combine questions raised by the current pandemics and historic objects in the national collections. Curators and historians will virtually share objects, using them as a springboard for a lively discussion that explores how the past can help us better understand the present. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions and help guide the conversations. The format will be a moderated dialogue…

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October 2020

The Forgotten Story of Czech Jewish Teens

October 20, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Judita Matyášová, a Czech journalist and historian, presents the forgotten story of 80 Czech Jewish teens who left Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and went to Denmark in the fall of 1939. They spent four years in Danish foster families and hoping to come to Palestine. In 1943, they had to flee to Sweden, where some of them stayed until the end of the war. Their paths split, to be reunited after 70 years. Judita Matyášová traced these 90-year old witnesses across Denmark,…

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Coal Mine Culture – a World of Its Own

October 31, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
John Righetti

Among the very first industrial-era immigrants to the United States were citizens of Austria-Hungary, who were recruited to work the coal fields of Pennsylvania and certain other states. An absolute necessity for both industry and homes, coal was king. In this talk, John Righetti will outline what coal communities were like at the beginning of mass immigration to the U.S., and how they even became an economic system distinct from the rest of America. He will explain how coal communities…

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November 2020

UNBREAKABLE Author Talk and Book Signing

November 17, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

NCSML Members can now sign up to join the virtual Author Talk for free. Richard Askwith – author of the award-winning book, UNBREAKABLE – tells the story of Lata Brandisová, who caused a scandal in 1927 by insisting on a woman’s right to ride in the Grand Pardubice steeplechase – and went on to humiliate the finest warrior-horsemen of the Third Reich in the same race a decade later, on the eve of the Second World War. Lata Brandisová’s achievements…

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February 2021

Pandemic Perspectives: Essential Workers: Prestige versus Pay

February 16 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The National Museum of American History has launched an engaging series of virtual talks through March 2021 that combine questions raised by the current pandemics and historic objects in the national collections. Curators and historians will virtually share objects, using them as a springboard for a lively discussion that explores how the past can help us better understand the present. Audience members will have the opportunity to pose questions and help guide the conversations. The format will be a moderated dialogue among the…

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