Visiting scholar to discuss Slovakia, Roma minority group
Slovakian cultural advocate L’ubomira Slušná will spend five days at St. Norbert this month as this year’s visiting international scholar.
While on campus, she will speak to classes, meet with faculty and students, and speak to Green Bay organizations about her work to improve the lives of Europe’s Roma population.
Slušná’s March 10-14 visit is sponsored by the joint St. Norbert College/UWGB International Visiting Scholars Program that provides opportunities for international scholars from developing countries to visit the two campuses and the greater Green Bay community.
Slušná is a graduate in history of fine arts from Commenius University in Bratislava. After graduation she worked as a freelance art critic, organizing and opening independent art exhibitions.
In 1999, she founded the Association for Culture, Education and Communication, which promotes Slovakia and develops and strengthens international cultural exchange. Her recent work has focused on the lives of the Roma people, Europe’s largest minority. Members live in nearly all countries in Europe and Central Asia.
Her organization’s efforts include special programs for Roma women and youth, and training of Roma candidates for municipal elections.
In her presentations, she will tell stories of the Roma people through words and the photographs she takes as she works with them to document their daily lives.
Slušná arrived in Green Bay Monday, March 5, and will visit UWGB and area K-12 schools before arriving at St. Norbert.
Opportunities for the general public to hear presentations by Slušná include:
- Wednesday, March 7, a 2 p.m. talk on “Empowering Slovakia’s Roma Women” in the Christie Theatre in UW-Green Bay’s University Union
- Thursday, March 8, a 12 noon talk at the UW-Green Bay American Intercultural Center in Room 207 of the David A. Cofrin Library
- Thursday, March 8, 5-7 p.m., an appearance as featured guest at a celebration for International Women’s Day at the Art Garage, 1400 Cedar St., Green Bay. (Tickets, $15, will be available at the door. Proceeds will support the joint International Visiting Scholars Program.)
For more information about Slušná’s visit to the Green Bay area and opportunities to meet with her, contact
Wendy Scattergood (Political Science) at (920) 403-3491 or