Bosnian Dessert Demonstration on April 25th

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Dessert Demonstration
with Adina Husić, Sabina Husić, and Senida Husić

Wednesday, April 25th
5:00-6:00 pm
Confucius Institute Kitchen, WKU

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Bosnian Coffee Demo on 3/7

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Coffee Demonstration
with Senida Husić, Dženana Kadrić, and Sanida Palavra

Wednesday, March 7th
4:00pm
WKU Faculty House

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Bosnian Pita Demonstration to be held 11/16

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Pita Demonstration
with Fatima Delic and Nejra Delic

Thursday, November 16th
4:30pm
Confucius Institute Kitchen

Organized by the students of FLK 585 Foodways

Join us as mother-daughter pair Fatima and Nejra Delic prepare pita and discuss the importance of this foodway tradition to Bosnian culture.
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This event is being organized and presented by the WKU Folk Studies FLK 585 Foodways class as part of the programming for our exhibit A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green at the Kentucky Museum. This event is also part of our campus-wide International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina. No reservations needed. For more info, you can visit our Facebook event page.

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Bosnian Coffee Demo on October 26th, 4:30-6:30pm

The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology‘s graduate Foodways class, in conjunction with the Kentucky Folklife Program, will be presenting a Bosnian coffee demonstration on Thursday, October 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Kentucky Museum (room TBA).

“Making Bosnian coffee is something that you have to learn and…it’s an acquired skill…it’s almost an apprenticeship that your your mom or your parents put you through.” – Senida Husić, 2016

Join us as Senida Husić and Sanida Palavra prepare coffee and discuss the importance of coffee and ćejf to Bosnian culture and tradition.  Special RSVP required for this event.  To RSVP, please fill out the form below:

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WKU PBS produces “Behind the Scenes” of “A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green”

by Virginia Siegel / Video courtesy of WKU PBS

As the Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Folklife Program entered the final stages of construction and exhibit preparation, WKU PBS was there to capture it.  WKU PBS will be producing a series of videos on the Bowling Green Bosnian American community and our current exhibit A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green throughout the semester.  This first video is a sneak peak of that footage, and we will add more videos here as they are released.  Many thanks to the WKU PBS team for documenting the hard work that’s gone into our project!

See this video on Facebook.

See this video on Facebook.

“A Culture Carried” Opens Friday

We invite you to join us for the exhibit opening of A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green (Kulturno naslijeđe: Bosanci u Bowling Green-u)

  • Date: Friday, September 29th
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Place: Kentucky Museum

Remarks by President Timothy C. Caboni to begin promptly at 6:00pm.  Our opening reception will include musical performances by Balkan musicians Armin Hasanagic and Sasha Strunjas of Bowling Green. Bosnian-themed refreshments will be provided. IYO Bosnia and Herzegovina t-shirts will be available for $5 (cash or check) for faculty, staff, and community members.

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Welcome to WKU’s International Year of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dobro došli! Welcome! It’s officially the start of WKU’s International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the flag for Bosnia and Herzegovina is waving at the Kentucky Museum!

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Here at the Kentucky Folklife Program we’re putting the finishing touches on our exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green, and also planning monthly programming for the coming year.  We hope you’ll join us for our exhibit opening on September 29, 2017 from 5-7pm.
Keep in mind there’s a many other events planned on WKU’s campus by other departments.  For a complete roster of events on campus, make sure you keep an eye on the Office of International Program’s featured calendar for IYO Bosnia.  We’ll be sharing more information about our calendar for the year as it is finalized.  Happy new school year everyone!
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Photos from 2017 Walk to Remember Srebrenica Events

“Casualties of war do not end when the war ends on the paper.” — Sanida Palavra speaking at the Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, July 11, 2017

Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, July 11, 2017, Kentucky Museum

On July 11, 2017 at the Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, members of the Bowling Green Bosnian American community shared stories about living in wartime Bosnia, including besieged Srebrenica and Sarajevo. Sanida Palavra, one of the panelists, reflects, “A lot of what I know about war comes from stories my parents shared with me.”

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Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide, July 15, 2017, Downtown Bowling Green

The Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide was held on Saturday, July 15th.  Backpacks were collected for the Stuff the Bus initiative, with backpacks symbolizing lives lost. After several speakers, participants walked a route 8372 steps in length, each step representing a victim of the genocide.

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Commemorating the Srebrenica Genocide

by Virginia Siegel / Research by the Bosnia Oral History Project Committee

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Bowling Green’s Walk to Remember Srebrenica, July 2016.  Photo by Mirnes Hajric.

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the start of the Srebrenica Genocide in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which began July 11, 1995.  Many of our fellow Kentuckians are survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide and many lost loved ones.

This week, the Bosnian American community of Bowling Green is hosting events to commemorate and remember Srebrenica, as well as many other sites of genocide and atrocity during the Bosnian War of the 1990s.  Many in our Bowling Green community lived in besieged Srebrenica and survived the events of the genocide; many of their loved ones did not survive.

The Srebrenica Genocide of 1995

“When we saw that there was no hope for Srebrenica and its people — that the final moment had come, the terror could be felt in the air. It is a strange feeling to describe, there are no words for it, but you knew that this day is like no other and you knew that this day will stand among the rest of your days.” – Mehmed Alić, as shared with Senida Husić, 2015

As nations of the former Yugoslavia began their struggles for independence in the 1980s, following the death of Tito and the breakdown of communism in other countries in Europe, Serbia used military strength to expand its power in the Balkan region.  Between 1992 and 1995, the village of Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia served as a stronghold and refuge for Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) facing ethnic cleansing from Bosnian Serb and Serb forces.

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