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!

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!
Kentucky Museum Bosnia Exhibit ad 1920 × 1080

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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Kimchi Demonstration Tomorrow


As part of @wku‘s International Year of South Korea, the Kentucky Folklife Program and @wku_folkstudies are hosting Kyu Frohman tomorrow, 4/27, for a Kimchi Demonstration at 4pm in the Confucius Institute Kitchen on WKU’s main campus! Kyu will share memories about family traditions tied to making and eating kimchi, and she will demonstrate how to make a couple of varieties. This event is free and open to the public. The above photograph is from WKU-Elizabethtown’s 2016 event with Kyu.
For more information and directions, click here.
KFP Kimchi Demonstration Poster

KFP hosting Kimchi Demonstration

The Kentucky Folklife Program and WKU Folk Studies are hosting a Kimchi demonstration on April 27th at 4:00pm in the Confucius Institute Kitchen as part of Western Kentucky University‘s International Year of South Korea. Open the public, Kyu Frohman of Radcliff, KY will lead the demonstration, and will share memories about family traditions tied to making and eating Kimchi.

The event is free and open to the public. If you are a WKU student, the event will also be “swipeable” for your Student Engagement Activities Transcript.

The Confucius Institute Kitchen is located in WKU’s new model Confucius Institute building on Normal Street, not to be confused with the Confucius Institute’s space in Helm Library.  The new Confucius Institute building is next to WKU’s Honors College and International Center.  While the brand-new Confucius Institute building is not on the campus map yet, you can get directions by locating the Honors College and walking to the next building over (single-story building with a garden).

We hope you join us!

KFP Kimchi Demonstration Poster

Click here to download poster (PDF)

Update on the Bosnian Project


Nermin Peimanovic showing off his son’s Bosnian fez along with socks that were knitted for him by his Grandmother. We’re happy to say these items will be featured in the upcoming exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green. This exhibit will open this fall at the Kentucky Museum and is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

From the Archives: Kupus


From the archives: Senida Husic and her family cooking up a pot of kupus in their Bowling Green, KY home. Husic described: “The part of [Bosnia] where my family is from, the stew is called ‘kupus’ which is essentially just ‘cabbage’. There are different variations of how it’s made, family to family, but mostly it’s referred to as kupus.”