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 RUX Bowling Green

This weekend, the Kentucky Folklife Program was excited to serve as a regional host partner for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX). With 65 RUX members from across the Commonwealth in attendance, this past weekend was spent learning about the history, culture, identity, and landscape of South Central Kentucky.  To learn more about KFP’s role in RUX, visit our KFP/RUX program page.

To see photos from our weekend, check out a collection of our instagram posts below!
 
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Welcome RUX! We’re so excited to be hosting the #kyrux2017 cohort this weekend! Kicked things off at the @ffoyamusic house this evening. Looking forward to exploring the culture, history, and landscape of Cave Country with this group! #kyfolklife from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2uH05iK

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We took @ruxkentucky members to lunch at Babylon Restaurant in Bowling Green. Owners Wisam Asal and Ghazwan Nahdeh prepared fresh falafel, chicken shawarma, hummus, and fatoush, and then treated us to baklava. #kyrux2017 #kyfolklife #bgky from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2vhpBN5

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Michelle Howell of @needmoreacresfarm had the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (@ruxkentucky) out to her farm in #scottsville to share about the work that she does connecting people with food. Howell provided us with a beautiful farm-to-table meal, the Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology provided us with BBQ from the Smoke Shack in Scottsville, and the @deadbrokebarons out of Franklin provided us with the tunes. Can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer evening in South Central #kentucky. #kyfolklife #kyrux2017 from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2eYL4TO

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@wku_folkstudies alum, Alexia Ault, gave @ruxkentucky folks a ghost story tour around @wku‘s campus. #kyfolklife #kyrux2017 from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2tOqCHS

 

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

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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.

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“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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On Our Plates: Check’s Cafe

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On our plates: On June 7th, KFP’s Nicole Musgrave had the chance to try out Check’s Café in Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood. Check’s has been a staple in the neighborhood since the 1940s, serving up a mix of German and Southern favorites such as Braun-schweiger & potato salad, and rolled oysters & cornbread. Visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website to view an oral history interview about Check’s Café from the @southernfoodways alliance.

2017 Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange Launches

 afdf2-19379468_477331129267652_1052626008131239936_nThis weekend, the 2017 Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) launches in Lexington, Kentucky.  The press release announcing this year’s cohort from the Bowling Green area is below, but you can download the press release PDF here.  We are excited to serve as a regional host partner for the Bowling Green weekend which will take place in July.  KFP’s Graduate Assistant, Nicole Musgrave, is this year’s intern for RUX.  Nicole be sharing photos and updates from this weekend’s happenings, so make sure to check in for the latest from #kyrux2017 and #kyfolklife.  You can also follow us on our Instagram account @kyfolklife.

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Celebrating a Century of Folklore at WKU

by Virginia Siegel / Research by Michael Ann Williams and Ann Ferrell

Since 2012, the Kentucky Folklife Program has proudly called Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology home.  This year, the WKU Folk Studies Program is celebrating a century of folklore research and teaching at WKU.  To celebrate, Folk Studies faculty, Michael Ann Williams and Ann Ferrell, have partnered with KFP’s Virginia Siegel to create a poster commemorating the last 100 years.  View the poster and read on to learn more about the history of folklore at WKU.

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Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide Events this July

The Kentucky Folklife Program is proud to partner with community organizers in this year’s Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide Symposium, which will be held at the Kentucky Museum on July 11, 2017 from 6pm-7pm (Facebook event).  We’d like to thank and acknowledge the key event organizers for inviting us to partner: Denis Hodzic, Senida Husic, Dzenana Kadric, Muamer Razic, and Amer Salihovic.

The theme of this year’s symposium is “A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green.” The title is inspired by an exhibit opening on September 29, 2017 at the Kentucky Museum of the same name (Facebook Event and webpage).  The exhibit, featuring Bosnian culture in Bowling Green, is curated by the Kentucky Folklife Program with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Please note, this educational symposium is part one of a two part event, held in conjunction with the 2017 Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide, July 15th, 4pm-6pm, in Circus Square Park, Bowling Green KY (Facebook event).  We invite you to join us for both events!

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