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2020
Wednesday, November 25th
12:00 PM

The Future of Bosnian Studies: A Scholars' Panel

Adna Karamehic-Oates, Fontbonne University
Amila Buturovic, York University
Dženeta Karabegović, University of Salzburg
David Pettigrew, Southern Connecticut State University

Online

12:00 PM

The quarter-century that has passed since the end of the war in Bosnia-Herzegovina has seen an outpouring of scholarly research into Bosnian history, politics, and culture. Some scholars have sought to redress genocide and human rights violations, many of which have gone unpunished by local and international courts. Others have documented the multiethnic “common life” that characterized Bosnian culture and history prior to the rise of ethno-nationalism in the 1980s. Still others have studied the implications of forced displacement for Bosnians of all ethnicities, many of whom have formed diaspora communities in Europe, Australia, and North America. As scholars have continued these conversations across national and disciplinary boundaries, they have formed a new field of academic inquiry that we call Bosnian studies.

This pre-recorded panel discussion is intended for laypeople and academicians with some prior knowledge about the Bosnian war and genocide. It will consider the ways that scholars in a variety of academic disciplines have contributed to the emerging field of Bosnian studies or deployed scholarship in the pursuit of justice in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Of special interest are the contributions of scholars from Bosnia-Herzegovina who now live in diaspora. Also of interest are the ways that scholarship provides an avenue for reckoning with the current vexed cultural and political situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina, where ethnic tensions persist and where past injustices continue to shape political structures and social institutions.

Sunday, July 5th

Bosnian Genocide and Its Aftermath: A Genocide Scholars' Panel

Adna Karamehic-Oates, Fontbonne University
Anne Gilliland, University of California, Los Angeles
David Pettigrew, Southern Connecticut State University
Hariz Halilovich, RMIT University, Melbourne

Online

A panel discussion to mark the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.

Scholars in the fields of genocide, memory and archival studies address ongoing revisionist efforts about what happened in Srebrenica and discuss the importance of countering this rhetoric in order to defend the truth.

Friday, May 15th
2:00 PM

25 Years: Being Bosnian American in St. Louis

Benjamin Moore, Fontbonne University
Adna Karamehic-Oates, Fontbonne University
Akif Cogo

Online

2:00 PM

This online panel discussion was part of the Missouri Historical Society's STL History Live series.

2019
Friday, October 4th
9:00 AM

The ICTY and the War & Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University
Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Washington University

School of Law, Washington University in St. Louis

9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

A one-day symposium sponsored by the Harris World Law Institute at Washington University School of Law and the Bosnia Memory Project to reflect on the Role of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in Understanding the War and Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

The program will begin with a keynote address by Professor Diane Orentlicher, former Deputy for War Crimes Issues in the U.S. Department of State, and will include three panels focused on legal issues, historical and political considerations and stories and testimonies from survivors. The event also features a book signing of "Some Kind of Justice: The ICTY’s Impact in Bosnia and Serbia" by Professor Diane Orentlicher and will conclude with a film screening of "The Trial of Ratko Mladic," followed by Q & A with Dermot Groome and Elvedin Pasic.

Tuesday, March 12th
6:00 PM

Two Schools / Dvije škole

Srđan Šarenac

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

6:00 PM

Midwestern premiere of the documentary followed by a conversation with director Srđan Šarenac.

Saturday, February 9th
5:30 PM

The Last Refuge

Hasan Nuhanović

St. Louis Islamic Center 'Nur'

5:30 PM

Event in Bosnian. Public address by Hasan Nuhanović followed by a Q & A session and discussion.

Thursday, February 7th
7:00 PM

Civic Courage Award: 2019

Bosnia Memory Project
Hasan Nuhanović

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:00 PM

Presentation of the 2019 Civic Courage Award to Hasan Hasan Nuhanović.

Event in English. Reception and award ceremony followed by a public address by Nuhanović.

The Civic Courage Award was established in 2015 and is awarded annually for courageous commitment to the civic values of respect, equality, and pluralism that represent the best traditions of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

2018
Friday, September 28th
6:00 PM

Some Kind of Justice: The ICTY's Impact in Bosnia and Serbia

Diane Orentlicher

Affton HIgh School Auditorium

6:00 PM

A public presentation and book signing by DIane Orentlicher, an internationally renowned scholar on human rights law and war crimes tribunals.

Tuesday, March 27th
7:00 PM

Community Leader Award Reception

Midwest BankCentre

7:00 PM

A reception to honor Midwest Bank Centre, which was selected as a national award recipient by the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) for the 2018 National Community Bank Service Awards. The program recognizes outstanding and innovative volunteer efforts by the nation’s community banks. ICBA selected Midwest BankCentre from among more than 100 nominations for its highimpact service and economic empowerment programs that have brought mainstream banking services to more than 1,200 previously “unbanked” or “underbanked” families in the St. Louis metro area. Bank employees contributed more than 4,700 volunteer hours in 2017 to help hundreds of immigrants, minorities and economically disadvantaged citizens gain access to financial services, and spur community redevelopment and reinvestment.

2017
Saturday, November 18th
11:00 AM

Crafting Our Cultures: A Community-Curated Exhibition

Craft Alliance
Fontbonne University
St. Louis Bosnians, Inc.

St. Louis Islamic Center

11:00 AM

Crafting Our Cultures celebrates Bosnian-Herzegovinian craft traditions, history, and culture. It reflects our conviction that understanding crafts is essential to understanding the identity of a people and the texture of their civilization. This exhibition features a Bosanska Soba, a traditional Bosnian-Herzegovinian room with decorative handcrafted objects that represent the skill of Bosnian-Herzegovinian craftspeople, from the woven wool ćilim rugs, to the crocheted hekle, to the intricately wrought dzezve for serving coffee.

Historically a crossroads of religions and cultures, Bosnia-Herzegovina has seen multiple influences that are here exemplified in clothing, decorations, and utilitarian objects embodying the aesthetics of everyday life. Gathered from members of St. Louis’ Bosnian community, these objects and the stories that surround them help us to grasp the beauty and character of life as it began in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as it continues in the United States.

Funded by the Whitaker Foundation, this exhibition results from a collaboration between Craft Alliance, St. Louis Bosnians, and Fontbonne University. It was designed by students in Fontbonne’s Fashion Merchandising program under the direction of Dr. Ruth Adikorley, Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen, and Maja Sadikovic.

Wednesday, April 12th

Mjesta Bola – Places of Pain (Recognizing the Pain of Others)

Adis Elias Fejzić
Hariz Halilovich, RMIT University, Melbourne

Fontbonne University, Fine Arts Gallery

This multimedia exhibit features the work of Hariz Halilovich and Adis Elias Fejzić, Bosnian-born scholars and artists who explore the nuances of human rights, migration, and identity in their research and work. Mjesta Bola – Places of Pain (Recognizing the Pain of Others) uses graphics, photographs, text, documents, drawings, sound, and video to explore the lives, deaths, and memories of people who have been displaced by conflict.

Tuesday, April 11th
6:00 PM

Influence of Income and Education on Health Outcomes of Bosnian Refugees in the United States

Tanja Zlatkovic Zanin, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Fontbonne University, East Building

6:00 PM

6:00pm: Reception, East Foyer
6:30pm: Lecture, East 101

2016
Thursday, November 10th
2:00 PM

Civic Courage Award: 2016

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University
Refik Hodžić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

2:00 PM

Presentation of the 2016 Civic Courage Award to Refik Hodžić.

Reception and Award Ceremony | Medaille Hall
Friday, December 9th at 6pm

Public Address | Lewis Room, Taylor Library
Saturday, December 10 at 2pm

The Civic Courage Award was established in 2015 and is awarded annually for courageous commitment to the civic values of respect, equality, and pluralism that represent the best traditions of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Thursday, October 6th
5:30 PM

Presentation: Kinship Variations and Ethnic Identity

Keith Doubt, Wittenberg University

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

5:30 PM

A public address by professor Keith Doubt of Wittenberg University.

In collaboration with the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Saint Louis University.

Thursday, May 26th
6:30 PM

Presentation: Re-Making Kozarac: Agency, Reconciliation, and Contested Return in Post-War Bosnia.

Sebina Sevic-Bryant

Fontbonne University, Anheuser-Busch Hall

6:30 PM

A presentation by author and anthropologist Sebina Sevic-Bryant: Re-Making Kozarac: Agency, Reconciliation, and Contested Return in Post-War Bosnia. Discussion following.

102 Anheuser-Busch Hall

2015
Saturday, June 13th
6:00 PM

Civic Courage Award: 2015

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University
Kemal Kurspahić
Vesna Kurspahić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

6:00 PM

Reception and Award Ceremony

Music provided by Amir Salesevic.

The Civic Courage Award was established in 2015 and is awarded annually for courageous commitment to the civic values of respect, equality, and pluralism that represent the best traditions of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Tuesday, March 3rd
7:00 PM

Bosnian Journeys: Generations

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Washington University, Edison Theatre

7:00 PM

A reprise performance collaborative performance with the St. Louis Symphony Chamber Ensemble.

Friday, February 27th
2:00 PM

An Afternoon with Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Muhamed Sacirbey

Saint Louis University Pius XII Memorial Library

2:00 PM

An address by Bosnia’s first ambassador to the United Nations followed by a Q & A with the audience.

2:00pm Reception
3:00pm Lecture

Sponsors
Center for International Studies Department of Sociology and Anthropology Russian and Eastern European Studies Program Boeing Institute of International Business

2014
Friday, November 28th
7:00 PM

Presentation: Hijacked Memories and the Geography of Genocide in Bosnian Places of Pain

Hariz Halilovich, RMIT University, Melbourne

Fontbonne University, Anheuser-Busch Hall

7:00 PM

An evening with Bosnian author and anthropologist Hariz Halilovich. Presentation followed by a discussion with Dr. Halilovich.

103 Anheuser-Busch Hall

Friday, October 24th
7:00 PM

Film: Pretty Village

Kemal Pervanić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:00 PM

Public screening of Pretty Village followed by a discussion with filmmaker and activist Kemal Pervanić.

Thursday, May 29th
5:30 PM

Exhibit: Bosnian Born

Sejla Holland
Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University

Fontbonne University, Fine Arts Gallery

5:30 PM

Opening reception at Fontbonne University, including cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and traditional Bosnian music by Amir Salesevic and Edo Sadikovic. Remarks by Dr. Ben Moore – Director of the Bosnia Memory Project, Sejla Holland – Bosnian Born Creator and Curator, and Elma Mujanovic – President of Friends of Bosnia-Herzegovina St. Louis.

Wednesday, March 19th
8:00 PM

Performance: Bosnian Journeys: Generations

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University
St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

Powell Hall, 718 No. Grand Blvd.

8:00 PM

This powerful concert weaves personal narrative with Sevdah, the folk music tradition of Bosnia, to tell the stories of our Bosnian neighbors in St. Louis. The concert includes a performance of Albinoni's Adagio in G minor, a piece played by Vedran Smailovic, 'the Cellist of Sarajevo', at multiple sites of destruction during the siege of Sarajevo to honor those who lost their lives.

Doors open at 6:30pm; no tickets required. Post-concert reception with complimentary Divna Sljivivica (plum brandy) and Sarajevo Beer.

2013
Friday, April 12th
4:00 PM

Being Bosnian: Identities After the War

Esad Boškailo
Amila Buturović
Aleksandar Hemon
Refik Hodžić
Patrick McCarthy

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

A two-day symposium featuring presentations by Esad Boškailo, Amila Buturović, Aleksandar Hemon, Refik Hodžić, and Patrick McCarthy.

Sunday, February 10th

Presentation: Prvi Mart in North America

Edin Ramulić
Refik Hodžić
Emir Suljagić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

A presentation by Edin Ramulić, Refik Hodžić, and Emir Suljagić of the Prvi Mart initiative, which marked the beginning of Prvi Mart activities in North America.

2012
Sunday, April 29th

Presentation: 20 Years After Prijedor

Refik Hodžić

A presentation by Refik Hodžić, Communications Director for the International Center for Transitional Justice, to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the beginnings of genocide in Prijedor.

Wednesday, April 18th

Presentation: From St. Louis to Sarajevo: Hadassah's Response to War and Genocide in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Elsie Roth

A lecture and slide presentation by Elsie Roth, RN, MSN, leader of Hadassah's relief effort in Bosnia-Herzegovina. In 1993, 1994, and 1995, Ms. Roth repeatedly visited the besieged city of Sarajevo to deliver relief supplies and meet with Sarajevans in all walks of life.

Sunday, April 15th
3:00 PM

Performance: The Lost Jewish World of Sarajevo

James Stone Goodman

Fontbonne University, Taylor Library

3:00 PM

Rabbi James Stone Goodman weaves music and poetry to tell stories of the lost world of Sarajevo.

Thursday, April 5th
7:00 PM

Presentation: Remembering Sarajevo: 20 Years After the Beginning of the Siege

Ertana Džidžović
Sukrija Džidžović
Rita Csapó-Sweet, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Bosnian Chamber of Commerce | St. Louis, MO

7:00 PM

Bosnian journalists Sukrija and Ertana Dzidzovic speak about their experiences in Sarajevo during the siege and share Sukrija’s extraordinary wartime photographs.

Presentation followed by a lecture, “Life in Sarajevo Today,” by Dr. Rita Csapó-Sweet.

Wednesday, April 4th
8:00 PM

Performance: Remembering Sarajevo Benefit Concert

James Stone Goodman
Brothers Lazaroff

Covenant House Apartments

8:00 PM

A benefit conert for the exhibit Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Muslims, Serbs, and Croats Working Together During the Bosnian War, 1992-1995.

Rabbi James Stone Goodman and the Brothers Lazaroff reveal the hidden secrets of the Sarajevo Hagaddah—“the book that saved a world.”

2011
Monday, November 21st
12:00 PM

Reading: Shards

Ismet Prcić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

12:00 PM

A reading by Ismet Prcić from his debut novel Shards followed by a question-and-answer session with the author.

Sunday, September 25th
2:00 PM

FIlm: I Came to Testify | Women, War & Peace

Pamela Hogan

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

2:00 PM

A pre-broadcast screening of the film followed by a conversation with producer Pamela Hogan.

Saturday, September 17th
7:00 PM

Performance: AlmaNova

AlmaNova

Fontbonne University, Doerr Chapel

7:00 PM

A live concert by the Bosnian-American guitar-flute duo AlmaNova, Almer Imamovic and Jessica Pierce.

Monday, August 22nd

Exhibit: Free Fallin'

Jesenko Kurbasic

Fontbonne University, Fine Arts Gallery

An exhibition of the work of Bosnian-American artist Jesenko Kurbasic.

Tuesday, April 26th
7:30 PM

Bosnia after Genocide: Reckoning with the Destruction of Prijedor

Ed Vulliamy
Edin Ramulić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:30 PM

Edin Ramulić, president of the Bosnian advocacy organization Izvor, and Ed Vulliamy, a noted journalist who covered the Bosnian genocide and who continues to advocate for survivors, address the wartime destruction of Prijedor and its aftermath.

5:00 - 6:00 p.m.: Reception, Anheuser-Busch Hall, (north end of second floor hallway)

The exhibit Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide will be on display in the south end of the hall.

Friday, April 1st

Exhibit: Artifacts and Documents from the Bosnian War

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University

Two sidebar exhibits in conjunction with Survival in Sarajevo.

Exhibit: Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide

Bosnia Memory Project, Fontbonne University
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
Patrick McCarthy
Barbra Nwacha

Fontbonne University, Anheuser-Busch Hall

A second showing of Prijedor: Lives from the Bosnian Genocide. Located on the second floor of Anheuser-Busch Hall.

Exhibit: Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Muslims, Serbs, and Croats Working Together During the Bosnian War 1992-1995

Fontbonne University
Holocaust Museum and Learning Center
University of Missouri-St. Louis
St. Louis Rabbinical Association
Congregation Neve Shalom
Bosnian Chamber of Commerce
Sabah Newspaper
KETC Channel 9

Fontbonne University, Fine Arts Gallery

The premier showing of the exhibit Survival in Sarajevo: Jews, Muslims, Serbs, and Croats Working Together During the Bosnian War 1992-1995.

2010
Thursday, April 1st
7:00 PM

Presentation: An Evening with Aleksandar Hemon

Aleksandar Hemon

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:00 PM

A small group discussion with renowned author Aleksandar Hemon, author, followed by a public reading.

2009
Sunday, November 1st
7:00 PM

Film: Searching for Hope & Survival in Sarajevo

Edward Serotta

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:00 PM

A public presentation by filmmaker Edward Serotta with screenings of his Nightline documentary, Searching for which was based on his book, Survival in Sarajevo: How a Jewish Community Came to the Aid of Its City.

Thursday, October 1st

Film: Neither Here Nor There

Beth Pike
Patrick McCarthy
Ron Klutho

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

A public screening of the documentary film followed by a panel discussion featuring one of the filmmakers (Beth Pike) and two local experts on the Bosnian genocide.

Sunday, February 1st

Performance: Ferhadija

Ferhadija

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

A performance by local Bosnian chorus Ferhadija.

Thursday, January 1st

Film: In the Name of the Son & Neither Here Nor There

Bosnia Memory Project

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

St. Louis premiere screenings of two Bosnia-related films and a panel discussion.

2008
Sunday, October 26th
2:00 PM

Film: A Town Called Kozarac

Ed Harriman

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

2:00 PM

Screening of the documentary film followed by a panel discussion featuring Harriman and former residents of Kozarac and Prijedor.

Thursday, May 1st

Performance: Traditional Bosnian Music

Armin Karabegović

A performance of traditional Bosnian music by Armin Karabegović and friends.

Tuesday, April 8th
7:00 PM

Presentation: On the Bosnian Genocide and Prijedor

Rezak Hukanović

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:00 PM

A public presentation by Rezak Hukanović, author of Tenth Circle of Hell: A Memoir of Life in the Death Camps of Bosnia.

Monday, April 7th
7:00 PM

Presentation: On the Bosnian Genocide and Prijedor

Jasmin Odobašić

Fontbonne University, Lewis Room

7:00 PM

A public presentation by Jasmin Odobašić on his experiences working in Prijedor.

2007
Thursday, November 1st
7:00 PM

Presentation: Ed Vulliamy

Ed Vulliamy

7:00 PM

A public presentation by British Journalist Ed Vulliamy, author of Seasons in Hell: Understanding Bosnia's War.