The Kubek Project at ASEEES

On November 20, 2015, Nick Kupensky presented the paper “Emil Kubek’s Mahanoy City” at the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES) 47th annual convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since 1948, ASEEES has been “the leading international organization dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia, and Eastern Europe in regional and global contexts” and includes a membership of over 3,000 scholars from around the globe.

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Slide from Kupensky’s presentation.
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Photo courtesy of Rich Custer.

“Emil Kubek’s Mahanoy City” was part of the panel “Documenting Carpatho-Rusyn History,” which was chaired by Alexandra Sarlo (University of Pennsylvania) and also included “Changed by Thalerhof: The History and Significance of Europe’s First Concentration Camp” by Maria Silvestri (Timo Foundation), “Framing Julia Warhola: Portraits of a Carpatho-Rusyn Immigrant Woman” by Elaine Rusinko (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), and a response by Thomas Bird (CUNY-Queens College).

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Professor Magocsi prepares to raise a toast at the C-RRC family dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s in Philadelphia (November 21, 2015). Photograph by Nick Kupensky.

“Documenting Carpatho-Rusyn History” was the second of three events. The first was a panel “Documenting Carpatho-Rusyn Language” that included the presentations “Let’s Speak (Standardized) Rusyn” by Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto), “Considerations on Preparing a Rusyn Textbook for Foreign Learners” by Wayles Browne (Cornell University) & Robert A. Rothstein (University of Massachusetts – Amherst), and “Rusyn Language Textbooks in Slovakia and Transcarpathia as Instruments of Language Maintenance” by Elena Boudovskaia (Georgetown University). Nick Kupensky served as the chair. The third was a roundtable “Forty Years Ago in Philadelphia: The Shaping of Carpatho-Rusyn Studies in America” with presentations by Thomas E. Bird (City University of New York – Queens College), Bogdan Horbal (New York Public Library), Edward Kasinec (Columbia University), Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto), and Patricia Ann Krafcik (Evergreen State College). Nick Kupensky gave the introduction. At the conclusion of the convention, the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center hosted a family dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s, where the presenters, friends, and fellow travelers gathered to celebrate a successful slate of events.

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The Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center’s “family dinner” at McCormick & Schmick’s in Philadelphia (November 21, 2015). Seated are Valerii Pad’iak (University of Prešov), C-RRC secretary Patricia Krafcik (Evergreen State College), C-RRC president Paul Robert Magocsi (University of Toronto), and C-RRC vice-president Nick Kupensky (Yale University). Photograph by Maria Silvestri.

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