Slovene Culture Day

Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
Simpson Center for the Humanities
Communications Building 206 - Google Map

101 Years: The Soča/Isonzo River Front in Words and Images

Aside from its fame as the site of Ernest Hemingway’s wartime experience, perhaps the most neglected aspect of World War I in Anglo-American historiography is the 3-year battle, from 1915 to 1917, between the Austro-Hungarian Empire and the Kingdom of Italy on what came to be known as the Isonzo (Soča River) Front, in which a half million lives were lost.

Please join us as we hear eyewitness testimonies – in English or Slovene, as you prefer – of Slovenes and others who were cast into this maelstrom of violence, suffering and chaos 100 years ago, based on materials provided directly to us courtesy of the Kobarid Museum of the Soča Front (
Also featuring …

  • a brief slide lecture on Slovene artist Lojze Spacal (1907-2000), Slovenia’s “painter of the Karst,” who, according to UW PhD student Cyrus Rodgers, subtly captured the region’s legacy of suffering in coded imagery overlooked by most viewers;
  • an excerpt from the English translation of Vladimir Bartol’s brilliant memoir of growing up Slovene in Trieste, in which Bartol vividly describes the hardships of daily life in Trieste during World War I.
  • a brief documentary film about the Soča Front, in English.

… but most of all featuring …

  • Good company
  • Good food – feel free to bring an optional potluck contribution
  • Good drink – straight from the Slovene Karst and Istria

… and a chance to touch base on all things Slovene and to celebrate and enjoy the achievements of a truly remarkable culture.

RSVP by Thursday, February 4, to
Free parking available in the UW central parking garage

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