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18.04.2015  

Ambassador Dr. Cerar Visits Kansas City

Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar on April 14 visited the National World War I Museum in Kansas City, for a screening of the internationally acclaimed Slovenian-Austrian film The Woods Are Still Green. The film, which premiered in 2014 and was written and directed by Marko Naberšnik, tells an enthralling story about a group of Austria-Hungarian artillery soldiers located in the mountains on the Isonzo front (Soška fronta) opposing Italy during World War I and their experiences in coping with the nightmares of war. 

In the morning of April 15, the ambassador visited the University of Kansas and met with the Director of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures, Prof. Marc L. Greenberg and his wife Marta Pirnat–Greenberg. The University of Kansas is the only U.S. university to offer Slovene language and linguistics as part of its degree curriculum.  While visiting KU, the ambassador presented a talk entitled “The International Court: From Nuremberg to Kampala and Beyond”, in which he examined the origins, proceedings and enforcement of international criminal law, spanning the time from the post-WWII era to the present. Following the lecture, the ambassador met with the Dean of the KU School of Business, Dr.  Neeli Bendapudi, who hosted a private luncheon for him with select students and faculty.

The ambassador's program also included meetings with the Kansas City, KS ,Mayor Mark Holland and the Kansas City, MO, Mayor Sly James, a trip to the U.S Army  Command and General Staff College, where Slovenian army members attend advanced study programs.  He also held a briefing on the Slovenian foreign policy priorities and economic outlook for the Editorial Board of the Kansas City Star. Ambassador Dr. Cerar also visited the Slovenian room at the Strawberry Hill Museum & Cultural Center and, on Thursday, April 16, the Holy Family church, founded by Slovenian immigrants more than 100 years ago. The ambassador's visit was arranged and hosted by Ms. Barbara Koval Nelson, Honorary Consul for Slovenia in the Midwest.

Ambassador Dr. Cerar giving a lecture on ICC. (Photo credit: Christian Beer – KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures)

 

Honorary Consul of Slovenia MS. Barbara Koval Nelson, Prof. Marta Pirnat Greenberg and Prof. Marc Greenberg. (Photo credit: Christian Beer – KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures)

 

Ambassador Dr. Cerar with artist David Vertacnik. (Photo credit: Christian Beer – KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures)

 

Audience at the KU. (Photo credit: Christian Beer – KU School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures)