Wednesday, September 23, 2015

A visit from the Slovenian Ambassador!

On Monday, 14 September 2015, the Slovenian Ambassador to the United States, Dr. Božo Cerar, visited the UWM Libraries as part of a visit arranged by the UWM Slovenian Arts Council.

He stopped by the Music Library to learn about the diverse collection of Slovenian music materials that we have and then was given a tour of the American Geographical Collection Library. All of this was followed by a reception at which we heard a UWM Student play a Slovenian tune on the violin.

Members of the Slovenian Arts Council survey the display of Slovenian Music

Dr Cerar, UWM Libraries Director Ewa Barczyk, & Slovenian Arts Council President Jeff Martinka
A display of photographs of buildings by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik (1872-1957) - a lecture about his works will be given at 4:30pm on Friday, 25th September at the School of Architecture & Urban Planning

An exhibit of materials from the AGSL's collection was laid out as well.

Dr Cerar turned out to be a rare book & map enthusiast and was in his element in the vault looking at all of the amazing things held by the AGSL

Members of the Slovenian Arts Council gather with Dr Cerar

We were joined by Provost Britz as well.

Erc Ash, winner of the Slovenian Arts Council scholarship in 2014-15 played for us.

Dr Cerar examined the facsimile map he was given very closely.

Dr Cerar challenged us to find something in the collection about the 19th Century Slovenian Bishop Baraga who had been to what is now Wisconsin... and lo and behold, right in the front case was a map that marked the territory he was in!    

all photos by Rebecca Littman