Please join SFWAF for lunch and a talk by

Rick Zednik, CEO, EurActiv,

who will be speaking on

Slovakia in the European Union 10 Years On:

Promises Fulfilled?

on Tuesday, August 12 at the Santa Fe Community College from 12-2 pm

This event is sponsored in part with support from the Santa Fe Community College Foundation

The spring of 2004 was momentous in the history of independent Slovakia. On May 1 of that year, the country joined the European Union. Coming as it did less than five weeks after Slovakia joined NATO, this marked the culmination of a long process that was highly uncertain in the 1990′s. A decade later, we can now reflect on what enabled Slovakia to join these European and trans-Atlantic structures, and how the subsequent integration has fared.

Rick Zednik covered Slovakia’s early path towards EU and NATO membership as co-founding editor of The Slovak Spectator in Bratislava from 1994 to 2000. And since 2008 he has followed Slovakia’s deepening integration within the EU as CEO at EurActiv, the EU policy news network in Brussels.   Rick is a dual citizen of Slovakia and the United States. He has a BA in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, an MS from Columbia Journalism School, and an MBA from Harvard. He is the author of the family memoir: A Country Lost, Then Found: Discovering My Father’s Slovakia.


Cost for the lunch session is $22 per member or $27 per non-member. Please RSVP by Thursday August 7 via email to this message, or to You may pay with your credit card using our Paypal account. You may access Paypal directly by clicking on this link or you may send your check to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum, PO Box 31965, Santa Fe. NM, 87594. Checks should be made out to The Santa Fe World Affairs Forum. Please note on your check that payment is for the August 12 session. Your payment guarantees you a place, but it is non-refundable after Thursday August 7 if you are unable to attend. We strongly prefer that payment be made either via Paypal or mailed check postmarked by August 7 to avoid having to handle money at the forum.


Directions and Parking

PLEASE NOTE!   The venue for this program is the Santa Fe Community College

The venue for this program is Jemez Room 1, at the Santa Fe Community College, 6401 Richards Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87508, phone: (505) 428-1000.

From Santa Fe: Take St. Francis Drive going south to Rodeo Road. Turn right onto Rodeo Road then left onto Richards Ave.


From Albuquerque: Take I-25 Exit 278 (Cerrillos Rd) towards Santa Fe. Drive north on Cerrillos. Turn right onto Gov. Miles Rd, then right onto Richards Ave (towards the south).


On Richards: At the third traffic circle on Richards Ave., turn off to the campus in the direction of the SFCC Main Entrance. Free parking is available to the right just after the traffic circle after entering the campus. Handicap parking and short term metered parking are to the left closer to the Main Entrance and the West Wing.

The Jemez Rooms are accessed by walking through the Main Entrance (the Courtyard is on the right) past the Information Desk, Cashier, the Welcome and Advising Center and the Cafeteria (Campus Center) but before the Bookstore and Copy Center (see room map).

Here are links to the relevant maps: 1) Road map and 2) Room Map. If you have not been to

the campus recently, suggest using them.