August 12, 2014

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.

The Speakers

Rick ZednikCEO of EURActiv
Rick Zednik, EURActiv CEO, 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.

Where

St. John’s College, Junior Commons Room. On August 12, 2014, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm

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Parking

The Visitors Parking Lot is on your left as you enter campus. A few handicapped parking spaces are located at the Visitor’s Circle right in front of the fishpond area and below the Peterson Student Center. A few more are located behind the Peterson Center as follows. Just before the Visitor’s Circle, look for the fork in the road where you would normally drive to the left to get to the Visitors’ Parking Circle just below the Peterson Center. Instead, turn right and follow the drive up to the other parking area. There are two or three handicapped parking spaces on the left. Please note that this parking lot is not open to the public, but handicapped folks are allowed to park in the designated spaces.