National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library presents:
“From India to America: Routes of the Roma” will be the topic March 19 at the NCSML when historian Ian Hancock speaks about the history of the Romani people. The free public lecture begins at 7:00 p.m.
One of the world’s foremost scholars on Romani history and human rights issues, Ian Hancock (professor emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin), will present on the history of the Romani people. Professor Hancock has long been engaged in fighting for the rights of Romani people, and his talk will cover the academic effort to recover a lost history, the roots of “Romaphobia,” the origin of the literary/fictional “gypsy,” efforts to standardize the Romani language, the Holocaust, slavery, and the current socio-political situation for Roma.
The misapplied label “Gypsies” has obscured the real identity of the Romani people, who number about 14 million worldwide. Their literary image is so well-entrenched that it hides the presence of the more than 1 million Roma here in North America. Professor Hancock will provide the current understanding of the Roma’s origin, and why and how they left their Indian homeland a thousand years ago and reached the West. He will show how the Hungarian-Slovak Roma left the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the 19th Century and came to America. He also will explain the origin of the stereotypical “Gypsy” and the Romani effort to organize politically.
National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library
1400 Inspiration Pl SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404 United
Date: March 19 Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Tel: 319-362-8500 x 218