Author and lecturer Hristo Kyuchokov, a professor of Roma culture and language at Veliko Tarnovo University in Bulgaria, will speak about the movement to raise Roma students' awareness of their own culture and language at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Merritt 200.
Kyuchukov, a leader in the movement to promote Roma cultural identity and language throughout Europe, has also worked with the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and with the Open Society Institute both in creating educational policy for this important minority group and in creating courses to help Roma (“Gypsy”) young people understand their own heritage.
He was raised a Muslim in a Roma community but the police destroyed the villagers' identity cards and forced them to apply for new ones with Christian names. He went on to earn three doctorates and to become, among other things, a children's author. Two of his books, “My Name Was Hussein” and “History of the Roma People,” were published in the United States by Boyds Mills Press.
Copies of each are for sale in the College Store and will be available for book signing after the lecture, which is sponsored by the Provost Office and the Peace Studies program.