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Events at WKU planned in conjunction with Convention of Bosniaks

Several events are planned at WKU in conjunction with the Seventeenth Convention of Bosniaks in North America.

Since 1996 the Convention of Bosniaks in North America has been held annually in cities such as Toronto, Chicago, New York, Seattle, St. Louis and Phoenix. This year, 10,000 Bosniaks from North America and Bosnia and Herzegovina will gather in Bowling Green between May 25 and May 27. The convention will feature a variety of social, music, culinary, religious and athletic events coupled with the dedication of the new Bosnian Islamic Center on Blue Level Road in Bowling Green.

WKU will host several events in the days preceding convention. These events are being organized by Jerry Daday, associate professor in the Department of Sociology at WKU, and Gina Dzelil, the secretary and public relations coordinator for the Seventeenth Convention of Bosniaks in North America.

Dr. Daday and Dzelil hope these events will provide an opportunity for the faculty, staff and students of WKU and the residents of Bowling Green to learn more about the history of Bosnia, its people and cultures, and the reasons why a large Bosnian population lives in the surrounding community. More than 5,000 residents of Bowling Green are of Bosnian decent, and a majority of these individuals fled their homeland during and in the immediate aftermath of the war and genocide that inflicted Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.

The events hosted at WKU will include a photo exhibit, a film series and an informational session with a series of presentations and discussion.

Photo exhibit: In the Depth of my Land, a compilation of photos by WKU photojournalism graduate Dijana Muminovic from her trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina over the last several years, will be on display May 20 to June 1 in the gallery on the first floor of Mass Media and Technology Hall (MMTH) on the campus of WKU. The photos provide a moving account of life in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the culture of its people, the aftermath of war, and immigration to the United States.

Film series: Films that highlight aspects of the war and genocide that occurred in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995 and their aftermath will be shown at the Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium each evening May 20 to May 24. These films are: In the Land of Blood and Honey (2011) at 6 p.m. May 20; Grabavic: The Land of my Dreams (2006) at 6:30 p.m. May 21; The Remake (2003) at 6:30 p.m. May 22; The Hunting Party (2007) at 6:30 p.m. May 23; Shot Through the Heart (1998) at 6:30 p.m. May 24.

Informational session: An informational session consisting of several presentations and discussion will be held from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 25 in Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium. During this informational session, several topics will be discussed, including the history of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the composition and breakup of the former Yugoslavia, the war and genocide in Bosnia between 1992 and 1995, Islam and Culture in Bosnia, and contemporary Bosnian life in America.

All of the events at WKU and many of those associated with the Seventeenth Convention of Bosniaks in North America are free and open to the public.  More information can be obtained at http://www.bosnianconvention2012.com/ and http://visitbgky.com/events/

Contact: Jerry Daday, (270) 745-8764.

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