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Martin Votruba


Martin Votruba’s favorite pastime is mountain climbing and hiking in lofty places. Here he is at an elevation of 15,171 ft. (4624 m). The chocolate bar in his hand is purely coincidental, he told the webmaster.
Degrees: Diploma in English Studies (FS), University of Edinburgh, Scotland; PhDr. and PhD, Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia.
Specialties: Slovak studieslanguage, history, literature, culture; Slovak and West Slavic linguistics; Communism and its collapse in Central Europe.
Recognition: Excellence in Teaching (Post-Secondary) Award, American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages; Best Academic Article Bi-annual Prize, Slovak Studies Association - Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; Milan Hodža Award of Honor, Prime Minister of Slovakia and Milan Hodža Days Committee, Slovak Academy of Sciences; Letter of Commendation for “dedication to education and to the preservation of the Slovak culture in the community,” Mark Doyle, Member of Congress of the United States; Letter of Commendation for “educational and instructional merits and commitment,” Office of the Chief Executive, County of Allegheny; Education Award “in recognition and appreciation for dedication and service to preserve and enrich the Slovak culture,” Western Pennsylvania Slovak Cultural Association; Medal of Honor, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the U.S.; Faculty Honor Roll “in recognition of your dedication to excellence in education,” University of Pittsburgh; Letter of Commendation “for positive interaction with students,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Pittsburgh.
Representative Publications: “Trends in 20th Century Slovak Filmmaking,” Slovakia 37; “Linguistic Minorities in Slovakia.” in: Linguistic Minorities in Central and Eastern Europe; A Slovak-English Contrastive Grammar (revised ed. 2008); guest editor, KinoKultura, Special Issue 3: Slovak Cinema; “Hang Him High: The Elevation of Jánošík to an Ethnic Icon.” Slavic Review 65; “Comments on ‘Culture and Politics — Rivals or Allies?’” in: The Slovak Republic: A Decade of Independence.; “Historical and National Background of Slovak Filmmaking.” in: KinoKultura, Special Issue 3; “Slovakia After the Velvet Revolution: A Tale of Two Intelligentsias.” Slavic Almanach 3; “Highwayman’s Life: Extant Documents about Jánošík.” Slovakia 39; “A Thousand-Year-Old Bee/Tisícročná včela,” “Birds, Orphans and Fools/Vtáčkovia, siroty a blázni,” “Camouflage/Barwy Ochronne,” “Lovefilm/Szerelmesfilm,” “Rosy Dreams/Ružové sny,” and “She Grazed Horses on Concrete/Pásla kone na betóne,” entries in Adam Bingham, ed. Directory of World Cinema: East Central Europe; “Herder and Modernity: From Lesser Taught Languages to Lesser Taught Cultures.” East/West: Journal of Ukrainian Studies, 4:1; “Context for Nietzsche’s Death of God.” Short Film Studies 7.
Courses Regularly Taught: Slovak, Czech, and Central European Cinema; Slovak Transatlantic Cultures; The Year Communism Crumbled; A Survey of Slovak History and Culture; Slovak language.
Telephone: (412) 624-5705
1229a Cathedral of Learning, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
E-mail Address: votruba “at” pitt “dot” edu
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