With support from an IYO grant, WKU Libraries invited Bellarmine Historian Fedja Buric to be our guest speaker at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on the evening of Thursday, October 26, 2017, to talk about the history and the current situation in Bosnia.
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With support from an IYO grant Bellarmine Historian Fedja Buric will be our guest speaker at Barnes & Noble Bookstore on Thursday, October 26. Born in Bosnia, at the age of 13 in 1992, he was forced to flee his hometown with his brother and parents when a brutal ethnic conflict broke out in the former Yugoslavia which would lead to the murder of over 100,000 people and displace 2 million more. After roaming the Balkans in search of a safe haven they slept in an out-of-service train car before the UNHCR relocated them to a refugee camp in Turkey where they shared a couple of bathrooms with 3,000 unfortunate Bosnians. From there his parents wrote more than 30 letters seeking asylum. All said no except for the United States and in June 1995 the family came to Louisville. A graduate of Bellarmine University he spent a semester abroad at Oxford and a summer at Cambridge. He received his PhD in History at the University of Illinois. He teaches modern European history at Bellarmine and is researching the “Mixed Marriages of Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Creation of Ethnic Difference.” He’ll be talking about “Bosnia: More Than Twenty Years since Dayton.”