An Exhibit of The Center for Slovenian Studies at Cleveland State University is on display through the end of November at the CSU Library. It includes photos and information about the Slovenian Studies Center/Center za slovenske študije and Slovenian language classes, as well as photographs and memorabilia pertaining to Slovenian culture.
The exhibit is located on the first floor of Library which can be accessed from Rhodes Tower and is open during regular Library hours.
The Cleveland area is home to the greatest concentration of Americans of Slovenian descent in this country. The Government of Slovenia, working in cooperation with Cleveland State University (CSU), Lakeland
Community College, Kent State University, and Bowling Green University, has decided to foster the cultural heritage of this important community by establishing the Center for Slovenian Studies at CSU. The Center will be staffed by a full-time Director, who will also be the curator of the Slovenian Museum and Archives at 6415 St. Clair Avenue in Cleveland. The Center will coordinate the teaching of courses in Slovenian language and culture at the three regional universities and Lakeland Community College.
Visiting Professor--Luka Zibelnik
Slovenian language courses are taught by Luka Zibelnik, a Visiting Professor from the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He teaches the Slovenian language to beginner and intermediate skilled individuals at university levels. In addition to teaching Slovene, Professor Zibelnik and future Visiting Professors will provide lectures about the Slovenian culture. To serve non-traditional, working members of the Slovenian American community, as well as traditional students, courses are scheduled in the evenings.
Professor Zibelnik studied Sociology of Culture and Slovenian Language at University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He has taught students of all ages, from primary school, through high school and college. His wide range of experience in teaching the Slovenian language and his first-hand knowledge of Slovenian culture provides his students with the best possible education in Slovene as a second/foreign language.
In his own research, Professor Zibelnik has learned that there has been an increasing interest around the world to learn Slovene. He notes that the number of Slovenian lectureships worldwide is currently 53, the number of countries where you can learn Slovene is 28, and the number of universities in the world where you can obtain a degree in Slovene is 21.
Professor Zibelnik encourages Clevelanders who are interested in learning the language from the sunny side of the Alps to register for classes. Beginning Slovene 2 and Intermediate Slovene 2 will be offered in spring 2009. For those with no background in Slovenian, beginner’s classes will be offered in fall 2009. He can be contacted at 216-687-4859 or firstname.lastname@example.org. His office is located in Rhodes Tower, 1654a and his office hours are Monday and Wednesday 3:00 pm to 3:50 pm
The Center for Slovenian Studies
Center za slovenske študije
Cleveland State University
Rhodes Tower, 1654a