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Leading expert on Gypsy history to give lecture on Feb. 21

Friday, February 15, 2013

Event part of Romani Week at Beloit College featuring lectures, a film and a colloquium

MEDIA CONTACT: Hilary Dickinson at or 608-363-2849

A leading expert on Romani (Gypsy) history, language and human rights will give a lecture at Beloit College on Thursday, Feb. 21 called “Asian or European: Romani Social Identity in the New Europe.” The lecture, which is free and open to the public, takes place at 7:30 p.m. in Moore Lounge of Pearsons Hall.

The lecture will be given by Ian Hancock, the Harold C. and Alice T. Nowlin Regents Professor in Liberal Arts at the University of Texas-Austin. Hancock serves as the representative for the Romani people for the U.N. and UNICEF, and he has represented the Romani on the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council. He is also the author of numerous books, including We are the Romani People.

Hancock’s lecture is part of Romani Week, taking place at Beloit College from Monday Feb. 18- Friday, Feb. 22. Dr. Hristo Kyuchukov, a linguist from Freie Universitat Berlin, will lecture on “Romani Children in Special Schools in Europe,” on Monday at 7 p.m. in Richardson Hall of Morse-Ingersoll Hall.

A colloquium on “Endangered Languages (and those who speak them)” will be held Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Room 150 of the Center for the Sciences. Wrapping up the week on Friday at 7 p.m. will be a screening of the documentary The Gypsies of Svinia in Richardson Hall of Morse-Ingersoll Hall.