Melissa Bokovoy, Ph.D., UNM
December 8, 2019

Belgrade sits above the confluence of two great rivers, the Sava and the Danube. It has been home to many civilizations: Celts, Romans, Byzantines, Bulgars, Magyars, Ottomans, and Serbs. Frequently attacked and destroyed, it has been rebuilt many times, on each occasion adding a new layer to the cultural and urban landscapes of the city. This talk will take the audience through these different landscapes and reveal Belgrade’s unique cultural identity and contrasting sides.

Dr. Melissa Bokovoy is professor and past chair of the history department at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. Bokovoy obtained her BA from Pomona College and MA and PhD from Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the author of Peasants and Communists: Politics and Ideology in the Yugoslav Countryside, 1941–1953 (Pittsburgh, 1998), which won the Barbara Jelavich Prize of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies for best book in East European Studies. She is co-editor of State-Society Relations in Yugoslavia, 1945–1992 (Palgrave Macmillan, 1997) and co-author of Sharing the Stage: Biography and Gender in Western Civilization, 2 vols. (Houghton-Mifflin, 2003) and Sharing the World Stage: Biography and Gender in World History, 2 vols. (Cengage, 2009).  Dr. Bokovoy has won awards for her research, teaching, and service. In 2001, she was appointed University of New Mexico Regents’ Lecturer and a decade later was named UNM Outstanding Teacher of the Year (2011-2012).

Supported in part by Urban Enhancement Trust Fund, Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group
and Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union