The American Slovenian Education Foundation (ASEF) will hold it's annual Gala on the 3rd of march at the Stanford University in California. This year's special guest will be Prof. Dr. Duncan Haldane, winner of the the Nobel Prize for Physics.
In 2016 Prof. Dr. Duncan Haldane became the first Slovenian in history to receive the Nobel Prize for Physics. He is the Eugene Higgins Professor of Physics at Princeton University, where his research focuses on topological states of quantum condensed matter, such as topological insulators. Prof. Dr. Haldane has a special relation to Slovenia through his mother Ljudmila Renko, who was from Koroška. During the second world war Ljudmila Renko was a medicine student working in a Yugoslavian army hospital in Celovec (Klagenfurt), where she met her husband, who was a doctor in the British army stationed in Yugoslavia/Austria border.
Among the partecipants there will be Slovenian singers and musicians from Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, recipients of the Kerže Family Scholarships. The Kerže Family was extremely proud of their Slovenian origin and wanted to honor their ancestry. They established two funds to provide an opportunity for Slovenian students to receive education and training at the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music, to familiarize them with U.S. culture and to provide opportunities to gain U.S. exposure of their musical talents. The Kerže Fellows represent the best young Slovenian musical talents and a great enrichment to the ASEF Gala 2018.
To register and for more details please visit the ASEF website: http://www.asef.net/gala/