About Hrvatska Ura
HURA is open to all individuals who share sympathy and interest for Croatia regardless of their nationality or citizenship.
"Hrvatska Ura offers an extraordinary opportunity to all Croats, regardless of their political or religious affirmations, to gather at the Croatian Embassy and learn about Croatia and its political, religious, social, and cultural life through lectures, discussion, and conversation."
Mr. Sime Letina - HURA speaker 2010
Announcement on Croatian TV HRT about HURA Nov 25 2013.
Announcement on Croatian Radio HRT Radio about Croatian diaspora June 4 2015.
Hrvatska Ura (HURA) was founded in 2010 by a group of people
belonging to the Croatian community in Washington, DC. with the
intent of holding frequent recurring events of an academic nature in
order to provide Croats who live, study, or work in the area with
the opportunity to gather and socialize and to build cultural,
economic, and scientific ties between the US and Croatia by working
with the Croatian-American community. These events were intended to
fill the community’s need for more frequent interaction and to take
advantage of the concentration of Croatian intellectuals and their
participation in specific areas of interest. Moreover, the work of
Hrvatska Ura would serve to supplement and add to the years of work
done by the Embassy of Croatia in Washington, DC. and the Croatian
Catholic Mission in Washington, DC.
The first HURA event was held in May 2010 at the Embassy of Croatia featuring a lecture by the Croatian ambassador at the time, Her Excellency Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, on the diplomatic and bilateral relations between Croatia and the United States. Since then, HURA has hosted at least one event per month (with an annual summer recess) as well as an annual Christmas party in cooperation with the Croatian Catholic Mission. Notable guest speakers include multiple ambassadors, several primary investigators in the field of biomedical sciences, and a sitting United States senator. Additional goals and accomplishments of the organization include building and launching this website and compiling a national registry of Croatian professionals in the United States in order to improve connectivity within the Croatian diaspora.
Finally, Hrvatska Ura hopes to re-energize and mobilize the Croatian diaspora by identifying and pursuing new causes and projects that would serve to help Croats in Croatia and the United States.
Hrvatska Ura functions primarily thanks to its organizing committee, chaired by HURA president Dr. Steven Zivko Pavletic and thanks to the cooperation of the Embassy of Croatia in Washington, D.C., the Croatian Catholic Mission in Washington, DC., and Father Dubravko Turalija.
HURA relies on contributions from its members to organize events, host guest lecturers and performers, and to provide wonderful refreshments for members. We fundraise through auctions and raffles at our events. If you would like to donate online, please send your contribution through paypal.