Lecture Titles: “Who are the Rusyns?”; “Rusyns and Slovaks: Similarities and Differences”
Mr. Righetti has been actively involved in Carpatho-Rusyn (Kar-PATH-o ROO-sin) cultural affairs for more than 30 years. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he possesses a certificate in Russian and East European Studies. His area of concentration was Austro-Hungarian History with a particular focus on the Carpatho-Rusyns. While at Pitt, he also studied the Slovak and Ukrainian languages.
Mr. Righetti has contributed greatly to Carpatho-Rusyn cultural achievement and preservation both in the United States and Europe. He has studied Carpatho-Rusyn culture on both sides of the Atlantic. He has served in various positions with the Carpatho-Rusyn Research Center, this nation’s premier scholarly organization researching and printing information on Carpatho-Rusyns and their culture. He has served on its Board for over 25 years, as former associate editor of its national newsletter, the Carpatho-Rusyn American, and currently serves as its national communications officer. In 1993, he attended the Second World Congress of Rusyns in Krynica, Poland, representing the American Rusyn community at the world’s largest cultural gathering of Rusyn leaders and again in 2005.
Mr. Righetti is president and one of the founding members of the national Carpatho-Rusyn Society, the largest organization in North America devoted exclusively to Carpatho-Rusyn culture. He has also led that group’s annual heritage tour to the Rusyn homeland. He was the founder, director and choreographer of the Carpathian Youth Choir and Dancers of Monessen, PA, for 10 years and has taught Rusyn dance and song to ethnic ensembles in America.
He has lectured extensively on Carpatho-Rusyn history and culture throughout the nation- including Washington DC, New Jersey, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Bridgeport, CT, and western Pennsylvania. He as been interviewed by Rusyn-language radio and press in Slovakia and Yugoslavia.
A marketing and public relations professional for 28 years, he currently serves as vice president, strategic relationship management, for Butler Health System in Butler, PA.