Honoring the Mother Tongue: The Struggle to Establish and Maintain Czech Language Instruction from 1903-1919
Šárka Hrbková, was the department head of the Slavonic Department from 1909-1919. During World War I she chaired the Women’s Committee of the Council of National Defense. This position required long hours in addition to her post at the University. She eventualy worked herself to the point of illness at the end of World War I. During the summer of 1918 the University conducted loyalty trials on its campus. At this time members of the University were brought up on charges of disloyalty to America. Hrbková’ served as a witness during these trials (Manley, 218). Hrbková’s involvement with the Council of National Defense as well as her testimony in the trials may have made her the target of housecleaning after the war. Along with the Slavonic Department she was dismissed in 1919.