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PHOTO: New Hope in Politics (11. 3. 2015)  13/03/15

Another evening with Marek Orko Vácha, this time with guests Janem Čižinský (mayor of Prague 7), Matěj Hollan (3rd deputy mayor of Brno) and Zdeněk Papoušek (senator for the Brno-city constituency). In the last elections it became clear that choosing from among established parties and politicians was not the only option. That when people come together with enthusiasm and application they can elevate people they know personally to important positions. More

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PHOTO: Abbé Libánský: Václav Havel and the Transformations of Czech Society in Photography I (3. 3. 2015)  12/03/15

The series presents the work of documentary photographers whose work captured Václav Havel over many years. The first evening got underway with a projection by artist Abbé J. Libánský of images from Prague’s underground scene in the 1970s, an informal chronical of people pushed to the fringes of society, a world that Václav Havel also inhabited. More

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PHOTO: Journey to the Soviet Union  05/03/15

Just a few days after his speech at the United States Congress in 1990, Václav Havel visited Moscow... On 26 and 27 February 1990 he discussed the departure of Soviet troops with Mikhail Gorbachev, while a declaration aimed at overcoming the troubled past and establishing new relations between the two states based on the principles of justice, equality and sovereignty was signed. Almost exactly a year later a decision was made to dissolve the military structures of the Warsaw Pact (25 February 1991) and in July of that year the member states dissolved the pact. Part of the series Our return to the map of the world. More

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VIDEO: Discussion about Human Rights in China with David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann (26. 2. 2015)  02/03/15

Two renowned specialists on human rights in China were debate in English with the moderator Kateřina Šafaříková, mainly about the theme of human organ harvesting. David Kilgour: Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific who was awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize by the International Society of Human Rights for his comprehensive investigation in this field, as well as being nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Ethan Gutmann: Award-winning research journalist and author who testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and recently published “The Slaughter” based on his research on forced organ harvesting in China. In cooperation with the organisation Lidská práva bez hranic (Human Rights without Borders). More

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VIDEO: Panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of Václav Havel’s visit to the US PART 1 (12. 2. 2015)  01/03/15

From 20 to 22 February 1990, Václav Havel and a large team undertook a trip to Washington and New York. He delivered a legendary speech to both Houses of Congress in which he paradoxically called on the US to help Russia on its path to democracy. The visit included meetings with George H.W. Bush at the White House and many other important politicians, as well as with Czech expatriates and students, while a celebration at which numerous well-known artists performed was organised for the Czechoslovak president at New York’s St. John the Divine Cathedral. The visit became the basis for friendly relations between the two countries that later resulted in the Czech Republic being accepted into NATO. Introduction: H. E. Ambassador Andrew H. Shapiro Marta Smolíková 14:00-15:30: Panel about the travel to US Alexandr Vondra Eda Kriseová Martin Mejstřík Moderator: Josef Jařab More

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30/03/15 19:00

Talks in English: Crossed lines – do we really understand one another? Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

The next in a series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Discussion with Pavel Fischer and Jiří Šitler, both diplomats and colleagues of Václav Havel, chaired  by David Vaughan. One of the challenges of the diplomat is to try to understand the way others think. But is this really possible? More

Discussions in Lány II. (1991)Václav Havel: Suspicious to Myself