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PHOTO: Seán Barrett at the Václav Havel Library  29/01/15

Yesterday, on Wednesday 28 January 2015, Seán Barret, the Ceann Comhairle (speaker) of Dáil Éireann (the Irish Parliament), paid a visit to the Václav Havel Library. This took place as part of an official visit centred on Mr. Barret’s participation in the international forum Let My People Live. In a meeting with the executive director of the Václav Havel Library, Marta Smolíková, he viewed the institution’s archive and permanent exhibition on the life and work of Václav Havel, as well as discussing forthcoming Havel-related events in Ireland. The most important of those will without doubt be the ceremonial placing of a bust of Václav Havel by the academic sculptor Marie Šeborová in the prestigious buildings of Dáil Éireann. The honour is the initiative of the founder of Art for Amnesty, Bill Shipsey, who is a key figure in the cultivation of Václav Havel’s legacy in Ireland; in 2013 Mr. Shipsey was behind the creation of the second ever Havel’s Place memorial and its installation at Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Park. More

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PHOTO: Jiří Přibáň: The defence of constitutionality, or the Czech question in post-national Europe  26/01/15

Photographs from an evening with Jiří Přibáň - author of the book "The Defence of Constitutionality" - and his guests: Petr Pithart (former Czech PM, later Senate chairman, Zdeněk Kühn (Supreme Administrative Court judge), Jan Kysela (head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the Faculty of Law, Charles University) and Tomáš Němeček (journalist and moderator). More

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Call for nominations for the 2015 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize  15/01/15

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) has today issued a call for nominations for the 2015 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded for the third consecutive year on 28 September next in Strasbourg. More

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VIDEO: Anne Applebaum at Václav Havel Library (12. 1. 2015)  14/01/15

An evening with Anne Applebaum: The eternal periphery – Europe between East and West The American historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner presented the Czech editions of two of her most important works. The book Between East and West is a record of a journey around the borderlands of the West, from Kaliningrad to Odessa, as well as an important attempt to understand the region’s history and cultural diversity. The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Central Europe, 1944–1956 is an exceptional study of the process by which totalitarian regimes are established. The debate was chaired by Jiří Schneider. The evening was organized ed in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague and the Pant civic association. More

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PHOTO: Meeting with Anne Applebaum: The eternal periphery – Europe between East and West  13/01/15

The American historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner has presented the Czech editions of two of her most important works. The book Between East and West is a record of a journey around the borderlands of the West, from Kaliningrad to Odessa, as well as an important attempt to understand the region’s history and cultural diversity. The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Central Europe, 1944–1956 is an exceptional study of the process by which totalitarian regimes are established. The debate, chaired by Jiří Schneider, was organized in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague and the Pant civic association. The evening will be conducted in English, with Czech interpretation provided. More

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02/02/15 19:00

Joint Meditation Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

The first meeting of Václav Havel and His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, which took place at Lány on 2 February 1990, not only spelled the start of a deep friendship between the two men; it also changed the position of the Tibetan spiritual leader in the world of high politics. The meeting will be recalled by Václav Havel’s then secretary Alexandr Neuman and Stašek Slavický. Ivana Denčevová will host the evening. More

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