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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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VIDEO: Panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of Václav Havel’s visit to the US PART 2 (12. 2. 2015)  28/02/15

From 20 to 22 February 1990, Václav Havel and a large team undertook a trip to Washington and New York... 16:00-17:30: Panel about current relations between US - Czech Republic and US - European Union Jiří Pehe Daniel Anýž Veronika Bednářová Raymond A Castillo, Counselor for Public Affair of the US Embassy Moderator: Jan Macháček The event was held in cooperation with the American Center. Part of the "Our return to the map of the world" series. More

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PHOTO: Discussion about Human Rights in China with David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann (26. 2. 2015)  27/02/15

Two renowned specialists on human rights in China have discussed at Vaclav Havel Library with the moderator Kateřina Šafaříková, mainly about the theme of human organ harvesting. More

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PHOTO: Torch No. 2 (24. 2. 2015)  26/02/15

An Evening of Recollections of Jan Zajíc. On 25 February 1969 Jan Zajíc, a student at a railway technical college in Šumperk, doused himself in flammable material and set himself alight in a building on Prague’s Wenceslas Square. He was following the lead of Jan Palach, who had hoped by immolating himself to shake the domestic public out of the resignation they had begun falling into less than five months after the occupation of Czechoslovakia in August. Jan Zajíc became the most significant of Palach’s followers. His life story, motives for the shocking protest and the reaction of the public and the regime will be remembered. Chaired by Petr Blažek. In cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. More

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PHOTO: Václav Havel’s visit to the US in 1990  13/02/15

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. More

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Marie Rút Křížková: Listen and Respond Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

Presentation of Slyšet A Odpovídat (Listen and Respond), the memoirs of Marie Rút Křížková, editor of the works of Jiří Orten and Charter 77 spokesperson. The evening will be hosted by Ester Janečková. Other speakers will include Mireia Ryšková and the Czech minister of culture, Daniel Herman. More

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