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Guided tour – Havel In A Nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition Havel In A Nutshell introduces pupils and students the life of Václav Havel through a collage of photographs and quotations. Touch screens make use of detailed information and sound recordings to place individual chapters – family, theatre, dissent and presidency – in a broad cultural-historical context, while a large interactive map creates a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.

The date is set according to prior arrangement (vzdelavani@vaclavhavel-library.org). Prize for a guided-tour in English is 100 CZK/student.

Václav Havel – a Czech myth, or Havel in a Nutshell

This interactive workshop lasting for about 180 minutes takes place in the “Havel in a Nutshell” exhibition hall. Primary and secondary school students are divided into groups within which they deal with various “research” projects. Students work with selected texts and are provided with particular books. The workshop is related not only to the teaching of Czech history, but also to personal, literary, artistic and media training, and increasing student’s democratic consciousness as citizens.

Nina Rut, who presents the programme, has several years’ experience of working with media, editing, and teaching. She has carried out an educational programme for teachers entitled “Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking”. She is a permanent member of staff at the Václav Havel Library.

The optimal number of students in one group is 20. The lesson is adapted to suit each particular group. The price of a seminar is 75 CZK per student. The date is set according to prior arrangement (vzdelavani@vaclavhavel-library.org).

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„The point I am trying to make is that words are a mysterious, ambiguous, ambivalent and perfidious phenomenon. They can be rays of light in a realm of darkness, as Belinsky once described Ostrovsky’s Storm. They can also be lethal arrows. Worst or all, at times they can be one or the other. They can even be both at once!“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

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