​Oxford

  • installation date: November 6, 2014
  • address: Oxford University Parks, United Kingdom
  • foto: © Jolly Thompson

Oxford University recalled the events of November 1989 in Czechoslovakia with the event Velvet Day, which took place at Harris Manchester College. It included the unveiling of a Václav Havel’s Place as well as the official opening of the new Sekyra House student centre, named after the Czech entrepreneur who funded its construction. The centre also features a lecture hall named after the priest Tomáš Halík.

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

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