​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.

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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