Pardubice

  • installation date: November 13, 2015
  • address: Univerzita Pardubice, Studentská 95, Pardubice, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) Ondřej Němec / Václav Havel Library

The Václav Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled at the newly opened University of Pardubice campus. “This form of memorial is a good symbol of essence of the personality of Václav Havel, who had a rare gift for listening to others and creating a pleasant atmosphere for meetings, debates and reflections,” said Anna Freimanová of the Václav Havel Library.

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

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

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