Portland

  • installation date: May 9, 2015
  • address: Lewis&Clark College, Portland, Oregon, USA
  • photo (c) Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic

Chairman Karel Schwarzenberg and Ambassador Gandalovič dedicated Václav Havel's Place on May 9, 2015, in commemoration of the former Czech President's extraordinary legacy.

Karel Schwarzenberg, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Czech Parliament and former Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Barry Glassner, President of the Lewis & Clark College in Portland, unveiled a bench on the campus grounds marking the site.

Following Georgetown University and the City of Philadelphia, the Lewis & Clark College in Portland is the third place in the US to honor the legacy of Václav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic, playwright, philosopher and one of the most influential political and humanitarian thinkers of the 20th century. 

Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Washington, DC, Petr Gandalovič as well as students, professors and friends of the Czech Republic attended the dedication ceremony.  

The unveiling was followed by a theatre performance of scenes and excerpts from Václav Havel's dramatic and philosophical works, and a round table discussion about his legacy.

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

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry