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.

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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