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.

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

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