Venice

  • Address: Island San Servolo, Venezia, Italy
  • Date: September 27, 2014
  • Photo: © Czech Embassy in Rome

The Havel’s Place in Venice project was realised thanks to the efforts of the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Vienna, Giorgio Boatto, the Irish founder of Art for Amnesty, Bill Shipsey and Michael Jorgensen, in cooperation with the Venice International University, San Servolo, the Vacláv Havel Library and the Czech Embassy in Rome. Among those who attended the launch in Vienna were the Czech ambassador to Italy, Petr Buriánek, and the honorary consul of the Czech Republic in Venice, Giorgio Boatto.

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

What Price Human Rights?