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Convict 
March 6, 2017, 19:00

In the last century individuals were faced with a cruel choice often accompanied by the threat of the supreme punishment. Many avoided injustices, quietly observing the march of history with their heads bowed. But not university professor Růžena Vacková. More

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The Prague Acropolis 
March 7, 2017, 19:00

Jože Plečnik came to Prague at the invitation of Jan Kotěra and taught at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design. At that time he was regarded as the most important Slavic architect, so it little wonder that President Masaryk chose him to renovate Prague Castle. Plečnik’s task was to turn a symbol of feudal power into a symbol of the new Czechoslovak state. In this way he became an architect of Czech (Czechoslovak) statehood, incorporating in his modifications to the castle’s courtyards and President Masaryk’s private quarters not only numerous humanist elements proclaimed as the values of the new republic, but also elements of Czech and Slovak folk heritage. He later made use of the experience he acquired in Prague in the changes he made to the Slovenian city of Ljubljana. More

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Magnesia Litera I 
March 8, 2017, 19:00

The Litera civic association presents an evening at the Václav Havel Library of readings by writers nominated in various categories in the annual Magnesia Litera book awards. Hosted by Pavel Mandys of Litera.

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Maxim Butchenko: Artist of War 
March 9, 2017, 19:00

Presentation of Maxim Butchenko’s book Artist of War with a discussion on contemporary Ukrainian literature and reflections on the conflict in the Donbass. More

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Karel Pecka: “It’s acceptable…” 
March 13, 2017, 19:00

And does it seem to you that the times have changed to darker colours?” More

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Debate with Respekt 
March 14, 2017, 19:00

Discussion with Respekt editors and their guests on a topical issue. More information will be posted at least one week before the event at www.vaclavhavel-library.org.

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Magnesia Litera II 
March 15, 2017, 19:00

The Litera civic association presents an evening at the Václav Havel Library of readings by writers nominated in various categories in the annual Magnesia Litera book awards. Hosted by Pavel Mandys of Litera.

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Jan Patočka: Philosophy and Action 
March 16, 2017, 19:00

Jan Patočka began working on his private seminar “Plato and Europe” in autumn 1973. He characterised philosophy as internal conduct. “The situation of man,” he told his students at a Prague apartment against a backdrop of culminating normalisation, “changes once we become aware of it. The situation is utterly different, depending on whether people who are in distress surrender or don’t surrender.” More

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Letters from the Grey Zone 
March 20, 2017, 19:00

The book Ale snad i pro toto jsme žili, ne? (But that’s surely also what we lived for, is it not?) features the personal correspondence of well-known sociologists Miloslav Petrusek (1936–2012) and Martin Bútora in the period when they were in academic exile. It is enhanced by the letters of their wives, the sociologists Alena Miltová and Zora Bútorová. In this intimate record of one corner of the Czechoslovak intellectual milieu, specifically the sociological one, two languages and four narrators alternate, while it also includes substantial essays, travel sketches and mini-reviews, as well as excerpts from the period press and photographs. More

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Evenings with Polish Reporters VIII: Lord, those Czech women! 
March 21, 2017, 19:00

The Polish journalist and historian Mariusz Surosz has captured the stories of eight Czech women. Their complex fates speak volumes about our modern history, whether concerning the post-war settling of scores with collaborators, the dispute over Silesia or the phenomenon of the Czechoslovak Hussite Church. More

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Magnesia Litera III 
March 22, 2017, 19:00

The Litera civic association presents an evening at the Václav Havel Library of readings by writers nominated in various categories in the annual Magnesia Litera book awards. Hosted by Pavel Mandys of Litera.

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Arnošt Goldflam: His Own Man 
March 24, 2017, 19:00

Presentation of the collection Horror a další hrůzy (Horror and other Horrible Stuff), a collection of plays by Arnošt Goldflam, a man of the theatre who in his unmistakable style has developed and enhanced the drama of the 1960s, absurdist and Dadaist drama, while remaining idiosyncratic and true to himself. An evening not only for lovers of contemporary Czech drama but also for aficionados of what is known as the Brno school of sentimentality. More

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Upcomming events

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Where Next for the Print Media? 
March 28, 2017, 19:00

Meeting with the winners of this year’s prestigious Ferdinand Peroutka Prize: the creator of the TV show Historie.cs, Vladimír Kučera, and Petr Honzejk, a commentator with Hospodářské noviny. Alongside Petr Pithart, a former Czech prime minister and long-time chairman of the Czech Senate, and Pavel Fischer, a former Czech ambassador to France, the two winners will discuss the present and possible future of print media. More

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Magnesia Litera IV 
March 29, 2017, 19:00

The Litera civic association presents an evening at the Václav Havel Library of readings by writers nominated in various categories in the annual Magnesia Litera book awards. Hosted by Pavel Mandys of Litera.

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Handicaps and the Labour Market 
March 30, 2017, 19:00

Hiring the disabed – the social firm face to face with business. More

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„If I consider the problem as that which the world is turning me into – that is, as a tiny screw in a giant machine, deprived of human identity – then there is really nothing I can do. Obviously I cannot put a stop to the destruction of the globe, the growing stupidity of nations and the repoduction of thousands of new thermonuclear bombs. If, however, I consider it as that which each of us originally is, or rahter what each of us – irrespective of the state of the world – has the basic potential to become, which is to say an autonomous human being, capable of acting responsibly to and for the world, then of course there is a great deal I can do.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, March 6, 1982

Havel—Prigov and czech experimental poetry