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Our Man in New York (30. 11. 2017)

Discussion with Translator Alex Zucker. New York native Alex Zucker originally studied zoology and appeared headed for a career as a marine biologist. However, a visit to Prague shortly before the Velvet Revolution became a turning point in his life and he soon learned Czech and embarked on a career as a literary translator. Today he is one of the most prolific Czech to English translators and has won numerous awards for his translations. How is contemporary Czech literature faring in the big, mercilessly competitive world of literature in English? Writer Jáchym Topol conducted the debate with his translator.

December 2, 2017  | 
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Karel Schwarzenberg / Closing Remarks / What Price Human Rights?

International conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize / 11 October 2017 / Prague Crossroads | KAREL SCHWARZENBERG, Politican, former President of International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights (Czech Republic)

October 13, 2017  | 
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PANEL 3 / Human Rights and Democracy / What Price Human Rights?

International conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize / 11 October 2017 / Prague Crossroads | The protection of basic and universal human rights is one of the tenets of a liberal democratic system. To what extent can human rights be ignored, neglected or constrained without corrupting the core of the democratic system? On the other hand, how far can the concept of human rights be expanded without starting to interfere with the democratic process? CHAIR: Martin Palouš – University Professor and former Politican and Diplomat (Czech Republic) | PANELISTS: Annie Yang – formal political prisoner in China (China), David Eubank – Founder and Director of Free Burma Rangers (USA/Burma/Iraq), former major of the US Army Rangers (Thailand/USA) and Roland Oliphant – Senior foreign correspondent at the Daily Telegraph, covers Rusia, Ukraine, Crimea, Mayanmar, Bangladesh (United Kingdom)

October 13, 2017  | 
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PANEL 2 / Human Rights and Prosperity / What Price Human Rights?

International conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize / 11 October 2017 / Prague Crossroads | Many Western businessmen and politicians are reluctant to raise the issues of human rights with governments and business partners abroad, and/or to apply or observe sanctions against those who violate human rights. Does an open debate about human rights represent a net cost to economic interests or can it contribute to prosperity as well? CHAIR: Martin Veselovský – Journalist and Editor, DVTV (Czech Republic) | PANELISTS: Olga Lomová – Sinologist, Head of the Far East Institute at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University Prague (Czech Republic), Grigory Pasko – Investigative Journalist, Human Rights activist, Prisoner of Conscience (Russia) and Jiří Šitler – Ambassador of the Czech Republic to Sweden, Diplomat and Historian (Czech Republic)

October 13, 2017  | 
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PANEL 1 / Human Rights and Security / What Price Human Rights?

International conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize / 11 October 2017 / Prague Crossroads | Most western countries adopt legal and administrative measures in the face of a series of terrorist attacks against civilian targets. What is the appropriate balance between the legitimate goal of protecting the civilian population and the preservation of liberties and rights that are at the core of liberal democracy? CHAIR: Tomáš Pojar – Vice President for International Relations of the Prague-based CEVRO Institute | PANELISTS: Eva Romancovová – Head of the Strategic Project Operations Section at the Department of Security Policy of the Czech Ministry of the Interior (Czech Republic), Joshua Muravchik – Writer and Specialist on U.S. Foreign Policy, Distinguished Fellow at the World Affairs Institute (USA)

October 13, 2017  | 
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Irwin Cotler / Keynote Speech / What Price Human Rights?

International conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize / 11 October 2017 / Prague Crossroads | IRWIN COTLER, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Human Rights activist (Canada)

October 13, 2017  | 
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Interview with The Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Finalists / What Price Human Rights?

International conference in honour of the laureate of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize / 11 October 2017 / Prague Crossroads. CHAIR: Michael Žantovský – Executive Director, Václav Havel Library | PANELISTS: Murat Arslan – Judge, President of the Association for the Union of Judges and Prosecutors, in detention since 2016 (Turkey), represented by Christophe Régnard (France), President of the International Association of Judges, Hungarian Helsinki Committee – Non-governmental Human Rights Organisation (Hungary), represented by Mr. Balázs Tóth, Lawyer, Head of the Law Enforcement and Human Rights Program, Father Georg Sporschill – Jezuit who has devoted his life to the care of the most vulnerable, notably children (Austria)

October 12, 2017  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues: Where Does Europe Begin and End? (III Panel)

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that initiates and helms discussions on issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. 3rd Panel: The Quest for European Identity. SPEAKER: Erhard Busek (Austria), PANEL: Marek Cichocki (Poland), Cyril Svoboda (Czech Republic) and Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic). Closing Remarks: Karel Schwarzenberg

May 17, 2017  | 
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Discussion with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Fellows

(Vaclav Havel Journalism Fellowship, Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship). INTRODUCTION: Joanna Levison, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. FELLOWS: Salome Apkhazishvili (Georgia), Stefan Grigorita (Moldova), Ksenia Churmanova (Russia), Yaroslava Kutsai (Ukraine) and Mirkica Popovikj (Macedonia). CHAIR: Pavel Fischer (Czech Republic)

May 16, 2017  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues: Where Does Europe Begin and End? (II Panel)

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that initiates and helms discussions on issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. 2nd Panel: The Perspectives and Limits of the Integration Process. SPEAKER: Mikuláš Dzurinda (Slovakia), PANEL: Yves Bertoncini (France), Thornike Gordadze (Georgia), Miroslav Zámečník (Czech Republic), CHAIR: Jacques Rupnik (France).

May 16, 2017  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues: Where Does Europe Begin and End? (I Panel)

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that initiates and helms discussions on issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. Conference opening: Michael Žantovský, Director Václav Havel Library, Dana Kovaříková, Acting head of the European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, and Jacques Rupnik, Sciences-Po. 1st Panel: The Geopolitics of Europe. SPEAKER: Ana Palacio (Spain), PANEL: Vladimir Kara-murza (Russia), Tebessüm Yilmaz (Turkey), Pawel Kowal (Poland), Vincuk Viačorka (Belarus), CHAIR: Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic).

May 15, 2017  | 
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International conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize IV.

Chair: Daniela Drtinová – journalist, DVTV (Czech Republic) Panelists: Ondřej Liška – activist (Czech Republic) Montserrat Feixas Vihe – UNHRC Regional Representative for Central Europe (Hungary) Sebastien Touze – Institut international des droits de l´homme (France) Aleksander Kaczorowski – author and editor in chief, Aspen Review Central Europe (Poland)

October 14, 2016  | 
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International conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize IV. III.

Chair: Michael Žantovský – executive director, the Library of Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic) Panelists: Eva Jiřičná – architect and designer (UK) Tomáš Prouza – State Secretary for European Affairs (Czech Republic) Martin Woollacott – journalist, the Guardian (UK)

October 14, 2016  | 
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International conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize II.

Chair: Martin Palouš – diplomat and teacher, Florida International University (United States of America) Panelists: Ales Bialitski – chairman, the Human Rights Center Viasna (Belarus) Anar Mammadli – human rights activist (Azerbaijan) Saso Ordanoski – journalist (Macedonia) Gordana Igric – journalist and activist (Serbia)

October 14, 2016  | 
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International conference in honour of the winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize I.

Chair: Michael Žantovský - executive director, the Library of Vaclav Havel (Czech Republic) Panelists: Gordana Igric – journalist and activist (Serbia) Nadia Murad – activist (Iraq) Sébastien Touzé – Fondation René Cassin – International Institute of Human Rights

October 14, 2016  | 
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Whose Media, Whose Interests? Ownership, Public Sphere and Online Space (Conference 3/3)

The aim of the conference is to critically reflect upon some of the main issues which currently surround debates about the performance of media in the Czech Republic and Central Europe in general, namely the changing models of media ownership, the independence of public service broadcasting, as well as the spreading of disinformation and propaganda via the social network sites.

September 19, 2016  | 
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Whose Media, Whose Interests? Ownership, Public Sphere and Online Space (Conference 2/3)

The aim of the conference is to critically reflect upon some of the main issues which currently surround debates about the performance of media in the Czech Republic and Central Europe in general, namely the changing models of media ownership, the independence of public service broadcasting, as well as the spreading of disinformation and propaganda via the social network sites.

September 19, 2016  | 
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Whose Media, Whose Interests? Ownership, Public Sphere and Online Space (Conference 1/3)

The aim of the conference is to critically reflect upon some of the main issues which currently surround debates about the performance of media in the Czech Republic and Central Europe in general, namely the changing models of media ownership, the independence of public service broadcasting, as well as the spreading of disinformation and propaganda via the social network sites.

September 19, 2016  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016: Shortlisted Nominees

The selection panel of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, comprising independent figures from the world of human rights and chaired by the President of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Pedro Agramunt, drew up the shortlist of candidatures in Prague on August 30...

September 1, 2016  | 
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Grzegorz Ekiert: 25 Years of Post-Communist Transformations in East Central Europe (17. 6. 2016)

In his presentation Professor Ekiert will analyze the uneven path of political and economic transformations across countries of the former Soviet bloc during the past 25 years. He will offer some potential explanations for various fates these countries have experienced, emphasizing the role of historical legacies in shaping the outcomes of economic, social and political reforms. He will also discuss the EU crisis, unraveling of the pro-European consensus in Visegrad countries and challenges facing the region today. Grzegorz Ekiert is professor of government, Director of CES, and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. His teaching and research interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements, and East European politics and societies. He is the author of The State Against Society: Political Crises and Their Aftermath in East Central Europe (1996); Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland (with J. Kubik, 1999); Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule (co-edited with S. Hanson, 2003); editor of special issues of East European Politics and Societies on the “EU Eastward Enlargement” (with J. Zielonka, 2003) and of “Democracy in the Postcommunist World” (2007) and Taiwan Journal of Democracy on “A Liberal Challenge? Civil Society and Grass-root Politics in New Democracies” (with S. Kim, 2013). He is also co-editor of Open Forum—the interactive CES working papers series. His current projects explore civil society development in new democracies in Central Europe and East Asia and patterns of transformations in post-communist world.

July 8, 2016  | 
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Václav Havel: From Playwright and Dissident to President – a Slovenian View (14. 6. 2016)

Prof. Denis Poniž, a Slovenian literary historian and playwright, and Prof. Katja Mihurko Poniž, a literary historian, will trace Slovenian audiences’ encounters with Havel from the first performance of The Memorandum in 1969, when the “normalisation” period had already begun. The performance and interpretation of his plays in Communist-era Slovenia was linked to Slovenia’s (and Yugoslavia’s) own political perturbations, thus creating parallels as well as differences. What does Havel as a playwright have to say to the societies of Central Europe today, in an artistic as well as in a wider political sense? Alongside his dramatic works, the discussion will focus on the reception of his essays, documents linked to his time as a dissident and all other materials touching on his connections with Slovene culture. The lecture (in English), will be accompanied by readings (in Slovenian) of passages from Slovenian translations of Havel’s works, read by Nataša Burger, and video clips from productions of Havel’s work at Slovenian theatres. A summary in Czech will be available, courtesy of the Slovenian Lectureship at Charles University. The evening will be introduced by Jáchym Topol. The event is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Prague in homage to the 80th anniversary of the birth of Václav Havel.

July 8, 2016  | 
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Greil Marcus: Lipstick Traces (28. 6. 2016)

With classic rock critic Greil Marcus on rebellion in music from the 1960s to the present. Moderated discussion with music journalist Pavel Klusák. A unique opportunity to meet a genuine legend of rock and music journalism. One of the most important figures in his field, Greil Marcus was the first reviews editor at Rolling Stone and has written a host of books on the likes of Bob Dylan, The Doors and Van Morrison. We will devote particular attention to Marcus’s Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century (1989), which explores sedition in the (sub)cultures of the 20th century.

July 4, 2016  | 
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Grzegorz Ekiert: 25 Years of Post-Communist Transformations in East Central Europe (17. 6. 2016)

In his presentation Professor Ekiert will analyze the uneven path of political and economic transformations across countries of the former Soviet bloc during the past 25 years. He will offer some potential explanations for various fates these countries have experienced, emphasizing the role of historical legacies in shaping the outcomes of economic, social and political reforms. He will also discuss the EU crisis, unraveling of the pro-European consensus in Visegrad countries and challenges facing the region today. Grzegorz Ekiert is professor of government, Director of CES, and Senior Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. His teaching and research interests focus on comparative politics, regime change and democratization, civil society and social movements, and East European politics and societies. He is the author of The State Against Society: Political Crises and Their Aftermath in East Central Europe (1996); Rebellious Civil Society: Popular Protest and Democratic Consolidation in Poland (with J. Kubik, 1999); Capitalism and Democracy in Central and Eastern Europe: Assessing the Legacy of Communist Rule (co-edited with S. Hanson, 2003); editor of special issues of East European Politics and Societies on the “EU Eastward Enlargement” (with J. Zielonka, 2003) and of “Democracy in the Postcommunist World” (2007) and Taiwan Journal of Democracy on “A Liberal Challenge? Civil Society and Grass-root Politics in New Democracies” (with S. Kim, 2013). He is also co-editor of Open Forum—the interactive CES working papers series. His current projects explore civil society development in new democracies in Central Europe and East Asia and patterns of transformations in post-communist world.

June 24, 2016  | 
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Václav Havel: From Playwright and Dissident to President – a Slovenian View (14. 6. 2016)

Prof. Denis Poniž, a Slovenian literary historian and playwright, and Prof. Katja Mihurko Poniž, a literary historian, will trace Slovenian audiences’ encounters with Havel from the first performance of The Memorandum in 1969, when the “normalisation” period had already begun. The performance and interpretation of his plays in Communist-era Slovenia was linked to Slovenia’s (and Yugoslavia’s) own political perturbations, thus creating parallels as well as differences. What does Havel as a playwright have to say to the societies of Central Europe today, in an artistic as well as in a wider political sense? Alongside his dramatic works, the discussion will focus on the reception of his essays, documents linked to his time as a dissident and all other materials touching on his connections with Slovene culture. The lecture (in English), will be accompanied by readings (in Slovenian) of passages from Slovenian translations of Havel’s works, read by Nataša Burger, and video clips from productions of Havel’s work at Slovenian theatres. A summary in Czech will be available, courtesy of the Slovenian Lectureship at Charles University. The evening will be introduced by Jáchym Topol. The event is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Prague in homage to the 80th anniversary of the birth of Václav Havel.

June 21, 2016  | 
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3rd Annual Conference The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues (30. 5. 2016) Part 5

Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society / Monday, 30. 5. 2016 / Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague / Organiser: Václav Havel Library / Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues / Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80 / 17.00-18.30 – Let's talk about Europe Dialogue involving Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Commissioner Věra Jourová, and citizens of Europe Moderator: Michael Zantovsky

June 12, 2016  | 
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3rd Annual Conference The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues (30. 5. 2016) Part 4

Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society / Monday, 30. 5. 2016 / Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague / Organiser: Václav Havel Library / Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues / Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80 / 15.30-17.00 – 4th panel: Quo vadis, Central Europe? Speaker and chair: Aleksander Smolar (Paris) Panel: Attila Melegh (Budapest), Martin Simecka (Bratislava), Ludek Niedermayer (Prague/Bruxelles)

June 12, 2016  | 
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3rd Annual Conference The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues (30. 5. 2016) Part 3

Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society / Monday, 30. 5. 2016 / Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague / Organiser: Václav Havel Library / Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues / Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80 / 13.30-15.00 – 3rd panel: Balkan Transit - EU’s unfinished business Speaker: Jovan Teokarevic (Belgrade) Panel: Veton Surroi (Pristina), Saso Ordanoski (Skopje) Chair: Jacques Rupnik (Paris)

June 12, 2016  | 
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3rd Annual Conference The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues (30. 5. 2016) Part 2

Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society / Monday, 30. 5. 2016 / Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague / Organiser: Václav Havel Library / Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues / Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80 / 11.00-12.30 – 2nd panel Understanding European frontiers and Schengen: what will have to change? Speaker: Catherine Wihtol de Wenden (Paris) Response: Karel Schwarzenberg (Prague) Panel: Attila Melegh (Budapest), Leonidas Cheliotis (Athens/London) Chair: Tony Curzon Price (London)

June 12, 2016  | 
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3rd Annual Conference The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues (30. 5. 2016) Part 1.

Europe Facing its Migration and Refugee Challenges: EU, Nation States and Civic Society / Monday, 30. 5. 2016 / Venue: DOX Gallery, Prague / Organiser: Václav Havel Library / Institutional Partners: European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic, Citizens' Dialogues / Conference Partners: DOX Gallery, Sekyra Group, Havel@80 / 9.00-9.15 – Conference opening Michael Zantovsky, Director of the Václav Havel Library and Jan Michal, Director of the European Commission Representation Introductions: Jacques Rupnik and Pavel Seifter: VH European Dialogues and conference theme /9.15-10.45 – 1st panel Migration and European Security Speaker: Ivan Gabal (Prague) Panelists: Michela Ceccorulli (Bologna), Natalie Nougayrede (London), Pia Bungarten (Bonn/Berlin) Chair: Michael Zantovsky (Prague)

June 12, 2016  | 
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(Russian) Propaganda & Disinformation In Ukraine (31. 5. 2016)

Two years from the outbreak of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine and illegal annexation of Crimea, Ukraine is still facing many challenges for its future development. What is the state of the media in Ukraine? How are Russian media, propaganda and disinformation campaigns influencing development in Ukraine, the building of institution and political and public debate? And how could Western communities and civil societies help to overcome these challenges?

June 8, 2016  | 
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Debata s Respektem: Putinovi agenti (8. 3. 2016)

Jak ruští špioni kradou naše tajemství. Debata o aktivitách ruských tajných služeb v EU a střední Evropě. V závěru debaty proběhne křest knihy Ondřeje Kundry Putinovi agenti. Hosté: expremiér Jan Fischer, bývalý velvyslanec v Moskvě a USA Petr Kolář, Ivana Smolenová z Prague Security Studies Institute a redaktor Respektu Ondřej Kundra. Moderuje Silvie Lauder.

March 23, 2016  | 
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Flüchtlingskrise in Tschechien und Deutschland (17. 3. 2016)

Debate on the current social, political and media atmosphere and the differences between “Czech” and “German” views of the refugee crisis featuring German personalities with long connections to the Czech environment. Confirmed guests: Hans-Jörg Schmidt, Die Welt’s correspondent in the CR, journalist Silja Schultheis, historian Thomas Oellermann (Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in the CR) and architect Susanne Spurná. Debate chaired by Tomáš Lindner.

March 21, 2016  | 
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Taiwan – The Island of Freedom (11. 3. 2016)

Film evening and panel discussion: Colonial History and the Democratization Process of Taiwan.

March 14, 2016  | 
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Abnousse Shalmani: Khomeni, Sade and Me (9. 3. 2016)

Author Abnousse Shalmani has visited Prague on the occasion of the publication of the Czech edition of her book Khomeni, Sade and Me by the Garamond publishing house. Khomeni, Sade and Me is a pamphlet combining anecdotes from the writer’s life with reflections on social and political questions.

March 14, 2016  | 
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How to defeat Kremlin disinformation campaign? (1. 3. 2016)

Russian Federation is waging hybrid warfare against European states. Its disinformation campaign aims to disintegrate the EU and NATO. How can we counter it? Panelists: Jakub Kalenský (Expert at EEAS East STRATCOM Team) and Yevhen Fedchenko (Founder of StopFake.org). Moderated by Jakub Janda, Deputy Director of European Values Think-Tank.

March 2, 2016  | 
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A meeting with Ai Wei Wei (5. 2. 2016)

A talk with one of the most famous contemporary Chinese artists Ai Weiwei, who accepted the invitation of the National Gallery in Prague to the opening of the exhibition Zodiac Heads within the celebrations of its 220th anniversary. The director of the National Gallery Jiri Fajt, and Sinologist Olga Lomová of the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague have discussed not only about Ai Weiwei's work, but also on the political and human rights situation in contemporary China. The talk was organized by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with National Gallery in Prague and Charles University in Prague.

February 9, 2016  | 
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Quo Vadis Cuba? (25. 11. 2015)

Rosa Maria Payá is daughter of Oswaldo Payá Sardinas, one of the leading Cuban dissidents, the author of Valera Project, a friend of Václav Havel, who died in a car accident in 2012 under strange circumstances that have never been properly investigated...

November 30, 2015  | 
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Censorship as a Weapon of a Government: Fighting Whom and What For? (12. 10. 2015)

Censorship in the USSR, Czechoslovakia and in today’s Russia: Is there a difference? What is the peril of censorship for an artist? Strategies for resisting censorship in the USSR, Central European countries and in today’s Russia.

October 14, 2015  | 
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Dálkový výslech (8. 10. 2015)

October 10, 2015  | 
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All Tomorrow´s Parties Band (24. 9. 2015)

Concert by a Prague tribute band to the legendary Velvet Underground.

September 29, 2015  | 
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Debata s Respektem: jak (ne)rodí Češi (22. 9. 2015)

Co způsobil faktický zákaz domácích porodů a jak se v Česku mění pozice ženy jako matky? Pozvání moderátora Tomáše Sachera přijali Ivana Königsmarková (porodní asistentka), Alena Gajdůšková (senátorka ČSSD, 1. viceprezidentka Svazu pacientů ČR), Petra Sovová (matka sedmi dětí, z nichž většina přišla na svět mimo zdravotnická zařízení) a Bohuslav Svoboda (porodník, bývalý primátor, ODS).

September 24, 2015  | 
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Roger Scruton: Notes from Underground (14. 9. 2015)

Evening with the British philosopher and writer Roger Scruton who, until his arrest by the StB and expulsion from Czechoslovakia in 1985, played a major role in the organisation of the era’s “underground university”. He later helped the Czechoslovak dissent via the Jan Hus Foundation in particular. Partly set in communist Prague in the mid-1980s, his novel Notes from the Underground is about love, nostalgia, the dissent and the search for the sacred and meaning in human life, religious faith, betrayal and disappointment. Michael Žantovský and Pavel Bratinka presented the book.

September 19, 2015  | 
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Pre-Election Burma and the Challenges of Transition (14. 9. 2015)

Do the upcoming elections in Burma present a true chance for the opposition to grasp power, or are they to be yet another travesty of democracy?

September 18, 2015  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2015 / Three Nominees / Press Conference (25. 8. 2015)

Video from the press conference organized on the occasion of announcing of three shortlisted nominees of Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2015. The press conference took place in Kampa Museum in Prague on August 25, 2015.

August 26, 2015  | 
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James Ragan: A View of the World from Vaclav Havel’s Balcony (16. 6. 2015)

From the 1960’s, James Ragan had visited his family villages in then Czechoslovakia where he began his dissident writings against foreign occupation. As a published poet, playwright, screenwriter, and professor, he met newly- elected Czech President Vaclav Havel in 1991 in Los Angeles...

June 19, 2015  | 
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Steve Crawshaw: Small Acts of Resistance (8. 6. 2015)

Nonviolent change – and mischief. Those are the twin themes of Small Acts of Resistance: How Courage, Tenacity and Ingenuity Can Change the World, co-written by Steve Crawshaw and John Jackson with a preface by Vaclav Havel.

June 12, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (30. 5. 2015) Part 5/6

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Saturday 30 May 2015 9.30–10.50 A EUROPEAN CONVERSATION Jiri Priban in conversation with Elmar Brok about „What‘s Wrong and What‘s Right about European Democracy“ Chair: Ian Traynor (Brussels)

June 12, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (30. 5. 2015) Part 6/6

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Saturday 30 May 2015 11.10–13.00 Panel 4: Old Parties, New Parties, Civil Society Chaired by Paul Flather (Oxford) Panel: Camino Mortera-Martinez (Madrid / London) Sofia Vasilopoulou (Athens / York) Gyorgy Petocz (Budapest) Jan Machacek (Prague) Marta Simeckova (Bratislava) Tony Curzon Price (London)

June 4, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (29. 5. 2015) Adam Michnik POLISH ORIGINAL

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Friday 29 May 2015 19.30–20.30 THE VACLAV HAVEL LECTURE ON EUROPE Adam Michnik (Warsaw) Chair: Natalie Nougayrede (London)

June 2, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (29. 5. 2015) Part 4/6 Adam Michnik

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Friday 29 May 2015 19.30–20.30 THE VACLAV HAVEL LECTURE ON EUROPE Adam Michnik (Warsaw) Chair: Natalie Nougayrede (London)

June 2, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (29. 5. 2015) Part 3/6

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Friday 29 May 2015 17.25–19.00 Panel 3: Can Europe Still Stick to its Values? Chaired by Tony Curzon Price (London) Panelists: Petr Pithart (Prague) Pavel Barsa (Prague) Ian Traynor (Brussels) Moritz Hartmann (Berlin)

June 2, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (29. 5. 2015) Part 2/6

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Friday 29 May 2015 15.35–17.05 Panel 2: What is the EU to its Neighbours? (The East) Introduced and chaired by Andrew Wilson (London) Panelists: Volodymyr Jermolenko (Kyiv) Tornike Gordadze (Tbilisi) Julian Groza (Chisinau)

June 2, 2015  | 
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Time for European Politics (29. 5. 2015) Part 1/6

VÁCLAV HAVEL EUROPEAN DIALOGUES 2015 2nd PRAGUE CONFERENCE Time for Europeans Politics Friday 29 May 2015 13.15–13.20 Welcome Marta Smolikova (Director, VHL, Prague) 13.20 – 13.45 Opening Remarks Jacques Rupnik (SciencesPo, Paris) 13.45–15.15 Panel 1: What are the Neighbours to the EU? (The South) Chaired by Jacques Rupnik Speaker: Gilles Kepel (Paris) Panelists: Camino Mortera-Martinez (Madrid-London) Sofia Vasilopoulou (Athens-York) Anne Valkering (Amsterdam)

June 2, 2015  | 
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Journey to Israel (28. 4. 2015) English version 2/2

Václav Havel was the first president in the history of Czechoslovakia to visit the State of Israel, on a trip that took place from 25–27.4.1990. 17.00–18.30 The Czech Republic and Israel Today, the Legacy of Vaclav Havel Panel: Shlomo Avineri, Magdalena Křížová, Daniel Kumermann, Jiří Schneider Chairman: Tomáš Pojar 18.30 Closing speech: Karel Schwarzenberg

May 1, 2015  | 
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Journey to Israel (28. 4. 2015) English version 1/2

Václav Havel was the first president in the history of Czechoslovakia to visit the State of Israel, on a trip that took place from 25–27.4.1990. Václav Havel was the first president in the history of Czechoslovakia and the first leader of a post-communist country to visit the State of Israel, on a trip that took place on April 25–27 1990. Among the issues he discussed with the Israeli President Haim Herzog and other representatives was the possibility of holding peace talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians in Prague and the exodus of Soviet Jews through Czechoslovakia. During his visit to Jerusalem, Havel delivered the speech Kafka and My Presidency at the Hebrew University. Since that time, the Czech Republic and Israel have been developing and strengthening the historical ties rediscovered by Vaclav Havel 25 years ago. 15.00–15.15 Opening: Marta Smolíková, Director of the VHL, H. E. Gary Koren, Ambassador of the State of Israel, and Jiří Diensbier, Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation 15.15–16.45 The 1990 Journey to Israel Panel: Moshe Arens, Milan Kňažko, Yoel Sher, Alexandr Vondra Chairman: Michael Žantovský

May 1, 2015  | 
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Ralph Young: Dissent – The History of an American Idea (29. 4. 2015)

At its founding the United States committed itself to lofty ideals. When these ideals were not fully realized, many protested and demanded that the United States live up to its promise. Dr. Ralph Young, Professor of History at Temple University, will present his book Dissent: The History of an American Idea and will discuss history and the role dissent has played in shaping the United States. The event was realized as a part of Allen Ginsberg Freedom Festival, in cooperation with the Departement of American Studies, Charles University.

April 30, 2015  | 
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Havel, un rêve français : rencontre avec Aurélie Morel (27. 4. 2015)

Aurélie Morel est auteure de la pièce « Château hippie », qui se situe au moment de la venue de Franck Zappa à Prague, invité par le tout nouveau président Vaclav Havel, en janvier 1990. D’abord journaliste, puis responsable d’action culturelle pour les bibliothèques, Aurélie Morel vit à Paris. Elle a habité Prague au début des années 1990. Passionnée par la langue tchèque, sa culture, sa scène rock underground et par les œuvres de Havel, elle a écrit « Château hippie » en hommage à cet homme politique hors normes que fut Vaclav Havel. Lors de cette rencontre en français, Aurélie Morel lira des extraits de sa pièce et dialoguera avec le public, autour de la genèse de ce texte, de la vie politique et littéraire tchèque vue de France depuis 1989, de tout ce que cette Histoire récente tchèque peut apporter à la France.

April 29, 2015  | 
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DG 307 (17. 4. 2015)

Legendary underground band DG 307 at the Václav Havel Library after three long years...

April 21, 2015  | 
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Talks in English: Crossed lines – do we really understand one another? (30. 3. 2015)

The next in a series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Discussion with Pavel Fischer and Jiří Šitler, both diplomats and colleagues of Václav Havel, chaired by David Vaughan. One of the challenges of the diplomat is to try to understand the way others think. But is this really possible?

April 4, 2015  | 
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The Revolt of Islam: the Middle East in turmoil (10. 3. 2015)

Lecture and discussion organized by the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Italian Embassy in Prague, the NGO Gariwo - Garden of Righteous in Prague and Václav Havel Library with a major Italian journalist Antonio Ferrari, who is a longtime special correspondent of the largest Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera in the Middle East.

March 14, 2015  | 
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Discussion about Human Rights in China with David Kilgour and Ethan Gutmann (26. 2. 2015)

Two renowned specialists on human rights in China were debate in English with the moderator Kateřina Šafaříková, mainly about the theme of human organ harvesting. David Kilgour: Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific who was awarded the 2009 Human Rights Prize by the International Society of Human Rights for his comprehensive investigation in this field, as well as being nominated for the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. Ethan Gutmann: Award-winning research journalist and author who testified before the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs and recently published “The Slaughter” based on his research on forced organ harvesting in China. In cooperation with the organisation Lidská práva bez hranic (Human Rights without Borders).

March 2, 2015  | 
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Panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of Václav Havel’s visit to the US PART 1 (12. 2. 2015)

From 20 to 22 February 1990, Václav Havel and a large team undertook a trip to Washington and New York. He delivered a legendary speech to both Houses of Congress in which he paradoxically called on the US to help Russia on its path to democracy. The visit included meetings with George H.W. Bush at the White House and many other important politicians, as well as with Czech expatriates and students, while a celebration at which numerous well-known artists performed was organised for the Czechoslovak president at New York’s St. John the Divine Cathedral. The visit became the basis for friendly relations between the two countries that later resulted in the Czech Republic being accepted into NATO. Introduction: H. E. Ambassador Andrew H. Shapiro Marta Smolíková 14:00-15:30: Panel about the travel to US Alexandr Vondra Eda Kriseová Martin Mejstřík Moderator: Josef Jařab

March 1, 2015  | 
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Panel discussion on the 25th anniversary of Václav Havel’s visit to the US PART 2 (12. 2. 2015)

From 20 to 22 February 1990, Václav Havel and a large team undertook a trip to Washington and New York... 16:00-17:30: Panel about current relations between US - Czech Republic and US - European Union Jiří Pehe Daniel Anýž Veronika Bednářová Raymond A Castillo, Counselor for Public Affair of the US Embassy Moderator: Jan Macháček The event was held in cooperation with the American Center. Part of the "Our return to the map of the world" series.

February 28, 2015  | 
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Havel und Deutschland II. (29. 1. 2015)

Unmittelbar nach seinem Amtsantritt Ende des Jahres 1989 fing Václav Havel an, das Land neuen außenpolitischen Beziehungen zu öffnen. Gleich am 2. Januar fuhr er nach Berlin in die DDR und anschließend nach München in die BRD. Symbolisch zum Jahrestag der deutschen Besatzung der Tschechoslowakei lud er dann Richard von Weizsäcker nach Prag ein. Diese Ereignisse markierten den Anfang des Versöhnungsprozesses und der neuen Zusammenarbeit zwischen beiden Nationen. Die Reflexion und die Zukunft der Beziehungen zwischen der Tschechoslowakei, Tschechien und Deutschland bilden einen Bestandteil des Zyklus, der den bedeutungsvollen Auslandsreisen von Václav Havel im Jahr 1990 gewidmet wird. 16:00-17:30 Panel über die heutigen Beziehungen zwischen Tschechien und Deutschland: Jiří Fajt, Tomáš Kafka, Zuzana Jürgens, Hans-Jörg Schmidt Moderiert: Tomáš Sacher In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Goethe-Institut in Prag; im Rahmen des Zyklus: Unsere Rückkehr auf die Weltkarte.

February 3, 2015  | 
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Havel und Deutschland I. (29. 1. 2015)

Unmittelbar nach seinem Amtsantritt Ende des Jahres 1989 fing Václav Havel an, das Land neuen außenpolitischen Beziehungen zu öffnen. Gleich am 2. Januar fuhr er nach Berlin in die DDR und anschließend nach München in die BRD. Symbolisch zum Jahrestag der deutschen Besatzung der Tschechoslowakei lud er dann Richard von Weizsäcker nach Prag ein. Diese Ereignisse markierten den Anfang des Versöhnungsprozesses und der neuen Zusammenarbeit zwischen beiden Nationen. Die Reflexion und die Zukunft der Beziehungen zwischen der Tschechoslowakei, Tschechien und Deutschland bilden einen Bestandteil des Zyklus, der den bedeutungsvollen Auslandsreisen von Václav Havel im Jahr 1990 gewidmet wird. 14:00-15:30 Panel über die Erinnerungen an die Reise von 1990: Antje Vollmer, František Černý, Milan Horáček, Joachim Bruss Moderiert: Eva van de Rakt In Zusammenarbeit mit dem Goethe-Institut in Prag; im Rahmen des Zyklus: Unsere Rückkehr auf die Weltkarte.

February 3, 2015  | 
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Anne Applebaum at Václav Havel Library (12. 1. 2015)

An evening with Anne Applebaum: The eternal periphery – Europe between East and West The American historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner presented the Czech editions of two of her most important works. The book Between East and West is a record of a journey around the borderlands of the West, from Kaliningrad to Odessa, as well as an important attempt to understand the region’s history and cultural diversity. The Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Central Europe, 1944–1956 is an exceptional study of the process by which totalitarian regimes are established. The debate was chaired by Jiří Schneider. The evening was organized ed in cooperation with the Polish Institute in Prague and the Pant civic association.

January 14, 2015  | 
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Three Faces of an Angel (1. 12. 2014)

Jiří Pehe, Gerald Turner and Michael Tate: A panel discussion about literature, politics and religion on the occasion of a book launch of the English-language translation of Jiří Pehe's novel Three faces of an angel. Moderator: Erik Best Pehe's novel, a story of three generations of a Czech-German-Jewish family in the 20th century raises a number of questions about history, politics, identity and religion in the 20th century. Panelists have discussed these issues as well difficulties with translating Czech literature into other languages.

December 3, 2014  | 
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Students and Revolution (16. 11. 2014)

Meeting and discussion between student leaders of the Velvet Revolution – Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová, Šimon Pánek, Jan Potměšil – and contemporary students - Tereza Reichlová, Robin Hendrych a Filip Jelínek -who have lived their whole lives in democracy. How do the young generation view the events of 25 years ago? Chaired by Michal Horáček. This event was organized in cooperation with the Forum 2000 Foundation.

November 24, 2014  | 
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Theater and Revolution (16. 11. 2014)

Evening of memory and debate featuring important actors in the events of November 1989: then students from the Theatre Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts, directors, actors, dramatists and dramaturges. Authentic film footage will also be screened. Bohemian and Moravian theatre people and the students of arts schools played a key role in November’s events. Emotional reports from students about clashes with police on Národní třídá were the immediate spark for theatre strikes around the country. The extensive network of theatres in Czechoslovakia also made their stages available for open debates, frequently replacing the non-functioning totalitarian media. People from the world of theatre were highly active in the Coordinating Centre of Civic Forum and Public Against Violence, including negotiations with government representatives. The Theatre Faculty, numerous theatres and the Theatre Institute in Prague became production centres for the revolutionary events.

November 23, 2014  | 
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Talks in English: The Fall of the Iron Curtain as viewed by Jolyon Naegele (21.11. 2014)

Another in a short series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Jolyon Naegele was Voice of America's correspondent for Central and Eastern Europe from 1984 to 1994, during which he interviewed Václav Havel on numerous occasions. Jolyon Naegele covered Charter 77 and other independent initiatives, the demonstrations in Prague and Bratislava in 1988 and 1989 and the premieres in Vienna of some of Václav Havel's plays. He was present at Václav Havel's first three inaugurations and was among the reporters accompanying him on his first presidential trips abroad. Jolyon Naegele is currently political director at the United Nations Mission in Kosovo, UNMIK.

November 23, 2014  | 
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The Maidan – a year later (20. 11. 2014)

The Ukrainian tumult may not have been directly sparked by the Maidan, but it became its fuse and visible symbol. What led to the Maidan, how did it play out and what is its meaning today?

November 22, 2014  | 
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An evening with death (18. 11. 2014)

A debate on how we die in the Czech Republic. One hundred and five thousand people die in the Czech Republic annually, 69% of them in hospitals or hospices. Most would like to die at home but for few does that wish come true...

November 20, 2014  | 
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Bronislav Ostřanský: Atlas of Muslim Bogeymen (13. 11. 2014)

Interest in Islam is on the rise. However, numerous controversial phenomena, which for years have grabbed the headlines, are not to be found in guides to Islam. An unenlightened observer might have the impression that there are two Islams, the media one and the one found in libraries and universities – with very little overlap between them. It is this gap that the book Atlas muslimských strašáků (Atlas of Muslim Bogeymen) aims to fill. It focuses on Islamic or Muslim subjects that are particularly covered in the media – and frequently lead to misunderstanding or fear on the part of non-Muslims.

November 15, 2014  | 
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Dissent and exile … the path to November (12. 11. 2014)

What significance did figures in exile, who brought attention to events in Czechoslovakia, have for dissidents? And did they help the dissent? How did the “channels” function and how was cooperation across the Iron Curtain carried out? And how effective were the StB in thwarting contacts between the domestic “hive of Chartists” and the “diversionary centres” abroad?

November 14, 2014  | 
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Talks across borders – with Bernd Posselt and Kateřina Šafaříková (11. 11. 2014)

The first evening in a three-part series following in the tradition of the “Talks on neighbourliness” on Czech-German relations initiated by Václav Havel in 1995. At that time solutions were found to several thorny issues, or at least a dialogue was begun, and numerous Czech-German activities were developed.

November 14, 2014  | 
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Who is a man… storytelling matters (10. 11. 2014)

An evening with Marek Orko Vácha. Marek Orko Vácha is a Roman Catholic priest and writer. He publishes in numerous journals and is interested in evolutionary biology and medical and environmental ethics, among other areas.

November 13, 2014  | 
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25 let Respektu v Knihovně Václava Havla

Jedinečný večer k čtvrtstoletí existence týdeníku Respekt za účasti výrazných osobností jeho současnosti i historie. Hosty byli: Petr Třešňák, Silvie Lauder, Tomáš Brolík a fotografové Milan Jaroš s Matějem Stránským. Na vznik Respektu vzpomínal Jáchym Topol. Večerem provázel Tomáš Sacher.

October 18, 2014  | 
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Imperfect Democracy: Václav Havel's Concerns about the Development of Democracy (14. 10. 2014)

A panel discussion on Václav Havel's legacy and on his vision of the future of democracy. Introduced by Marta Smolíková, Director of the Václav Havel Library, moderated by Tomáš Vrba, Chairman of the Forum 2000 Board of Directors. The panelists are John Shattuck, President and Rector, Central European University, Hungary/USA; Jan Macháček, journalist and Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Václav Havel Library, and Michael Žantovský, Ambassador to the United Kingdom. Event in English was organised in cooperation with the Forum 2000 conference.

October 17, 2014  | 
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Democracy in Today's Russia, interview with Khodorkovsky (13. 10. 2014)

After a promising period in the ‘90s, when Russia seemed to be working towards a liberal political system, there was a major turn. The process of political regression finds its expression in the person of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the best known prisoner of conscience in the history of modern Russia. Does Russia stand any chance of becoming a democratic country? This exclusive interview with Mikhail Khodorkovsky was conducted by journalist and Václav Havel Library Board of Trustees Chairman Jan Macháček. Event in English was organised in cooperation with the Forum 2000 conference.

October 14, 2014  | 
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HUMAN RIGHTS 25 YEARS AFTER October 1st, 2014 Prague Crossroads (Part VI)

PANEL V. & CLOSING REMARKS THE THREAT OF A NEW DIVISION OF EUROPE AND THE WORLD   How real is the treat of a new division of Europe? How real is the threat of a new Cold War? How prepared are we for such an alternative? What should be the divisions in a globally interconnected world? Are we willing to defend freedom and democracy? Are we ready to sacrifice anything?   MODERATOR MAGDALÉNA VÁŠÁRYOVÁ (Member of the National Council of the Slovak Republic) MAREK A. NOWICKI (Human Rights Lawyer, Poland) ONDŘEJ SOUKUP (Hospodářské noviny, Czech Republic) B’TSELEM (the finalist of the Václav Havel Human Prize 2014, represented by Hagai El-Ad and Muhammad Sabah) KAREL SCHWARZENBERG (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic,founder of the Václav Havel Library) CLOSING REMARKS KAREL SCHWARZENBERG (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic,founder of the Václav Havel Library)

October 4, 2014  | 
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HUMAN RIGHTS 25 YEARS AFTER October 1st, 2014 Prague Crossroads (Part V)

PANEL IV. THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUAT ION IN EASTERN EUROPE   What has been the path of post-Soviet countries in the last 25 years? What has the impact of Russian-Ukrainian conflict been for other countries in the region? What are the prognoses for Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Belarus? How real are threats to minorities (ethnic Tartars, Jews, etc.)?   MODERATOR JAN MACHÁČEK (Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic) YEVHEN HLIBOVYTSKY (pro.mova, Ukraine) IVLIAN HAINDRAVA (National Security Council, Georgia) PETR KOLÁŘ (lawyer, former diplomat, Czech Republic)

October 4, 2014  | 
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HUMAN RIGHTS 25 YEARS AFTER October 1st, 2014 Prague Crossroads (Part IV)

PANEL III. THE ORIGIN AND ROLE OF LEADERS IN THE FREE AND UNFREE WORLDS What should be done to foster really democratic, charismatic leaders in undemocratic, unfree conditions? How can authority be gained in undemocratic conditions? How are leaders and role models born?   MODERATOR JIŘÍ PEHE (New York University Prague, Czech Republic) ALES BIALIATSKI (2013 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize laureate, Belarus) ŠIMON PÁNEK (People in Need, Czech Republic) PETRUŠKA ŠUSTROVÁ journalist, Czech Republic Asaf Mammadov (father of Anar Mammadli, the winner of the 2014 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, Azerbaijan)

October 4, 2014  | 
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HUMAN RIGHTS 25 YEARS AFTER October 1st, 2014 Prague Crossroads (Part III)

PANEL II. REFLECTIONS ON THE CURRENT STATE OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE WORLD What is the state of human rights globally, 25 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain? Are we doing any better? Who is scoring better and who is losing? How has the concept of basic human rights developed in 25 years? What are the new innovative concepts to define human rights? And what are the proper tools and incentives to improve the situation? MODERATOR MARTIN PALOUŠ (Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic) SHIN DONG-HYUK (NGO Inside NK, North Korean defector) JESUIT REFUGEE SERVICE MALTA (the finalist of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014, represented by Katrine Camilleri)

October 4, 2014  | 
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HUMAN RIGHTS 25 YEARS AFTER October 1st, 2014 Prague Crossroads (Part II)

PANEL I. INTERVIEW WITH THE WINNER OF THE VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE 2014 MODERATOR: Marek A. Nowicki (Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Jury, Poland) Asaf Mammadov (father of Anar Mammadli, the winner of the 2014 Václav Human Rights Prize, Azerbaijan)

October 4, 2014  | 
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HUMAN RIGHTS 25 YEARS AFTER October 1st, 2014 Prague Crossroads ( Part I)

Welcome speech Marta Smolíková (Václav Havel Library) František Janouch (Charta 77 Foundation)

October 4, 2014  | 
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Discussion with Barbara Day (10. 9. 2014)

The next in a series of "Talks in English" with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Barbara Day has been involved with the Czech theatre since 1965, completing her PhD on the Prague Theatre on the Balustrades at Bristol University in 1985, when she also organised a Czech festival. Theatre connections put her in touch with the “underground university”, with which she worked until 1989 and about which she wrote in her book The Velvet Philosophers. Discussion was chaired by Martin Pšenička, an Assistant Professor at the Department of Theatre Studies of the Faculty of Arts at Charles University and an editor of the Czech Theatre Review. The event was held in cooperation with the project Freedom Express, implemented at the initiative of the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity.

September 12, 2014  | 
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Press conference - nominees for Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014, 26. 8. 2014

Three nominees for the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2014 were shortlisted at the meeting of the Prize selection pannel members in Prague. The finalists are (in alphabetical order): B'Tselem Israeli Information Center for Human Rights (Israel), Jesuit Refugee Service (Malta) and Anar Mammadli (Azerbaijan).

August 26, 2014  | 
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Do we risk a new Cold War? (11. 6. 2014)

Talks in English -- Petr Kolář and Václav Havel The next in a short series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Petr Kolář has held a number of positions in the Czech Foreign Service, including Head of Department, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, advisor to President Václav Havel for European integration and the Balkans, and Ambassador to Sweden (1996--1998), Ireland (1999--2003), the US (2005--2010) and the Russian Federation (2010--2012). With this broad experience, he will talk about recent developments in international relations, including the risk of a new "Cold War".

June 14, 2014  | 
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Talks in English -- Paul Wilson and Václav Havel (15. 5. 2014)

The second in a short series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Paul Wilson is a freelance journalist, magazine editor, radio producer and translator of Czech literature. He spent ten years in Czechoslovakia (1967--1977) and he was eventually expelled by the Communist government for his association with the dissident movement. In addition to translating many plays, essays, books, and speeches by Václav Havel, he has published many articles on Havel's work as a dissident and politician. Some of them have been published, In Czech, in his recent book, Bohemian Rhapsodies (Torst). Chaired by writer and journalist David Vaughan.

May 22, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues with Joachim Gauck, 7 May 2014

The debate on the subject of Europe and (its) future was held as part of a state visit by the president of the Federal Republic of Germany, Joachim Gauck, and took place at his country’s embassy. President Gauck exchanged ideas with Petr Pithart, who for many years was chairman of the Czech Senate, while a subsequent discussion was chaired by Jacques Rupnik. The German president ended his speech on an urgent, beseeching note: “Since 1989, Europe has been closely connected in a way we could scarcely have imagined at that time. Elections to the European Parliament are ahead of us. This is an occasion for us to consider where we are and where we are heading: How can reconciliation succeed? Where are we in terms of common values? What needs to happen for Europe to be regarded in the world as a single actor?”

May 19, 2014  | 
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Talks in English: Václav Havel and Alexandr Vondra (9. 4. 2014)

The first in a short series of talks in English with colleagues and friends of Václav Havel. Alexandr Vondra is a former dissident, Charter 77 spokesman, advisor to Václav Havel, Czech Ambassador to the United States, and politician. The event will focus on Václav Havel's views on foreign policy, as well as today's situation in Ukraine, Russia and elsewhere as viewed by his former diplomat, exactly fifteen years after the country's accession to NATO. Chaired by writer and journalist David Vaughan.

April 16, 2014  | 
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Meeting with Eliyahu Rips, 45 years after protest (3. 4. 2014)

Meeting with the Israeli professor Eliyahu Rips, one of those who protested against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Rips, a student at the Faculty of Physics and Mathematics in Riga, was deeply impacted by the news of Jan Palach’s self-immolation and several months later, on April 13, 1969, decided to follow him, dousing himself with petrol and setting himself on fire at the Freedom Memorial in central Riga. He placed a poster beside himself reading “I am protesting against the occupation of Czechoslovakia”. A passerby extinguished the flames and Rips was arrested by the KGB. After six months in prison, he was sentenced on the basis of a “psychiatric analysis” to two years in a psychiatric clinic. After his release he emigrated to Israel where he is today professor of mathematics at the Hebrew University. The evening was organised by the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, the Czech Centre in Tel Aviv and the Jewish Community in Prague.

April 9, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014: PART 2

Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014 "The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe´s Crisis" 21.- 22. February 2nd session: Reinventing the European Project The EU has a problem regarding its executive powers, with a growing part of the public distrusting Brussels as a self-propelling machine. It is a paradox that while the European parliament has acquired more and more power since its first elections in 1979, the participation of voters is in constant decline. That has to do with the fact that the political parties are incapable or unwilling to accept these elections as a European political contest, preferring rather to turn them into a second or third round of their own domestic elections. The public will become engaged in EU matters only if they can once again see Europe as a joint response to a great history that affects "us". Europe has exhausted its post-war narrative and needs to reinvent its project. What could it be today? Speaker: Ivan Krastev (Vienna -- Sofia) Discussants: Milena Vicenová (Prague), Attila Bartha (Budapest) Chair: Tomáš Sedláček (Prague)

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues: Prague Conference 2014: CONFERENCE OPENING CEREMONY

Václav Havel European Dialogues: Prague Conference 2014 "The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe´s Crisis" Welcome: Marta smolíková (Prague), Pavel Seifter (London) Introduction: Jacques Rupnik (Paris) Keynote Speech: Petr Pithart (Prague)

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014: PART 4

Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014 "The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe´s Crisis" 21.- 22. February 4th Session: Federalism: the american vs. the European Way While American federalism grew from the bottom up over a long historical period (from civil society to government to union), Europe's project is top down and has evolved in a historically short time. Federalism therefore appears to be impatient and in the end leads to a confusion of federalism and centralization. At the same time, enlargement of the EU and the crisis of the euro have brought back to the fore the question of core and periphery. Will Europe steer towards a 'federation of nation-states'? Speaker: Paul Flather (Oxford) Discussant: Jan Macháček (Prague) Chair: Lenka Rovná (Prague)

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014: PART 3

3rd session: Europe and the Limits of Civil society. From Consensus to a Conflict-driven Policy? The process of integration has been led by an ideal but has mainly moved forward on the apolitical terrains of law, institutions and economy. Calls for democratization of the EU paradoxically weaken the Union's legitimacy. They make the EU, which has so far functioned by consensus (seen by some as technocratic governance), a significantly more conflict-driven policy. The effect is to replicate problems and conflicts historically associated with the modern democratic state and civil society. Is a move toward genuine politicisation the best way for Europe to emerge from its present crisis? Where are the possibilities and limits for the engagement of the civil society? Speaker: Jiří Přibáň (Cardiff) Discussant: Frank Herterich (Berlin) Chair: Martin Bútora (Bratislava)

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014: GLASS OF WINE

Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014 "The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe´s Crisis" 21.- 22. February Glass of Wine with H. E. Michael Žantovský Introduction Jan Macháček

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014: EVENING CONVERSATION

Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014 "The Citizen, Power and Democracy in Europe´s Crisis" 21.- 22. February Evening Conversation: What Europe? What Democracy? Following the keynote speech the panel will discuss the visions of Europe: the West European postwar project, the East European dissidents' dream, the mind and reality of the European parliament and the attitude of today's young Europeans. Four panelists will be joined by four journalists. PaneL: H.e. Mr. Jean-Pierre Asvazadourian (Paris -- Prague), Petr Pithart (Prague), Libor rouček (Brussels) and Anne Valkering (Amsterdam) Journalists: Adam Černý (Hospodářské noviny), Kateřina Šafaříková (Lidové noviny, Česká pozice), Igor Záruba (e15) Moderator: Paul Flather (Oxford)

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues, Prague Conference 2014: PART 1

1st Session: Europe and the Crisis of Democratic Capitalism Something deeply disturbing underlies the current situation: a metamorphosis of the whole relationship between democracy and capitalism. Democratic capitalism has changed in recent years to an extent that has eroded the foundations on which democratic politics was built. Under contradictory pressures of global markets and domestic public opinion, with the state, institutions and parties in decline, what are the chances for European democracy? Speaker: Claus Offe (Berlin) Discussant: Daniel Kroupa (Prague) Chair: Jiří Pehe (Prague)

February 25, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel: Ukraine in Europe and the World (21. 2. 2014)

Václav Havel Speech at the Conference on Ukraine in Europe and the World Kiev, February 21, 2004 Reposted on the occasion of the opening of the Vaclav Havel European Dialogues, Prague conference 2014: The Citizen, power and democracy in the European Crisis Prague, February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014  | 
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Serhiy Zhadan: My Ukraine today... and poems (7. 2. 2014)

Presentation of the poetry collection Dějiny kultury začátku století [History of the Culture of the 20th Century] (Nakladatelství Petr Štengl publishing house, 2013) with the participation of its writer, Ukrainian poet and novelist Serhiy Zhadan. After the reading a debate was held on the subject: Ukraine. Translators Alexej Sevruk and Miroslav Tomek hosted the evening. Serhiy Zhadan (born 1974, Starobilsk, Ukraine), who grew up during perestroika, the breakup of the Soviet Union and the birth of independent Ukraine, is regarded as a spokesperson for a generation and has written original prose, short stories and several novels. In 2011, the publishers Fra brought out a translation of his short story collection Big Mac (published in Ukrainian in 2003). Fragments of his work have also appeared in Czech in magazines (Host, Tvar, Plav, iLiteratura.cz, Porohy, Psí víno) and in two Czech anthologies of contemporary Ukrainian prose: Expres Ukrajina [Express Ukraine] (Kniha Zlín, 2008) a Ukrajina, davaj, Ukrajina! [Ukraine, Give, Ukraine!] (Větrné mlýny, 2012).

February 19, 2014  | 
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Viktor Karlík: Signs and other work (11. 2. 2014)

Video from the opening of an exhibition of art by Viktor Karlík. The exhibition runs until 9.3.2014.

February 18, 2014  | 
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An Evening with Jan Macháček: Development of the President's interpretation of the Constitution recently and the emerging government (4. 2. 2014)

What does it mean to be an “expert” in politics? Journalist and analyst Jan Macháček have discussed that question and more with his guests: Petr Fischer, Jan Wintr and Jan Kudrna.

February 10, 2014  | 
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Eugen Brikcius: And his body became a word (31. 1. 2014)

Prague launch of selected volumes, which has just been released by the Brno publishing house Větrné mlýny, from this “eugenius” poet and philosopher. In his work, Eugen Brikcius, who presented the book, “sings the praises of the senses and sensuality without letting go of regard for the horizon of the soul and the vanishing point of reason”.

February 8, 2014  | 
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Ezra Pound and his Cantos (29. 1. 2014)

One the occasion of the publication of the second and third volumes of a great 20th century epic, Ezra Pound’s Cantos (Cantos II, XXXI–LI, Cantos III, China Cantos LII–LXI) , the translator Anna Kareninová explores the concept, levels and style of this monumental composition comprising 117 songs...

February 6, 2014  | 
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Judita Matyášová: Friendship despite Hitler (28. 1. 2014)

Journalist Judita Matyášová’s book maps the fates of 80 Czech children who reached Denmark at the start of the war and in 1943 escaped to Sweden. They later lost touch with one another for 70 years, before the writer decided to search out the “children”, today in their 90s, and trace their stories. However, the book Přátelství navzdory Hitlerovi (Friendship Despite Hitler) is not just about their individual fates but about the author’s detective work in tracking them down around the world. We learn what it is like when a journalist/sleuth uncovers new details that put them on the trail of further stories. And what it is like when they uncover long forgotten secrets and have to decide whether to air them or let them lie.

February 4, 2014  | 
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Vladimír Merta: Out of time (23. 1. 2014)

Musical evening and presentation of the first collected and authorised publication of the song lyrics of Vladimír Merta which, over almost 1,000 pages, maps the sung poetry of one of the most important Czech songwriters. The volume Mimo čas (Out of Time) gathers all of Merta’s lyrics from 1966 to today and presents this distinctive and renowned singing poet. At the same time, it provides readers with an impressive lyrical testimony about the writer’s life, views and civic standpoints over a period of almost 50 years. In the presence of the writer, his guitar and other guests, the book was introduced by editors Jan Šulc and Lubomír Houdek. The evening was held in cooperation with the publishers Galén.

January 31, 2014  | 
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Markéta Křížová: the Czech lands, Europe and the world IV. (20. 1. 2014)

“Black” and “white” legends of the conquering of America Lecture in a series conceived by Markéta Křížová (Centre for Ibero-American Studies at the Arts Faculty of Charles University) Just half a century after Christopher Columbus first put down anchor off the coast of the Caribbean islands, not one aborigine remained there. The majestic empire of the Aztecs and the Incas collapsed under the Spanish invasion literally like a house of cards. European authors have debating the cause of that swift collapse for five centuries. Was the main reason the inability of the American aborigines to react to the technological superiority of the white conquerors? Or was it the cruelty and ruthlessness that contemporary critics of overseas colonisation declare to be an inherent characteristic of European civilisation (and the real source of its powers of expansion)? But can we actually call the collapse of the Indian empires a “collapse”? Was it not a case of “mere” military defeat followed by a change of the ruling class? How far does the victor have the right to go in such a case? We again come to the issue of applying contemporary yardsticks of the “just war” and human rights to historical events.

January 29, 2014  | 
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Palach´s week at Václav Havel Library (16. 1. 2014)

Jan Palach and Czechoslovakia in 1989 With the participation of Dana Němcová, Jana Marcová, David Němec, Petr Placák, Jiří Suk, Alexandr Vondra and others, the events of 25 years ago are brought back to life via authentic footage from the Original Video Journal. Jiří Ornest read from Václav Havel´s essays. The evening was moderated by Jakub Železný.

January 22, 2014  | 
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Tibet inside and Tibet outside (9. 1. 2014)

Evening dedicated to the poetry of Woeser, a Tibetan poet, novelist and blogger. Woeser grew up in Tibet but has lived for the last 10 years under police supervision in Beijing with her husband, the Chinese novelist Wang Lixiong. In June last year she published her most recent book, which mainly focused on why Tibetans immolate themselves. Her previous collection Tibet of the Heart, Tibet of the Mind is just coming out in Czech. The person behind the publication is poet Vít Kremlička; he presented the poems, which have been translated from English by Karla Vrátná and from Chinese by Olga Lomová. Also Zuzana Ondomišiová participated in the discussion. The evening was held in cooperation with the publication Tibetské listy.

January 16, 2014  | 
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Commemorative evening to Natalya Gorbanevskaya (8. 1. 2014)

An evening dedicated to Natalya Gorbanevskaya - a Russian poet, translator of Polish literature and civil rights activist, who died on 29 November 2012.

January 13, 2014  | 
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Jiří Marvan: language - its Czech story (19. 12. 2013)

Jiří Marvan’s book Jazyk – jeho český příběh (Language – Its Czech Story), subtitled The First Thousand Years (800–1800), is a guided tour of Czech linguistic ecology. Jiří Marvan is a linguist, teacher and diplomat. He has been working for nearly 30 years at universities in Scandinavia, the USA and Australia. He now lectures at Charles University in Prague and at J. E. Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem. The author has gathered authentic texts, starting with Great Moravia’s Constantine in the 9th century and ending with F.M. Pelcl and J. Kollár at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries. In Marvan’s telling, the history of language ceases to be a hodgepodge of abstract data or a time-bound event but becomes an active part of our knowledge environment.

January 3, 2014  | 
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Challenges, paradoxes, plays: Václav Havel - III. Tomorrow (13. 2. 2014)

A historical mediation in five acts. A theatre play by Václav Havel that differs from his others in every way, including non-Havelesque construction and dialogues and origin, as after almost 20 years of being banned he was commissioned to write it by the then “cult” Divadlo na provázku theatre and it partially assumed the theatre’s specific brand of poetics. The play was written in 1988 on the 70th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia, when the crust of rigid totalitarianism was slowly, inconspicuously but surely, coming apart… Our guest was Petr Oslzlý, director and dramaturge of the Divadlo na provázku and a long-term close friend and collaborator of Václav Havel’s. Other guests were Eva Salzmannová and Vladimír Javorský This series dedicated to the plays of Václav Havel is organised by Anna Freimanová.

January 1, 2014  | 
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From VU to Velvet revolution I. (18.12. 2013)

Tribute to Lou Reed and Václava Havla - part I. Debate on influences of The VU and Lou Reed to the Czech music and culture before 1989. Participants: Jan Macháček, Pavel Klusák, Jan Roth, Petr Ferenc and Tomáš Turek. Discussion dedicated to relations between underground, art, dissent and politics, moderated by Jan Macháček and Ondřej Hrab. Guests: Matouš Forbelský, Ondřej Klepsa, Vladimír Hanzel and Zdeněk Košárek.

December 31, 2013  | 
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Memory of Dissent V: Jiřina Šiklová – My Memories of Václav Havel and More (18. 12. 2013)

The fifth and the last in a series of lectures dedicated to the “memory” of the Czech dissent. The Memory of Dissent series is organised by the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and the Václav Havel Library and headed by sociologist Nicolas Maslowski.

December 24, 2013  | 
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Student essay: Is idealism a position for this world? (16. 12. 2013)

Announcement of results of student essay competition One of the principal genres of Václav Havel’s creativity is that of the essay – on literary, artistic, social, political, and spiritual themes. The subject in the competition’s fifth year: Is idealism a position for this world? The essays of Václav Havel, such as The Power of the Powerless and A Word about Words, have become classic texts of Czech Literature, and have been translated into dozens of languages and belong among the few truly world-famous creations of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to further cultivate the genre of the essay in the Czech language - not in the sense of imitating the essays of Václav Havel, but in the sense of the Havel-like courage to mention unpleasant problems and seek their unconventional solutions.

December 22, 2013  | 
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František Čáp 100 (27. 11. 2013)

Evening of remembrance held on the occasion of the 100thanniversary of the birth of František Čáp, one of the most important directors who worked with film producer Miloš Havel (Noční motýl/The Moth, Babička/Grandmother, Jan Cimbura/Jan Cimbura) and a post-war founder of Slovenian cinematography. The evening will be hosted by director Uroš Trefalt. Among those due to attend are Marie Barešová, film historian and curator of National Film Archive, Krystyna Wanatowiczová, author of the biography Miloš Havel – český filmový magnát (Miloš Havel – Czech Film Magnate) and Urban Arsenjuk, who is working on a documentary about Čáp’s Slovenian period. The event is being held in cooperation with the Slovenian Embassy and the National Film Archive.

December 20, 2013  | 
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Challenges, Paradoxes, Plays: Václav Havel – No. 2 The Memorandum (25. 11. 2013)

The second of a series of evenings dedicated to Václav Havel’s plays. The Memorandum is about officials and their vain battle to resist the introduction of the perfect official language ptydepe. With Lída Engelová, Ivan M. Havel, Vladimír Just and other guests. The plays of Václav Havel from various points of view: the experience of directors and actors, the opinions of experts and critics, video excerpts and audio recordings, the memories of those involved and last but not least the intentions, inspirations, reflections and remarks of the writer himself. The evening has been prepared by Anna Freimanová. Připravila Anna Freimanová.

December 19, 2013  | 
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Havel´s Garden Party Conference 3/3

Video from one day conference "Havel´s Garden Party 1963-2013" Part 3/3 14.00–14.30 Vladimír Just The Garden Party According to Pařízek (The Issue of Modification) Foreign Productions of the Play and Their Critical Reception (Panel chaired by Marta Smolíková) 15.30–16.00 Nadine Keβler Exceedingly Delicious: Havel’s The Garden Party and its First Production in Germany 16.00–16.30 Katia Hala The Garden Party’s Reception in France after 1968 16.30–17.00 Kateřina Xhelo Productions of The Garden Party in Serbia

December 18, 2013  | 
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Havel´s Garden Party Party Conference 2/3

Video from one day conference "Havel´s Garden Party 1963-2013". Part 2/3 Productions of the Play after 1990 and Current Interpretations (Panel chaired by Anna Freimanová) 13.00–13.30 Petr Oslzlý The Garden Party as Interpreted by the Divadlo Husa na Provázku Theatre (Questions of Dramaturgical Choice of Subject and Production Concept Inspired by Commedia Dell’ arte) 13.30–14.00 Martin Švejda What to do with the Garden Party "here and now"? (To its inscenations after 1989) 14.00–14.30 Vladimír Just The Garden Party According to Pařízek (The Issue of Modification)

December 18, 2013  | 
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Havel´s Garden Party Conference Part 1/3

Video from one day conference "Havel´s Garden Party 1963 - 2013. Part 1/3 Genesis of the Play’s Inception and Contemporary Productions (Panel chaired by Lenka Jungmannová) 10.30–11.00 Lenka Jungmannová How Was it Actually? The Genesis of The Garden Party (1960–1963) 11.00–11.30 Zdeněk Hořínek The Garden Party as a Point of Departure 11.30–12.00 Helena Albertová Scenography of The Garden Party until 1968

December 18, 2013  | 
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Vratislav Brabenec: Denver (11. 12. 2013)

Ceremonial launch of Vratislav Brabenec’s new poetry collection Denver, which was just published by Maťa. Poems and saxophone (feat. Joe Karafiát) - Vratislav Brabenec. Lauch the collection - Ladislav Snopko Voices - Sbor břežanských kastrátů (Břežanka Castrati Choir). MC - Lubor Maťa.

December 18, 2013  | 
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Returns to white solitude 2 - pre-christmas polar underground (12.12. 2013)

Repeat meeting with Mirek Jakeš, who has reached the North Pole several times. Initiates often speak about “Northern sickness”, i.e., the inability of travellers and adventurers to break free of the polar wilderness once they have visited once and succumbed to its harsh magic. They just have to keep returning. The Antarctic, the Arctic, Greenland, Svalbard, Baffin Island, Tierra del Fuego… how to get there and, above all, how to get back. Karel Schwarzenberg has described Mirek Jakeš as an “exceptional man who has achieved extraordinary things.”

December 17, 2013  | 
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Markéta Křížová: The Czech Lands, Europe and the World (20. 11. 2013)

Missions and the Conquering of America Lecture in a series conceived by Markéta Křížová (Centre for Ibero-American Studies at the Arts Faculty of Charles University) In the Czech context, the term “Jesuit mission” has a negative meaning. In the context of American history, it has come to be regarded as the personification of the efforts of Europeans to impose their civilisation in the face of the “barbarism” of non-European civilisations. However, the missionaries’ ultimate object was the “old” world, i.e., European society. The aim of the missions was not just to spread the “good word” but also to create on the American continent an ideal Christian society. In our age the subject of missions is presented as “cultural genocide” and as a cover for European imperialism. However, is it possible from today’s perspective to condemn efforts stemming from deep-rooted religiosity?

December 17, 2013  | 
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Teodora Dimová: “Writing is a dangerous business"

Meeting with Bulgarian novelist Theodora Dimova and launch of the Czech edition of her novel Adriana. Translator David Bernstein, Marcel Černý (Institute of Slavonic Studies, Czech Academy of Sciences – Charles University Arts Faculty), Ivana Srbková (Czech National Library – Slavonic Library) and publisher Petr Štengl are due to attend. The novelist, dramatist and journalist Theodora Dimova ranks among the best-known, most popular and most critically acclaimed of contemporary Bulgarian authors. The novel Adriana describes an unusual friendship between a very wealthy lady of 93 and a young, stunningly beautiful student of English… The evening was held in cooperation with the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Prague.

December 10, 2013  | 
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Memory of Dissent IV: Luděk Bednář – Seminars and Central Europe (4. 12. 2013)

The fourth in a series of lectures dedicated to the “memory” of the Czech dissent. The Memory of Dissent series is organised by the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and the Václav Havel Library and headed by sociologist Nicolas Maslowski.

December 8, 2013  | 
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Evolution: fact or theoretical tautology? (4. 12. 2013)

Is evolutionary theory an indisputable fact? Or does the evidence for it suffer from fundamental flaws? Why should we reasonably doubt a theory that is generally regarded as scientifically proven? Jan Horník explains that the evidence put forward by science is built on circular logic, meaning science itself cannot decide on the veracity of the theory of evolution.

December 8, 2013  | 
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Jakub Deml: Podzimní sen (3. 12. 2013)

The closing edition of the Monodrama series will be devoted to an essential figure in Czech literature, Jakub Deml. Thanks to its high artistic qualities, the posthumously published 1951 prose work Podzimní sen (Autumn Dream) (1984) – which is an expressionistic, solipsistic and litanic defence of human pettiness – ranks alongside the author’s Zapomenuté světlo (Forgotten Light). Featuring: Marta Vítů Director: Katharina Schmitt

December 5, 2013  | 
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Memory of Dissent III: Milan Uhde – Milan Uhde and the Former Regime (20. 11. 2013)

The third in a series of lectures dedicated to the “memory” of the Czech dissent. The Memory of Dissent series is organised by the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and the Václav Havel Library and headed by sociologist Nicolas Maslowski.

December 5, 2013  | 
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Czech consciousness of Belarus (2. 12. 2013)

Presentation of the collection České vědomí Bělarusi (Czech Consciousness of Belarus) (Karolinum), a unique publication dedicated to centuries-old and ongoing Czech-Belarusian solidarity. Attending were the publication’s editors Jiří Marvan and Věra Lendělová, alongside Czech and Belarusian writers. The Czech-Belarusian solidarity dates back to start of the 16th century and the activities of one of the greatest of Belarusians in Prague, the printer, publisher and novelist Francysk Skaryna, who was the founder of modern Belarusian. The evening was held in cooperation with the Czech Ukrainian Studies Association.

December 4, 2013  | 
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US Ambassador and communist regime in Czechoslovakia (21. 11. 2013)

William Luers and Václav Havel William Luers served as the US Ambassador to Prague from 1983-86 during which time he and his wife Wendy supported independent activities and befriended many dissidents and cultural figures including Vaclav and Olga Havel. They returned to Czechoslovakia in December 1989 for Vaclav Havel's inauguration and immediately thereafter Wendy Luers founded the Foundation for a Civil Society in New York and Prague to assist the new leaders of free Czechoslovakia and help establish the NGO sector in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Her former offices are now Nadace Via and Nadace Pontis. They both serve on the boards of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York Michal Horáček will conduct the interview in English. Michal Horáček, PhD. is member of the board of trustees of the VHL, founder of the MOST civic group, poet, producer and anthropologist.

December 2, 2013  | 
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The Czech Path to Freedom (18. 11. 2013)

Presentation of the book Česká cesta ke svobodě (The Czech Path to Freedom) by the journalist Petr Maxmilián Husák, with guests Karel Schwarzenberg on hand to help launch it. The work offers a fascinating account of all of the recesses of modern Czech history and politics in the years 1977–1997. It is based on the testimonies of several members of the post-1989 elite who, with humour and some exaggeration, recall and assess all of the most important decisions and actions of the period’s key actors. Alternative post-Velvet Revolution developments are also considered, while it offers readers a glimpse behind the scenes of Czech politics and looks back at a unique conjunction of events at the end of the 1980s and start of the 1990s that not even the greatest director could have dreamt up.

December 1, 2013  | 
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Yan Lianke to Discuss Four Books with Translator (13. 11. 2013)

In the foreword to the Czech edition of his Four Books, Yan Lianke describes himself as a traitor to literary art, which is how he explains the fact that no publisher in China wanted to publish the book there. The novel Four Books was published in Hong Kong in 2010 and was published in Czech this year by the Verzone imprint. It was translated by Zuzana Li, who will discuss with the author Four Books, Kafka and the scandal surrounding his “betrayal of literature”. Interpretation: Zdeněk Hrdlička

November 29, 2013  | 
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An Evening with Arnošt Goldflam (11. 11. 2013)

The renowned Brno man of the theatre will speak about his life and artistic adventures and conquests, as well as recalling his encounters with Václav Havel and his plays. He will also present his most recent book, Táta a jeho syn (Dad and His Son).

November 27, 2013  | 
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The Post-Election Political Situation (21. 11. 2013)

Where have the elections left the Czech Republic in Europe? Has there been any shift at all? These questions and more will be discussed by journalist and analyst Jan Macháček and his guests: Aleš Chmelař, Jindřich Šídlo, Jiřina Šiklová, Jiří Pehe and Lenka Zlámalová.

November 24, 2013  | 
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Publishers Větrné mlýny at the VHL (5. 11. 2013)

Větrné mlýny (Windmills) brings out books, organises the European literary festival Month of Authorial Readings and produces films about literature. The publishing house will be represented by Petr Minařík and Pavel Řehořík in an evening that will feature a “lecture”, films and a surprise.

November 12, 2013  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward: November - The election results in the eyes of politicians – how could they change the Czech Republic?

Debate on a topical subject with editors from Respekt. Guests: Věra Jourová (ANO), Pavel Bělobrádek (KDU-ČSL) and Jan Hamáček (ČSSD). Moderator: Tomáš Sacher.

November 7, 2013  | 
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Karel Hvížďala and Jiří Přibáň: Tyrannised Justice (31. 10. 2013)

For nearly 10 years, Karel Hvížďala has conducted interviews with Jiří Přibán, professor of philosophy and sociology at Cardiff University in the UK. They have in particular focused on the state of our society in the field of law, the role of the judiciary, the (non)professionalism of politicians and Europe’s position and role in world politics. The result of this debate is an interview in book form entitled Tyranizovaná spravedlnost (Tyrannised Justice), which both authors presented in an evening of literature and debate.

November 6, 2013  | 
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Czech foreign policy in the new power configuration (30. 10. 2013)

Is it the end for Havelite human rights ideals in foreign policy? Will the Czech Republic be known for economic diplomacy alone? What will the Czech view of Europe be? Journalist and analyst Jan Macháček will discuss these questions and more with his guests: Luboš Dobrovský, Roman Joch, Hynek Kmoníček, Ondřej Soukup a Cyril Svoboda.

November 5, 2013  | 
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Challenges, paradoxes, plays: Václav Havel No 1 Largo desolato (24.10. 2013)

First of a series of evenings dedicated to the plays of Václav Havel. Largo Desolato is according to its author: “…a ‘musical consideration’ of the heaviness of human life; on the difficulty of man’s struggle for his own identity with an impersonal power wishing to take it from him; on the strange discord between man’s real possibilities and the role that his environment, fate and even his own work have condemned him to; about how it is easy to know theoretically how to live, but how hard it is to actually live that way; about the eternal ‘woe of reason’; about the tragic impossibility of mutual understanding between people who think well of one another; about human loneliness, fear and cowardice; etc., etc. – and finally of course (mainly) about the tragicomic and absurd dimension of all these themes.” The plays of Václav Havel from various points of view: the experience of directors and actors, the opinions of experts and critics, video excerpts and audio recordings, the memories of those involved and last but not least the intentions, inspirations, reflections and remarks of the writer himself. Guests: Jan Foll, Anrej Krob, Josef Mlejnek. The evening was hosted by Anna Freimanová.

October 31, 2013  | 
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Civic Society: Freedom is not to be taken for granted 3/3 CZECH INTERPRETATION

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PRIZEWINNER VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE Prague, October 2nd, 2013 Prague Crossroads Organizers: Vaclav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation PART 3/3 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm INTERVIEW WITH FINALISTS AND LAUREATE OF VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE MODERATOR Martin Palouš - Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic LAUREATE Natalia Pinchuk - Ales Bialiatski´s Wife FINALISTS Teng Biao - Rights Defece Network; Kakha Kozhoridze - Georgian Young Lawers´ Association 3:00 pm -- 4:30 pm III. PANEL: LEVERAGING POWER: WHAT ARE THE TOOLS THAT HELP? MODERATOR Jan Macháček - Vaclav Havel Library, Czech Republic PANELISTS Jeffrey J. Schott - Peterson Institute, United States; Min Ko Naing - Burma; Natalia Taubina - Public Verdict Foundation, Russia 4:30 pm -- 5:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS: KAREL SCHWARZENBERG

October 28, 2013  | 
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Civic Society: Freedom is not to be taken for granted 2/3 CZECH INTERPRETATION

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PRIZEWINNER VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE Prague, October 2nd, 2013 Prague Crossroads Organizers: Vaclav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation PART 2/3 11.45 am - 1.15 pm II. PANEL: HUMAN RIGHTS NGOS UNDER THE STATE REPRESSION MODERATOR Irina Lagunina - Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty; PANELISTS Pavol Demeš - European Endowment for Democracy, Slovak Republic; Rasul Jafarov - Human Rights Club, Azerbaijan; Alexander Verchovskij - Center for Information and Analysis SOVA, Russia; Tamara Mackiewicz - Belarus; Adam Bodnar - Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw, Poland;

October 28, 2013  | 
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Civic Society: Freedom is not to be taken for granted 1/3 CZECH INTERPRETATION

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PRIZEWINNER VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE Prague, October 2nd, 2013 Prague Crossroads Organizers: Vaclav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation PART 1/3 9:30 am - 10:00 am WELCOME SPEECH Marta Smolíková - Václav Havel Library František Janouch - Charta 77 Foundationn 10:00 am - 11:30 am I. PANEL: HUMAN RIGHTS: LEGACY OF PRESIDENT VÁCLAV HAVEL MODERATOR Jacques Rupnik - Sciences PO / CERI, France PANELISTS Ladan Boroumand - Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran, France; Svetlana Gannuskina - Memorial, Russia; Rosa María Payá Acevedo - Christian Liberation Movement, Cuba; Bill Shipsey - Art for Amnesty, Ireland; Vincuk Viacorka - Supolnastic Civil Society Center, Belarus; Teng Biao - China University of Political Science and Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China Against Death Penalty, China.

October 28, 2013  | 
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Civic Society: Freedom is not to be taken for granted III. (2. 10. 2013)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PRIZEWINNER VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE Prague, October 2nd, 2013 Prague Crossroads Organizers: Vaclav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation PART 3/3 2:00 pm -- 3:00 pm INTERVIEW WITH FINALISTS AND LAUREATE OF VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE MODERATOR Martin Palouš - Václav Havel Library, Czech Republic LAUREATE Natalia Pinchuk - Ales Bialiatski´s Wife FINALISTS Teng Biao - Rights Defece Network; Kakha Kozhoridze - Georgian Young Lawers´ Association 3:00 pm -- 4:30 pm III. PANEL: LEVERAGING POWER: WHAT ARE THE TOOLS THAT HELP? MODERATOR Jan Macháček - Vaclav Havel Library, Czech Republic PANELISTS Jeffrey J. Schott - Peterson Institute, United States; Min Ko Naing - Burma; Natalia Taubina - Public Verdict Foundation, Russia; 4:30 pm -- 5:00 pm CLOSING REMARKS: KAREL SCHWARZENBERG

October 28, 2013  | 
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Civic Society: Freedom is not to be taken for granted II. (2. 10. 2013)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PRIZEWINNER VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE Prague, October 2nd, 2013 Prague Crossroads Organizers: Vaclav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation PART 2/3 11.45 am - 1.15 pm II. PANEL: HUMAN RIGHTS NGOS UNDER THE STATE REPRESSION MODERATOR Irina Lagunina - Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty; PANELISTS Pavol Demeš - European Endowment for Democracy, Slovak Republic; Rasul Jafarov - Human Rights Club, Azerbaijan; Alexander Verchovskij - Center for Information and Analysis SOVA, Russia; Tamara Mackiewicz - Belarus; Adam Bodnar - Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw, Poland;

October 28, 2013  | 
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Civic Society: Freedom is not to be taken for granted I. (2. 10. 2013)

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE IN HONOUR OF PRIZEWINNER VÁCLAV HAVEL HUMAN RIGHTS PRIZE Prague, October 2nd, 2013 Prague Crossroads Organizers: Vaclav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation PART 1/3 9:30 am - 10:00 am WELCOME SPEECH Marta Smolíková - Václav Havel Library František Janouch - Charta 77 Foundationn 10:00 am - 11:30 am I. PANEL: HUMAN RIGHTS: LEGACY OF PRESIDENT VÁCLAV HAVEL MODERATOR Jacques Rupnik - Sciences PO / CERI, France PANELISTS Ladan Boroumand - Abdorrahman Boroumand Foundation for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran, France; Svetlana Gannuskina - Memorial, Russia; Rosa María Payá Acevedo - Christian Liberation Movement, Cuba; Bill Shipsey - Art for Amnesty, Ireland; Vincuk Viacorka - Supolnastic Civil Society Center, Belarus; Teng Biao - China University of Political Science and Law, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China Against Death Penalty, China.

October 28, 2013  | 
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Memory of Dissent II: Milan Balabán - The Dissent as an Adventure and Certanity

The second in a third series of lectures dedicated to the “memory” of the Czech dissent. The series Memory of Dissent is organised by the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and the Václav Havel Library and headed by sociologist Nicolas Maslowski.

October 28, 2013  | 
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Monodrama IV. Peter Turrini: Finally, the end (17. 10. 2013)

October’s evening from a series of staged readings from the works of Czech and foreign writers was dedicated to the Austrian playwright Peter Turrini. His monologue Finally, The End (Endlich Schluss, 1997) explores in masterly brevity the life of a successful journalist who, due to his disregard for his surroundings, loses his own identity. It is built on the stunningly simple opening sentence: “I will count to a thousand and do myself in.” Featuring: Rudolf Stärz Directed by: Vojtěch Bárta

October 27, 2013  | 
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Markéta Křížová: The Czech lands, Europe and the World I. (16. 10. 2013)

The birth of the modern era out of the process of overseas colonisation The first lecture in a new series conceived by Markéta Křížová (Centre for Ibero-American Studies at the Arts Faculty of Charles University) which will explore, among other things, the concepts of human rights and universal freedoms against the broader context of historical events. Even after the cooling of emotions surrounding the 500th anniversary of the “discovery” of America, the subject of overseas expansion and the conquest of other cultures remains a sore point in Europe’s self-image. What a century ago was a source of European confidence and superiority has become a source of doubt…

October 23, 2013  | 
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The future of Czech education (18. 10. 2013)

A pre-election debate How will Czech education look after the elections? What do the candidates for minister of education plan for their first days in office? Where do they stand on informal education, tuition fees and the future of regional education? Representatives of the political parties will answer these questions in a debate organised by students from the Czech High School Students Union. Guests: Marcel Chládek (ČSSD) Petr Fiala (ODS) Jiří Zlatuška (ANO 2011) Ivan Gabal (KDU-ČSL) Zakaria Nemrah (SPOZ) Ondřej Liška (SZ)

October 22, 2013  | 
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The fate of Slavic reciprocity, or how will Czech-Russian relations look after the elections? (15. 10. 2013)

A pre-election debate with representatives of political parties on their foreign policy toward the Russian Federation. Issues included the extension of Temelín, the Czech Republic’s energy security, Czech representation at its embassy in Moscow, the upholding (or otherwise) of human rights in the RF, and of course relations with the EU and the question of whether Europe’s largest state should or should not be allowed to join. Guests: Ondřej Liška (SZ) David Šeich (ODS) The debate was moderated by journalist Ondřej Kundra. The evening was organised by the Strategie-31 initiative (CZ) with the support of the Václav Havel Library.

October 21, 2013  | 
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Tania Malyarchuk in Prague (9. 10. 2013)

A meeting with the Ukrainian writer Tania Malyarchuk, the author of six short story collections and one novel. Malyarchuk’s prose has been translated into many languages and her short story The Butterfly was turned into a movie. Her work, which draws on magical realism, appeared in Czech in anthologies of Ukrainian short stories published in 2008 and 2012 and in the magazine Aluze, also in 2012. The evening was presented by Alexej Sevruk, who also translated where necessary. The event was being held in cooperation with the Czech Association of Ukrainianists.

October 16, 2013  | 
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Memory of Dissent I: Zdeněk Pinc - Paradoxes of Normality (9. 10. 2013)

The first in a third series of lectures dedicated to the “memory” of the Czech dissent. The series Memory of Dissent is organised by the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University and the Václav Havel Library and headed by sociologist Nicolas Maslowski.

October 15, 2013  | 
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Min Ko Naing: Homo Homini Award Laureate (3. 10. 2013)

Min Ko Naing is a dissident, a leader of the 1988 student movement and the most important figure in civic society in Burma today. He received the Homo Homini Award – which is given to an individual who has contributed significantly to advancing human rights, democracy and the non-violent resolution of political conflict – from the NGO People in Need in 2000. However, he has not been able to accept the prize in person until now as he had been sentenced to almost 15 years in prison for organising student protests and was only released in January 2012.

October 8, 2013  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward in October: Early Elections – What To Fear And What To Look Forward To?

Debate with editors from the weekly Respekt. Guests: Karel Janeček, Helena Třeštíková, Alexandr Mitrofanov and Jan Tvrdoň.

October 7, 2013  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize

Video introduction to the origins and aims of Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, fouded by Coucil of Europe in cooperation with Václav Havel Library and Charta 77 Foundation.

October 2, 2013  | 
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Sudeten Germans in the Eyes of a Polish Historian (26. 9. 2013)

A lecture by Piotr Maciej Majewski Piotr Maciej Majewski (1972) is a Polish historian who specialises in the history of Czechoslovakia in the 20th century, in particular Czech-German relations, a subject on which he has written numerous studies. Alongside a monograph on the choices facing the Czechoslovak Army in 1938 in a possible war with Germany, he has published a book on Edvard Beneš’s position on the Sudeten German question; most recently he brought out an extensive work entitled The Sudeten Germans 1848–1948, which should come out in Czech in 2014. Majewski lectures at Warsaw University and also serves as deputy director of the Museum of World War II in Gdansk. Host: Jiří Friedl, historian and vice chariman of the Conditio humana civic association The lecture was held in cooperation with the Czech-Polish Forum, the Conditio humana civic association and the Museum of World War II in Gdansk.

September 30, 2013  | 
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Memorial – A History Lesson Defence of human rights in (contemporary) Russia (19. 9. 2013)

Memorial is a Russian non-governmental organisation that maps the crimes of Stalinism and criticise the current authoritarian regime in the country. Dissidents Alexandr Daniel (one of the founders of Memorial and an historian of Russian dissent), Lev Rubinstein (writer), Irina Flige (St. Petersburg activist and Memorial member), Julia Sereda (activist from Ryazan) and Dmitry Petrov (writer) will tak part in the evening, which will be hosted by translator and Russian Studies specialist Ondřej Mrázek.

September 27, 2013  | 
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Zeman’s Move to a Presidential System (25. 9. 2013)

Miloš Zeman’s activities aimed at creating a presidential system will be discussed by journalist and analyst Jan Macháček and his guests: Petr Kamberský, commentator for Hospodářské noviny, Jan Kudrna and Jan Kysela, experts on constitutional law, Jiří Pehe, political scientist and director of NYU Prague.

September 26, 2013  | 
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Varlam Shalamov: Left Bank (18. 9. 2103)

Video from an evening dedicated to Varlam Shalamov (1907–1982), one of the most important of the “Gulag writers”. The first speaker was Russian studies expert Jan Machonin, who translated the second part of the writer’s selected writings Left Bank. Valery Yesipov, a Russian literary historian and leading expert on Shalamov’s life and work, then presented his recently published biography of the writer and discuss less well known and controversial moments of Shalamov’s life. The legendary American Slavic Studies expert John Glad, who did the first English translation of The Kolyma Tales (published in the US in 1980) and helped Shalamov win fame around the world, discussed how the author’s manuscripts made it to the West and the circumstances surrounding their publication abroad.

September 26, 2013  | 
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Václav Havel Today (23. 9. 2013)

Debate „Václav Havel dnes" Moderators: Martin Palouš a Martin Bútora Panelists: Roman Joch, Jan Macháček, Tomáš Sedláček, Martin Šimečka

September 24, 2013  | 
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Collection on Normalisation-Era Philosophy Set for Launch (16. 9. 2013)

Presentation of the collection Filosofie v podzemí – filosofie v zázemí (Philosophy in the Underground – Philosophy in the Background). The volume focuses on Czech philosophy in the normalisation era, in particular apartment seminars, and subsequent developments, when many figures moved from the “underground” to academia and began reshaping or creating philosophy departments. Philosopher Roger Scruton, who in the 1980s lectured at apartment seminars and organised support for unofficial education and samizdat in the Czechoslovakia of that time, spoke at the event. Jiří Suk from the Institute of Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences have discussed the historical context.

September 24, 2013  | 
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International Holocaust Day: Forgotten Transports (9. 9. 2013)

Screening and presentation of the book Zapomenuté transporty (Forgotten Transports) by Lukáš Přibyl and Michal Plzák on transports to death camps in Latvia, Estonia, Belarus and Eastern Poland. Jáchym Topol will speak about his trips to the transports’ destinations, Ruth Morgensternová-Kopečková, who survived internment in Estonia, will be present, and material that did not make the film Forgotten Transports (four 90-minute documentaries from 2009) will be screened..

September 17, 2013  | 
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An Evening With Anna Wágnerová (4. 9. 2013)

An evening of poetry by the poet, playwright and astrologer Beatrice Landovská, the author of such works as the poetry collections Plesy šílený (Crazy Balls) (1982), Geniální vystoupení (Appearances of Genius) (1984) and Mýty (Myths) (1985).

September 11, 2013  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward: September

Public debate on current affairs with editors from the weekly Respekt.

September 2, 2013  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize: Three nominees

Video recording of a press conference following a meeting of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize selection committee, at which three finalists were chosen: Ales Bialiatski (Belarus), the Georgia Young Lawyers’ Association (Georgia) and Rights Defence Network (China). For more information click here:http://www.vaclavhavel-library.org/en/vh-prize

August 26, 2013  | 
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Aldis Cilinskis in Prague (21 8. 2013)

Video from a meeting with Aldis Cilinskis, a Latvian man who for his protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 spent four years in Soviet psychiatric facilities. The meeting had been organised by the Václav Havel Library and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes. Aldis Cilinskis’s visit took place under the auspices of the Latvian Embassy in Prague.

August 22, 2013  | 
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Anna Blažíčková: Now Something from Life (26. 6. 2013)

History and background to Anna Blažíčková’s book Teď něco ze života (Now Something from Life), which deals with an entire epoch of huge significance to the Czech Republic – the second half of the 20th century – from the personal perspective of the writer and her husband, Přemysl Blažíček, a phenomenal literary academic with a sharp sense of reality.

July 28, 2013  | 
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Zlínské jaro 2013 - Dramatik našich životů (8. 5. 2013)

Diskuse o tvorbě Václava Havla, divadle a životě. 8. 5. 2013, Městské divadlo Zlín - Studio Z Anna Freimanová - editorka Knihovny Václava Havla Vladimír Morávek - umělecký šéf Divadla Husa na provázku Petr Oslzlý - ředitel Centra experimentálního divadla Lukáš Gavlovský a Roman Švejda - tvůrci Srdce pro Václava Havla Moderuje: Petr Michálek Kamera a střih: Richard Šimek Zvuk: Kamil Brázdil

July 14, 2013  | 
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Judita Matyášová – Sophie’s Choice, Czech-Style (19. 6. 2013)

Inspirational stories of people who were not afraid to help even in the toughest times. This project maps the fates of 150 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia. Similarly to Sophie in the Styron novel, they and their families had to choose just one of their offspring and get them to safety. To Denmark and later to Sweden. After the war, these children’s lives took different directions and they lost contact with each other. In January 2011, Judita Matyášová, a journalist and researcher at the Military History Institute in Prague, learned that the children hadn’t seen one another in 70 years. Since that time she has been looking for them around the world and in her lecture will present the stories of those she has found to date in the Czech Republic, Denmark, Sweden and Israel.

June 29, 2013  | 
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Monodrama III. Jan Hanč – Events (18. 6. 2013)

June’s evening in a series of staged readings of works by Czech and foreign writers will recall the work of one of the most conscientious artists in Czech literature, the poet and prose author Jan Hanč, the 50th anniversary of whose death will take place in July. This evening will spotlight his short prose texts collected together under the title Události (Events) (1995) and mediate his unique view of the world to visitors/listeners; it is a perspective that is thoroughly exacting and absent of all poetic ballast, but nevertheless (or perhaps therefore) it is not lacking in genuine poetry.

June 20, 2013  | 
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Dramatic Moments VI: Jiří Pokorný (17. 6. 2013)

Continuing the artistic legacy of Václav Havel, the VHL presents contemporary playwrights whose work relates to issues surrounding human identity. Lenka Jungmannová will host the evening.

June 19, 2013  | 
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A Tribute to Jan Lopatka (13. 6. 2013)

On the 20th anniversary of the death of the important Czech literary critic and editor Jan Lopatka, this tribute evening will feature his friends, collaborators and students, including writers from the magazine Tvář (Bohumil Doležal, Jan Nedvěd, Karel Štindl, Zdeněk Hejda). Milan Šútovec will recall Lopatka’s cooperation with Slovenskými pohľady, Jiří Brabec his work on the samizdat Slovník českých spisovatelů (Dictionary of Czech Writers), and Ivan M. Havel and Tomáš Vrba the part he played in the Edice Expedice samizdat series. Jan Šulc, Zbyněk Jančařík and Terezie Pokorná will also speak, while Michael Špirit, editor of Lopatka’s work, will discuss his overall critical and publishing activities. The evening will conclude with the screening of a documentary about Jan Lopatka (cc. 30 min.) made by Petr Kotyk in 1990.

June 18, 2013  | 
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European Identity and Its Czech Reflection - I. a II. panel (6. 6. 2013)

Evropská identita a její česká reflexe New York University Prague, 6. června 2013 Konference pořádaná Knihovnou Václava Havla ve spolupráci s Collegium Europaeum a New York University Prague PANEL. I. HISTORICKÉ KOŘENY EVROPSKÉ IDENTITY -- ČEŠI A EVROPA Evropská identita, jež ve své mnohovrstevnatosti jistě existuje, ač byla vždy především reflexí elit, stojí na specifickém evropském historickém vědomí, na jeho neustále novém ohledávání a nakonec i na samotném zpochybňování vlastní (evropské, české, jiné) identity. Nakolik je nám evropská historie inspirací, výzvou, varováním či zátěží v nové reflexi národní a kontinentální identity? MODERÁTOR JAN MACHÁČEK -- novinář a analytik, Respekt PANELISTÉ EvA HAHNOVÁ - historička a specialistka na evropské dějiny PETR HLAVÁČEK - historik, Collegium Europaeum FF UK & FLÚ AV ČR JIŘÍ RAK- historik, Institut mezinárodních studií FSV UK JAN SOKOL - filosof a vysokoškolský profesor na Fakultě humanitních studií UK JAKUB S. TROJAN - teolog, emeritní profesor Evangelické teologické fakulty UK PANEL II. KULTURNÍ KONTEXT EVROPANSTVÍ -- JÁDRO, NEBO POZLÁTKO? Evropa je kultura, jak pravil Oskar Kokoschka. Právě intelektuální a kulturní elity tvořily v minulosti, intenzivně pak v 19. a 20. století, hlavní hráče celoevropské interakce. Existuje (existovala?) společná evropská kultura či civilizace? Jsou národní kultury jejím protikladem? Může se právě kultura stát oním motorem vzniku evropského „politického národa"? A máme o to usilovat? MODERÁTOR PETR HLAVÁČEK- historik, Collegium Europaeum FF UK & FLÚ AV ČR PANELISTÉ PAVEL BARŠA - politolog, Ústav politologie FF UK ADAM GEBRIAN - architekt KAREL B. MÜLLER - politolog, Katedra politologie VŠE JIŘÍ PEŇÁS - novinář, Lidové noviny

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European Identity and its Czech Reflection - III. a IV. panel (6. 6. 2013)

Evropská identita a její česká reflexe New York University Prague, 6. června 2013 Konference pořádaná Knihovnou Václava Havla ve spolupráci s Collegium Europaeum a New York University Prague PANEL III. EVROPA JAKO EKONOMICKÝ PROSTOR A GLOBÁLNÍ HRÁČ? Půlmiliardová Evropská unie představuje, i přes všechny aktuální potíže, ohromný a v mnohém unikátní ekonomický prostor. Lze dnes opravdu hovořit o její ekonomické (finanční, bankovní) krizi? Skutečně stojíme na pokraji fatálního úpadku, kdy ekonomický význam EU zásadně zaostane za ekonomikami USA či BRICS? Existují snad v ekomickém kontextu identity severoevropská ("německá") a jihoevropská ("jižanská"), jejichž koexistence je v rámci EU neslučitelná? MODERÁTOR JIŘÍ PEHE -- ředitel, NYU Prague PANELISTÉ LUBOŠ PALATA -- novinář a analytik, MF DNES a Lidové noviny ZDENĚK KUDRNA -- ekonom, Vídeňská univerzita JAN MACHÁČEK-- novinář a analytik, Respekt IVAN PILIP -- ekonom LENKA ZLÁMALOVÁ -- novinářka, Lidové noviny PANEL IV. EVROPSKÁ UNIE: POLITICKÁ CHIMÉRA, PROJEKT ČI REALITA? Řada států Evropské unie má sice společnou měnu, ale fakticky neexistuje společná mezinárodně-politická strategie. Je takový záměr vlastně potřebný, či spíše chtěný? Může se EU stát konsolidovaným globálním hráčem? Může existovat funkční hospodářská integrace EU bez prohloubení společného politického fungování onoho „nemocného evropského kolosu"? Jaká by měla být geopolitická role Evropské unie?  MODERÁTOR LENKA ZLÁMALOVÁ -- novinářka, Lidové noviny PANELISTÉ ROMAN JOCH -- ředitel, Občanský institut PETR DRULÁK -- předseda Rady ÚMV, profesor politologie na FSV UK JIŘÍ PEHE-- ředitel, NYU Prague KATEŘINA ŠAFAŘÍKOVÁ -- šéfeditor Nových médií, Česká televize

June 8, 2013  | 
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David Danaher: Václav Havel’s Conception of East and West (5. 6. 2013)

Where did the significance of the Cold War lie in Václav Havel’s view? Was the East prior to 1989 the very opposite of the West and can the changes that followed 1989 by regarded as a definitive victory for “Western” civilisation and “Western” cultural values? How does the subject of East and West relate in Havel’s writings to the subject of world globalisation after 1989? A brief overview of arguments selected from one chapter of David Danaher’s book Reading Václav Havel will serve as a stimulus to a broader discussion.

June 7, 2013  | 
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Free Li Bifeng! (4. 6. 2013)

On the day of the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square events, the Václav Havel Library is taking part in a worldwide event in which the poetry of the imprisoned writer Li Bifeng is being read. The evening will be hosted by Prof. Olga Lomová, while Daniel Konrád and Jáchym Topol will read from Li Bifeng’s poems and diary entries. The Chinese poet, novelist and democracy activist Li Bifeng has spent a total of 12 years in jail. He was first sentenced for taking part in 1989’s Tiananmen Square protests. In 1998, soon after publishing a report on the protests of textile workers in his hometown of Mianyang, he was arrested for the second time and sentenced for so-called financial fraud, a charge the Chinese authorities began using against other human rights activists, such as Ai Weiwei. In November 2012, Li, then 48, was imprisoned for the third time, again without good reason or proof and on the mere suspicion that he had helped his friend, the writer Liao Yiwu, flee China for Germany. Li, who in short periods of creativity when he was free wrote many poems, dramas and a novel, is not due for release until 2024. The event Worldwide Reading for Li Bifeng, which alongside Prague will include cities such as Paris and New York, is being organised by the Berlin International Literary Festival; organisations including Amnesty International and the Academy of the Arts of the World in Cologne are also taking part.

June 7, 2013  | 
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Václav Havel – The First Czech Presidency (3. 6. 2013)

The election of the first Czech president, what preceded it and what followed it are recalled by Václav Havel’s friend and colleague Luboš Dobrovský, the Czech Republic’s first president’s chancellor. Ivo Mathé host the evening.

June 5, 2013  | 
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Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 - 4/4 - On Nature

Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 American Center U. S. Embassy Prague, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 Video from Conference on the present state and future of European civilisation. ON NATURE Moderator: RNDr. Václav Cílek, Csc. Participants: RNDr. Vojen Ložek, Drsc. Prof. RNDr. Jan Zrzavý, Csc. Prof. Vladimír Kokolia Mgr. Lukáš Čížek, Ph.D. Martin Komárek

May 29, 2013  | 
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Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 - 3/4 - On Economy, Visions, Catastrophism and the Arts

Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 American Center U. S. Embassy Prague, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 Video from Conference on the present state and future of European civilisation. On Economy, visions, catastrophism and the Arts Moderator: Jan Macháček Participants: ing. Petr Koubský, Csc. PhDr. Zdeněk Kudrna, PhD. Zbyněk Petráček, Mgr. Tomáš Pospiszyl, PhDr. Petr Hlaváček, Ph.D. Doc. ing. Daniel Münich, Ph.D

May 29, 2013  | 
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Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 - 1/4 - On Historical Context

Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 American Center U. S. Embassy Prague, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 Video from Conference on the present state and future of European civilisation. ON HISTORICAL CONTEXT Welcome Speech: Marta Smolíková Moderator: Prof. Mgr. Miroslav Bárta, Dr. Participants Doc. PhDr. Martin Kovář, Ph.D. Doc. PhDr. Václav Drška, Ph.D. Prof. RNDr. Ivo Budil, Dr.D., Dsc. Doc. PhDr. Michal Stehlík, Ph.D.

May 29, 2013  | 
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Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 - 2/4 - On Sociological Context

Europe and the Czech Republic 2113 American Center U. S. Embassy Prague, Tržiště 13, Praha 1 Video from Conference on the present state and future of European civilisation. ON SOCIOLOGICAL CONTEXT Moderator: PhDr. Mgr. Jeroným Klimeš, Ph.D. Účastníci: Prof. PhDr. Jan Sokol, Ph.D., Csc. Prof. RNDr. Jitka Rychtaříková, Csc. Prof. ing. Jaroslav Petr, Drsc. Prof. RNDr. Stanislav Komárek, Dr

May 28, 2013  | 
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Patrik Ouředník – Free Space of Language (22. 5. 2013)

A very special literary evening with Patrick Ouředník, the most translated contemporary Czech author, on the occasion of the publication of his new book by the Torst publishing house. “Do you take part in festivals, presentations, readings?” “Sporadically.” “Why’s that?” “Because I think that ideally they shouldn’t exist at all.” From an interview with Patrik Ouředník by Matěj Petrů (Souvislosti 1/2012).

May 28, 2013  | 
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PLAV – More Visegrád Language (23. 5. 2013)

PLAV, a monthly dedicated to world literature, has been coming out for eight years now. This time it presents the mutually connected or completely unconnected literatures of the “Visegrád Four”. Texts by Ladislav Ballek, Péter Hunčík, Renata Putzlacher an Ádám Bodor will therefore be read in the course of the evening… The evening’s hosts, PLAV editors Alexej Sevruk and Vratislav Kadlec, will pull back the veil over Visegrád.

May 28, 2013  | 
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The 1970s and 1980s in Czechoslovakia (21. 5. 2013)

Totalitarianism, post-totalitarianism or an authoritarian regime. A debate hosted by journalist and analyst Jan Macháček with Jiří Peňás, Ladislav Snopek, Anna Šabatová and Petruška Šustrová. This Václav Havel Library discussion evening is being held in cooperation with the Slovak Institute in Prague.

May 26, 2013  | 
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An Inspired Performance…live! (18. 5. 2013)

The Václav Havel library presents the voices, faces, poems and songs of the underground: Vít Kremlička, Beatrice Landovská, J. H. Krchovský, Pavel Zajíček, Dáša Vokatá and others. The event took place as part of the 19th Book World Prague international book festival.

May 22, 2013  | 
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Ludger Hagedorn: Solidarity - But whose and for whom? (Solidarity of the Shaken, Day 2)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 18, 2013  | 
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Ivan Chvatík: Patočka's Concept of the Solidarity... (Solidarity of the Shaken, Day 2)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 18, 2013  | 
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Henryk Syse: The Difficult Ethics of Communication... (Solidarity of the Shaken, Day 2)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 18, 2013  | 
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Jan Macháček: Without fun and humour, there would have been... (Solidarity of the Shaken, Day 2)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 18, 2013  | 
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Havel Play (15. 5. 2013)

A dramatic composition of scenes from Václav Havel’s theatre plays on the subject of ménages à trois. Third-year students from the DAMU drama school will perform under the supervision of teacher Marie Málková.

May 18, 2013  | 
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Glenn Hughes: Understanding the Principle of Inalienable Human Dignity (SotS, Day 1)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 17, 2013  | 
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Jiří Přibáň: Socialist Legality and the Politics of "Dissent" (Solidarity of the Shaken, Day 1)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 17, 2013  | 
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Marta Smolíková: Foreword & Martin Palouš: Introductory Remarks (Solidarity of the Shaken, day 1)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 17, 2013  | 
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Josef Moural: Whose Solidarity? Which Shattering? (Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar, Day 1)

Solidarity of the Shaken Seminar organized by Václav Havel Library, 15.-16. May, Prague The basic aim of this seminar is to discuss the philosophical issues connected with the concept of human rights in today's "post-European" world. The elementary point of departure should be the experiences and philosophical underpinnings of Central European dissent and specifically the spiritual legacies of Václav Havel and Jan Patočka. The invited participants and follow-up discussions will focus on the following themes: 1. the relationship between "law-based" and "philosophical" approaches to the questions of international human rights as it appeared in the discourse of Central European dissidents' during the 1970s and 1980s; 2. the search for spiritual authority in our current post-modern/post-European world, which is particularly noticeable in the arguments of human rights defenders confronted with the oppressive state apparatuses of today's totalitarian/authoritarian/ semi-authoritarian regimes; 3. the current quest for the source of moral obligation to respect human dignity and human rights in the "post-European" world "anchored in the general human experience of the absolute" (Havel), as a fundamental value common to all world cultures, religions and civilizations.

May 17, 2013  | 
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Presenting Censored and Dear Radim (14. 5. 2013)

Ceremonial evening presenting two collections from the Václav Havel Library Notebooks series. Cenzurováno (Censored) comprises letters Zdeněk Neubauer sent to Václav Benda during his 1980–1983 imprisonment. Milý Radime (Dear Radim) is the first publicly accessible edition of a collection originally published on the occasion of Radim Palouš’s 70th birthday. Several members of the Kampademie, a revived Platonic academy located on Prague’s Kampa, have promised to attend. Ivan M. Havel host the evening.

May 16, 2013  | 
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An Evening with Andrei Sannikov (9. 5. 2013)

Andrei Sannikov is a Belarusian dissident, former political prisoner and 2010 opposition presidential candidate. He has been granted political asylum in the UK and now lives in London. Sannikov is coming to the Czech Republic for the premiere of his play Flying Over the Rainbow. He and another nine imprisoned Belarusian dissidents were the addressees of a letter from Václav Havel in December 2011 that was the very last text Mr. Havel wrote before his death. Andrei Sannikov will be introduced by the Belarusian Czech studies expert Sjarhej Smatrychenka, who will lead a discussion with him, while the playwright René Levinský will read excerpts from Flying Over the Rainbow. The main part of the evening will be devoted to a debate on literary, political and other May-related themes.

May 12, 2013  | 
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Feminism – Quotas, Yes or No?(6. 5. 2013)

Sociologists Linda Sokačová and Marcela Linková, politician Marek Benda, university teacher Petr Pavlík and lawyer and politician Hana Marvanová will debate the issue. Journalist Saša Uhlová chair the debate.

May 8, 2013  | 
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Czech Underground VII. Krystyna Krauze: Czech and Polish Underground (30. 4. 2013)

The Czech Underground is a series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library. Its aim is to explore the collective memory of the underground phenomenon in modern Czech history. Speakers will include those who were directly involved in underground activities.

May 2, 2013  | 
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Dramatics moments V. Martin Františák (24. 4. 2013)

Continuing the artistic legacy of Václav Havel, the VHL presents contemporary playwrights whose work relates to issues surrounding human identity. This time Lenka Jungmannová presents Martin Františák.

April 25, 2013  | 
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Czech Underground VI. Viktor Karlík: Czech Underground Fine Arts (24. 4. 2013)

The Czech Underground is a series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library. Its aim is to explore the collective memory of the underground phenomenon in modern Czech history. Speakers will include those who were directly involved in underground activities.

April 25, 2013  | 
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Petr Král: Paths to the Bottom/Day (16. 4. 2013)

Evening with the writer, translator and essayist Petr Král.

April 25, 2013  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward in April: Crisis at The Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes

Public debate on current affairs with editors from the weekly Respekt.

April 22, 2013  | 
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Josef Kocourek: Marta, Marta, Marta! 2/2

An evening dedicated to Josef Kocourek (1909–1933), an eccentric, intense and charismatic writer and teacher whose death occurred on the last day of March 80 years ago. Editor Michal Jareš and visual artist Vít Ondráček have discussed Kocourek’s life and work, while David Steigerwald read excerpts from his works. Jaromír Typlt hosted the evening.

April 21, 2013  | 
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Monodrama II. Bohumil Hrabal -- Jarmilka (18. 4. 2013)

The second evening in a series of staged readings of chamber pieces by Czech and foreign writers is dedicated to Bohumil Hrababl. His novella Jarmilka (1952) is a rawly realistic fragment of the biography of a character from the Poldi smelting works in Kladno as well as an unsanitised account of the building of socialism in Bohemia at the turn of the 1940s and ‘50s. Director Vojtěch Bárta, dramaturge of the Činoherní studio theatre in Ústí nad Labem.

April 21, 2013  | 
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The Czech Dissent – Victims or Resisters? (4. 4. 2013)

Journalist Petruška Šustrová, Evangelical pastor Miloš Rejchrt, historian Tomáš Bursík and writer Petr Placák will take part in this public debate moderated by journalist and analyst Jan Macháček.

April 19, 2013  | 
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Czech Underground IV. Jan Macháček: Czech Underground Music (3. 4. 2013)

The Czech Underground is a series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library. Its aim is to explore the collective memory of the underground phenomenon in modern Czech history. Speakers will include those who were directly involved in underground activities.

April 7, 2013  | 
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The Life and Work of Dominik Tatarka (25. 3. 2013)

Bratislava literary club and Milan Hamada. Milan Hamada, a recipient of the Dominik Tatarka Prize, is among the most important figures in Slovak literature. He recently saw the publication of volume one of the four-volume work Kritické komentáře (Critical Commentaries) bringing together his essays, articles and interviews and creating a comprehensive portrait of the brilliance of this literary academic.

April 5, 2013  | 
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XIN, or Where Dragons Live (20. 3. 2013)

Zuzana Li presents a new series of modern Chinese literature issued by the Verzone publishing house under the title XIN. She will debate contemporary Chinese literature, ideological criteria and the joys and pitfalls of translation into Czech with academic Dušan Andrš and translator Denis Molčanov. There will also be readings from the works of novelists Eileen Chang, Jen Lian-ke and Šen Cchung-wen.

April 4, 2013  | 
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The Czech Underground III. Martin Machovec: The Literary Underground (20. 3. 2013)

The Czech Underground is a series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library. Its aim is to explore the collective memory of the underground phenomenon in modern Czech history. Speakers will include those who were directly involved in underground activities. Series of lectures is hosted by Nicolas Maslowski.

April 3, 2013  | 
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Josef Kocourek: Marta, Marta, Marta! 1/2 (21. 3. 2013)

An evening dedicated to Josef Kocourek (1909–1933), an eccentric, intense and charismatic writer and teacher whose death occurred on the last day of March 80 years ago. Editor Michal Jareš and visual artist Vít Ondráček have discussed Kocourek’s life and work, while David Steigerwald read excerpts from his works. Jaromír Typlt hosted the evening.

March 22, 2013  | 
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Emil Hakl: On True Stories (13. 3. 2013)

Novelist Emil Hakl will discuss his freshly published work Skutečná událost (A True Story), in which the story in question involves the Red Army Faction’s terror in Germany in the autumn of 1978; an overheating boiler in contemporary Prague; and relations of a romantic nature. Emil Hakl: “It is questionable if kidnappings and killings are the happiest solution. As a discriminating individual I add that they’re not.”

March 21, 2013  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward in March: The longest economic crisis

Debate on current affairs with editors from the weekly Respekt.

March 19, 2013  | 
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We Have a New President (11. 3. 2013)

Journalist Tomáš Němeček (Lidové noviny), former human rights minister Michael Kocáb, former supreme state attorney Renáta Vesecká and musician Mikuláš Chadima will discuss expectations of the new Czech head of state. The debate will be chaired by political scientist Jiří Pehe.

March 19, 2013  | 
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Vladimir Bukovsky – And the Wind Returns (6. 3. 2013)

A meeting with Vladimir Bukovsky, a dissident and human rights campaigner who spent many years in Soviet Gulag camps and psychiatric institutions. And the Wind Returns (published in Czech as A vítr se vrací by Volvox Globator, 2012) is his best-known work, a wild chronicle of a period of resistance, samizdat, trials and imprisonment.

March 17, 2013  | 
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The Czech Underground II. František Čuňas Stárek (6. 3. 2013)

The Czech Underground is a series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library. Its aim is to explore the collective memory of the underground phenomenon in modern Czech history. Speakers will include those who were directly involved in underground activities.

March 15, 2013  | 
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Salon Evening (4. 3. 2013)

An evening dedicated to Salon, the cultural and literary supplement of the newspaper Právo. Novelist Emil Hakl will read a short story he wrote for Salon’s literary and humanitarian series “Short Story for Adra”, the writer Kateřina Tučková and supplement’s editor Zbyněk Vlasák will recall the non-traditional launch of her novel Žítkovské bohyně (The Goddesses of Žítková) in the village of Žítková, a short story by novelist and editor Štěpán Kučera will receive a staged reading and the critic Štěpán Švec will present his acerbic columns.

March 12, 2013  | 
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Václav Havel – The First Czech Presidency (28. 2. 2013)

The first Czech chancellor Luboš Dobrovský, a friend and colleague of Václav Havel’s, remembers the period of the first Czech presidency, what preceded it, and what followed it. The evening will be hosted by Ivo Mathé, who was formerly chancellor to Václav Havel.

March 9, 2013  | 
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I Am (Not) a Child of Husák (27. 2. 2013)

The book "Som Husákovo dieťa" (I Am a Child of Husák) was be presented by its author Juraj Jordán Dovala, a Hussite pastor, novelist and songwriter. His guest was Ladislav Heryán, a Roman Catholic priest mainly active in underground circles. The guitars of the two servants of God was also play a part in what was a literary-musical evening.

March 7, 2013  | 
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How Should We Die Today (25. 2. 2013)

An evening with Miloš Doležal, author of the book Jako bychom dnes zemřít měli (How Should We Die Today), which was published in 2012 by Nová tiskárna Pelhřimov. It takes place on the anniversary of the death of Čihošť priest Fr. Josef Toufar, who was a martyr to Communism. Jana Franková will read excerpts from the book.

March 5, 2013  | 
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Jan Horník: The Holocaust as Messianistic Genocide (20. 2. 2013)

Historian Jan Horník’s lecture will make clear the causes of Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitism and his decision to exterminate the Jews. Horník by no means regards the common explanations as a given, and thoroughly examines the question of why Nazism was racist and fanatically anti-Semitic. Jan Horník is the author of the book Proč holocaust (Why the Holocaust) (Rybka Publishers 2012).

March 1, 2013  | 
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The Czech Underground I. Nicolas Maslowski: Opening Lecture (20. 2. 2013)

The Czech Underground is a series of lectures organised by the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University in cooperation with the Václav Havel Library. Its aim is to explore the collective memory of the underground phenomenon in modern Czech history. Speakers will include those who were directly involved in underground activities.

February 28, 2013  | 
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Otto Placht: Storyteller – Exhibition Opening (19. 2. 2013)

Opening of an exhibition of paintings by Otto Placht inspired by the mystical stories and contemporary life of the Shipibo Amazonian Indian tribe. The evening included a reading by director Igor Chaun.

February 27, 2013  | 
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Dramatic Moments III – Miroslav Bambušek

Continuing the artistic legacy of Václav Havel, the VHL presents contemporary playwrights whose work relates to issues surrounding human identity. This time Lenka Jungmannová presents Miroslav Bambušek.

February 26, 2013  | 
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Monodrama I. Vidosav Stefanović – Jovana from the Metro

The first evening in a series of staged readings of intimate works by Czech and foreign authors. Jovana z metra (Jovana from the Metro) by the Serbian journalist Vidosav Stefanović is the gripping monologue of a young woman from the former Yugoslavia who, scarred by the ravages of war, decides to move to Paris… The reading will be by Marta Vítů, a long-term member of the Činoherní studio theatre in Ústí nad Labem, directed Hana Kofránková. Translation by Irena Wenigová.

February 18, 2013  | 
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Cabaret Protimluv – Ostrava Melting-Pot (7. 2. 2013)

A visit from the people behind the Ostrava-based literary magazine and publishing house Protimluv (Contradiction). For over 10 years, it has been a motor of the domestic scene, bringing out works by significant central European authors such as Janusz Rudnicki, Ryszard Krynicki, István Vörös and Rafał Wojaczek. There will be readings from Lenka Daňhelová’s collection Její bolest (Her Pain), Martin Skýpala’s Příběhy písmen (Stories of Letters), Natálie Paterová’s debut Uvnitř kosti duha (Rainbow Inside the Bone), and texts by the poet and journalist Ivan Motýl and poet Jiří Měsíc. Other authors who make it will also read. The evening will be hosted by the editor-in-chief of Protimluv, Jiří Macháček.

February 14, 2013  | 
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Eva Kantůrková: Tell Me Who You Are! (6. 2. 2013)

An evening devoted to novelist Eva Kantůrková and her book Řekni mi, kdo jsi! (Tell Me Who You Are!), which was published by Torst in 2012. The writer touches on areas that are sensitive for the Czech Republic, past and present, supplementing her reflections on literature, politics and the national character with portraits of figures in public life (Václav Černý, Karel Kosík, Václav Havel, Ludvík Vaculík, Josef Zvěřina…). Powerful reflections on her own rich life make the book an essential work. The event will be introduced by Torst editor Jan Šulc, who will also host a Q&A with the author.

February 13, 2013  | 
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What can we expect from our new president (29. 1. 2013)

Journalist Jan Macháček hosts a discussion with figures from Czech public life: journalists Petr Kamberský (Hospodářské noviny) and Saša Uhlová (Deník Referendum) and political scientist Josef Mlejnek.

February 5, 2013  | 
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Petruška Šustrová: On the World Around Us (24. 1. 2013)

Presentation of a book by the well-known journalist and documentary maker Petrušktra Šustrová containing over 100 columns and reports from the last decade reacting to political and social developments in the Czech Republic and at points of conflict in the disintegrating Soviet empire, including Georgia, Transnistira and Nagorno-Karabach.

February 1, 2013  | 
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Jan Vladislav – Obstinacy as Fate (15. 1. 2013)

Presentation of the book “Open Diary 1977–1981” by the poet and essayist Jan Vladislav, one of the key creators of samizdat. Presented by Vilém Prečan. Special guests: Ladislav Snopko, Margit Klepáčová, Radim Vašinka, Jan Šulc, Eva Přibylová, Xavier Galmiche, Petra Čáslavová and Magdalena Klímová.

January 30, 2013  | 
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President Václav Klaus and Prime Minister Petr Nečas’s controversial amnesty (17. 1. 2013)

Journalist Jan Macháček hosts a discussion with figures from Czech public life, politicians and political scientists. Jan Kudrna, Jan Kysela a Lenka Marečková have confirmed their participation

January 29, 2013  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward: January - Ms. President? Maybe later...

Public debate on current affairs with editors from the weekly Respekt.

January 23, 2013  | 
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Dramatic Moments III – Iva Klestilová (16. 1. 2013)

Continuing the artistic legacy of Václav Havel, the VHL presents contemporary playwrights whose work relates to issues surrounding human identity. This time Lenka Jungmannová presents Iva Klestilová.

January 21, 2013  | 
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Vít Kremlička: Amazonian Honeys (10. 1. 2013)

An evening of poetry, translations and stories with the poet Vít Kremlička, a commentator on the everyday and the universe and a stalwart of the “second generation of the underground.”

January 19, 2013  | 
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Returns to White Solitude – The Polar Underground (7. 1. 2013)

An evening with Miroslav Jakeš, a traveler and conqueror of the North Pole. He is a “guardian angel of intellectuals” and has accompanied to the wilderness the likes of former editor-in-chief of Respekt Milan Šimeček, musician Tomáš Schill and firebrand poet Petr Placák… The Antarctic, Greenland, Tierra del Fuego and Svalbard, or: How to get there and above all how to get back. Karel Schwarzenberg has described Jakeš as “an extraordinary man who has achieved extraordinary things.”

January 18, 2013  | 
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MEMORY AND DISSENT 6 – DANA NĚMCOVÁ, MILENA ČERNÁ (18. 12. 2012)

A cycle of lectures by Nicolas Maslowský and his guests in cooperation with the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University.

December 27, 2012  | 
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Slavnostní odhalení pamětní desky Václavu Havlovi (18. 12. 2012)

Slavnostní odhalení pamětní desky Václavu Havlovi na fasádě Divadla Na zábradlí v Praze. Autorem desky je výtvarník David Černý

December 24, 2012  | 
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MILENA BARTLOVÁ – REAL PRESENCE (17. 12. 2012)

Medieval Painting Between Icon and Virtual Reality. Lecture by an art historian and specialist in medieval art and culture.

December 22, 2012  | 
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Our Vašek - On Power of Powerless (14.12. 2012)

The Czech premiere of Krystyna Krauz’s film Our Vašek – The Polish Friends of Václav Havel, which has been coproduced by the Václav Havel Library.

December 20, 2012  | 
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BORIS PAHOR – NEKROPOLIS or JOURNEY THROUGH THE SHADOWS (13. 12. 2012)

The author, considered one of the most important Slovenian writers, participated in the partisan resistance, leading to his imprisonment in Dachau, Bergen-Belsen and elsewhere. He is responsible for dozens of publications, including diaries, novels, poetry collections and memoirs, several of which (such as The City in the Bay and Necropolis) have achieved world renown. Boris Pahor will present his books, as well as encouraging a debate on the role of the Central European intellectual in the contemporary post-modern melting pot…

December 20, 2012  | 
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UPRISING OF A GENERATION – WE ARE UKRAINE TOO (11. 12. 2012)

Mykola Rjabčuk and Petruška Šustrová present an anthology of interviews with the most important Ukrainian writers and dissidents, entitled Uprising of a Generation.

December 19, 2012  | 
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Taras Prochasko (10. 12. 2012)

Meeting with the leading Ukrainian novelist on the occasion of the publication of a Czech translation of his novel The Unsimple Ones.

December 13, 2012  | 
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MEMORY AND DISSENT V. – MILOŠ REJCHRT, VÁCLAV MALÝ (11. 12. 2012)

A cycle of lectures by Nicolas Maslowský and his guests in cooperation with the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University. Miloš Rejchrt: Dissent and the Evangelical Church Václav Malý: Dissent and the Roman Catholic Church

December 13, 2012  | 
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This Paper Bridge Is So Firm (28. 11. 2012)

Dozens of letters that had been exchanged with the writer Ludvík Vaculík have been preserved in the archive of František Janouch. The now published Korespondence (Mladá fronta, 2012) is an engaging read, which contributes to our understanding of the cooperation between those in exile abroad and those at home. It also offers a valuable insight into the recent past. František Janouch and Ludvík Vaculík will again read and comment on their letters from that time.

December 6, 2012  | 
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Memory and Dissent IV – Petruška Šustrová (27. 11. 2012)

A cycle of lectures by Nicolas Maslowský and his guests in cooperation with the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University. Lecture 3, Petruška Šustrová: Charter 77, the Committee for the Defence of the Unjustly Persecuted, and other institutions of dissent.

December 5, 2012  | 
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Mutinies II – Bělohradský, Sidon, Schwarzenberg (26. 11. 2012)

Three mutineers have accepted an invitation to a public debate about a book of interviews. Journalist Karel Hvížďala was quizzing Prince Karel Schwarzenberg, whose life is a rebellion in tradition, and Rabbi Efraim Karol Sidon, who defied the reigning non-normality by inclining towards Judaism.

December 2, 2012  | 
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Václav Havel and Computers (19. 11. 2012)

On the occasion of the ceremonial handover of the computer that Václav Havel used at the start of the 1990s, his secretary from that time, Vladimír Hanzel, looked back. The computer is being given to the Václav Havel Library by IBM.

November 30, 2012  | 
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Sore Sports of the South Caucasus (15. 11. 2012)

Another evening from a popular cycle featuring the journalist and documentary maker Petruška Šustrová. This time our author takes us to Azerbaijan via a film documentary, lecture, and subsequent debate.

November 27, 2012  | 
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Memory and Dissent III – Jan Sokoll (13. 11. 2012)

A cycle of lectures by Nicolas Maslowský and his guests in cooperation with the Historical Sociology department of the Faculty of Humanities at Charles University. Lecture 3, Jan Sokol: Memories of "Everyday Dissident Life."

November 26, 2012  | 
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How It Was Done, How It Was Read, and How It Was Written: Obsah (meaning “Content”) (12. 11. 2012)

An evening dedicated to the legendary samizdat magazine (est. 1981) whose writers and contributors included Milan Jungmann, Ludvík Vaculík, Milan Uhde, Eda Kriseová, Ivan Klíma, Václav Havel, Zdeněk Urbánek, Zbyněk Hejda, Luboš Dobrovský, Egon Bondy, Sergej Machonin, and a whole host of other personalities.

November 24, 2012  | 
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An Evening with Respekt: What Should Be Done? (20. 11. 2012)

Respekt editor Tomáš Sacher presents another from this series of debates on topical subjects. Guests: Erik Tabery - editor-in-chief Respekt Jakub Patočka - editor-in-chief Deník Referendum

November 23, 2012  | 
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Václav Havel: The Power of the Powerless and Other Essays (5. 11. 2012)

The formal launch of an anthology of key essays by Václav Havel. (Letter to Gustáv Husák, Stories and Totalitarianism, The Power of the Powerless, A Word About Words, etc. …). The philosopher and essayist Daniel Kroupa was acquaint those in attendance with the cultural and political contexts in which the texts were written.

November 15, 2012  | 
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Oldřich Škácha / Havel Forever

photos by Oldřich Škácha published by Arbor vitae 2012 also available in our e-shop for 299 CZK

November 14, 2012  | 
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Dramatic Moments II Petr Zelenka (1. 11. 2012)

Following up on the artistic legacy of Václav Havel, the Library is presenting contemporary dramatists whose work pertains to issues of human identity. Lenka Jungmannová spent an evening in the company of the well known director, scriptwriter, and dramatist Petr Zelenka.

November 13, 2012  | 
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Russia, Somewhat Differently (31. 10. 2012)

A public debate on the contemporary culture scene in the Russian Federation. We all know the band Pussy Riot and the provocative happenings organised by the Voina art group. But how does contemporary Russian culture really look? Can we find common features with the Czech milieu? And how does it go down with the Russian public? The Russia expert and poet Ondřej Mrázek and Russian translator Milan Dvořák will answer those and other questions. The evening will be hosted by Hospodářské noviny editor and Russia specialist Ondřej Soukup. Organised by the loose grouping Strategie 31 (CZ), which on the 31st of every month with 31 days draws attention to current goings on in Russia.

November 7, 2012  | 
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Natalya Gorbanevskaya: Noon (30. 10. 2012)

Meeting with the Soviet dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya on the occasion of the publication of the Czech edition of her book Noon. The book describes a protest on Red Square in August 1968 against the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia and the reprisals that the “valiant eight” subsequently suffered in Moscow. The event is being held in conjunction with the Slavonic Library, while the book is being published by Torst and the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

November 6, 2012  | 
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Memory and Dissent II - Petr Uhl (30. 10. 2012)

A cycle of lectures by Nicolas Maslowski and his guests, in cooperation with the Historical Sociology department of Charles University’s Faculty of Humanitarian Studies. Petr Uhl will discuss the ideological diversity of the independent movement.

November 5, 2012  | 
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An evening with Jaroslav Hutka (29. 10. 2012)

Celebration of the publication of the fifth volume of the Collected Writings of Jaroslav Hutka, which contains previously unpublished prose by the well-known author and songwriter. The evening was hosted by Lubomír Houdek, director of the Galén publishing house.

November 1, 2012  | 
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Dramatic Moments 1/David Drábek – Sphere (25. 10. 2012)

In connection with the artistic legacy of Václav Havel, the VHL presents contemporary playwrights whose work relates to the issue of human identity. The programme was presented by Lenka Jungmannová.

October 31, 2012  | 
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Madeleine Albright at Václav Havel Library

Video from press conference with Madeleine Albright about czech translation of her newest book "Prague Winter" which took place at Václav Havel Library permanent exhibition (Montmartre Gallery, Řetězová 7, Praha 1) on October 25, 2012.

October 31, 2012  | 
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How to Find a Way Forward I. (23. 10. 2012)

First public debate on current issues with editors from the weekly Respekt.

October 25, 2012  | 
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Petra Hůlová: Bohemia, the Promised Land (24. 10. 2012)

An evening with the renowned novelist Petra Hůlová (In Memory of My Grandmother, Cirkus Les Memoires Taiga Station…) and her new book.

October 24, 2012  | 
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A Polish Evening/Fact and Fiction of Mutuality (18. 10. 2012)

Czech and Polish literature are two continents that overlap in particular areas but are absolutely different in others. The translator and expert Jan Faber presents two of the best known contemporary Polish writers: Janusz Rudnicki and OlgaTokarczuk.

October 24, 2012  | 
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TORST Presents: The Name Vokolek (16. 10. 2012)

Editor Jan Šulc presented an extensive volume dedicated to Pardubice’s Vokoleks, which continues on from previous works linked to other families of significance to Czech culture: the Rejneks of Petrkov and the Florians of Stará Říše. The book contains unique, hitherto unpublished texts, visual art and studies by leading experts on the “legacy of the Vokoleks”, such as Blanka Ladová, Petr Šrámek and Martina C. Putna.

October 23, 2012  | 
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Memory and Dissent Part I. - Petr Pithart

The first lecture in a cycle by Nicolas Maslowski and his guests, in cooperation with the Historical Sociology department of Charles University’s Faculty of Humanitarian Studies. Petr Pithart spoke about the definition of dissent.

October 22, 2012  | 
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The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions - Panel IV. A debate featuring presidential candidates

A debate featuring presidential candidates will focus on the issue of the direct election of a president in the Czech Republic. The conference "The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions and the Direct Election of the President in the CR" was held by the Václav Havel Library in conjunction with NYU Prague.

October 17, 2012  | 
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The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions - Panel III. What to expect from direct presidential elections?

The conference "The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions and the Direct Election of the President in the CR" was held by the Václav Havel Library in conjunction with NYU Prague.

October 17, 2012  | 
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The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions Panel II. The Presidential Traditions of Václav Havel and Václav Klaus

The conference "The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions and the Direct Election of the President in the CR" was held by the Václav Havel Library in conjunction with NYU Prague.

October 17, 2012  | 
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The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions - I. panel: The Masaryk a Beneš Tradition

The conference "The Czechoslovak Presidential Traditions and the Direct Election of the President in the CR" was held by the Václav Havel Library in conjunction with NYU Prague.

October 17, 2012  | 
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Reliefs of Silence (11. 10. 2012)

Video from the opening of the exhibition Reliefs of Silence. Exhibition of work by Kristina Láníková and Romana Drdová. “The installation is based on ideas of silence as dissected modelling material. Perhaps these reliefs are speech suppressed by matter. We consider the installation as a presentation of outlying territory and undecorated situations.” Marek Šindelka will also read from his latest works; he is the author of such books as Strychnin a jiné básně (Strychnine and Other Poems), the prose work Chyba (Mistake) and the collection of short stories Zůstaňte s name (Stay With Us), which last year earned him a Magnesia Litera award. Music: KKKollektiv & Elsa Aids.

October 17, 2012  | 
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Georgia in Year 1

Historical excursion and contradictory present of the South Caucuses. Further continuation of and debates with the journalist Petruška Šustrová.

October 17, 2012  | 
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Zbyněk Hejda and Ivan Martin Jirous (13.10.2011)

Autumn Poems. An evening of readings by Zbyněk Hejda and Ivan Martin Jirous at the Václav Havel Library that took place on 13 October 2011 as part of the celebrations of 20 years of existence of the Torst publishing house. (© Tomáš Javora)

October 13, 2012  | 
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Zdeněk Urbánek 95 (9. 10. 2012)

Recollections of Zdeněk Urbánek, a poet, novelist and translator, on the occasion of the publication of an anthology of his work entitled Stvořitelé světa (Creators of the World).

October 12, 2012  | 
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“This is Havel, this is Havel!” DIY recordings of Václav Havel

Forgotten tapes of the playwright from the 1980s and a discussion about the recording Václav Havel. The evening took place as part of the BABEL Prague 2012 festival of experimental music.

October 9, 2012  | 
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The Life and Death of an Aristocrat

Video from an evening with Alena Wagnerová, the author of a bestseller on the life of the Czech baroness and benefactor Sidonie Nádherná, who explores in her newest book the fate of Sidonie’s brother Johannes, a decadent “anti-hero”, chivalrous soul, aesthete and suicide.

October 9, 2012  | 
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Sylva Fischerová: Europe is like a Thonet chair, America is a right angle

The poet and prose writer Sylva Fischerová presents her new book. This report on a reading tour of the United State is a lightning journal, a gripping example of travel writing and a love story touched by death. The evening was hosted by the director of the Druhé město publishing house, Martin Reiner.

October 7, 2012  | 
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Meeting with Olga Hrubá (27. 9. 2012)

Olga Hrubá, a former colleague of Milada Horáková and human rights advocate, will discuss the atmosphere in Czechoslovakia in the years 1945–1948. She will recall Milada Horáková, the fight for her freedom, and the activities of the association against the persecution of dissidents in the Soviet Bloc that she and her husband ran in exile in New York. The meeting will be chaired by Adam Hradilek. The evening is being held in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

October 7, 2012  | 
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On Freedom of Expression and Speech (26. 9. 2012)

Much is said these days about the Russian rebels Pussy Riot, though in this country there have also been controversial court verdicts recently, involving tentacles and traffic lights. Jan Macháček and his guests will discuss criticism, freedom of expression and speech, guilt and punishment.

October 6, 2012  | 
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Václav Havel on Theatre (26. 9. 2012)

Václav Havel o divadle (Václav Havel on Theatre), the fifth volume on the Edice Knihovny Václava Havla (Václav Havel Library Editions) imprint, was published.

October 2, 2012  | 
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Lucia Piussi !!! (24. 9. 2012)

Lucia Piussi, who sings with the group Živé kvety as well as writing poems, presented her just published collection “Láska je sliepka” (“Love’s a Daft Cow”).

September 30, 2012  | 
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Ladislav Hejdánek: What is Required Today (20. 9. 2012)

The 12th edition of the Václav Havel Library Notebooks is a just published selection from the Intellectual Diaries of one of the most important Czech philosophers of the second half of the 20th century – Ladislav Hejdánek.

September 23, 2012  | 
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Cruel Music, A Little Tenderness and Magic, the Dark, Incandescent Stuff (10. 9. 2012)

Video from the opening of an exhibition of Veronika Holcová’s captivating, fantastical paints and drawings. Petr Borkovec was also read from his new, chiefly love poetry, along with some prose.

September 18, 2012  | 
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Presidential candidates debate at Václav Havel Library (7. 8. 2012)

Video from the "Debate of Presidential Candidates on Human Rights and Civic Society", which was organised by Prague Pride in conjunction with the Václav Havel Library at the VHL's permanent exhibition at Galerie Montmartre (Řetězová 7, Prague 1) on Tuesday 7 August 2012. The debate, which was not open to the public, featured the candidates Jiří Dienstbier, Jan Fischer and Miloš Zeman, and was moderated by Veronika Sedláčková.

August 9, 2012  | 
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Oswaldo Payá Video Address

Video address in which Oswaldo Payá greeted attendees at an evening dedicated to Charter 77 and its first three spokesmen: Václav Havel, Jan Patočka and Jiří Hájek. The event took place at Prague's Archa Theatre on 6 January 2012.

July 25, 2012  | 
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The masterful short stories of Jan Zábrana (25. 6. 2012)

Recording from an evening to mark the publication of Short Stories (Torst, 2012), a book by the poet and translator Jan Zábrana. The collection contains both previously published pieces and others that were hitherto unknown. The protagonists are mainly young people working at the start of the 1950s in labouring jobs or living on the edge of society. Key is the language, of which Jan Zábrana was a consummate master.

July 3, 2012  | 
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My dear Josef, dear Errol...

Recording from an evening dedicated to Josef Škvorecký and two women who were very close to him in the final years of his life, professionally and personally: the director and writer of the film adaptation of The Cowards, Andrea Sedláčková, and dramaturge Helena Slavíková, who worked with Škvorecký and Zdena Salivarová. The evening was hosted by Jiří Peňás.

June 27, 2012  | 
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Federalism and Europe: 2nd Panel (The idea of a federal Europe in the context of crisis)

Recording of the second panel of the "Federalism and Europe" conference organized by Vaclav Havel Library at New York University Prague on June 19, 2012. Participants: Petr Drulák – Director, Institute of International Relations Jan Kudrna – Constitutional law expert, Law Faculty, Charles University Lenka Rovná – Professor, Institute of International Studies, Charles University Ilona Švihlíková – Economist, University of International and Public Relations, Prague Martin Weiss – Journalist, Lidové noviny Petr Zahradník – Economist, Česká spořitelna The crisis of the EU may lie in the failure of this political project to reach a culmination, or, on the contrary in its over-ambition. Europe is experiencing a chiefly institutional crisis. At the same time, one purely federal institution has been created in Europe: the ECB. Should we look for a political answer in the economic challenge of greater control of the fiscal stability pact? And should we create a second chamber of the European Parliament, as Václav Havel suggested and Angela Merkel recently mentioned? Or is that idea dangerous? And if so, why?

June 26, 2012  | 
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Federalism and Europe conference: 1st Panel (Federalism and Europe)

Recording of the first panel of the "Federalism and Europe" conference organized by Vaclav Havel Library at New York University Prague on June 19, 2012. Petr Kratochvíl – Deputy director, Institute of International Relations Jan Kysela – Constitutional law expert, Law Faculty, Charles University Jan Macháček – Journalist and analyst, Respekt Jiří Pehe – Director of NYU Prague Eliška Wagnerová – Former deputy chairwoman of the Czech Constitutional Court Jan Zahradil – Member of the European Parliament Is Europe capable of agreeing on the meaning of the term federalism? It is described as political union, deeper integration, even centralisation. Do British, French, German and American views of federalism differ? Could a “federation within a federation” – for instance a German one within Europe – exist? Federalism stands and falls on the idea of internal competition. Its essence is balance of power, the famous checks and balances, along with the protection of minorities (not just ethnic ones) and the prevention of the tyranny of the majority. Critics argue that European federalism is naïve, dangerous and Utopian, because there is no such thing as a European nation and a common European identity. What is the Czech experience of Czechoslovak federalism? Do the Czechs have something to offer Europe?

June 25, 2012  | 
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Federalism and Europe: Opening addresses

Opening addresses of Tomáš Klvaňa, Jacques Rupnik and Martin Palouš from the conference “Federalism and Europe”, which took place on 19 June 2012 at New York University Prague. The conference was organised by the Václav Havel Library.

June 24, 2012  | 
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Poezie ostrá jako nůž (13. 6. 2012)

Záznam autorského čtení čtveřice českých básníků (Markéta Hejná, Petr Hruška, Pavel Novotný, Jan Suk), které se uskutečnilo v rámci 5. ročníku festivalu Stranou - evropští básníci naživo.

June 14, 2012  | 
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Ivan Wernisch: Příběh dešťové kapky a nová tvorba

Záznam autorského večera básníka Ivana Wernische, který se v prostorách stálé expozice Knihovny Václava Havla (Galerie Montmartre, Řetězová 7, Praha 1) uskutečnil ve středu 30. května 2012.

June 1, 2012  | 
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Velvet Underground Revival unplugged

Záznam koncertu skupiny Velvet Underground revival unplugged, který zakončil slavnostní uvedení knihy kanadského bohemisty Paula Wilsona "Bohemian Rhapsodies" (Stálá expozice Knihovny Václava Havla, Galerie Montmartre, Praha, 29. května 2012.)

May 30, 2012  | 
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Paul Wilson: Bohemian Rhapsodies

Záznam ze slavnostního uvedení knihy Paula Wilsona "Bohemian Rhapsodies", které se uskutečnilo v prostorách stálé expozice Knihovny Václava Havla (Galerie Montmartre, Řetězová 7, Praha 1) v úterý 29. května 2012 Kanadský bohemista Paul Wilson je vynikajícím překladatelem české literatury a známé je též jeho působení ve skupině The Plastic People of the Universe, v níž zpíval. Po mnoho let intenzivně píše v kanadském a americkém tisku o české literatuře a kultuře. Soubor jeho esejů a článků s českou tematikou je pro české čtenáře cenný tím, že jim dává nahlédnout český underground, disent, literaturu a politiku zvnějšku a přitom neobyčejně zasvěceně, že umožňuje spatřit mnohé z našeho života z nového a neobvyklého úhlu pohledu.

May 30, 2012  | 
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Za Vlado Oláhem

Videozáznam z pocty Vladovi Oláhovi, dobrému člověku a skvělému spisovateli. Hudba, kterou měl Vlado Oláh rád, ukázky z jeho tvorby a vzpomínání přátel. Večer byl součástí světového romského festivalu Khamoro 2012.

May 29, 2012  | 
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I Am the Oats - Madla Vaculíková and Pavel Kosatík

Recording made at an evening programme with Madla Vaculíková and Pavel Kosatík. "I am the oats" is the second edition of an interview in which the author of two books of correspondence (with Czech famous artist Jiří Kolář) draws attention, by means of unusual opinions and wise approach, to current cultural and social events.

May 13, 2012  | 
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The Library’s Discussion Club – Law, Constitution, Politics (2 May 2012)

The Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Czech Republic, Petr Pithart, was interviewed about his work in the dissident underground, Civic Forum, his Senate experience, Czech and European issues, and Václav Havel, by the journalist Jan Macháček.

May 2, 2012  | 
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Poets Beyond the Mainstream (19 April 2012)

Representatives of the literary underground in Belarus – Vladimír Glazov, Anton Rudak and Max Ščur – took part in a presentation at the Václav Havel Library. The poets capture the raw reality of life under an authoritarian regime. However, they are not well known names in independent culture; rather they and their audience represent the “underground of the underground”. The evening was hosted by Czech studies expert and translator Siarhei Smatrychenka, while Adam Vavřík read Czech translations.

April 24, 2012  | 
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Tahy Series (12 April 2012)

Recording of an evening featuring an association of writers, critics and University of Pardubice students who are both mapping and creating Czech literature. Petr Poslední, Jiří Studený, Antonín K. K. Kudláč, and Jana Orlová read from their work, while Ivo Říha presented the latest issue of the “TAHY” literary journal.

April 20, 2012  | 
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Céline as 20th Century Trauma (10 April 2012)

An evening dedicated to the French novelist Louis Ferdinand Céline, a modern prose innovator. Anna Kareninová and her guests will introduce the writer in connection with the issuing of two Czech Céline publications in the last year – the book “Céline v Čechách” (“Céline in Bohemia”) and the prose work “Féerie pro jindy” (“Féerie for Another Time”). The evening will also feature pictures and sound recordings.

April 15, 2012  | 
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A Normal Person Doesn’t Write (5 April 2012)

Recording made at an evening programme with Ludvík Vaculík at the premises of the Václav Havel Library.

April 10, 2012  | 
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Brno Literary Invasion (29 March 2012)

An evening programme with reading by authors Katerina Tuckova and Petr Cichon at the premises of the Vaclav Havel Library.

April 3, 2012  | 
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Czechoslovaks in the Gulag (22.3.2012)

Recording of the ceremonial launch of Adam Hradilek and Jan Dvořák’s exhibition on the fate of Czechoslovak citizens hauled off to Soviet concentration camps. The two historians interviewed dozens of former prisoners and gathered numerous materials from the archives of the NKVD, along with authentic items from labour camp life. Prisoners’ testimonies, photographs and artefacts from the camps are on display in this unique exhibition, which the Václav Havel library is running in conjunction with the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes.

March 27, 2012  | 
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Glorious Nemesis! (15. 3. 2012)

Recording of the ceremonial launch of the first English language edition of the novel “Glorious Nemesis” by Ladislav Klíma, a philosopher of “extreme subjectivism”, translated by Marek Tomin and illustrated by Pavel Růt. The presentation of the book, which has been brought out by the American publishing house Twisted Spoon Press, was linked to a reading and discussion of Klíma’s broader cultural influence and context. The evening also included a screening of footage of the Plastic People of the Universe performing Glorious Nemesis in concert in 1979. It was hosted by publisher Howard Sidenberg and editor Martin Machovec.

March 20, 2012  | 
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Sádlo’s Moment (8. 3. 2012)

Recording of an evening of readings by Jiří Sádlo, a biologist with a keen interest in botanical sociology, the dynamics of the post-rustic landscape, non-natural biotopes and caenogenesis. Sádlo is the author of numerous essays and the 2007 book “Prázdná země” (“Empty Earth”), which won an award in a Lidové noviny readers’ competition. The evening was hosted by the critic and poet Dora Kaprálová.

March 14, 2012  | 
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Public Debate on the Subject: The Judiciary (6. 3. 2012)

A debate between journalist Jan Macháček and Eliška Wagnerová, one of the last judges appointed in Václav Havel’s era, on the work and position of the Constitutional Court in Czech society. The meeting took place on the occasion of the conclusion of her mandate as a judge and deputy chair of the Czech Constitutional Court.

March 9, 2012  | 
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Havel’s “The Garden Party” (1.3.2012)

Lecture by theatre studies specialist Lenka Jungmannová on the genesis of Havel’s first produced play, “The Garden Party” (1963), including presentations of five preserved versions (one newly discovered), the tracing of its motifs through the playwright’s previous work, and discussion of the influence of other theatrical personages on the creation of the play.

March 7, 2012  | 
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Brought to Light, or Havel as Never Seen Before (16. 2. 2012)

A meeting with Bohdan Holomíček, a friend of Václav Havel’s and, by coincidence, his neighbour. Holomíček was for decades a devoted chronicler of goings-on in culture independent of the Communist regime. The evening, hosted by journalist Jan Macháček, introduced previously unknown pictures and films by the photographer.

March 7, 2012  | 
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“The World I Live in Doesn’t Exist Anyway…”

Recording of the launch of an exhibition of paintings by Michal Singer, which was linked to a reading by poet J. H. Krchovský and the presentation of the book “SINGER/KRCHOVSKÝ”.

February 16, 2012  | 
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Michal Ajvaz and Bianca Bellová (2. 2. 2012)

Evening of readings by Michal Ajvaz and Bianca Bellová at the permanent exhibition of the Václav Havel Library, Řetězová 7, Prague 1.

February 6, 2012  | 
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DG in January (26. 1. 2012)

Recording of readings from Pavel Zajíček’s newest collection of poetry “Kniha moří” (“Book of the Sea”), accompanied by music by the group DG 307.

January 30, 2012  | 
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Kopir Rozsywal Bestar at the Václav Havel Library (18. 1. 2012)

Recording of a concert by Kopir Rozsywal Bestar, who are without doubt one of the most interesting groups on the contemporary music scene.

January 21, 2012  | 
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Czech Moments – Fates and Focal Points (18. 1. 2012)

Discussion evening featuring the novelist Pavel Kosatík and the editor-in-chief of the weekly Respekt Erik Tabery at the permanent exhibition of the Václav Havel Library, Řetězová 7, Prague 1.

January 20, 2012  | 
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Aung San Suu Kyi on Vaclav Havel

A video greeting that Aung San Suu Kyi sent to the Václav Havel Library on 6 January 2012, on the occasion of a ceremonial evening at Archa Theatre dedicated to the legacy of Charter 77.

January 15, 2012  | 
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Jan Štolba: “Agitation with Words” (12.1.2012)

Jan Štolba, a poet, prose writer, jazz musician and literary critic, publishes his texts and essays in cultural and literary magazines and dailies (Tvar, A2, Host). His 2011 collection of criticism “Lomcování se slovy” (“Agitation with Words”) follows his 2006 book “Nedopadající džbán” (“Unfalling Jug”) which was published by Torst and in 2007 won the F. X. Šalda Prize. Štolba now “agitates with words” in over 52 poetry books and contemporary Czech prose titles. The evening was hosted by Jan Šulc, who led a discussion with the writer.

January 15, 2012  | 
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“My Hair on the River Missouri” (5. 1. 2012)

Tomáš Kafka is a poet, translator, and founding member of the Quašňák creative association. He is now Czech ambassador to Ireland, after previously being particularly active in Berlin. He served as cultural attaché and, among other things, translated the “faecal dramas” of Werner Schwab. Kafka is the author of the poetry collections “Kvaše” (“Gouaches”), “Ze světa” (“From the World”) and “Verše v roce” (“Rhymes in the Year”) and several one-act plays, mainly with a football theme. The evening was presented by Jiří Peňás, culture editor of Lidové noviny.

January 5, 2012  | 
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Best Student Essay 2011 (22. 12. 2011)

Announcement of the results of the Václav Havel Library’s Best Student Essay competition. The subject of the third year of the competition was: Freedom of speech and modern communication technology – two sides of the same coin? One of the key genres of Václav Havel’s work is essays, on literary, artistic, social, political, and spiritual topics. His essays, such as the “The Power of the Powerless” and “A Word About Words”, have become classic texts of Czech literature; they have been translated into tens of languages, and are among the few truly world-famous works of Czech culture. This is also why it is necessary to keep cultivating the essay genre in the Czech language – not in the sense of imitating Václav Havel’s writing, but in the spirit of his courage to name unpleasant problems and search for unconventional solutions to them.

December 22, 2011  | 
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Gruša’s Guard on the Rhine (12. 12. 2011)

The ceremonial launch of a book of interviews with the poet and diplomat Jiří Gruša conducted by Karla Hvížďala. “Gruša’s Guard on the Rhine” contains interviews that we did together over the last 30 or years, mainly in Bonn, Vienna and Prague. If Edvard Beneš was an Austrian for Jiří Gruša, then he himself was a European, like, to name our most interesting ones, St. Adalbert, Comenius and Milan Kundera. The last time we saw one another, on 1 October 2011, he said something to me along these lines: We still haven’t understood that diplomacy and politics aren’t just about defending national interests, but also spreading common sense. And that it isn’t just an ideological task, but burdensome work finding arguments and meaningful dialogue. And if another crisis comes, God help us: The same goes in politics. When it comes to bad things you need a testimonial, and the crisis will deliver that to those hungry for power at any price. In a few days I’m having an operation and He (pointing to heaven) will decide if he needs still needs me and wants me to write something, or whether he doesn’t want me to see how a homeland-trap will open up beneath us.

December 12, 2011  | 
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Na Vakerav Me – Miro Jilo Vakerel (That’s Not Me Saying That, It’s My Heart) 24. 11. 2011

An evening of readings by four Romany novelists – Andrej Giňa, Jana Hejkrlíková, Irena Eliášová, Ilona Ferková – which took place at the permanent exhibition of the Václav Havel Library.

November 24, 2011  | 
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“Motomorphosis” at the Václav Havel Library (17. 11. 2011)

Presentation of “Motomorphosis” a book of almost unknown drama texts by Václav Havel, linked to a staged reading of the sketch “Ela, Hela and Stop” at the permanent exhibition of the Václav Havel Library.

November 17, 2011  | 
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Cakes and Puppets and Václav Havel (4. 11. 2011)

Flash festival appearance of the Cakes and Puppets (Buchty a loutky) theatre at the Václav Havel Library, performing the premiere of the one-act play “Mountain Hotel”, which Václav Havel wrote in 1976. (© Tomáš Javora)

November 4, 2011  | 
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Twenty years of the TORST publishing house (20. 10. 2011)

The ceremonial presentation of the 500th publication by the publishing house, linked to the launch of an exhibition of photography by Viktor Stoilov entitled “Portraits” at the Václav Havel Library (© Tomáš Javora).

October 20, 2011  | 
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The Novel is a Report from a Great Distance (18. 10. 2011)

Second evening of readings by leading authors of the publishing house TORST at the Václav Havel Library. Two of the most distinctive novelists of the younger generation, Petra Hůlová and Markéta Pilátová, read from their works.

October 18, 2011  | 

Diary entry for 13 April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„This year didn’t begin well, either for the world or for me. Its beginning was foreshadowed by the waves of the tsunami. You had to ask yourself: was the planet trying to tell us something, warn us of something, challenge us to take some action? In other words: was this just another one of the billions of cosmic events that create the history of the world, or was it something more?“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 13 April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

What Price Human Rights?