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Miloš Doležal: Protectorate Stories 
May 2, 2019, 19:00

(Three documentary short stories from the Protectorate) More

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Charta 77 – Three Generations of Opposition: Reflections on Totalitarianism 
May 6, 2019, 19:00

The impact of Charter 77 and other opposition groups on the pre-Velvet Revolution regime in our country is well-known. However, the fates of many signatories are less familiar. What did signing the Charter mean under totalitarianism? And does being active in the opposition remain an obligation? More

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Civic (Dis)Obedience Across the Generations 
May 7, 2019, 17:00

What forms can civic engagement take? How are Czechs when it comes to getting involved in making changes? Is active citizenship a regular part of life here, or is it instead viewed as something suspicious? More

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Josef Rauvolf – Ginsberg’s Wanderings Behind the Iron Curtain 
May 7, 2019, 20:00

Allen Ginsberg was not only an outstanding poet but also a keen traveller. On his wanderings he got to know the entire world and countless noteworthy people, as well as finding a great deal of inspiration. The trips he took in 1965, when he visited in succession Cuba, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union and Poland – when he was expelled from both Castro’s Havana and Prague – undoubtedly meant a lot to him. As was his habit throughout his life, Ginsberg kept a diary on his travels. These have been published as Iron Curtain Diaries and have just come out in Czech. More

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Serhiy Zhadan – How to Write About War Today 
May 9, 2019, 19:00

War is above all a political, social and security matter. However, it is also a subject that resonates deeply in culture, particularly in literature. Unlike Ernest Hemingway, for instance, the most famous Ukrainian writer Serhiy Zhadan has never fought. However, he was been visiting the front regularly since 2014 as a humanitarian volunteer. War has left a deep imprint on his intimate poetry and socially-conscious prose. The hero of his most recent novel Boarding School, a teacher from a small town in the Donbass, where the army of a foreign state arrives unexpectedly, experiences war. More

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The VH Library at Book World Prague 
10/05/19 – 11/05/19 Participation on local events

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American Spring at the Václav Havel Library: Philip Roth – Great American Storyteller 
May 15, 2019, 19:00

On May 22 a year will have passed since the death of Philip Roth (born 1933), one of the most important post-war US novelists. His life and extensive oeuvre, his close relationship to Czechoslovakia and more will be discussed by Hana Ulmanová, an expert on modern American literature, Jiří Hanuš, translator of 12 Roth novels, Ivan Klíma, who was friendly with Roth from the early 1960s on and Irena Pavlásková, who is directing an adaptation of Roth’s novel The Prague Orgy. More

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The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues: The EU between Yesterday and Tomorrow 
May 20, 2019, 12:30 Conferences

In the year of the 15th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s accession to the EU, and just four days before key elections to the European Parliament, we will evaluate together the Czech Republic in the European Union and the European Union in the Czech Republic, while at the same time looking to the future, mainly through the eyes of the young people whose lives will be influenced by the EU. More

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Migration in the Eyes of Africa 
May 21, 2019, 19:00

Stage reading and debate with Sédjro Giovanni Hounsou, a Beninese playwright and recipient of the RFI Prix Théâtre 2018. More

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The Republic Awaits Us, or Where Is My Home 
May 22, 2019, 19:00

Young performers employing music, dance and playful staging ideas will dazzle the audience with their energy. This show by students and graduates of the Na Popelce arts-focused school in Prague 5 began as a school production within a Václav Havel Library project centred on the 100th anniversary of the country’s foundation and inspired by Václav Havel’s play Tomorrow. More

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Quo Vadis, Visegrad? 
May 23, 2019, 18:00

What ideas, frames of mind and visions circulate among the Visegrad Four countries? Is there something unique to Visegrad? Is there a unique perception of this space? Which issues connect Czechs, Slovaks, Poles and Hungarians today, and which ones divide them? These and other questions will be addressed by leading intellectuals from the four states in a debate chaired by Michael Žantovský. More

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A Hundred Student (R)Evolutions 
May 24, 2019, 09:00

It is exactly 30 years since the Velvet Revolution. While the “big history” of 1989 has for the most part been examined by historians, the post-revolution lives of those who set the events of that time in train are generally unknown. Now, however, they are at the centre of an oral history project by the Institute for Contemporary History at the Czech Academy of Sciences entitled 1989 University Students in the Long-Term Perspective: Biographical Stories 20 Years Later. More

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American Spring at the Václav Havel Library: NATO – How it Was Back Then 
May 27, 2019, 19:00

A return to the hectic days of the Czech Republic’s adolescence organised on the eve of celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the Czech Republic’s acceptance into NATO. This gathering of representatives of the Czech Republic and the US will lift the curtain on preparations for accession. More

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Karel Hvížďala: The Exile Astronomical Clock 
May 28, 2019, 17:00

Exilový Orloj (The Exile Astronomical Clock) is a book of memoires that loosely follows on from Karel Hvížďala’s two collections of essays Osmý den týdne (The Eighth Day of the Week) and Dobře mrtvý dědeček (Well Dead Grandpa). The trio of highly personal testimonies showcase distinctive recollections that reveal connections between the author’s childhood years and the present, contain admissions of his own naivety and weakness and reflect with compassion on his friends’ motivations and actions. More

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Civics Teaching 
May 28, 2019, 20:00

Increasing numbers of organisations are highlighting the fact that civics teaching in the Czech Republic is a systematic problem that is having a deep impact on the behaviour of society. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the system in which they live. Distrust and scepticism then have a direct impact on election results and the degree to which we are influenced by fake news and populist campaigning. More

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American Spring at the Václav Havel Library: Voice of America and its Czech Voice from Vienna 
May 29, 2019, 19:00

Voice of America in the context of the bipolar world is the theme of the gathering held in connection with an exhibition dedicated to Ivan Medek, who was for many years a correspondent and contributor with Radio Free Europe, the BBC and other outlets. More

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Timothy Snyder: The Road to Unfreedom 
May 30, 2019, 19:00

A debate about the US historian’s latest book More

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