Events: January 2015 December 2014 February 2015
Cabinet Havel: The Czech-Slovak constellation, 22 years after
January 5, 2015, 17:00
The fourth part in a series organised by the Divadlo Husa na provázku theatre and the Václav Havel Library focuses on the breakup of Czechoslovakia, as well as exploring some of the things the two countries have been through since. Guests: former Slovak prime minister Iveta Radičová, former Czech prime minister Petr Pithart and former Slovak culture minister Ladislav Snopko. Hosted by Renata Kalenská and Petr Oslzlý.
Debate with Respekt: From Hrádeček to the Castle – from dissident to statesman
January 8, 2015, 19:00
How did Havel define and handle the role of Czech president. Guests: Bára Štěpánová, Vladimír Hanzel and Alexandr Vondra . Tomáš Sacher will chair the debate.
Reading of Opus poets
January 9, 2015, 19:00
Since 1999 the Zblov-based Opus publishing house has been focused on poetry, though it also issues the work of prose writers that are not well known in the Czech environment (Robert Walser, Arno Schmidt). More
Meeting with Anne Applebaum: The eternal periphery – Europe between East and West
January 12, 2015, 18:00
The American historian, author and Pulitzer Prize winner will present the Czech editions of two of her most important works. More
Michal Chmelenský: The Jewish community in the Sušice area
January 13, 2015, 17:00
The presentation of a book on the history of now-disappeared Jewish historical landmarks and the personal stories of members of Jewish religious community and associations in the south-western foothills of the Šumava. Michal Chmelenský, who will also present the results of field research he conducted in 2011, will discuss the method of documenting the history of rural Jewish communities, the possibility of reviving the collective memory in the Czech borderlands, and the form that could take.
Prague Castle under Václav Havel 1990–1992
January 14, 2015, 19:00
The arrival of Václav Havel and his friends, the opening and making accessible of Prague Castle to the public as a symbol of the opening of Czechoslovakia opening up to the world, the return of culture to Prague Castle, many other subjects and the experiences of close friends and colleagues. Guests: Miroslav Masák, Petr Oslzlý, Ivona Raimanová.
Two years with a directly elected president
January 15, 2015, 18:00
The Czech presidency will be appraised and its prospects discussed by journalist and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Václav Havel Library Jan Macháček and his guests: Jiřina Šiklová, Roman Joch, Jan Kudrna, Jan Kysela and Jakub Patočka.
The faces of Václav Havel
January 19, 2015, 17:00
Students and teachers from the Sedlčany arts-focused elementary school will explore the pre-1989 period from various perspectives and in a number of currents and contexts. A series of recollections of Václav Havel will be based on preserved literary and newspaper sources, poems and the recollections and dramatic works of Václav Havel, Ivan Martin Jirous, Pavel Kosatík and Martin C. Putna. The script is based on actual humorous and less humorous situations from the pre-Velvet Revolution period.
Mankind’s place on Earth
January 19, 2015, 18:00
An evening with Marek Orko Vácha. Mankind’s responsibility for the world in which he lives comprises not just concerns for human rights throughout the world but also responsibility for the state of the entire planet. More
Helena Illnerová: Time for light
January 21, 2015, 19:00
Professor Helena Illnerová, a leading Czech physiologist and biochemist and a former chairwoman of the Czech Academy of Sciences, will present Čas pro světlo (Time for Light) (Portál, 2014), a new book-long interview with her conducted by her colleague Professor Pavel Kovář. More
Round table on alternative media: The word changes the world
January 22, 2015, 09:30
In the company of today’s alternative media – including Stream, Forbes, ECHO 24, Reportér/Media Guru, SME.sk, DVTV, Dotyk, Motejlek.com and others – we will explore new media in the course of time, the limits of its freedom and its role in society. The debate will be hosted by Petr Placák and the participation was confirmed by: Eva Hanáková, Karolína Vrbasová, Dalibor Balšínek, Michal Musil a Miroslav Motejlek In cooperation with the company Slabiky.cz
Jiří Přibáň: The defence of constitutionality, or the Czech question in post-national Europe
January 23, 2015, 19:00
Book presentation and discussion with: Petr Pithart (former Czech PM, later Senate chairman, Zdeněk Kühn (Supreme Administrative Court judge) and Jan Kysela (head of the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the Faculty of Law, Charles University). Chairman: Tomáš Němeček. More
January 26, 2015, 19:00
A lecture by Ivan M. Havel. In linguistics a blend word or blend is a word formed from the parts of two or more other words. Though a marginal lexicological term in the linguistics sphere, blending is proving to be an inspiring subject for many fields, from mathematics to cultural anthropology to art. More
Patrik Linhart: Vienna Calling
January 28, 2015, 19:00
The presentation of a book by the Duchcov writer Patrik Linhart, prose miniatures, wild collages of the seen, the read, the heard and the dreamt up. Linhart’s texts are flecked with references, allusions and malicious jokes. Close to unreadable at first attempt, their pleasure increasingly reveals itself in repeat readings. Starring language. More
Havel and Germany
January 29, 2015, 14:00
After assuming the office of president at the end of 1989, Václav Havel began building new foreign relations. As soon as January 2 he travelled to Berlin in the German Democratic Republic and Munich in the Federal Republic of Germany. More