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The jubilee 10th international conference 2023 Václav Havel European Dialogues: Europe in a Clash of Two Worlds

  • Where: Václav Havel Room, Department of Politics and European Studies, Palacký University, Křížkovského 12
  • When: April 19, 2023, 14:00 – 16:00

Throughout his life Václav Havel was in the habit of asking awkward questions. One of them concerned where Europe began and ended. Linked to this was also the question of where Russia began and ended. Instead of gradually moving closer to democratic and European norms, Russia has taken the opposite path, causing bloodshed on Europe’s eastern borders that threatens the results of more than 75 years of largely peaceful development. “European values” and the “Russian world” have found themselves in irreconcilable opposition. The future of the entire continent depends on the outcome of this conflict, which concerns more than the independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

13.30 – 14.00     Registration 

14.00 – 14.15    Opening:   

Jiří Stavovčík, Vice-Rector for International Relations of Palacký University
Josef Suchánek, Governor of the Olomouc Region
Jan Stejskal, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University
Michael Žantovský, Executive Director of the Václav Havel Library
Monika Ladmanová, Director of the EC’s Representation in the Czech Rep.

special guest Bijan Sabet, Ambassador of the United States to the Czech Republic

14.15 – 15.55    Debate


Alexej Kelin – historian, descendant of Don Cossacks and Russian anti-Communist immigrants from the time of the Great October Socialist Revolution
Valeria Korablyova – Ukrainian sociologist and political theorist, head of the Research Center “Ukraine in a Changing Europe” at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University
Tomáš Sedláček – university lecturer and media commentator on philosophy of economics

Chair: Jiří Lach, historian, Department of Politics and European Studies Professor, Palacký University

15.55 – 16.00 Closing address: Michael Žantovský, Director of the Václav Havel Library

* The programme will take place in English and Czech with simultaneous interpretation into both languages. Free admission upon registration until the capacity of the hall is reached. 


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