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Moc bezmocných: Vernisáž výstavy ve Valdštejnské zahradě (15. 9. 2021)

Expozice je inspirovaná jedním z nejznámějších politických esejů bývalého prezidenta. Koná se u příležitosti Havlových nedožitých 85. narozenin a 10. výročí jeho úmrtí. Výstava je autorskou kompozicí italského novináře Ubalda Casotta a Francesca Magniho, kteří zvolili atraktivní formu fiktivního rozhovoru, v němž využívají Havlovy myšlenky. Texty v češtině a angličtině doprovázejí fotografie různých autorů. Italská verze výstavy měla premiéru v Rimini v létě 2019, poté sklidila úspěch v Římě, v Madridu a na dalších místech. Hlavním smyslem a ambicí výstavy je oslovit zejména mladou generaci po celé Evropě a inspirovat ji k přemýšlení o sobě samé, o světě, o Evropě a o odpovědnosti člověka jako neoddělitelné součásti jeho práv a svobod.

September 17, 2021  | 
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“Bach would be a great uncle” – World-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma in conversation with Michael Žantovský

The American cellist Yo-Yo Ma performed on a floating stage on the Vltava River as part of the Prague Sounds festival on 4 September 2021. He also accepted an invitation from the Václav Havel Library, where he gave an interview to its director, Michael Žantovský.

September 15, 2021  | 
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“One of Burma’s Limbs is Rotten”. The Burmese writer Ma Thida in an interview with Igor Blazevic.

An interview with the Burmese writer, doctor and human rights activist. Ma Thida is a well-known intellectual in Myanmar. Her books address the political situation in her country. She worked as the editor of a Burmese youth monthly, and at the Moslem Free Hospital, which renders free services to the poor. In 1994, she was arrested and sentenced to twenty years, following an accusation of being in contact with illegal organisations and disseminating forbidden literature. After six years in prison, she was released not only because of her deteriorating health but also owing to the pressure from human rights organisations. Ma Thida founded PEN Myanmar, an organisation whose mission is to maintain free discussion in the country, promote the development of culture and literature, and, last but not least, to monitor freedom of speech. In 2016, this Burmese dissident was awarded the “Disturbing the Peace” prize, dedicated to writers who share the ideas of Vaclav Havel and awarded by the New-York-based Vaclav Havel Library Foundation. She was interviewed by Igor Blazevic. He was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, a graduate in philosophy and comparative literature from the Faculty of Arts of the University of Zagreb. Since 1991 he has worked in the Czech Republic and is the founder and director of One World, the biggest human rights festival in Europe. In the spring of 2021, Ma Thida was invited for a writer’s stay in the Czech Republic, which was supported by PEN International, The Vaclav Havel’s Library Foundation in New York, the Theatre Institute – Institute of Art, and the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art.

July 12, 2021  | 
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Svjatlana Cichanouská meeting NGOs in the Václav Havel Library, June 8, 2021

During a visit to the Czech Republic, the leader of the Belarusian democratic opposition, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, met with representatives of local civil society on June 8. At a working meeting at the Václav Havel Library co-organised by the Prague Civil Society Centre, she held discussions with representatives of ten Czech non-governmental organisations about the situation in Belarus as well as ways of supporting those who are fighting for freedom, democracy and human rights and facing persecution, torture, imprisonment and all manner of repression.

June 9, 2021  | 
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Evropské dialogy Václava Havla 2021 /VHED 2021 : Jiná Evropa II. / The Other Europe II. (12.5. 2021)

The Václav Havel European Dialogues 2021: The Other Europe - the second day of the conference The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel’s essay “Power of the Powerless”. More than other similarly focused projects, the Václav Havel European Dialogues aims to offer the “powerless” a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe. 15:00 LAUNCH OF DAY TWO OF CONFERENCE Jana Ciglerová, moderator 15:00 PANEL II – THREE-GENERATIONAL DIALOGUE Milan Šimečka, philosopher and literary reviewer (historical recording) Martin Milan Šimečka, writer and journalist Michal Šimečka, Member of European Parliament Jana Ciglerová, moderator 16:00 PANEL III - THE OTHER EUROPE TODAY Zuzana Čaputová, President of the Slovak Republic Olga Richterová, Vice-Chair of the Committee for Social Policy of the Czech Chamber of Deputies Marianne Kneuer, President of the International Political Science Association Timothy Garton Ash, University of Oxford Ivan Krastev, IWM Vienna Michael Žantovský, moderator 17:00 CULTURE PROGRAMME 17:20 CLOSE OF CONFERENCE Michael Žantovský, director of the Václav Havel Library The Other Europe Project : https://www.othereurope.com The Václav Havel European Dialogues Project : https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/en/dialogue

May 30, 2021  | 
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Evropské dialogy Václava Havla 2021 / VHED 2021: Jiná Evropa I. / The Other Europe I. (11. 5. 2021)

The Václav Havel European Dialogues is an international project that aims to initiate and stimulate a discussion about issues determining the direction of contemporary Europe while referring to the European spiritual legacy of Václav Havel. This idea takes its main inspiration from Václav Havel’s essay “Power of the Powerless”. More than other similarly focused projects, the Václav Havel European Dialogues aims to offer the “powerless” a platform to express themselves and in so doing to boost their position within Europe. One half of this year’s theme - The Other Europe - refers back to the epoch when Europe was divided into East and West. The first part of the conference - The Other Europe in the 1980s - refers to a six-part series produced by British television station Channel Four in 1987–1988 about the situation in the communist-ruled countries of Central Europe, based on interviews with the leading opposition figures of the era. The Václav Havel Library is in possession of the complete raw footage of the series. One panel of the conference is dedicated to four interviewees from 1987–1988 and their “facing the younger me” responses. 17:00 OPENING Michael Žantovský, director of the Václav Havel Library 17:05 INTERVIEW WITH VIP GUEST His Holiness the Dalai Lama Influencer Karel (Kovy) Kovář will pose the questions 17:45 INTRODUCTION Jacques Rupnik, political scientist, creator and presenter of documentary The Other Europe 18:00 PANEL I - THE OTHER EUROPE Lech Walesa, President of the Republic of Poland, 1990-1995 Lutz Rathenow, legislator, Saxony, Germany Jan Krčmář, translator and journalist Martina Mašková, moderator 19:00 CONCLUSION OF FIRST DAY AND INVITATION TO SECOND Martina Mašková, moderator The Other Europe Project : https://www.othereurope.com The Václav Havel European Dialogues Project : https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/en/dialogue The Václav Havel Channel https://www.havelchannel.cz

May 30, 2021  | 
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70 let Rádia Svobodná Evropa

May 18, 2021  | 
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#FreeBelarus: Let's not forget about the courage of the citizens of Belarus

The author of the drawings that we used in the video wrote to us: "I'm an artist. I was born in Minsk. I graduated from College of Arts and Academy of Arts. I mostly paint using oil, sometimes I do graphics. When the elections were held, I was so shocked by the events that followed, that for several months I wasn't able to do art at all. I had drawn almost nothing until the moment when I went through detention and an administrative arrest. Once I had experienced this, I felt that now I'm able to tell about it through my artwork. And I thought it was important to do this because this story is one of many dozens of thousands of people stories who had a similar experience. It all started with the sketches that I made in the prison cells that I was placed to during my 13-day arrest. These sketches to a greater extent show the life of a political prisoner, while the drawings that I made after I was released, reproduce my emotional experience. There are many stories related to the arrest under the same article, which are much more terrible and tragic. My arrest was relatively calm and yet made a rather strong impression to me. During my arrest, the heating was turned off in the cells, daylight was on twenty-four hours a day, measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 were not only not followed, but on the contrary, people were transfered from one cell to another cell, so me and my cellmates were infected, but we know that many people who were under arrest prior to me, and those who are imprisoned now, they are facing much more terrible conditions..." www.havelchannel.cz

May 11, 2021  | 
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Anatol Svahilec: The Other Europe

Anatol Svahilec - Czech performer in poetry slam and political activist - talks about The Other Europe. Where lies the line of the otherness in Europe? Join our conference entitled The Other Europe - www.othereurope2021.com - on 11 and 12 May 2021 and become part of the Václav Havel European Dialogues 2021!

May 7, 2021  | 
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The Flying University

How the CEU made its way from Prague to Budapest to Vienna in thirty years, and what it says about Central Europe today On April 8, 1990 in Bratislava, the leaders of three Central European countries endorsed the idea of a new educational institution, which would transcend national borders and the constraints of history, tradition and prejudice. A year later, in April 1991, the Central European University started operating in Prague and later that year in Budapest. Five years later, in 1996, the Prague branch of CEU, feeling unwelcome in the Czech Republic, relocated to Budapest. In 2018, after the Hungarian government and parliament passed legislation that was widely perceived as discriminatory with respect to the CEU, the bulk of the school relocated again, this time to Vienna. Both its history and its present, which are illustrative of some of the broader developments and problems of the Central European area, will be the subject of a panel discussion with three past and present rectors of the University and a Czech sociologist who made it the subject of her scholarly work. ● Michael Ignatieff - President and Rector 2016 - , Canadian author, academic and former politician ● John Shattuck - President and Rector, 2009 - 2016, international legal scholar and human rights leader, former US Ambassador to Prague ● Josef Jařab - President and Rector, 1997 - 1999, academician, American scholar, literary historian, translator, former senator. ● Tereza Pospíšilová - Czech sociologist and CEU alumna, author of “Different from the others: Central European University in Prague, 1990 – 1996” and other publications on the subject. Moderator: Michael Žantovský, Executive Director, Václav Havel Library The program will be streamed live in English on the Havel Channel.

April 29, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize Conference 2020

At first glance it might appear that the pandemic does not discriminate, impacting all equally. However, the struggle against the coronavirus should not obscure the urgency of the struggle for human rights, and should in no way provide a pretext or excuse for their breach. Tyrannical regimes may attempt to capitalise on, and hide behind, the period of crisis. Last year served as a warning in that respect. We need to keep a close eye on the severe crackdown on human rights in Hong Kong, the continued oppression of the Uyghurs, the Myanmar regime’s brutal pogroms against people demonstrating for democracy and the metastasis of Islamic State terror in some African states. In all these struggles for a dignified, normal life, women play an important, frequently leading, role. This makes it more than fitting that the finalists in this year’s Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize are women. All of us hope that the right to a normal life will also return when the pandemic ends. But in many countries around the world, whether Congo, Saudi Arabia or Nepal, women are unwilling and unable to wait; what they want is normal lives right now. PROGRAM ● 12.30 – 13.00 Live broadcast from session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg ● 13.00 – 13.10 Launch of the international conference by Michael Žantovský, director of the Václav Havel Library ● 13.10 – 13.20 Keynote address from Kateřina Šimáčková, Czech Constitutional Court judge ● 13.20 – 13.30 Profiles of finalists ● 13.30 – 13.40 Interview with the laureate of the 2020 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize ● 13.40 – 14.30 Panel discussion with finalists, moderated by Michael Žantovský THREE FINALISTS OF THE PRIZE Loujain Alhathloul (Saudi Arabia) The nominee is one of the leaders of the Saudi feminist movement. Ms. Alhathloul is a prominent womens’ rights activist known for defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and for opposing the Saudi male guardianship system. She has been detained on several occasions, sentenced and has been in prison since 2018. Nuns of the Drukpa Order (Nepal) The nominee is a group of young Buddhist nuns, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and intercultural tolerance in their home villages in the Himalayas. They are known for their delivery of supplies to hard-to-reach villages after an earthquake struck Kathmandu in 2015. The Nuns of the Drukpa Order have also taught self-defence classes for women and biked over 20,000 kilometres to protest against the trafficking of women and girls. Julienne Lusenge (Congo) The nominee is a Congolese human rights activist who has been documenting sexual abuse and acts of violence against women in Congo. She was instrumental in obtaining the conviction of those accused of recruiting for enlisting child soldiers and as well as obtaining the convictions of hundreds of perpetrators of sexual violence against women at national level. She has been threatened for her work on several occasions.

April 19, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020: Interview with Julienne Lusenge

Julienne Lusenge is a Congolese human rights activist who has been documenting sexual abuse and acts of violence against women in Congo. J. Lusenge was interviewed by a czech journalist Petr Zavadil. For more information about the nominee and the conference visit our website via https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/en/konference-2021

April 16, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020 nominee: JULIENNE LUSENGE

Julienne Lusenge (Congo) is a Congolese human rights activist who has been documenting sexual abuse and acts of violence against women in Congo. She was instrumental in obtaining the conviction by the ICC of major criminals for enlisting child soldiers and collected evidence of sexual slavery, as well as obtaining the convictions of hundreds of perpetrators of sexual violence against women at national level. She has been threatened for her work on several occasions. www.vaclavhavel.cz/en/trojice-finalistu-ceny-vh-za-lidska-prava-2020

April 15, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020: Interview with the nuns of Drukpa order

Nuns of the Drukpa Order (Nepal) The nominee is a group of young Buddhist nuns, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and intercultural tolerance in their home villages in the Himalayas. They are known for their delivery of supplies to hard-to-reach villages after an earthquake struck Kathmandu in 2015. The Nuns of the Drukpa Order have also taught self-defence classes for women and biked over 20,000 kilometres to protest against the trafficking of women and girls. Jigme Kochok La and Jigme Mingyur La were interviewed by Michael Žantovský, the director of the Václav Havel's Library.

April 14, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020 nominee: NUNS OF THE DRUKPA ORDER

Nuns of the Drukpa Order (Nepal) The nominee is a group of young Buddhist nuns, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and intercultural tolerance in their home villages in the Himalayas. They are known for their delivery of supplies to hard-to-reach villages after an earthquake struck Kathmandu in 2015. The Nuns of the Drukpa Order have also taught self-defence classes for women and biked over 20,000 kilometres to protest against the trafficking of women and girls. https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/en/trojice-finalistu-ceny-vh-za-lidska-prava-2020

April 11, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020: Interview with the nuns of Drukpa order

Nuns of the Drukpa Order (Nepal) The nominee is a group of young Buddhist nuns, promoting gender equality, environmental sustainability and intercultural tolerance in their home villages in the Himalayas. They are known for their delivery of supplies to hard-to-reach villages after an earthquake struck Kathmandu in 2015. The Nuns of the Drukpa Order have also taught self-defence classes for women and biked over 20,000 kilometres to protest against the trafficking of women and girls. Jigme Kochok La and Jigme Mingyur La were interviewed by Michael Žantovský, the director of the Václav Havel's Library.

April 8, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020: Interview with Lina al-Hathloul

Lina al-Hathloul, a sister of Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020 nominee Loujain al-Hathloul, was interviewed by journalist and reporter Jakub Szántó. See more at www.vaclavhavel.cz/cs/konference-2021

April 8, 2021  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2020 nominee: LOUJAIN AL-HATHLOUL

Loujain al-Hathloul (Saudi Arabia) The nominee is one of the leaders of the Saudi feminist movement. Ms al-Hathloul is a prominent womens’ rights activist known for defying the ban on women driving in Saudi Arabia and for opposing the Saudi male guardianship system. She has been detained on several occasions, sentenced and has been in prison since 2018. https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/en/trojice-finalistu-ceny-vh-za-lidska-prava-2020

April 7, 2021  | 
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Zůstat naživu: Stanislav Majer čte esej Michela Houellebecqa

Výbor z textů francouzského spisovatele vyšel v překladu Alana Beguivina v péči nakladatelství Vyšehrad. Úvodní esej čte herec Stanislav Majer. Úplný videoprogram Knihovny VH naleznete na www.havelchannel.cz

January 25, 2021  | 
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Madeleine Albright at Václav Havel Human Rights Dialogues

On October 14th, 2020, the Václav Havel Library in cooperation with Forum 2000 organised "Václav Havel Human Rights Dialogues: Women's Rights in the Times of Crisis". Please find the most interesting ideas of former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright from the debate featuring the leader of the Belarussian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Polish sociologist and journalist Karolina Wigura. The event was moderated by Michael Žantovský, executive director of the Václav Havel Library. The whole debate is available here: https://havelchannel.cz/cs/01321

January 7, 2021  | 
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Eškol Nevo v Otaznících Michaela Žantovského | Eshkol Nevo in Question Marks of Michael Žantovský

O Posledním interview známého izraelského spisovatele, které letos vyšlo v českém vydání, hranicích pravdy a fikce, životě a literatuře, s autorem hovoří Michael Žantovský. Michael Zantovsky speaks with the well known Israeli author about his book The Last Interview, which was published in Czech this year, the limits of truth and fiction, life and literature.

December 17, 2020  | 
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Václav Havel in Finnish

An Ian R. Willoughby interview with Minna Suikka, who translated a collection of Václav Havel´s key essays into finnish.

December 10, 2020  | 
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Václav Havel European Dialogues 2020: Do free media equal free society?

Independent media play an irreplaceable role in controlling the government and ensuring transparency of the state administration. At the same time, they oversee the fair conduct of elections. International comparisons confirm the direct link between the degree of freedom of speech, the state of democracy and the quality of life. Restrictions on free media and human rights are one of the features of undemocratic regimes and are clearly visible, for example, in Belarus and other countries in the EU's neighborhood. Thanks to the availability of social networks and digital media, people are quickly informed, but on the other hand, there is a risk of misinformation that can undermine democratic values. Are public media still the indispensable fourth pillar of democracy? How has the role of media in the process of democratization changed over time? Can they be replaced by social networks? Should national and transnational actors support free media? Is reliable information available to everyone and are citizens actually interested in it? How to defend democracy against the threat of misinformation? How can the EU help? 18.30 Opening of the Conference Edita Hrdá, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the EU Pavel Klucký, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the Kingdom of Belgium Introduction by the Moderator of the Discussion: Michael Žantovský, Executive Director of the Václav Havel Library 18.45 – 19.45 Panel Věra Jourová, Vice President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Václav Štětka, Senior Lecturer in Communication and Media Studies at Longhborough University Yevhen Hlibovytsky, Member of the Board of Directors of Ukrainian Public Service Broadcaster Dan Michaels, Brussels Bureau Chief for The Wall Street Journal Organizers: Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, Václav Havel Library, Prague, Czech Embassy to the Kingdom of Belgium, and Czech Centre in Brussels

December 9, 2020  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Dialogues: Women's Rights in the Times of Crisis

Václav Havel Human Rights Dialogues: Women’s Rights in the Time of Crisis continue in the series of traditional autumn conferences to honor the laureates of the Václav Havel Human Rights Award, presented each year by the Library together with the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Charter 77 Foundation. Due to the Covid-19 pandemics, the award for this year will be presented at the first non-virtual session of the Council of Europe at the beginning of next year. International Dialogue on Women’s Rights in the Time of Crisis featuring former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, the leader of the Belarussian opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and the Polish sociologist and journalist Karolina Wigura. The event was moderated by Michael Žantovský, executive director of the Václav Havel Library.

October 14, 2020  | 
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Interview with Hülya Gülbahar

interview by the journalist Jakub Szántó with leading personality in the area of women's rights: Hülya Gülbahar, a Turkish human rights lawyer, who appeared in the Václav Havel Human Rights Award conference in 2018.

October 14, 2020  | 
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Interview with Najia Nasim

Interview by the journalist Jakub Szántó with leading personality in the area of women's rights, Najia Nasim, the director of Women for Afghan Women, one of the three finalists of the Václav Havel Human Rights Award in 2015.

October 14, 2020  | 
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Jacques Rupnik: The Other Europe

Jacques Rupnik, the author of the film document The Other Europe shot in 1987-88 in Central Europe, will present the international project of digitalisation of the interviews from the film document. Moderated by Ian Willoughby. More information about the project: www.othereurope.com In cooperation with Forum 2000.

October 13, 2020  | 
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Other Europe: Interview with Jiří Menzel, January 18, 1988

See more at www.othereurope.com

September 21, 2020  | 
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Other Europe: Interview with Heda Margolius-Kovály, January 10, 1988

See more at www.othereurope.com

March 11, 2020  | 
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The Transitions to Democracy in Spain and Czechia/Czechoslovakia (18. 11. 2019)

Debate organised on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Czech Republic and Spain. It addressed how Spain and the then Czechoslovakia were able to move from dictatorship to democracy in processes globally considered to be successful, how the two countries have evolved since then, and what challenges still lie ahead. The speakers: Michael Žantovský and Charles Powell, the Director of the Spanish think tank Real Instituto Elcano, Spain’s leading international relations think-tank, and a Professor of Contemporary History. He was Lecturer in Oxford. He has published six books and dozens of articles on Spanish history, politics and foreign policy, with special emphasis on its European dimension. Organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain in Prague and the Instituto Cervantes.

November 21, 2019  | 
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Getting the message across: PANEL I (16. 10. 2019)

The role of the foreign media in the build-up to the Velvet Revolution in 1989 was an important part of the dramatic events of the annus mirabilis. Through the reports and broadcasts of a small number of reporters based in Czechoslovakia, the world had an opportunity to learn about the growing resistance to the communist regime from activists, eye-witnesses and observers. From the beginning of 1989, the reporting of foreign journalists in Prague became an essential feature in the efforts of the opposition to the regime to organize and attract broader support. Foreign journalists also played an important part in covering the drama of the Velvet Revolution and conveying its significance to the Western and global audiences, and in reporting on the first steps of the new, democratic government. The special event in the Václav Havel Library brought together some of the journalists who covered the events and their memories. Program: Welcome reception at the Václav Havel Library: Michael Žantovský | Introduction: Jennifer Bachus, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in Prague. PANEL I Correspondents of Radio: Jolyon Naegele, former East Europe correspondent of the Voice of America, Ross Johnson, former director of Radio Free Europe in Munich. Moderator: Jakub Szántó, former Czech TV Middle East correspondent and author.

October 18, 2019  | 
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Getting the message across: PANEL II (16. 10. 2019)

The role of the foreign media in the build-up to the Velvet Revolution in 1989 was an important part of the dramatic events of the annus mirabilis. Through the reports and broadcasts of a small number of reporters based in Czechoslovakia, the world had an opportunity to learn about the growing resistance to the communist regime from activists, eye-witnesses and observers. From the beginning of 1989, the reporting of foreign journalists in Prague became an essential feature in the efforts of the opposition to the regime to organize and attract broader support. Foreign journalists also played an important part in covering the drama of the Velvet Revolution and conveying its significance to the Western and global audiences, and in reporting on the first steps of the new, democratic government. The special event in the Václav Havel Library brought together some of the journalists who covered the events and their memories. PANEL 2 Correspondents of Press: Alison Smale, former chief East Europe correspondent of Associated Press, outgoing UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, Colin McIntyre, former chief East Europe correspondent of Reuters, currently a consultant to the Thomson Reuters Foundation, and Michael Žantovský, former Prague correspondent of Reuters. Moderator: Jakub Szántó, former Czech TV Middle East correspondent and author.

October 17, 2019  | 
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From Wall to Wall: Keynote speech - Yik Mo Wong

Yik Mo Wong, Human Rights Activist, Vice Convener of Civil Human Rights Front (Hong Kong)

October 6, 2019  | 
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From Wall To WalI: Discussion with 2019 Finalists

Guests: Enver Can, the representative of llham Tohti (China) - Uyghur Scientist and Economist, in prison since 2014, sentenced to life imprisonment, Jamshad Yorov, the brother of Buzurgmehr Yorov (Tajikistan) - Human Rights Lowyer, in prison since 2015, sentenced to 28 years, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (Balkan countries): Ivan Djuric - Program Director of YIHR Serbia. Chair: Michael Žantovský, Vaclav Havel Library (Czech Republic)

October 5, 2019  | 
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From Wall to Wall: PANEL II - Walls Old and New

Guests: Bernard Guetta - Journalist (France), Daniel Brössler - Journalist (Germany), Mátyás Eörsi - Politician and Lawyer (Hungary), Martin Milan Šimečka - Journalist (Slovakia). Chair: Kateřina Šafaříková - Journalist, Respekt magazine (Czech Republic)

October 4, 2019  | 
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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2019 Conference | Closing remarks: Karel Schwarzenberg

Karel Schwarzenberg - Politician, Human Rights Defender (Czech Republic)

October 2, 2019  | 
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From Wall to Wall: PANEL IIl - The Invisible Walls

Guests: Lyudmila Savchuk - Activist and Journalist (Russian Federation), Patrik Oksanen - Journalist and Editor (Sweden), Lenka Bradáčová - Chief of the High Prosecutor’s Office (Czech Republic), Bob Kartous - Spokesman of Czech Elfs (Czech Republic). Chair: Tereza Engelová - Journalist and Presenter (Czech Republic)

October 2, 2019  | 
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Journalism and Democracy in the age of Polarization (23. 9. 2019)

A debate with Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times. Both journalism and democracy are in the process of transition – and many would say in crisis. Faced with the increasing dominance of digital platforms, majority of professional news media are fighting for economic survival as well as for regaining audience’s trust, while many countries are witnessing the rise of populism and growing polarization, threatening the very foundations of democracy. How do journalists and media organizations respond to these challenges, and what can they do to bridge the widening societal gaps that are often exploited by populists? How can they counter the influx of disinformation and “fake news” while still protecting free speech? What is the place and future of traditional journalistic norms such as objectivity, impartiality and balance in the allegedly post-truth age, and in an increasingly polarized media landscape? Panellists: Mark Thompson, CEO of The New York Times and former Director-General of BBC, Emma Smetana, journalist, moderator of DVTV, Jiří Hošek, journalist, commentator TV Seznam, Michael Žantovský, Director of Václav Havel Library. Moderator: Václav Štětka, media scholar, Loughborough University. Organised in cooperation with The Sekyra Foundation and The Centre for Philosophy, Ethics and Religion.

September 25, 2019  | 
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American Spring at the Václav Havel Library: Americans in Prague – What's the news? (3. 6. 2019)

Interactive panel with three distinctive U. S. journalists based in the Czech Republic. Besides the lost beauty of the Nineties, we will discuss how the American media see the Czech Republic, what stories are interesting for U. S. readers, how these American journalists view contemporary Czech culture and politics, how Czechs see the American community, and how the relationship has evolved over the past three decades.The discussion was moderated by Czech reporter Veronika Bednářová. Panelists: Jeremy Druker, Executive Director and Editor in Chief of Transitions Online; Elizabeth Haas, writer and editor, author at Expats.cz; Evan Rail, freelance food and travel writer for the The New York Times and other publications. Organised by Václav Havel Library in cooperation with American Spring.

June 6, 2019  | 
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EU between Past and Present: Panel I: EU – A Matter of Love or Marriage of Convenience

In his address at the European Parliament back in 1994, Václav Havel said that having studied the Maastricht Treaty and other documents on which the EU is based, the appeal was to his reason, not to his heart. Prior to accession to the EU, a considerable part of the population was influenced by the euphoria from “returning to the West”. In the 2003 referendum, 77% of people voted for to join. Can we say now, 15 years later, that the citizens’ hearts burn for the EU? How are we experiencing European identity today? Isn’t it just a marriage of convenience, stripped of all emotion? Where can the EU’s positive ‘charisma’ be found, especially for young people? Věra Jourová (European Commission), Lenka Zlámalová (Echo24), Martin Povejšil (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and Pavel Rychetský (Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic). Speaker: Jiří Hošek (Seznam TV)

May 23, 2019  | 
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EU between Past and Present: Panel II - Central Europe in the EU and the EU in Central Europe

In some respects, Central Europe has been living through the European identity crisis in recent years. Efforts appear to turn the wheel of the pro-western direction towards the East. What is causing this crisis, and how is it manifested in individual countries of the region? And how is the EU perceived by young active people who are engaged in civic life and are trying to struggle against the other direction? Could the approaching European elections indicate a positive turning point? Jan Spiewak (Wolne Miasto Warszawa association), Karolína Farská (Iniciativa za Slušné Slovensko initiative), Karoly Nagy (Youth organisation of the Momentum party) and Václav Němec (philosopher, pedagogue). Speaker: Michael Žantovský (Václav Havel Library)

May 22, 2019  | 
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EU between Past and Present: Panel III - The Millennials and the Future of the EU

For young people, the EU is an obvious part of their life. How do they view it, and how do they see its future? How do they perceive the approaching European elections? Are they pro-European by rule of thumb? What can they do so that other countries do not follow the example of Great Britain? What specific steps and recommendations do young people have for the EU and their peers? Kovy (youtuber), Jaroslav Miller (Principal of Palacký University in Olomouc), Barbora Kollárová (finalist in the essay contest of the Václav Havel Library) and Vojtěch Dyk (singer). Speaker: Zuzana Tvarůžková (Czech TV). Closing Remarks: Tomáš Petříček (Minister of Foreign Affairs)

May 21, 2019  | 
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Long Journey Home: A Prague Love Story (25. 4. 2019)

Launch and reading from this memoir, recently published in Canada, in which a four-year-old girl survives a harrowing escape across the heavily armed border of Czechoslovakia with her mother and brother after the Communist takeover in 1948, leaving everything behind to flee to freedom in Canada. Years later, as a young woman living in Toronto, she is drawn to her country of birth and returns to Prague, finding love, danger, heartbreak and her family's legacy. The book was introduced by its author, Helen Notzl in discussion with David Vaughan. Organised in cooperation with the Canadian Embassy in Prague.

April 28, 2019  | 
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Thank you, Czech Republic, for Supporting Tibet (5. 3. 2019)

The President of the Central Tibetan Administration and political successor to His Holiness the Dalai Lama expressed his sincere gratitude to the Czech Republic, all its institutions and individuals who have been supporting the Tibetan cause and have contributed towards resolving the Tibetan issue. Program: Address by Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration, and friends and Tibetans living in the Czech Republic. Tibetan dance by Cholsum Shapdro Austria. Organizer: Tibetan Association of the Czech Republic. Partners: Václav Havel Library, One World Film Festival, People in Need, Forum 2000.

March 8, 2019  | 
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Nadia Urbinati: Democracy: Decline or Transformation? (17. 1. 2018)

Contemporary democracy has been going through a series of crisis moments, from a fall in electoral turnout and a decline in party membership to the rise of right-wing populism. However, the question remains as to what these individual phenomena say about the state of democracy in general. Is what we are experiencing the gradual decline of democracy, or its transformation? And if it is the latter, what does it entail and what challenges does it bring? A debate with its author Nadia Urbinati, a renowned Italian and American political theorist from New York’s Columbia University, was chaired by the book’s translator, Jan Bíba of Charles University’s Faculty of Arts.

January 19, 2019  | 
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David Vaughan: Hear My Voice (13. 12. 2018)

International diplomacy has broken down. A new breed of authoritarian ruler has emerged, contemptuous of the rules of diplomacy and collective security, willing to lie and bully to build power and influence. Europe’s democracies are confused and defensive. The year is 1938 and Nazi Germany is tightening the screw on its neighbours. You are invited to the launch of the English version of David Vaughan’s documentary novel, Hear My Voice. First published in Czech, the book won the Czech Book readers’ prize in 2015. A young man has arrived in Prague. His job is to interpret and translate, but he finds himself literally lost for words, as conflicting versions of the truth fight for the upper hand. “Truth will prevail,” but whose truth will it be? The author discussed with the writer and poet Alex Went about the book - how it happened, how different the Czech and English version and the echoes it has in our time. The idea of ​​"post-truth" is nothing new.

December 15, 2018  | 
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Doctors of Humanity: American Assistance to Czechoslovakia After World War One – Panel 1

In connection with the centenary of Czechoslovakia and the establishment of modernday Czech-American relations, it is worth remembering the humanitarian and development aid the US provided to the newly established Czechoslovak state in its first years of existence. PROGRAMME: Welcome reception at the Library: Michael Žantovský. Introduction: Stephen B. King, the US Ambassador to the Czech Republic. Panel 1: “The Great Rescue Work”: Hoover’s Food Aid for Europe and Czechoslovakia. Panellists: Bertrand Patenaude (Hoover Institution – Stanford University), Halina Parafianowicz (Institute for History and Political Sciences at the University of Białystok), moderator: Michael Žantovský

December 8, 2018  | 
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Democratic Transition in the Caucasus (22. 10. 2018)

Join our expert panel for a discussion on the situation in their own countries and their thoughts on how events in Armenia will reverberate around the region. Will it lead to wider change? What will it mean for relations with Azerbaijan? Is Georgia no longer the poster child of change in the Caucasus? From Armenia, Mikayel Zolyan, programme coordinator and research analysist at the Yerevan Press Club. From Georgia, Tinatin Khidasheli, former Minister for Defence and security expert. From Azerbaijan, Arzu Geybulla, a freelance writer currently living in exile in Turkey, expert on human rights and democracy in the country and one of the BBC’s top 100 Women changemakers. Co-organised by Prague Civil Society Centre and Václav Havel Library.

October 25, 2018  | 
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Let´s Rock!

We´ve just started our new season. Let´s take a look inside!

September 3, 2018  | 
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Ivan Krastev: Europe’s Futures (11. 6. 2018)

Why the EU should not be taken for granted, why the response to the refugee crisis will define its future and why elites in Brussels are so mistrusted were the questions Ivan Krastev tried to answer in his book After Europe and discussed during this event at the Vaclav Havel Library. Chaired by Michael Žantovský.

June 14, 2018  | 
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Kaiser Kuo – In the Heart of the Chinese Underground (17. 5. 2018)

In 1988, Kaiser Kuo graduated from college and headed to Beijing determined to discover, and to participate in, the rock music scene he was certain was then nascent in China. Early the next year, he had co-founded the band Tang Dynasty, which emerged as the first and still the best-known heavy metal band in China. Over the next nearly 30 years, Kuo was involved in Beijing's rock music scene, first in Tang Dynasty and then in another band, Spring & Autumn (Chunqiu). Though he worked as a journalist and at some of China's most important internet companies, he kept one foot firmly in the world of rock. And along the way, he learned a lot about transculturation, about contemporary culture in China, about Chinese nationalism, and about the enduring appeal of heavy metal. He shared his experiences in this talk. The event was moderated by Martin Hála and Kateřina Procházková. Organised by the Václav Havel Library in collaboration with the Faculty of Arts of Charles University and Sinopsis.

May 19, 2018  | 
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Remembering 1918: Turning point for Europe I. (11. 4. 2018)

What is the meaning of 1918 for today’s European politics and societies? What is the role of this history in envisioning Europe of the 21st century? Historians, journalists, teachers and other speakers from 7 European countries compared their perspectives and discussed the contemporary relevance of 1918, especially with regard to the interpretations ascribed to 1918 throughout the 20th century. The debate is organized in cooperation with Czech Centres, Václav Havel Library, BOZAR Centre for Fine Arts, Finnish Institute for the Benelux, Culture Action Europe, and EUNIC Prague, Austrian Cultural Forum, Slovak Institute and Polish Institute Prague. Understanding of the year 1918 in “old” and “new” states. Understanding of the events in 1918 by the former empires and the new nations - do the differences still prevail? Do we feel nostalgia, satisfaction, bitterness, indifference…? And what does the mythology of 1918 mean for the future of Europe? Does it – and if yes, how - influence today’s politics and societies? Moderator: Adéla Gjuričová, historian. Speakers: György Csepeli, social psychologist / Miroslav Michela, historian / Christophe Prantner, journalist / Jan Hanzlík, historian

April 13, 2018  | 
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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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The Legacy of Genocide

On 20 September 2017 an exhibition about Sinti families in Central Germany (curators: Eve Rosenhaft, University of Liverpool and Jana Müller, Alternatives Jugendzentrum in Dessau) was opened at the Václav Havel Library, followed by a unique discussion between Sinti and Roma from Germany and the Czech Republic about coming to terms with the experience of the genocide of Roma and Sinti. Invited speakers were: Zdeněk Daniel, Jan Hauer, Mario Franz, Hermann and Else Höllenreiner, Jiřina Somsiová. The discussion was chaired by: Jana Horváthová (Museum of Romani Culture, Brno) and Jana Müller (Alternatives Jugendzentrum, Dessau). Organised by the Prague Forum for Romani Histories at the Institute of Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences, in cooperation with the Roma Studies programme at the Department of Central European Studies, Charles University; the Václav Havel Library; and Alternatives Jugendzentrum in Dessau. The event was arranged by Helena Sadílková and Kateřina Čapková as an accompanying programme to the international conference "Tracing the Legacies of the Roma Genocide: Families as Transmitters of Experience and Memory".

September 23, 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)

November 20, 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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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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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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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? With the sudden change of leadership in the party in power and apparent division between the two most prominent elements of the opposition, the NLD and the 88 Generation; with bitter criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi’s controversial stance towards the Rohingyas and her inability to run for president of the country, can we expect the Burmese elections to be truly democratic and legitimate? And even if the current regime permits a fair election, can the divided opposition prove powerful enough to bring the changes Burma desperately needs? Moderated by Surendra Munshi (sociologist, India). Speakers: Sein Di Da (Monk, Burma), Anders Ostergaard (film director, Denmark), Šimon Pánek (co-founder and director, People in Need, Czech Republic). The debate was be held in English and it was organized within the Forum 2000 Conference (http://www.forum2000.cz/)

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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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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Fenomén undergroundu: Jáchym Topol (25. 3. 2015)

Cyklus přednášek o českém undergroundu jako sociálním, politickém a historickém fenoménu pořádá Historická sociologie FHS UK a Knihovna Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

April 2, 2015  | 
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Tchaj-wan, ostrov literatury (23. 3. 2015)

Na Tchaj-wanu se od 60. let 20. století rozvíjí pozoruhodná literatura psaná čínsky, která se v posledních letech začíná dostávat i k českým čtenářům. Spisovatelka Pching Lu a spisovatel Wu Ming-i hovořili o literatuře, jazyce a společnosti na Tchaj-wanu i o svém vlastním díle. Diskusi vedla sinoložka Olga Lomová (Univerzita Karlova).

April 1, 2015  | 
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Rozhovory přes hranici – s Jörgem Plathem a Radkou Denemarkovou (16. 3. 2015)

Poslední večer třídílné diskusní řady navazuje na Rozhovory o sousedství o česko-německých vztazích, iniciované Václavem Havlem v roce 1995. Hosty večera byli Jörg Plath, literární kritik (Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Deutschlandradio Kultur), který už řadu let píše o české literatuře, a Radka Denemarková, spisovatelka a překladatelka. Moderovala Zuzana Jürgens, která diskusní řadu ve spolupráci s KnVH připravila.

April 1, 2015  | 
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Tomáš Glanc: Psychedelická poetika v Rusku (12. 3. 2015)

Druhý večer rusisty Tomáše Glance (Universität Zürich) z přednáškového cyklu Živé duše: aktuální ruská kultura a její české souvislosti. Změněné stavy vědomí vnímali jako strhující už představitelé ruského symbolismu na přelomu 19. a 20. století, nepočítáme-li ještě dřívější významnou roli opia v duševním životě Anny Kareniny z románu Lva Tolstého. Také Michail Bulgakov se zařadil k literátům, kteří mistrovsky popsali, jak může se skutečností zatočit pravidelný příjem morfia. V současné próze se psychedelická perspektiva stává jednou z významných vypravěčských strategií, jak o tom svědčí i dílo autorů známých z českých překladů: Vladimira Sorokina, Viktora Pelevina, Pavla Pepperštejna. Sorokinův poslední román Telurie, předpovídající separatistické lokální války na evropském území, se podle drogy proměňující realitu dokonce nazývá.

April 1, 2015  | 
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Nová naděje v politice (11. 3. 2015)

Další z večerů Marka Orko Váchy, tentokrát s hosty Janem Čižinským (starosta městské části Praha 7), Matějem Hollanem (3. náměstek primátora města Brna) a Zdeňkem Papouškem (senátor za obvod Brno-město). V posledních volbách se ukázalo, že není nutné vybírat jen mezi etablovanými stranami a politiky. Že když se lidé s nadšením a pílí dají dohromady, tak mohou vynést na důležité posty ty, které osobně znají. Může to být důkaz toho, že demokracie funguje a že ještě je naděje.

April 1, 2015  | 
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Cesta do Sovětského svazu 2/2 (4. 3. 2015)

Další z dvou panelových debat o cestách Václava Havla z roku 1990 v rámci cyklu Naše cesta zpět na mapu světa. Jen několik dní po vystoupení v americkém Kongresu navštívil Václav Havel Moskvu. Ve dnech 26. – 27. února 1990 jednal s Michailem S. Gorbačovem o odsunu sovětských vojsk a byla podepsána deklarace o překonání tíživé minulosti a nových základech vztahů mezi oběma zeměmi na principech spravedlnosti, rovnosti a suverenity. Prakticky do roka bylo rozhodnuto o rozpuštění vojenských struktur Varšavské smlouvy (25. února 1991) a v červenci 1991 byl tento pakt členskými státy zrušen. 16:00-17:30 Panel o současných vztazích mezi ČR a Ruskem Hosté: Vlasta Smoláková a Rostislav Valvoda Moderátor: Libor Dvořák

April 1, 2015  | 
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Večer s Edou Kriseovou (2. 3. 2015)

Spisovatelka a bývalá poradkyně Václava Havla četla v Knihovně Václava Havla ze své poslední knihy "Duši, tělo opatruj". Během večera mimo jiné prozradila, jak k ní přicházejí postavy jejích povídek, novel a románů, a připomněla též nejnovější vydání své knihy "Václav Havel". Hudba: Vojtěch a Irena Havlovi

March 24, 2015  | 
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Fenomén undergroundu: Vít Kremlička (25. 2. 2015)

Cyklus přednášek o českém undergroundu jako sociálním, politickém a historickém fenoménu pořádá Historická sociologie FHS UK a Knihovna Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

March 24, 2015  | 
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Cesta do Sovětského svazu 1/2 (4. 3. 2015)

Další z dvou panelových debat o cestách Václava Havla z roku 1990 v rámci cyklu Naše cesta zpět na mapu světa. Jen několik dní po vystoupení v americkém Kongresu navštívil Václav Havel Moskvu. Ve dnech 26. – 27. února 1990 jednal s Michailem S. Gorbačovem o odsunu sovětských vojsk a byla podepsána deklarace o překonání tíživé minulosti a nových základech vztahů mezi oběma zeměmi na principech spravedlnosti, rovnosti a suverenity. Prakticky do roka bylo rozhodnuto o rozpuštění vojenských struktur Varšavské smlouvy (25. února 1991) a v červenci 1991 byl tento pakt členskými státy zrušen. 14:00 – 15:30 Panel o cestě z roku 1990 Hosté: Luboš Dobrovský a Alexandr Vondra Moderátor: Jana Klusáková

March 24, 2015  | 
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Pražská odysea – budoucnost města jako společný úkol I. (5. 3. 2015)

Diskusní cyklus o budoucnosti Prahy jako úspěšného, bezpečného, zdravého a konkurenceschopného města 21. století: Participace jako nástroj tvorby města O svých zkušenostech s pozitivními i negativními příklady participačních aktivit v Knihovně Václava Havla hovořili: Ing. Petr Návrat, MSc., vedoucí oddělení participace na Institutu plánování a rozvoje hl. m. Prahy a hlavní tvůrce připravovaného pražského Manuálu participace; Bc. Radek Vondra, starosta městské části Praha 14 a Renata Chmelová, spoluzakladatelka občanské iniciativy Společně pro desítku a členka zastupitelstva Prahy 10. Večer moderovala MgA. Olga Škochová, odborná konzultantka v oblasti kulturní politiky a participativního kulturního plánování pro města v ČR. Akce se uskutečnila ve spolupráci s Institutem plánování a rozvoje hl. m. Prahy.

March 18, 2015  | 
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Rok bez Janukovyče (23. 2. 2015)

Večer, mapující změny v ukrajinské společnosti tak, jak je vnímají sami Ukrajinci pohledem zevnitř a Češi pohledem zvenčí. Debata s ukrajinskými aktivisty Serhijem Prytulou a Vasilem Galamajem. Od útěku Viktora Janukovyče do Ruska právě uplynul rok. Rok, který změnil Ukrajinu a Ukrajince k nepoznání. Polozapomenutý stát kdesi na východě v područí Ruska se vrátil na mapu Evropy. Co přineslo Ukrajincům to neuvěřitelné národní vzepětí za svobodu, za lepší budoucnost, za národní hrdost, které jsme viděli před rokem? Jak se změnila ukrajinská společnost, jak se změnili lidé? Jací byli a jakými se stali? Večer moderoval historik David Svoboda.

March 18, 2015  | 
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Pochodeň č. 2 Vzpomínkový večer na Jana Zajíce (24. 2. 2015)

Dne 25. února 1969 se v jednom z domů na pražském Václavském náměstí polil hořlavinou a zapálil student železniční průmyslovky v Šumperku Jan Zajíc. Navazoval na čin Jana Palacha, který chtěl sebeupálením vyburcovat domácí veřejnost z rezignace, do níž se začala propadat necelých pět měsíců po srpnové okupaci Československa. Jan Zajíc se stal nejznámějším Palachovým následovníkem. Jeho životní osudy, motivy jeho šokujícího protestu či reakce veřejnosti a režimu v Knihovně Václava Havla připomněli Branislav Dorko (autor monografie Jan Zajíc) a Monika Horsáková (spoluautorka filmu Sami proti zlu: Jan Zajíc - pochodeň č. 2). Večer, moderovaný historikem Petrem Blažkem, se uskutečnil ve spolupráci s Ústavem pro studium totalitních režimů.

March 18, 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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Příběh Charty 77 (19. 2. 2015)

Přednáška Kamily Bendové, signatářky Charty a účastnice tehdejšího dění. Charta 77 jako občanská iniciativa vznikla v roce 1976 a ukončila svou činnost v roce 1992. Původní dokument, Prohlášení Charty 77, podepsalo 242 signatářů, další se připojovali. Časem se Charta 77 stala nejvýznamnější československou občanskou iniciativou, kritizující tehdejší politickou a státní moc, především za nedodržování lidských a občanských práv. Život Charty byl poměrně krátký, ale pestrý, rok od roku se její vliv a záběr rozšiřoval. Jaké byly úspěchy Charty a její finální podíl na pádu totalitního režimu? Přispěla Charta k položení základů demokracie?

March 13, 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 2 (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. 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.

March 1, 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 The event was held in cooperation with the American Center. Part of the "Our return to the map of the world" series.

March 1, 2015  | 
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Havel polskýma očima (18. 2. 2015)

Přednáška doc. PhDr. Libora Martínka Ph.D. z univerzity ve Vratislavi je zaměřena na recepci osobnosti a díla Václava Havla v polských akademických kruzích. Obraz Václava Havla jako intelektuála, dramatika, esejisty a státníka mezi polskou inteligencí. VH byl pro své postoje a myšlení a v širších souvislostech i díky své tvůrčí práci v Polsku nezpochybnitelnou intelektuální a mravní autoritou. Nejen jako symbol politických změn v Československu a ve střední Evropě, ale především jako myslitel, jemuž se v intelektuálních kruzích dostávalo podobného zájmu jako kdysi T. G. Masarykovi. Jak jsou myšlenky VH, zejména o Evropě a Rusku, ceněny nyní, v čase současných krizí?

February 27, 2015  | 
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Tábor smrti Lety (16. 2. 2015)

Cikánský tábor smrti Lety u Písku jako české trauma 20. a 21. století. Prasečák na místě genocidy dodnes zůstává palčivou a nezodpovězenou otázkou. Debata nad knihou badatele Paula Polanského Tábor smrti Lety (Antifašistická akce, 2014). Hosté: romský antifašista Jozef Miker romistka Helena Sadílková (FF UK) novinář Jindřich Šídlo aktivista Helsinského občanského shromáždění Václav Trojan Večer moderoval novinář Petr Třešňák.

February 26, 2015  | 
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Debata s Respektem: jsme všichni Charlie Hebdo? (13. 2. 2015)

Jak změní islamisté a útok na svobodu slova evropskou společnost? Hosté: Tomáš Halík, Bronislav Ostřanský, Emir Omič, Jacques Rupnik a Erik Tabery Debatu moderoval Tomáš Sacher.

February 25, 2015  | 
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Alice Horáčková: Vladimíra Čerepková. Beatnická Femme Fatale (5. 2 2015)

Vzpomínkový večer věnovaný holce z pasťáku, hvězdě z Violy a pařížské emigrantce, básnířce Vladimíře Čerepkové (1946–2013). Součástí večera byla též projekce „ztraceného“ půlhodinového filmu o Vladimíře, který natočil Juraj Jakubisko v roce 1965. Hosté: dokumentarista Tomáš Škrdlant, režisér Juraj Jakubisko, spisovatel a novinář Ondřej Suchý, básnířčina velká láska Pierre Helzel, a autorka knihy o Vladimíře Čerepkové, Alice Horáčková.

February 25, 2015  | 
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Rozhovory přes hranici – s Michaelem Frankem a Tomášem Kafkou (9. 2. 2015)

Druhý večer diskusní řady navazuje na „Rozhovory o sousedství“ o česko-německých vztazích, iniciované Václavem Havlem v roce 1995. V mnoha sporných tématech se podařilo nalézt řešení, navázat dialog, rozběhla se řada česko-německých aktivit. Přesto je v České republice povědomí o dění v Německu a o tom, jak nás Němci vnímají, vágní – nejen kvůli jazykové bariéře, ale také vzhledem k povaze české mediální scény. Diskusní večery si kladou za cíl přispět k vyplnění těchto mezer. Hosty večera byli Michael Frank, novinář a dlouholetý korespondent Süddeutsche Zeitung pro Českou republiku, a Tomáš Kafka, diplomat a básník. Setkání moderovala Zuzana Jürgens, která diskusní řadu ve spolupráci s KnVH připravila. Večer se uskutečnil ve spolupráci s Artefakt Kulturmanagement a s podporou Česko-německého fondu budoucnosti.

February 18, 2015  | 
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Patrik Linhart: Vienna Calling (28. 1. 2015)

Uvedení knihy duchcovského literáta Patrika Linharta, prozaické miniatury, divoké koláže viděného, přečteného, slyšeného, vyfantazírovaného. Linhartův text je přímo prorostlý odkazy, narážkami, zlomyslnými vtípky, na první pokus skoro nečitelný, při dalších narůstá rozkoš z četby. V hlavní roli jazyk.

February 17, 2015  | 
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Ivan M. Havel: Blending čili splývání (26. 1. 2015)

Novotvar „sletenec“ je blendem českých slov „spletenec“ a „slepenec“ – co však může označovat? Snad něco, co je zčásti spletené a zčásti slepené. Nebo dokonce co se nejdřív slétlo, pak propletlo a nakonec slepilo. Obdobně ještěvrtka je současně ještěrka a vývrtka. Blending, v jazykovědě celkem okrajový lexikologický pojem, se ukazuje být inspirativním tématem pro mnoho oborů od matematiky přes kulturní antropologii až po umění. Něco se slučuje, kříží, prostupuje, navzájem oplodňuje. Ale hlavně – princip blendingu může sloužit jako jedna z metafor použitelných při zkoumání lidské (ale i počítačové) kreativity.

February 17, 2015  | 
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Marek Orko Vácha: Místo člověka v přírodě (4. 2. 2015)

Pokračování večerů Marka Orko Váchy k tématu místa člověka v přírodě. Ve vztahu k přírodě osciluje současná Evropa mezi dvěma extrémy... Buď se ke krajině chováme zcela utilitaristicky, ve smyslu „vytěžit a prodat“, kde hodnotu země vnímáme jako hodnotu minerálů v ní obsažených, nebo přírodu naopak až panteisticky ztotožňujeme s „mother nature“ a přikládáme jí téměř božské atributy; oba přístupy se objevily např. ve filmu Avatar. Environmentální etika má k přírodě jistě diferencovanější přístup, biologie posledních několika let ovšem přidala nový a velmi závažný důvod, proč přírodu chránit: objevujeme, že jsme její součástí v mnohem silnějším smyslu, než jsme si kdy mysleli.

February 12, 2015  | 
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Společná meditace (2. 2. 2015)

Prvním setkáním Václava Havla a Jeho Svatosti XIV. dalajlamy na zámku v Lánech 2. února 1990 započalo nejen hluboké přátelství mezi oběma muži, ale změnilo se i postavení tibetského duchovního vůdce ve světě vysoké politiky. Na setkání vzpomínali tehdejší tajemník Václava Havla Alexandr Neuman, Eda Kriseová a Stanislav Slavický. Moderátorka: Ivana Denčevová

February 12, 2015  | 
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Havel a Německo I. CZ (29. 1. 2015)

Václav Havel začal po nástupu do prezidentského úřadu koncem roku 1989 zemi otevírat novým zahraničním vztahům. Hned 2. ledna vyjel do Berlína v Německé demokratické republice a do Mnichova ve Spolkové republice Německo. Symbolicky na den výročí německé okupace pak pozval do Prahy Richarda von Weizsackera. Tyto události odstartovaly proces smiřování a nové spolupráce mezi oběma národy. Reflexe a budoucnost vztahů tentokráte Československa, Česka a Německa jsou součástí cyklu věnovaného významným zahraničním cestám Václava Havla v roce 1990. 14:00-15:30 hod. Panel věnovaný vzpomínkám na cestu z roku 1990: Antje Vollmer, František Černý, Milan Horáček, Joachim Bruss, Moderace: Eva va de Rakt Ve spolupráci s Goethe institutem Praha. V rámci cyklu Naše cesta zpět na mapu světa.

February 12, 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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Válka, to je přežít (22. 1. 2015)

Večer s Petrem Tomanem, očitým svědkem války na Ukrajině. Krutá válka na Ukrajině je každodenní realitou. Válka je, když má psycholog plné kalhoty. Když kaplan bere do ruky kulomet. Když jsou po celé Ukrajině přeplněné blázince. Když mrtvé po boji odklízejí studenti. Válka je řev a volání matky. Válka je psychický šok několikaměsíčního kojence. Válka jsou invalidé, které nikdo nemohl evakuovat. Český fotožurnalista Petr Toman sbírá na Ukrajině rozhovory na téma: Jak mění válka člověka. Sbírá je od Kyjeva po Charkov, ve Lvově, v Dněpropetrovsku. Na frontové linii, v psychiatrických léčebnách, v temných bytech rozpadlých paneláků. Protože válka není jen frontová linie a její oběti. Je to bestie rozlezlá po celé Ukrajině, v myslích, v tělech i ve snech dospělých a dětí. Válka Petra Tomana není hledání viníků, ani historky z fronty. Jsou to příběhy obyčejných lidí, které nabízejí netradiční až mrazivý pohled do zákulisí ukrajinské války. Moderovala Tatiana Sikorska.

January 28, 2015  | 
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Místo člověka na zemi (19. 1. 2015)

Večery s Markem Orko Váchou. Odpovědnost člověka za svět, ve kterém žije, zahrnuje nejen starost o lidská práva kdekoli na světě, nýbrž i odpovědnost za globální oikos, za stav celé planety. Zpráva, že světové populace savců, ptáků a veškerých obratlovců klesly za posledních 40 let o polovinu, se dočkala v našich sdělovacích prostředcích pouze nevelké pozornosti. Přesto je to jedna z nejzávažnějších zpráv posledních měsíců. Jaké je místo člověka v přírodě?

January 26, 2015  | 
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Tváře Václava Havla (19. 1. 2015)

Studenti ZUŠ Sedlčany spolu se svými pedagogy se pokouší nahlédnout předlistopadovou dobu v různých směrech, proudech a kontextech. Pásmo vzpomínek na Václava Havla vychází z dochovaných literárních a novinových zdrojů, básní, vzpomínek a dramatických děl Václava Havla, Ivana Martina Jirouse, Pavla Kosatíka a Martina C. Putny. Scénář je vytvořen z úsměvných i méně úsměvných reálně prožitých situací v době před sametovou revolucí.

January 26, 2015  | 
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Miloš Zeman aneb dva roky s přímo voleným prezidentem (15. 1. 2015)

O hodnocení a vyhlídkách českého prezidentství diskutovali novinář a předseda Správní rady Knihovny Václava Havla Jan Macháček se svými hosty Jiřinou Šiklovou, Romanem Jochem, Janem Kudrnou, Janem Kyselou a Jakubem Patočkou.

January 21, 2015  | 
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Pražský Hrad za Václava Havla 1990–1992 (14. 01. 2015)

Příchod Václava Havla a jeho přátel na Pražský hrad, otevírání a zpřístupnění Pražského hradu veřejnosti jako symbol otevírání se československé společnosti světu, návrat kultury na Pražský hrad a mnoho jiných témat a zkušeností nejbližších přátel a spolupracovníků. Hosté: Miroslav Masák, Petr Oslzlý a Ivona Raimanová

January 21, 2015  | 
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Kabinet Havel: Česko-Slovenské konstelace 22 let poté (5. 1. 2015)

Čtvrtý díl cyklu Divadla Husa na provázku a Knihovny Václava Havla věnovaný tentokrát rozdělení Československa i něčemu z toho, čím obě země od té doby prošly. Hosté: Iveta Radičová, bývalá slovenská premiérka, Petr Pithart, bývalý český premiér a Ladislav Snopko, bývalý slovenský ministr kultury. Moderátoři: Renata Kalenská a Petr Oslzlý

January 16, 2015  | 
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Čtení básníků Opusu (9. 1. 2015)

Nakladatelství Opus sídlící ve Zblově vydává od roku 1999 především poezii, ale také v českém prostředí méně známé prozaiky (Robert Walser, Arno Schmidt). Vyšly tu překlady básní Vladislava Chodaseviče, Yvese Bonnefoya, Czesława Miłosze, Wallace Stevense, eseje Zbigniewa Herberta. Nedílnou součástí edičního plánu jsou sbírky českých básníků Petra Halmaye, Jiřího Červenky a Štěpána Noska. Během večera v Knihovně Václava Havla byly uvedeny nově vydané knihy: Carl Seelig Putování s Robertem Walserem, Arno Schmidt Brandovo blato, Josef Hrdlička Kočka v ohni. Své verše zde četli básníci Jiří Červenka, Justin Quinn, Štěpán Nosek, Josef Hrdlička a Petr Halmay.

January 16, 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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Paměť disentu VI: Kolektivní paměť - sociologická perspektiva (17. 12. 2014) 01

Závěrečná přednáška cyklu Paměť disentu pořádaného Historickou sociologií FHS UK a Knihovnou Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

December 30, 2014  | 
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Sdílený prostor – tvorba města jako dialog V (17. 12. 2014)

Další díl ze seriálu popularizačních večerů zaměřených na hlavní paradigmata tvorby měst v 21. století. Večer se uskutečnil ve spolupráci s Institutem plánování a rozvoje Hl. m. Prahy. Moderovaný rozhovor dvou výrazných osobností vybraných na principu doplňujících se protikladů. Dva rozdílné obory, dva úhly pohledu na město, oba však relevantní a pro tvorbu města důležité. Pátý večer cyklu patřil dialogu dvou pražských politiků. Slovo „město“ se v Praze často používá jako synonymum pro pražský magistrát s jeho úředníky a politiky, kteří Prahu nejen spravují, ale svými rozhodnutími také výrazným způsobem ovlivňují její budoucí podobu. Jaké všechny nástroje může „město“ uplatňovat v oblasti rozvoje města? Má vystupovat jako aktivní developer nebo pouze jako koordinátor soukromých investic? Za jakých podmínek může nová politická reprezentace navázat na práci té předchozí? Jaká rozhodnutí „města“ mají největší dopad na život obyvatel a je snad lépe radši než něco nedělat nic? Nad tématem městského rozvoje se potkali bývalý primátor hl. m. Prahy Tomáš Hudeček a současný radní pro územní rozvoj Matěj Stropnický. Debatu moderoval novinář a předseda Správní rady Knihovny Václava Havla Jan Macháček.

December 30, 2014  | 
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Josef Topol: O čem básník ví (16. 12. 2014)

Uvedení knihy dramatika a básníka Josefa Topola (*1935), přítele Václava Havla. Soubor, který vydalo nakladatelství Torst, obsahuje eseje o poezii, studie a úvahy o divadle, dramatu, scénografii a komentáře k vlastním hrám, texty o výtvarnících a fotografech, vzpomínkové črty a jiné drobné stati a rozhovory. Kniha doplňuje Topolovo dílo dramatické, básnické a překladatelské. Knihu představili šéfredaktor nakladatelství Torst Jan Šulc a autorovi přátelé.

December 30, 2014  | 
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Studentský esej: Jakou vizi má současná Evropa a jakou by mít měla? (15.12. 2014)

Vyhlášení výsledků studentské esejistické soutěže. Jedním z ústředních žánrů tvorby Václava Havla je žánr eseje – na témata literární, umělecká, společenská, politická i duchovní. Téma šestého ročníku: Jakou vizi má současná Evropa a jakou by mít měla? Eseje Václava Havla, jako je Moc bezmocných či Slovo o slovu, se staly klasickými texty české literatury, byly přeloženy do desítek jazyků a patří k nemnoha skutečně světově proslulým výtvorům české kultury. I proto je zapotřebí dále pěstovat žánr eseje v českém jazyce – nikoli ve smyslu napodobování esejů Václava Havla, ale ve smyslu havlovské odvahy pojmenovávat nepříjemné problémy a hledat jejich nekonvenční řešení.

December 30, 2014  | 
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Železná opona – horor minulosti a hrůzná vize budoucnosti (9. 12. 2014)

Uvedení knih historičky Anne Applebaum Železná opona a Mezi Východem a Západem. Autorka zkoumá, jak byl v demokratických společnostech po druhé světové válce zaváděn komunismus. Klidným, ale zdrcujícím způsobem líčí, jak byly politické strany, církve, média a nejrůznější instituce občanských společností, oslabovány a ničeny. Za využití nových archivních materiálů popisuje komunistické praktiky, které si zastrašováním, ponižováním a vražděním lidí klestily cestu k moci. A vypráví o životech jednotlivců, aby ukázala, jak rychle se lidé museli rozhodnout – zda bojovat, utéct nebo kolaborovat. O své práci na překladech knih hovořila a následnou debatu řídila Petruška Šustrová.

December 16, 2014  | 
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Přirozená architektura - hledání budoucnosti (8. 12. 2014)

Architekt Martin Rajniš se skupinou spolupracovníků vytvářejí po více než deset let řadu experimentálních staveb a hledají možné cesty budoucího vývoje architektury. Tomuto úsilí se dostává čím dál tím větší pozornosti i v mezinárodním kontextu (Global Award for Sustainable Architecture/Cena za udržitelnou architekturu Paříž 2014, Plischkeho cena Vídeň 2014, 3x nominace na Cenu Mies van der Rohe v letech 1997, 2004 a 2008). Přednáška byla věnována jak jednotlivým stavbám, tak i možným trendům budoucího vývoje ve světle stále rychlejších změn, které prožíváme. Přednášku moderoval novinář a předseda Správní rady Knihovny Václava Havla Jan Macháček.

December 16, 2014  | 
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Vzpomínka na Natálii Gorbaněvskou (27. 11. 2014)

Večer věnovaný básnířce, překladatelce a obhájkyni lidských práv Natálii Gorbaněvské.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Paměť disentu IV: Pavel Rychetský – diskrétní zóna (26. 11. 2014)

Přednáškový cyklus Paměť disentu pořádá Historická sociologie FHS UK a Knihovna Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Sdílený prostor – tvorba města jako dialog IV. (25. 11. 2014)

Další díl ze seriálu popularizačních večerů zaměřených na hlavní paradigmata tvorby měst v 21. století. Moderovaný rozhovor dvou výrazných osobností vybraných na principu doplňujících se protikladů. Dva rozdílné obory, dva úhly pohledu na město, oba však relevantní a pro tvorbu města důležité. Čtvrtý večer cyklu bude patřit dialogu dopravního inženýra s cykloaktivistou. Město není nikdy v klidu. Pohyb je jeho základní vlastností. Fyzicky prostupné, dostupné a propojené město je ideálem. Jakým způsobem se tomuto ideálu lze za současných podmínek přiblížit? Znamená mobilita automaticky to samé co doprava? Jaké investice do dopravní infrastruktury mají smysl? A má správa města vůbec nějak regulovat dopravní chování obyvatel? Nad tématem městské mobility se potkali Ing. Marek Zděradička, vedoucí Kanceláře infrastruktury na IPR Praha, a Vít Masare z iniciativy Auto*Mat. Cyklus připravuje Institut plánování a rozvoje hl. m. Prahy.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Anne Sutherland: Romové – neviditelní Američané (24. 11. 2014)

Americká antropoložka uvádí svou knihu, popisující zvyky a společenskou strukturu Romů v malém kalifornském městečku. Tradice svobodomyslné Ameriky a socialistického Československa jsou naprosto rozdílné, v mnohém je ale podobnost kalifornských Romů a současných českých Olachů fascinující.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Paměť disentu III: Biskup Paďour – divadlo a církev (12. 11. 2014)

Přednáškový cyklus Paměť disentu pořádá Historická sociologie FHS UK a Knihovna Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Paměť disentu V: Kamila Bendová (3. 12. 2014)

Přednáškový cyklus Paměť disentu pořádá Historická sociologie FHS UK a Knihovna Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Václav Havel píše Alfrédu Radokovi (3. 12. 2014)

K stému výročí narození velkého českého moderního divadelního a filmového režiséra Alfréda Radoka připravila KnVH ve spolupráci s Nadačním fondem Cen Alfréda Radoka komponovaný večer věnovaný silnému přátelství, které pojilo začínajícího autora Václava Havla a režimem těžce zkoušeného divadelního mága Alfréda Radoka.

December 15, 2014  | 
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Karel Hvížďala, Petr Pithart a Petr Fischer – Pokusy (1. 12. 2014)

Slavnostní uvedení nové knihy Karla Hvížďaly: Pokusy, eseje o uvízlých větách a lidech z let 2011–2014 s kresbami Ivana Steigera. Hudební doprovod Jitka Molavcová a Jiří Suchý. Knihu pokřtili Petr Pithart a Ivan Steiger. Setkáním provázel Petr Fischer.

December 15, 2014  | 
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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 15, 2014  | 
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Divadlo a revoluce (16. 11. 2014)

Vzpomínkový a debatní večer hlavních aktérů listopadových týdnů roku 1989: někdejších studentů Divadelní fakulty AMU, režisérů, herců, dramatiků a dramaturgů, doplněný autentickými filmovými záznamy. Podíl českých a moravských divadelníků a studentů uměleckých škol na listopadových událostech byl klíčový. Emotivní zpravodajství studentů z policejní bitky na Národní třídě bylo bezprostředním podnětem k divadelním stávkám po celé zemi. Rozsáhlá československá síť divadel tak mohla poskytnout svá jeviště otevřeným debatám a fungovala často místo nefunkčních totalitních médií. Divadelníci byli velice aktivní v Koordinačním centru OF a VPN včetně vyjednávání s představiteli vlády. Divadelní fakulta AMU, mnohá divadla i Divadelní ústav v Praze se staly produkčními centry revolučního dění. Hosté: Vlasta Gallerová, dramaturgyně a pedagožka profesor Petr Oslzlý, divadelník Ředitel Centra experimentálního divadla v Brně, Tomáš Töpfer, herec a režisér Divadla Na vinohradech Karel Steigerwald, dramatik, dramaturg, novinář Jan Dušek, scénogragf a první porevoluční děkan DAMU Pavel Lagner, herec a galerista Jan Potměšil, herec Anna Freimanová, Knihovna Václava Havla Setkání moderuje Veronika Bednářová

November 28, 2014  | 
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Studenti a revoluce (16. 11. 2014)

Setkání a diskuse studentů, kteří vedli sametovou revoluci – Monika MacDonagh-Pajerová, Šimon Pánek, Jan Potměšil – a současných studentů - Tereza Reichlová, Robin Hendrych a Filip Jelínek, kteří celý svůj život prožili v demokracii. Jak se na události před 25 lety dívá mladá generace? A jak se na současnost dívají vůdci tehdejších událostí? Moderoval Michal Horáček. Akce se uskutečnila ve spolupráci s Nadací Forum 2000.

November 28, 2014  | 
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Majdan – rok poté (20. 11. 2014)

Majdanem ukrajinská bouře snad přímo nezačala, ale stal se její rozbuškou a viditelným symbolem. Co k Majdanu vedlo, jak probíhal a jaký je jeho význam dnes? Ukrajinské události loňského roku, které vzrušily celý svět a jejichž dozvuky jsou stále palčivou skutečností očima novináře a analytika Ondřeje Soukupa (Hospodářské noviny). O práci reportéra v bojové zóně na východě Ukrajiny promluvil novinář Tomáš Brolík (Respekt). Vzpomínku na krvavé události v Kyjevě doprovodila projekce fotografií a vyprávění Eugena Kukly.

November 28, 2014  | 
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Večer se smrtí (18. 11. 2014)

Debata o tom, jak v České republice umíráme. Ročně v naší zemi zemře 105 tisíc lidí, z toho 69 % v nemocnici nebo LDN. Většina z nás přitom chce zemřít doma, ale málokomu se jeho přání vyplní. Schází dostupná paliativní péče a systém podpory pečujících osob. Služby hospiců nejsou hrazeny ze zdravotního pojištění. Pečující nemají záruky, rozhodnou-li se o své blízké postarat, že nepřijdou o práci a budou schopni se uživit. A lékaři upozorňují, že na sdělení špatné zprávy svým pacientům mají zhruba deset minut. Tolik času trvá vynést koš s odpadky… Jak tento stav změnit? A chceme to vůbec, nebo se nám podařilo smrt ze života vytěsnit? Pozvání přijali: Marek Uhlíř - domácí hospic Cesta domů Iva Holmerová - geriatrička, Gerontologické centrum Zdeněk Kalvach - lékař, geriatr, bývalý místopředseda České geriatrické a Pavel Pokorný - kaplan moderuje Petr Třešňák Večer připraven ve spolupráci s organizací Cesta domů.

November 28, 2014  | 
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Bronislav Ostřanský: Atlas muslimských strašáků (13. 11. 2014)

Zájem o islám narůstá. Řada kontroverzních jevů, jež léta plní zpravodajské rubriky, se ale v příručkách o islámu nevyskytuje. Nezasvěcený pozorovatel tak může nabýt dojmu, jako by existovaly dva islámy, mediální a ten z knihoven či univerzit, jejichž průnik se zdá být minimální. A právě tuto mezeru by měl zaplnit Atlas muslimských strašáků, jenž se soustředí na ta islámská či muslimská témata, která bývají tolik medializována – a mezi nemuslimy často přijímána s nepochopením či obavami. Autor, vědecký pracovník Orientálního ústavu AV ČR, v knize předkládá nástin vybraných „strašáků“, pomocí nichž by chtěl přispět k lepšímu chápání islámu a muslimů. Dílo uvedl prof. Luboš Kropáček (Ústav Blízkého východu a Afriky FF UK v Praze). Večer se konal v rámci 6. ročníku festivalu Nad Prahou půlměsíc.

November 25, 2014  | 
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Disent a exil … cesta k listopadu (12. 11. 2014)

Jaký význam měly pro disent osobnosti exilu, které informovaly o dění v ČSSR a pomáhaly disentu? Jak fungovaly „kanály“ a jaké byly způsoby spolupráce přes Železnou oponu? A jak účinně se dařilo StB mařit kontakt mezi domácími „chartistickými hnízdy“ a zahraničními „diverzními centrálami“? Debatu vedl historik Petr Blažek. Hosté: socioložka Jiřina Šiklová, badatel Radek Schovánek (ÚSTR), knihovník Jiří Gruntorád (Libri prohibiti) a Alexandr Vondra, někdejší mluvčí Charty 77 a diplomat.

November 25, 2014  | 
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Kdo je člověk… na vyprávění příběhů záleží (10. 11. 2014)

Večery s Markem Orko Váchou - setkání první V roce 2005 byl popsán genom šimpanze a vědecká komunita čekala, zda-li při porovnání tohoto genomu s naším naleznou nějaké rozdíly, geny pro lidství. Linie obou DNA jsou téměř totožné. Pro Martina Bubera je otázka „kdo je člověk“ nejtěžší ze všech možných a odpověd určuje naše sebedefinování. Totalitní ideologie se snaží přesvědčit člověka, že na něm samém nezáleží, že důležité jsou ideje, světlé zítřky či budoucnost. V demokracii je ale člověk vždy víc než společnost, v židovsko-křesťanské tradici je člověk dokonce obraz Boží, spolutvůrce vesmíru. „Kdo je člověk“ se tak stává možná nejdůležitější otázkou soudobé Evropy a na odpovědi závisí i její budoucnost. Marek Orko Vácha je katolický kněz a spisovatel, publikuje v řadě odborných periodik, zabývá se mj. evoluční biologií, lékařskou a environmentální etikou.

November 25, 2014  | 
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Talks in English: The Fall of the Iron Curtain as viewed by Jolyon Naegele

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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Nový nacionalismus a separatismus v Evropě a ve světě (4. 11. 2014)

Debata o nacionalismu a separatismu nejen v zemích, jako je Skotsko, Katalánsko, Belgie, Maďarsko, severní Itálie, Rusko, Čína… Diskuzi vedl novinář a předseda Správní rady Knihovny Václava Havla Jan Macháček. Pozvání přijali: Lenka Víchová, Petr Hlaváček, Michael Romacov, Edvard Outrata, Roman Joch, Jan Kysela.

November 13, 2014  | 
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Potřebujeme krizi pro probuzení evropské identity? (5. 11. 2014)

Debata bude hledat odpovědi na otázky: Pomohla finanční krize evropské identitě? Povede současná ukrajinská bezpečnostní krize k podpoře vnímání společné evropské identity, a ve výsledku tak umožní další integrační kroky na úrovni EU? Jak to ovlivní politiku nového Evropského parlamentu a Komise? Pozvání přijali: Zuzana Roithová, Kristina Larischová, Petr Kratochvíl, Michael Romancov. Debatu moderuje Jakub Janda. Ve spolupráci s think-tankem Evropské hodnoty.

November 12, 2014  | 
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VONS – Výbor na obranu nespravedlivě stíhaných (22. 10. 2014)

Jak vznikl, jak pracoval, kdo ho tvořil, koho se zastával a jak vypadal proces s jeho členy. VONS byl založen skupinou signatářů Charty 77 v roce 1978. Jeho členové mj. poskytovali politickým vězňům právní, finanční a jinou pomoc a obraceli se na československé úřady s žádostmi o nápravu. Řada členů VONSu byla za svou činnost šikanována a vězněna. Nejznámější je soudní proces z 22. a 23. října 1979, kdy byli odsouzeni Petr Uhl, Václav Havel, Václav Benda, Otta Bednářová, Jiří Dienstbier a Dana Němcová. Proces komunistickému režimu způsobil obrovskou mezinárodní ostudu a na místa po zatčených nastoupili další aktivisté. Ve výroční den procesu promluvila Kamila Bendová, účastnice tehdejšího dění.

November 6, 2014  | 
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Sdílený prostor - Tvorba města jako dialog III (20. 10. 2014)

Seriál popularizačních večerů zaměřených na hlavní paradigmata tvorby měst v 21. století. Moderovaný rozhovor dvou výrazných osobností vybraných na principu doplňujících se protikladů. Dva rozdílné obory, dva úhly pohledu na město, oba však relevantní a pro tvorbu města důležité. Třetí večer cyklu bude patřit dialogu architekta s developerem. Nová výstavba je nutnou podmínkou rozvoje každého města. Za jakých podmínek by však měla vznikat? Potřebujeme předpisy a regulace nebo platí, že stavět může každý, kdo má potřebné finance? Kde končí odpovědnost investora a začíná odpovědnost správy města? Jak náročné je tvořit originální architekturu v kontextu městského prostředí? Nad tématem současné architektury se potkali architekt Pavel Hnilička (IPR PRAHA) a developer Leoš Anderle (SEKYRA GROUP). Moderátorem večera byl architekt Osamu Okamura (reSITE). Cyklus připravuje Institut plánování a rozvoje hl. m. Prahy.

November 6, 2014  | 
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Život v gulagu (23. 10. 2014)

Uvedení knihy Waltera Ciszka S Bohem v Rusku, která je strhujícím svědectvím jezuitského kněze, který byl po vypuknutí druhé světové války zatčen v Polsku a přes dvacet let vězněn sovětským režimem. Teprve v roce 1963 byl vyměněn za sovětského agenta a mohl odjet do USA. Pozvání přijal Jan Plovajko, vězeň ruského gulagu, a rusista Štěpán Černoušek. Moderuje: Pavel Ryjáček. Hudební doprovod: Marie Fuxová.

November 6, 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)

November 5, 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)

November 5, 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)

November 5, 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)

November 5, 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)

November 5, 2014  | 
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Večer k 75. výročí prvního transportu evropských židů (24. 10. 2014)

Dne 18. října 1939 byl vypraven z Ostravy první transport Židů v dějinách holocaustu organizovaný Adolfem Eichmannem. Směřoval do Niska nad Sanem. Deportovaní museli vybudovat tábor, který měl být destinací pro další transporty. Od „Plánu Nisko“ se však upustilo a tábor byl zrušen. Část zadržených se vrátila domů, část byla zavražděna nacisty a část zahnána do SSSR, kde mnozí skončili v gulagu. Zaměstnanci ÚSTRu nalezli v ukrajinských archivech stovky spisů NKVD k obětem transportů do Niska. Nově objevené dokumenty společně s osudy deportovaných představili Mečislav Borák, Jan Dvořák a Adam Hradilek. Večer se koná ve spolupráci KnVH a ÚSTR.

November 5, 2014  | 
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Paměť Disentu II: Jan Ruml (22. 10. 2014)

Přednáškový cyklus Paměť disentu pořádá Historická sociologie FHS UK a Knihovna Václava Havla pod vedením sociologa Nicolase Maslowského.

November 5, 2014  | 
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Sociální nerovnosti a ekonomická prosperita (16. 10. 2014)

Ekonomie většinou hovoří o tvorbě a velikosti bohatství, „koláče“, který se rozděluje mezi obyvatele, firmy a stát fungující v rámci dané ekonomiky. Právě dobíhající krize ale přesunula pozornost na distribuci, respektive redistribuci zdrojů. Není důležité sledovat jen jak je koláč veliký, ale též kolik si z něj kdo může ukousnout. Jakkoliv na to někteří ekonomové zapomínají, jejich pohled na věc je mnohdy omezující, proto jsme se na téma rozhodli podívat z různých úhlů: Jako první se k tématu vyjádří ekonom z Univerzity Karlovy Petr Janský. Ve svém příspěvku se zaměří na vznik ekonomických nerovností a jejich ekonomické důsledky. Popíše faktory, které ekonomické nerovnosti prohlubují a také ty, které je pomáhají mírnit. Na něj naváže sociolog Daniel Prokop z agentury Median, který se sociálními nerovnostmi dlouhodobě zabývá. Jeho pohled debatu dále posune směrem ke společenskému kontextu. Pohovoří o tom, jak ekonomické nerovnosti ovlivňují vzájemné chování lidí ve společnosti. Poslední příspěvek přednese filosof Michael Hauser, který je známý velmi kritickým postojem k neoliberálnímu přístupu ke společnosti. Snad trefně ukazuje jeho postoj k současné společnosti titul jeho knihy "Kapitalismus, jako zombie". Doufáme, že jeho příspěvek vyvolá výraznější diskuzi, která potrvá celou druhou polovinu večera. Upozorňujeme, že Knihovna Václava Havla od poslední BESedy změnila své působiště. Tentokrát se večer odehraje v novém sídle v Ostrovní ulici. Téma uvádí a besedu řídí Boris Pavelec s Vítem Macháčkem. Akci zaštiťuje Behavioral Economics Society – Spolek studentů převážně z Vysoké školy ekonomické.

November 3, 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 30, 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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Prostřednictvím kočky Pavla Juráčka (8. 10. 2014)

Večer věnovaný jedné z klíčových postav takzvané „nové vlny“ československé kinematografie šedesátých let 20. století, blízkému příteli Václava Havla, autorovi dnes již legendárních Deníků (podle ankety Lidových novin kniha roku 2004), režimem pronásledovanému tvůrci, který zemřel pouhých šest měsíců před 17. listopadem 1989… Čtení z prvního svazku Díla Pavla Juráčka Prostřednictvím kočky a dosud nevydaných deníků v podání Lukáše Jůzy, vzpomínání jeho syna – Marka Juráčka a Miloše Fikejze, znalce díla i života Pavla Juráčka, projekce filmu Postava k podpírání...

October 13, 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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Večer se Sin Tong-hjokem: Okno do táborů smrti v Severní Koreji

Sin Tong-hjok se narodil v lágru (tábor 14, Kaechon, zóna totální kontroly), unikl a zasvětil život svědectví o tom, jak se v táborech lidé rodí a umírají. „Byl jsem zvíře a v člověka se teprve vyvíjím“, uvádí v knize Útěk z tábora č. 14, kterou napsal s novinářem Blaine Hardenem a která se stala celosvětovým bestsellerem.

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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Do we risk a new Cold War?

Talks in English -- Petr Kolář and Václav Havel The third 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". Chaired by writer and journalist David Vaughan. Petr Kolar held a number of positions in the Czech Foreign Service, including Head of Department, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for bilateral relations, advisor to the President Vaclav Havel for European integration and the Balkan, and Ambassador to Sweden (1996-1998), Ireland (1999-2003), the US (2005-2010) and the Russian Federation (2010-2012). In 2013 he served as Director of Forreign Affairs for the PPF Group, where he primarily focused on Asia. Currently, he works in international law firm Squire Sanders, where he focuses his practice on commercial diplomacy and global government relations. Petr provides clients with analytic and diplomatic expertise, representing them before the legislative and executive branches of government. David Vaughan is a broadcaster, journalist and university lecturer. He is author of the book "Battle for the Airwaves" on the role of the media in the run-up to WWII. For eight years he was editor-in-chief of Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio, and prior to that he was the Prague correspondent of the BBC. He has won national and international awards for his radio work. His documentary novel "Slyšte můj hlas" (Hear My Voice) was serialized by Czech Radio in 2013 and is to be published this year.

June 18, 2014  | 
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Talks in English – Paul Wilson and Václav Havel

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

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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  |