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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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Jan Novák: Milan Kundera. Český život a doba

Spisovatel Jan Novák hovořil v Knihovně Václava Havla o své monografii Milan Kundera. Český život a doba (nakl. Argo, Paseka). Rozhovor s autorem pro Havel Channel vedl Michael Žantovský, ředitel KnVH

September 22, 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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Vladimír Merta představuje Popelnicový román

Popelnicový román je svým obsahem, stylem i celkovým vyzněním dílem v současné české próze ojedinělým. Vpravdě postmoderní próza, pracující s nesčetnými citáty, aluzemi, persiflážemi a pastišemi, je zdrcujícím šklebem nad českou dobou předlistopadovou, těsně polistopadovou i současnou. Hlavními Mertovými vypravěčskými prostředky jsou humor, vtip, nadsázka, ironie a sarkasmus. Popelnicový román není kniha na jedno přečtení, je to prozaický vulkán, který hrozí zavalit čtenáře lávou přesně mířené legrace, z níž mrazí. S Vladimírem Mertou hovořila Zuzana Barincová.

September 18, 2020  | 
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Co je nám do Běloruska?

13. ročník soutěže Knihovny Václava Havla o nejlepší studentský esej pro studenty SŠ Máme se zajímat o osudy lidí žijících v nedemokratických zemích potlačujících lidská a občanská práva, jako je Bělorusko, Čína, Tchaj-wan, Kuba, Rusko a další? Je to naše povinnost, nebo jde o zbytečné vměšování do záležitostí zemí s odlišnou historickou zkušeností a kulturou? Jsme schopni jim porozumět a pomoci? Své eseje posílejte do 31.10: 2020 na esej@vaclavhavel.cz . Tři nejlepší esejisty čeká finanční odměna 15 000 Kč, 10 000 Kč a 5 000 Kč Více informací na https://www.vaclavhavel.cz/cs/vzdelavani/studentsky-esej

September 17, 2020  | 
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Madeleine Albrightová zdraví Havel Channel

Madeleine Albrightová drží audiovizuálnímu projektu Havel Channel pěsti. Velice si toho vážíme a děkujeme!

September 10, 2020  | 
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Václav Havel v srpnu 1968

Unikátní hlasová nahrávka malého nočního zamyšlení, které Václav Havel pronesl na vlnách svobodného vysílače Liberec 22. srpna 1968 - jen den po zahájení okupace Československa "bratrskými" armádami Varšavské smlouvy pod taktovkou Sovětského Svazu.

August 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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The Revolt of Islam: the Middle East in turmoil (10. 3. 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December 3, 2014  | 
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Talks in English: The Fall of the Iron Curtain as viewed by Jolyon Naegele (21.11. 2014)

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

November 23, 2014  | 
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Imperfect Democracy: Václav Havel's Concerns about the Development of Democracy (14. 10. 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 12, 2014  | 
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Náhlý a sprostý vpád sovětských vojsk (21. 8. 2014)

Záznam z diskuse s Revazem Cincadzem z Gruzie, jedním z „bezejmenných“ protestujících občanů SSSR proti invazi spojeneckých vojsk do Československa v srpnu 1968. Případ Revaze Cincadzeho je zajímavý tím, že nebyl příslušníkem disidentských skupin, nepřipojil se ke konkrétním organizacím, sdružením a skupinám, které v tomto historickém období sovětské Gruzie existovaly. Svůj protest vyjádřil osobitě – napsal předsedovi Rady ministrů SSSR A. N. Kosyginovi dva dopisy, v nichž uvedl své názory na celkové budování země. Druhý dopis z 14. března 1970 zahájil slovy „Vyjadřuji svůj rozhodný, rozhněvaný protest v souvislosti s náhlým, sprostým, ničím neodůvodněným vpádem sovětských vojsk na území Československa. Proti nám a proti této věrolomnosti povstal celý svět.“ Za napsání tohoto dopisu byl Revaz Cincadze zatčen a podroben psychiatrickému vyšetření. Za údajnou schizofrenii byl držen v psychiatrické léčebně v Kazani, propuštěn byl až po téměř dvou letech. Diskuzi, pořádanou Knihovnou Václava Havla a Ústravem pro studium totalitních režimůs podporou velvyslanectví Gruzie moderoval Adam Hradilek.

September 2, 2014  | 
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David Svoboda: Ukrajina II. Banderovci (17. 6. 2014)

Druhé pokračování cyklu přednášek historika Davida Svobody (ÚSTR) na téma ukrajinské 20. století a spory o jeho tragické milníky.

July 4, 2014  | 
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Oldřich Škácha 1941--2014 (16. 6. 2014)

Vzpomínání Marie Fantyšové, Jiřího Stránského a Martina Vidláka na Oldřicha Škáchu. Setkání volně vedly a hovor inspirovaly autorovy fotografie známých osobností a událostí nedávné československé a české historie.

July 4, 2014  | 
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České vize Evropy? (26. 6. 2014)

Projekt evropské integrace prožívá krizi, která je zároveň novou šancí. Nakladatelství Academia vydalo u příležitosti 10. výročí členství ČR v EU knihu "České vize Evropy? Manuál k naší evropské debatě", která objevně otevírá řadu otázek, jejichž aktuálnost se ukazuje i po nedávných eurovolbách. Nad evropskou problematikou kriticky diskutovali Jacques Rupnik, Roman Joch, editor knihy Petr Hlaváček a Jan Michal, vedoucí Zastoupení Evropské komise v ČR. Debatu moderoval novinář, analytik a předseda Správní rady Knihovny Václava Havla Jan Macháček.

June 27, 2014  | 
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Všechny cesty vedou do Pekingu (19. 6. 2014)

Lidská práva: Má Česká republika na to, aby skloubila obchodování s Čínou a solidaritu s Tibetem? Nebo si bude muset vybrat? Pozvání přijali: Petr Drulák (1. náměstek ministra zahraničí), Radek Špicar (viceprezident Svazu průmyslu a dopravy, ředitel Aspen institutu), Jan Macháček (novinář, analytik a předseda Správní rady Knihovny Václava Havla) a Martin Bursík (předseda Liberálně ekologické strany). Debatu moderuje novinářka Kateřina Šafaříková.

June 20, 2014  | 
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Reflexe doby před rokem 1989 v literatuře (12. 6. 2014)

Beseda s autory ze zemí střední Evropy, které spojuje obdobná historická zkušenost. Mirka Ábelová (Slovensko), Peter Kocsis (Maďarsko), Franciszek Nastulczyk (Polsko), Max Ščur (Bělorusko). Besedu moderoval Jáchym Topol. Večer se konal ve spolupráci s revue Babylon a s podporou: Visegrádský fond, hlavní město Praha a Státní fond kultury ČR.

June 18, 2014  | 
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Do we risk a new Cold War? (11. 6. 2014)

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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Debata s Respektem -- Média v rukou politiků (2. 6. 2014)

Jak změnil Andrej Babiš a další noví majitelé česká média Česká média se vrací do českých rukou. Noví majitelé však spolu se svými politickými ambicemi přinášejí dosud nejsilnější obavy ze ztráty nezávislosti. Pozvání přijali: Sabina Slonková (MF Dnes) a Jindřich Šídlo (Hospodářské noviny). Debatu v Knihovně Václava Havla moderoval redaktor Respektu Tomáš Sacher.

June 5, 2014  | 
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Setkání s litevským mistrem básnického umění Tomasem Venclovou (28. 5. 2014)

Tomas Venclova, druhdy buřičský básník, literární vědec, esejista a překladatel, byl roku 1977 vyštván z rodného Vilniusu, aby se stal exulantem a posléze profesorem na Yale. Je držitelem mnoha ocenění, mj. i ceny Zbigniewa Herberta za celoživotní dílo. Na setkání promluvil o poezii i o zapeklitých problémech současného světa, a to nejen z pozice světově proslulého básníka a světoobčana, ale také jako Středoevropan, za kterého se nikdy nepřestal považovat. Večer moderoval Jáchym Topol.

June 3, 2014  | 
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Hrabal a Maďaři (19. 5. 2014)

K letošním oslavám mistrova narození přidáváme dosud téměř utajenou kapitolu, totiž Hrabala čteného Maďary a po maďarsku. Znalci Hrabalova díla Peter Kocsis, Tomáš Mazal a překladatel Robert Svoboda, promluvili o zemětřesení, které v tehdejší Maďarské lidové republice způsobilo vydání Postřižin. Neopomenuli se též zmínit o rozdílech mezi maďarským a českým humorem, o louskání překladatelských ořechů a také o vzdálenosti jazyků a blízkosti kultur...

June 3, 2014  | 
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Debata před volbami do Evropského parlamentu 2014

Dva dny před volbami s kandidáty do EP debatoval v Knihovně Václava Havla novinář týdeníku Respekt Tomáš Sacher, mimo jiné na téma deseti let v EU. Pozvání přijali: Pavel Poc (ČSSD), Petr Ježek (ANO), Luděk Niedermayer (TOP O9), Jan Zahradil (ODS), Pavel Svoboda (KDU-ČSL), Ondřej Liška (Zelení), Milena Vicenová (LES).

May 23, 2014  | 
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Talks in English -- Paul Wilson and Václav Havel (15. 5. 2014)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

February 21, 2014  | 
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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  |