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PHOTO: Imperfect Democracy: Václav Havel's Concerns about the Development of Democracy  16/10/14

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. More

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PHOTO: An Evening with Shin Dong-hyuk: A window into North Korean death camps (2. 10. 2014)  16/10/14

Shin Dong-hyuk was born in a labour camp (Camp 14, Kaechon, Total Control Zone). He escaped and dedicated his life to bearing witness to how people are born and die in the camps. “I think I am still evolving – from an animal to a human,” he says in his book Escape from Camp 14, which he wrote with journalist Blaine Harden and which became a worldwide bestseller. More

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VIDEO: Democracy in Today's Russia, interview with Khodorkovsky (13. 10. 2014)  14/10/14

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. More

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PHOTO: Perpetual motion, or seven days of Mr. A  14/10/14

This virtually unknown libretto of a pantomime, authored by Václav Havel, was created in spring 1989 at the request of friends in prison. A copy of the letter to Olga Havlová in which the writer included the libretto is preserved in the archive of the Václav Havel Library. The text has been studied by artists and teachers form the Department of Pantomime at the Theatre Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. More

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PHOTO: Interview with Mikhail Khodorkovsky  14/10/14

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. More

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22/10/14 10:00

Memory and Dissent II: Jan Ruml Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00

The lecture series Memory of Dissent is organised by the Historical Sociology department at Charles University’s Faculty of Humanities and the Václav Havel Library and headed by sociologist Nicolas Maslowski. More