Václav Havel European Dialogues 
2nd Prague Conference, 29–30 May 2015

Time for Europeans Politics

  • Date: May 29–30, 2015
  • Organizer: Václav Havel Library in cooperation with European Commission Representation in the Czech Republic
  • Partners: Forum 2000 Foundation, DOX Centre for Contemporary Art
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Poupětova 1, Prague
  • Programme
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

Friday May 29, 2015

Saturday May 30, 2015

 

    

   

 

Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi

„Many Europeans and Americans today are painfully aware of the fact that Euro-American civilization has undermined and destroyed the autonomy of non-European cultures. They feel it was their fault, and thus feel they have to make amends through a kind of emotional identification with others, through accommodating them, through trying to ingratiate themselves, through a longing to “help” them in one way or another. To my mind, this is a false way of going about it… It contains… the same familiar feeling of superiority… It is inverted colonialism. It is an intellectual spasm. I think we will all help one another best if we make no pretences, remain ourselves, and simply respect and honour one another, just as we are. “

Václav Havel:
Speech on receiving the Indira Gandhi Prize, New Delhi, February 8, 1994

What Price Human Rights?