4th Annual Conference
The Vaclav Havel European Dialogues
Prague, May 15, 2017

Where Does Europe Begin and End?

„Reflecting on Europeanism means inquiring what set of values, ideals or principles evokes, or characterises the notion of Europe. And more than that: It also entails, by definition, a critical examination of that set of thoughts, followed soon by the realisation that many European traditions, principles or values may be double-edged, and that some of them  if carried too far and used, or abused, in certain ways  can lead us to hell.“

Vaclav Havel: European Parliament, Strasbourg, 16 February 2000

When and where

  • Date: Monday, May 15, 2017
  • Venue: DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Prague
  • Organiser: Vaclav Havel Library, Prague
  • Partners: European Commission Represenation in the Czech Republic; DOX Centre for Contemporary Art, Polish Institute Prague, Sekyra Group
  • Conference Programme
  • Photographs from the Conference

Videorecordings

Monday 15, 2017

The conference was held in English and Czech and was simultaneously translated into Czech and English.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„If I consider the problem as that which the world is turning me into – that is, as a tiny screw in a giant machine, deprived of human identity – then there is really nothing I can do. Obviously I cannot put a stop to the destruction of the globe, the growing stupidity of nations and the repoduction of thousands of new thermonuclear bombs. If, however, I consider it as that which each of us originally is, or rahter what each of us – irrespective of the state of the world – has the basic potential to become, which is to say an autonomous human being, capable of acting responsibly to and for the world, then of course there is a great deal I can do.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, March 6, 1982

What Price Human Rights?