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Guided tour – Havel In A Nutshell

The Václav Havel Library’s permanent exhibition Havel In A Nutshell introduces pupils and students the life of Václav Havel through a collage of photographs and quotations. Touch screens make use of detailed information and sound recordings to place individual chapters – family, theatre, dissent and presidency – in a broad cultural-historical context, while a large interactive map creates a tangible sense of Václav Havel’s global “footsteps”.

The date is set according to prior arrangement (vzdelavani@vaclavhavel-library.org). Prize for a guided-tour in English is 100 CZK/student.

Václav Havel – a Czech myth, or Havel in a Nutshell

This interactive workshop lasting for about 180 minutes takes place in the “Havel in a Nutshell” exhibition hall. Primary and secondary school students are divided into groups within which they deal with various “research” projects. Students work with selected texts and are provided with particular books. The workshop is related not only to the teaching of Czech history, but also to personal, literary, artistic and media training, and increasing student’s democratic consciousness as citizens.

Nina Rut, who presents the programme, has several years’ experience of working with media, editing, and teaching. She has carried out an educational programme for teachers entitled “Reading and Writing for Critical Thinking”. She is a permanent member of staff at the Václav Havel Library.

The optimal number of students in one group is 20. The lesson is adapted to suit each particular group. The price of a seminar is 75 CZK per student. The date is set according to prior arrangement (vzdelavani@vaclavhavel-library.org).

Diary entry for 13 April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„This year didn’t begin well, either for the world or for me. Its beginning was foreshadowed by the waves of the tsunami. You had to ask yourself: was the planet trying to tell us something, warn us of something, challenge us to take some action? In other words: was this just another one of the billions of cosmic events that create the history of the world, or was it something more?“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 13 April 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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