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The Needs of Endangered Children 
September 3, 2018, 19:00

Discussion focused on the current status of endangered children in the Czech Republic in the context of ongoing changes in social and family policy. It will also explore the fulfilment of the Czech Republic’s international legal commitments as regards the protection of human rights. The invited guests include experts committed to high standards and dignified conditions in care for endangered children, including subsequent support during adolescence and early adulthood. More

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August 1968 in Liberec 
September 6, 2018, 19:00

Discussion centred on the tragic events of August 1968 in Liberec, where Warsaw Pact troops killed nine people and injured dozens in the initial days of the invasion. The then resistance included broadcasts by the radio station in Liberec involving Václav Havel and Jan Tříska.  More

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NaVýchod Magazine: Martin C. Putna and Radko Mokryk – What is Central Europe? 
September 10, 2018, 19:00

The states that more than a quarter-century ago emerged from the so-called “socialist camp” are today looking for their own identities. What is Central Europe? What kind of future awaits Poland and Hungary? What events on Europe’s eastern borders influence goings-on on the continent? And where does Czechia actually belong? More

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Debate with Respekt 
September 11, 2018, 19:00

Discussion with Respekt editors and their guests on a topical issue. More information will be posted at least one week before the event at www.vaclavhavel-library.org

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Tereza Boučková: The Race Against Time 
September 12, 2018, 20:00

“I selected texts that I think are timeless and good and simply stand up as literature. I left out singularly political texts, as they get old very quickly. But even still the book reflects the time in which we live. I write about it with sadness and disenchantment – and above all with humour and irony!” More

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T. G. Masaryk – Overrated or Underrated? 
September 13, 2018, 19:00

The Masaryk phenomenon and its significance today More

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Contemporary Vietnam 
September 14, 2018, 19:00

What do we actually know about it? In recent years the political situation in Vietnam has become more difficult. Almost 200 activists are in prison and free journalism and engaged literature are only possible underground. What does Me Nam have to say about it? What environmental themes are dissident bloggers exploring? How do bloggers operate and how are their families protected? What is the situation regarding women’s rights in Vietnam? More

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Vladimír Dzuro: The Civil War in the Balkans and War Crimes 
September 17, 2018, 19:00

Vladimír Dzuro was the first, and for a long time only, Czech who investigated war crimes in the Balkans for the office of the chief prosecutor at the International Tribunal in the Hague. Dzuro uncovered mass graves and questioned and arrested those responsible for suffering and genocide. He took part in the first arrest of a war criminal since the Nuremberg trials. He got to the bottom of a massacre at the Ovčara farm near Vukovar. As an investigator he was involved in many such cases. The one-time Prague detective spent over nine years as part of a team tasked with investigating war crimes committed by Serbs in Croatia and Western Bosnia. He now heads the Office of Internal Affairs at the United Nations in New York. He has laid down his testimony in his new book, entitled Vyšetřovatel – Démoni balkánské války a světská spravedlnost (The Investigator – Justice and Demons of the Balkan War). More

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Pavel Fiala: A Roundabout Route to Victory 
September 18, 2018, 20:00

The Communists locked my dad up when I was nine. Then the Communists locked my mother up. I was 10 and the Communists caused me to become the winner of the Czechoslovak derby, because I wanted to study and become a veterinarian and they banned me from doing it.” More

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Jacques Rupnik Reflects on Central Europe in New Collection 
September 18, 2018, 17:00

Střední Evropa Je Jako Pták S Očima Vzadu (Central Europe is Like a Bird With Eyes in the Back of its Head) offers Jacques Rupnik’s view of Czech history and politics and more than anything a careful analysis and monitoring of the causes and results of various events, ranging from the creation of Czechoslovakia to contemporary positions on migration and the European Union. More

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Why Aren’t the Senate Elections about the Senate? 
September 19, 2018, 19:00

An exploration of the Senate’s position today, what it can influence and why elections to the upper chamber are frequently a different version of municipal elections. More

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Karel Hvížďala and Jiří Přibáň: Looking for History 
September 20, 2018, 19:00

Dialogue between the famously curious journalist Karel Hvížďala and Jiří Přibáň, a legal philosopher based in the UK’s Cardiff, on the key points in our history in the broad context of the period ranging from the ninth to the 21st century.  More

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The VH Library at the Book World Plzeň Trade Fair 
21/09/18 – 22/09/18 Participation on local events

A stand presenting books published by the Václav Havel Library and an accompanying programme in the form of the launch of the new title Mé vzpomínky (My Memoirs) by Václav M. Havel. More

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How does the Czech Republic stand on drug policy? 
September 24, 2018, 19:00

Is our drug policy high-quality and effective? What challenges or threats does it face? Can a rational political debate on the issue of drugs take place at the legislative level? The panel will discuss the issue of the effectiveness of drug policy in the Czech Republic and its impact on the public, users and experts. More

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Nine Hundred Pages of the Havel Family 
September 25, 2018, 19:00

Ceremonial presentation of Václav M. Havel’s book Mé vzpomínky (My Memoirs) More

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Hollywood on the Vltava, or the VHL at the Festival of Good Publishers 
28/09/18 – 29/09/18 Participation on local events

As part of the festival there will be an introduction to titles published by the VH Library and a presentation of Václav Maria Havel’s autobiography Mé vzpomínky (My Memoirs). Ivan M. Havel will be in attendance.

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Speech in Czech Parliament

„After all our identity does not consist of our talking about it and constantly shouting over the place that “we are Czechs, we’re the best”, but of our being capable of saying something original to others, of creating something that can attract others but is unlikely to originate elsewhere.“

Václav Havel:
Speech in Czech Parliament, March 12, 1996

The unbearable lightness of evilVáclav Havel’s Prague