Conference 2013

Conference

In 2003 a conference was held on 2 October at the Prague Crossroads. It was entitled "Civic Society: Freedom is Not to Be Taken for Granted" and was organised in honour of Ales Bialiatski, a Belarusian dissent and writer who has been in prison since 2011 for alleged tax evasion. Ales Bialiatski was represented at the conference by his wife, Natalia Pinchuk.

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

Václav Havel’s Prague