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06.10.2016 19:30

Václav Havel: The European

An evening in cooperation with the Forum 2000 annual conference and the Václav Havel Library in Prague: Czech President and playwright Václav Havel would celebrate his 80th birthday on October 5th. We will commemorate not just his celebrated personality, but specifically his ideas about Europe, which remain current and provocative. Based on his personal experience of totalitarian persecution he believed in the key role of European integration for the quality of democracy in Europe.

The evening will present some of Havel´s most important and interesting ideas and will be complemented by a projection of pictures taken by Czech photographer Karel Cudlín, who followed the president on his journeys for many years. We will also pay some attention to the upcoming conference Forum 2000, which takes place in Prague in the second half of October. Forum 2000, founded by Václav Havel in 1996, focuses on current topics of democracy and human rights development and is attended every year by high ranking personalities from all around the world.

Czech Ambassador in Germany, H.E. Tomáš J. Podivínský, will present the opening remarks. For the discussion about Václav Havel and his thoughts on Europe two outstanding speakers will join the evening:

Michael Žantovský (* 3 January 1949, Prague) is a Czech diplomat, politician, author, journalist, lyricist and psychologist. After the so called Velvet revolution in 1989 he worked as a spokesman and advisor to President Václav Havel and was his close friend until Havel´s death in 2011. Mr. Žantovský is a former Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the USA and the United Kingdom. He is the author of Václav Havel´s biography published in 2014. The book will be available at the venue.

Prof. Eckart Stratenschulte (* 14 January 1952 in Heidelberg) is the director of Europäische Akademie Berlin since 1993. He lectures political science at Freie Universität Berlin, where he was awarded an honorary professorship in 2005. Mr. Stratenschulte also helped to build a new joined postgraduate program in European studies of the three biggest Berlin universities. He is a member of the board of Europäische Bewegung Deutschland.

The talk will be in English and hosted by PhDr. Tomáš Sacher, director of the Czech Centre Berlin.
The bookstall will be run by Bücher am Nonnendamm.

Admission free



Foto © Karel Cudlin



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10117 Berlin


06.10.2016 19:30


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