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Meeting Philip G. Zimbardo

Meeting Philip G. Zimbardo

Debate with the American psychologist and populariser of psychology Philip G. Zimbardo. A professor at Stanford University since 1968, he is famous for his research in the field of prison psychology, in particular for the Stanford prison experiment of 1971, which was financed by the Office of Naval Research and attempted to discover why wardens tend to treat inmates cruelly. More

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Nadia Murad The winner of the Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016

Nadia Murad (Iraq) a young, brave Yazidi woman, who managed to flee ISIS in northern Iraq. Today a human rights activist, she brings the plight of the Yazidi community, in particular the forced sexual enslavement and human trafficking of women and children captured by ISIS, to the forefront of international attention.  More

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VACLAV HAVEL LIBRARY FOUNDATION NAMES BURMESE WRITER MA THIDA WINNER OF ‘DISTURBING THE PEACE’ AWARD

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation will honor Burmese writer Ma Thida with its first annual Disturbing the Peace award at a ceremony at the Bohemian National Hall in New York on September 28. More

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Save the Date: MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO TO DECLARE SEPTEMBER 28 VACLAV HAVEL DAY IN THE NEW YORK CITY

"If you want to see your plays performed the way you wrote them, become President."
Vaclav Havel

Bohemian National Hall | 321 East 73rd Street, Manhattan
Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 6PM

Join us for a celebration of the power of words, human rights, and theater. Together, we will mark Havel Day with colleagues and friends from Havel’s ‘homefelt’ institutions in the city – Public Theater, New York Review of Books, Columbia University, and others. More

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A Heart for Vaclav Havel

Sculpture by Lukáš Gavlovský and Roman Švejda "Heart for Václav Havel" will be officially presented on May 2nd, 6 pm at Columbia College in Chicago. The screening of the documentary film Life according to Václav Havel by Andrea Sedláčková will be a part of the evening. For more see invite.

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Václav Havel: Politics and Conscience

Yesterday evening the exhibition Václav Havel: Politics and Conscience, prepared in connection with what would have been his 80th birthday, was ceremonially launched at the Czech Centre on Prague’s Rytířská St. The exhibition runs until 7 May 2016 and you are cordially invited!

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Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights Announcement

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation announces The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation Fellowship for Human Rights, a summer fellowship in Prague for undergraduate students studying in the United States. Founded as part of Havel@80, the annual fellowship program will offer students a two week, fully-funded opportunity to learn from and engage with organizations in the Czech Republic working to carry forward Havel’s legacy in the field of human rights. More

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Friday marks 30th anniversary of awarding of Erasmus Prize to Václav Havel

Exactly 30 years ago – on 22 January 1986 – the Erasmus Prize Foundation announced the decision to award its prestigious annual prize for exceptional contribution to European Culture to Václav Havel. Václav Havel reacted to the news on the day with a brief statement before two months later responding with his Acceptance Speech, which today ranks among his key texts. The prize was received at a gala ceremony at the Rotterdam church St. Laurenskerk on 13 November 1986 on behalf of Václav Havel, who at the time was unable to leave Czechoslovakia for political reasons, by Professor František Janouch. Soon afterwards the Acceptance Speech was voiced by Jan Tříska for the Czech department of Radio Free Europe. (The impaired intelligibility of the recording is not due to the quality of the recording but the jamming devices that then regime employed to make listening to “seditious transmitters from the West” difficult.)

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Václav Havel Human Rights Prize 2016: Call For Nominations

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), in partnership with the Vaclav Havel Library and the Charta 77 Foundation, has issued a call for nominations for the 2016 Václav Havel Human Rights Prize, which will be awarded for the fourth consecutive year on 10 October next in Strasbourg. The ceremony will be followed by the conference in honour of the winner on 12 October in Prague. More

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2016 Year of Havel

On Wednesday 6 January 2016, the Václav Havel Library ceremonially launched the New Year with an Epiphany evening. The director of the VH Library, Michael Žantovský, together with Pavel Niklová, director of the Václav Havel Library Foundation, and the founder of Art for Amnesty–Amnesty International, Bill Shipsey, used the occasion to introduce the project Havel@80 (a video greeting from them can be viewed here). The world-famous singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega then spoke to the assembled. More

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