Havel Archives

The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation aims to map and document Vaclav Havel’s activities in North America. Our work complements the mission of the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague by organizing access to unique materials documenting Havel’s accomplishments and network in North America that supported his work at home. Havel Archives will be an online database pointing to the records held by North American universities, U.S. presidential libraries, journals and other media sources, and private archives. The mapping project was initiated at the planning workshop, “The Legacy and Sources of Vaclav Havel and his Era” that took place at the New York Public Library in October 2013, which was attended by a number of distinguished librarians and archival experts. The Archive will serve as the primary aid for students of anti-totalitarianism, dissidence, democracy, and East/Central European drama, as well social activists, political leaders, and the general public who are interested in Vaclav Havel. The Foundation can facilitate access to the bulk of Havel’s archives and documents in the Vaclav Havel Library in Prague.

Havel ArchivesMartin Puchner July 3, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Martin Puchner, H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University  
Havel ArchivesMartin Palous July 3, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Ambassador Martin Palous, Czech Ambassador to the United Nations, former Czech Ambassador to the United States and former spokesperson of Charter 77
Havel ArchivesJan Novak July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Jan Novak, Writer, Translator of Havel’s plays and Documentary Filmmaker  
Havel ArchivesGregory Mosher July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Gregory Mosher, Director University Arts Initiative Columbia University
Havel ArchivesWilliam and Wendy Luers July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: William and Wendy Luers, Former President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former Ambassador to Czechoslovakia; Founder and President of the Foundation for a Civil Society
Havel ArchivesChris Harwood July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Chris Harwood, Lecturer in Czech Slavic Languages, Columbia University
Havel ArchivesMilos Forman July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Milos Forman, Filmmaker
Havel ArchivesEdward Einhorn July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Edward Einhorn, Artistic Director, Untitled Theater #61, and presenter of the Havel Festival
Havel ArchivesLisa Anderson July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Lisa Anderson, Dean School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University  
Havel ArchivesBradley Abrams July 2, 2015 Source: CCNMTL INTERVIEW: Bradley Abrams, Associate Director, Harriman Institute and Associate Professor, History Department, Columbia University
President-Bush-meets-with-Natan-Sharansky Havel ArchivesThe side of freedom June 30, 2015 Source: The Freedom Collection www.freedomcollection.org / By Amanda Schnetzer   In 2004, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky publishedThe Case for Democracy, a small but significant volume on the power of freedom. Given the seemingly endless stories of tyranny and violence in the Middle East and skepticism in some corners over …
Havel ArchivesMahmoud Afifi: Afifi Joins the April 6th Youth Movement June 20, 2015 Source: The Freedom Collection www.freedomcollection.org / Mahmoud Afifi is an Egyptian democracy activist with the April 6th Youth Movement, a group formed in 2008 to support striking workers; afterwards, it transformed into a nationwide opposition network against Hosni Mubarak’s regime. Today, Afifi serves as the Director of the April 6th …
Aung San Suu Kyi Havel ArchivesThe Bush institute talks with Rena Pederson about “The Burma Spring” February 10, 2015 Source: The Freedom Collection www.freedomcollection.org / By Freedom Square Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991 for her attempts to bring democracy to Burma. Now a member of Parliament in her country, she continues her pursuit of freedom for Burma. In her new book, “The Burma Spring,” …
Havel's Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress Havel ArchivesHavel’s Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress November 20, 2014 Source: Voice of America / By Zlatica Hoke / WASHINGTON—U.S. congressional leaders have honored the late Czech president, author and freedom fighter Vaclav Havel at a time when his country is marking the 25th anniversary of its anti-communist protests that eventually led to democracy. A bust of Havel was unveiled …
Human-Rights Havel ArchivesDictators and democratic struggles July 17, 2013 Source: The Freedom Collection www.freedomcollection.org / Eliot Cohen, in his review of William J. Dobson’s The Dictator’s Learning Curve, asks a pressing question: How should the United States develop and implement a freedom agenda that is practical and effective, and that does not involve a calamitous sacrifice of other interests? …