Havel Conversations

Oral history focused on Vaclav’s Havel legacy in the United States and Canada before, during, and after his presidency aims to engage both public and scholarly interest in the dissident-to-president’s life and Havel’s unique leadership that interwove political and diplomatic life with music, arts, and dramatic and literary walks of life. Havel Conversations develop interviews that were prepared for Vaclav Havel Residency at Columbia University in 2006 by Columbia Center for New Media Teaching & Learning. Please see Havel Archives

VHLF-Gala2020-invite-1600x1000 Havel ConversationsVHLF & BBLA Annual Gala Celebrating Cultural Diplomacy November 6, 2020 Thursday, September 24, 2020 Vaclav Havel Library Foundation & Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association Annual Gala Celebrating Cultural Diplomacy and Honoring Ambassador William Luers and Mrs. Wendy Luers and presenting the fifth annual Disturbing the Peace Award to a Courageous Writer at Risk took place online. Despite the fact that …
Discussion-may-2020 Havel Conversations, NewsTranslating Havel: The Tricky Parts May 31, 2020 Translating Havel: The Tricky Parts Moderated discussion, readings, Q&A Rehearsal for Truth, Theater Festival honoring Vaclav Havel 2020 Spring Weekend of Stage Readings Organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association Renowned English translators of Vaclav Havel’s works – Paul Wilson, Jan Novak and Stepan Simek …
Prague Havel ConversationsTestament of our Revolution What we can learn today from the Czechoslovak Experience of 1977 March 17, 2020 Source: Public Seminar / https://publicseminar.org / By Martin Palous / Martin Palous was one of the founding members of Charter 77, a broad civic movement that emerged in response to, among other things, the patent failure of the Czecholsovak Communist regime to live up to its international legal obligation to guarantee human …
Eda Kriseova Havel ConversationsEda Kriseová, Part 2: People hate Havel for his morality March 4, 2020 Source:Radio Prague International / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Writer and former dissident Eda Kriseová worked closely with Václav Havel during his first few years as president. She headed Prague Castle’s Complaints and Pardons Department, then inundated with letters from Czechs who felt for the first time in decades …
IMG_3276 Havel ConversationsHavel Conversations Live: Havel in America February 27, 2020 Moderated discussion by Pavla Niklova with William Luers, Wendy Luers, Lenka Kabrhelova and Rosamond Johnston in New York on October 7, 2019. Pavla Niklova, the Executive Director of the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, discusses the oral history project with participants of the oral history collection Havel Conversations. Also discussed is …
Kabrhelova Havel ConversationsHumility and “rock star” appeal – how Václav Havel won over the US November 2, 2019 Source: Radio Prague International / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Václav Havel’s relationship to the United States is the focus of the recently issued book Havel v Americe (Havel in America) by historian Rosamund Johnston and journalist Lenka Kabrhelová. Mainly based on Q&A-style interviews, it contains insights and anecdotes …
unnamed-16 Havel ConversationsREHEARSAL FOR TRUTH 2019: IN CONVERSATION: HAVEL IN AMERICA / moderated discussion August 9, 2019 Monday, October 7, 6:00 pm Duration: 120 min Pavla Niklova, Director of Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF), has invited participants from the oral history collection Havel Conversations and authors of the new book Havel v Americe (Havel in America)—featuring interviews from the project—to share their experiences. The event will also …
Pavla Niklova Havel Conversations, NewsVáclav Havel Library Foundation head Pavla Niklová: US students are still excited something like Havel’s story is possible January 13, 2019 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / The Václav Havel Library in Prague follows the US presidential library model in gathering and archiving materials relating to the late Czech dissident turned head of state. In the US, Havel’s legacy is promoted by sister organisation the Václav Havel …
Gail Papp Havel Conversations, NewsGail Papp on Václav Havel among New York’s hippies – and under house arrest in communist Czechoslovakia November 21, 2018 Source: Radio Praha / www.radio.cz / By Ian Willoughby / Taking advantage of relative liberalisation at home, the young Václav Havel visited New York in the spring of 1968 for the US premiere of his second major play, The Memorandum. It was staged by the Public Theater, which had just …
Madeleine Albright Havel Conversations, NewsMadeleine Albright Remembers Vaclav Havel October 12, 2018 Source: Columbia / Shool of International and Public Affairs / The former U.S. secretary of state spoke at a ceremony honoring the late Czech president. Under the gaze of the statuary in the Low Library rotunda, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright stepped to the podium to honor Václav Havel, …
The Power of the Powerless in China, panel discussion, Bohemian National Hall, New York, October 26, 2018 Havel Conversations, NewsThe Power of the Powerless in China, panel discussion October 4, 2018 The Power of the Powerless in China, panel discussion, Bohemian National Hall, New York, October 26, 2018 Panelists: Liao Yiwu, winner of 2018 Disturbing the Peace, Award for a Courageous Writer at Risk, writer, musician, poet; Liu Xia, Disturbing the Peace nominee, artist; Andrew Nathan, Professor of Political Science at …
HavelConvers-web-listing-large Havel Conversations, NewsHavel Conversations Live, May 2018 Gail Papp and Carol Rocamora in Conversation with Lenka Kabrhelova Wendy Luers in Conversation with Lise Stone July 30, 2018 In spring 2018, The Bohemian and Benevolent Literary Association (BBLA) together with the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) launched “Havel Conversations Live” with two interviews. Gail Marrifield Papp, a former director at New York’s Public Theater, and Carol Rocamora, author of Acts of Courage: Vaclav Havel’s Life in the Theater, …
HavelConvers-web-listing-large Havel Conversations, NewsHAVEL CONVERSATIONS LIVE April 6, 2018 Join our first-ever live interviews for the Havel Conversations series! We will ask interviewees to share their views on topics such as Havel’s influence, human rights around the world, and the responsibilities that go hand in hand with expanding social media and escalating global conflicts.     Gail Merrifield Papp …
The Florida International University dPanther Havel ConversationsHavel Conversations 2016-2017 November 15, 2017 The Havel Conversations project is an oral history initiative in which artists, activists and politicians reflect upon Vaclav Havel’s legacy, and themes close to the late Czech president such as cultural diplomacy and human rights. This collection of interviews with American politicians (such as Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright), and …
VHLF_ONTYRANY_CLANEK Events, Havel ConversationsON TYRANY – Twenty lessons from the twentieth century by Timothy Snyder October 23, 2017 September 18, 2017 / Vaclav Havel Library Foundation and Society for the History of Czechoslovak Jews with support by Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association present ON TYRANY – Twenty lessons from the twentieth century by Timothy Snyder