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May 22, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Havel Conversations Live, with Wendy Luers

Join our first-ever live interviews for the Havel Conversations series!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at 6:30 PM 
Bohemian National Hall


HAVEL CONVERSATIONS is an oral history initiative in which politicians, academics, writers, and artists, including George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Henry Kissinger, and Madeleine Albright present firsthand memories of Havel, his colleagues, and the historical events he inspired. Equally important, they constitute a highly interesting set of statements on social and political issues affecting Americans and Europeans today. With deep political and social shifts taking place on both sides of the Atlantic, our interviewees intertwined their memories of Havel with questions about human rights, morality, and the decline of democratic values. The interviews reveal how much Havel continues to inspire thinking people today, and they will help spread knowledge of his life as an example of peaceful resistance and the importance of civic education.

Wendy W. Luers is the founding President of The Foundation for a Civil Society (FCS) and Co-Chair of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition. She established FCS in New York and Prague in January 1990 at the request of the Czechoslovaks and Americans following her residence in Prague with her husband, Ambassador William Luers from 1983 to 1986 when they became close to Vaclav Havel and Charter 77. FCS helped promote civil society and provided advice and expertise with offices in New York and Prague from 1990 through 1999, and in Bratislava, Slovakia from 1993 through 1999. In 2012, Mrs. Luers co-founded the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York. She serves on numerous boards, including those at Stanford, Tufts and the University of Southern California. She was the first woman and first non-Czech to receive the Gratias Agit Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and she was decorated with the Double White Cross by Slovakian President Michal Kovac.

Lise Stone is a writer and editor with a focus on international affairs. A journalist and longtime public policy analyst, she served as expert adviser in the foreign policy department of President Vaclav Havel, 1996-1997. She has worked in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors as a writer and editor and has been published online and in newspapers including The New York Times. She has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Off-the-Record Lecture Series of the Foreign Policy Association and was chair of the Speakers’ Committee. For VHLF, she drafted remarks for delivery by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the 2014 Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

This program is supported by Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

More information HERE

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May 22, 2018 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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