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Nov 6, 2015 - Nov 9, 2015

New Literature from Europe

As a part of the NLE, Tomáš Halík, professor of sociology in Prague, author of 17 best-selling books and the winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize will discuss spirituality and read from his new book “I Want You to Be”.


Founded in 2003, the NLE Festival has quickly become one of New York City’s top literature in translation events, attracting award-winning, best-selling and new authors from many diverse European countries each year. The NLE Festival is jointly organized by the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) and New York-based European cultural institutes.

CZECH REPUBLIC is represented by Tomáš Halík.

 

Saturday, November 7, 1-2pm
Location:
Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
Tomáš Halík in Conversation with TBC on Faith, Love, and God
Tomáš Halík is a Czech Catholic scholar who has worked underground to promote democracy and morality before communism fell in Czechoslovakia in 1989.  He has continuously advanced humankind and his theology of paradox invites believers and atheists to dialogue. He is the author of 17 best-selling books and the winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize for his work affirming the spiritual dimension of life. Previous winners include the Dalai Lama, South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu and British astrophysicist Martin Rees. Professor Halík is currently a professor of sociology in Prague, pastor of the Academic Parish, President of the Czech Christian Academy and a visiting professor at Oxford, Cambridge, and Harvard Universities.  Today, he will join TBC to discuss spirituality and the relationship between faith, love and God and read from his new book I Want You to Be.  Book sales and signing to follow.  Participants: Tomáš Halík in conversation with TBC

Saturday, November 7, 4-5:30pm
Location:
Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
Come Together: An Afternoon Reading

Where does Europe start and where does it end? Most countries share common historical experiences, but today with millions of refugees spilling across Europe, deep fault-lines are beginning to appear questioning our beliefs and testing our humanity.  Tonight we ask some of our guests to reflect upon the power of literature by reading from work that has the power to either bring us together or tear us apart.  Join us as we bridge geographical and cultural divides in an effort to come together. Book sales/signing and cocktail reception to follow.   Participants: Niccolò Ammaniti, Tomáš Halík, Wojciech Jagielski, Josefine Klougart, Alek Popov, György Spiró, Bogdan Suceavă, Bettina Suleiman and Ardian Vehbiu, with introductory remarks from Sean Bye, NLE Festival President and TBC.

Saturday, November 7, 1PM and 4PM
Location: Scandinavia House, Victor Borge Hall 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016
THE GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS - TOMÁŠ HALÍK IN CONVERSATION WITH IAN BURUMA

As a part of NLE, Professor Tomáš Halík and author and journalist Ian Buruma discuss the long lasting effects of extensive displacement of those who are trying to find new homes in Europe.

 

Monday, November 9, 8-9:15AM
Location:
Carnegie Council for Ethics and International Affairs, 170 E 64th St, New York, NY 10065
The Global Refugee Crisis -Tomáš Halík in Conversation with Ian Buruma

Tens of thousands of people today are fleeing civil war and unrest to find new homes in Europe—sometimes with tragic consequences.   Join Professor Tomáš Halík and author and journalist Ian Buruma as they discuss the repercussions and long lasting effects of this extensive displacement of more people than at any time since World War II. Participants: Tomáš Halík in conversation with Ian Buruma. Participants: Tomáš Halík in conversation with Ian Buruma



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Tomáš Halík

Born in Prague, June 1, 1948. Graduated in sociology, philosophy and psychology from the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University, Prague, Charles University (Ph.D. 1972).
He studied theology clandestinely in Prague and after 1989 undertook a course of post-graduate study at the Pontifical Lateran University in Rome and at the Pontifical Theological Faculty in Wroclaw (ThDr. hab.)
During the Communist period, he was banned from university teaching and persecuted by the secret police as "an enemy of the regime". He worked as a psychotherapist for drug addicts. Clandestinely ordained priest in Erfurt, in 1978, and worked in the “underground Church” where he was one of Cardinal Tomášek's closest associates. He closely co-operated with the future President, Václav Havel and after 1989 became one of his advisors. After the fall of Communism, he served as General Secretary to the Czech Conference of Bishops (1990-93). Now is he professor of sociology of Charles University, Prague (Department of the Religious studies, Faculty of Art), pastor of the Academic Parish, and President of the Czech Christian Academy (since 1990
Since 1989, he has lectured at a number of universities and international scientific conferences in Europe, in the USA, in Asia, Australia, Canda and Southern Africa; he was visiting professor also at Oxford University, Cambridge University and Harvard University. His books have been published in 11 languages. He received home and abroad several prizes for literature, for merits for intercultural and interreligious dialogue and for merits for human rights and spiritual freedom, including Cardinal König Prize (2003) and Romano Guardini Prize (2010).
His book Patience with God received the prize for the best European Theological Book 2009/10, and in the USA it was named book of the month in July 2010. In 1992, Pope John Paul II appointed him advisor to the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers and in 2009, Pope Benedict XVI granted him the title of Monsignor - Honorary Prelate of His Holiness.

Venue:

321 East 73rd Street
NY 10021 New York
United States

Date

From: Nov 6, 2015
To: Nov 9, 2015

Organizer:

Czech Center is a coorganizer of the event


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