Czech Republic Events
March 14, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
The eastern European revolutions of 1989 were a watershed in global history. Despite this, in the two decades since, their meaning has become a source of debate. While they have been promoted as a founding myth for a newly unified Europe, eastern Europeans have repeatedly represented them as a moment of betrayal, martyrdom, liberation, victory, disappointment, loss, colonization, or nostalgia.
January 23, 2013 // 12:00pm — 1:30pm
Drawing on archival documents and testimonies of high-ranking American diplomats and intelligence officers, "On the Edge of the Cold War" explores the postwar political crisis in former Czechoslovakia from the perspective of the U.S. Embassy under Laurence Steinhardt and of U.S. Intelligence under Charles Katek and Spencer Taggart. The book paints a critical portrait of Ambassador Steinhardt, and shows that his groundless optimism caused Washington to ignore signs that democracy in Czechoslovakia was in trouble.
November 16, 2012 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
This Director's Forum will feature Martin Bútora, Honorary President of the Institute for Public Affairs in Bratislava and former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the United States (1999-2003). Ambassador Bútora will deliver the keynote address at the 13th annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture.
November 17, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Petr Pithart, current vice president of the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and former prime minister, will discuss whether the Czech constitution provides a solid base for the nation’s political health
March 23, 2011 // 12:00pm — 1:00pm
Compared to their West European cousins, post-communist Christian Democratic parties are notable for their lack of success.
10th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Velvet Revolution
December 09, 2009 // 9:00am — 10:00am
Mirek Topolanek remarked that, at the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, the democratic development of the Czech Republic is entering uncharted territory. To date, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been governed democratically for a record 20 years. Although the legend of Tomas Masaryk is often remembered as the golden age of democratic thought, the first and second republics proved to be only an intermediate step to the authoritarian Communist period. "Twenty years is just the ‘half time,'" Topolanek argued, and the next two decades should be spent ensuring that the new generations continue to appreciate the sacrifices their parents made for freedom and democracy.
Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture--Strengthening US-Slovak Cooperation and the Transatlantic Partnership: Opportunities and Challenges in Today's World
November 21, 2008 // 9:00am — 10:00am
A Director's Forum with His Excellency Jan Kubis, Foreign Minister of the Slovak Republic
October 11, 2007 // 4:00pm — 5:30pm
Chad Bryant, Author and Assistant Professor of History, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
7th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: The Political Economy of Reforms in the Slovak Experience: Do Reformers Have to Lose?
November 13, 2006 // 1:00pm — 2:00pm
Ivan Miklos, Former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic
Live Webcast--6th Annual Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture Series: Czech and American Relations in the Beginning of the New Millennium
November 17, 2005 // 11:00am — 12:00pm
Martin Palous,Czech Ambassador to the United Nations