October 02, 2013, 3:00 PM
Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, the Václav Havel Library, and American Friends of the Czech Republic, will present a panel discussion in Gaston Hall on October 2, at 3 pm, followed by the dedication of Václav Havel's Place and reception in the Alumni Square, honoring the late Czech President, playwright, and human rights advocate – Václav Havel. Guest speakers will include former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and Professor Tomáš Haĺik from Charles University in Prague. The dedication will feature the planting of a linden tree, the national tree of the Czech Republic, as well as a bench designed by Havel's court architect Bořek Šípek. Havel’s widow Dagmar Havlová will cut the ribbon opening the site. American artist Suzanne Vega, a friend of Václav Havel, will perform her new song Horizon, inspired by the President. Georgetown was one of the first places that Havel visited after coming to the U.S. in 1990, following the revolution that brought freedom to the nation. "I wanted to visit students because students played a very important role in our Velvet Revolution," Havel said. Join us in honoring Havel through this very special living memorial in Washington, DC.
Photo © Tomki Němec
February 1990, United States. - Václav Havel gives his historic speech at the U.S. Congress.
October 2, 3 pm
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