Lecture: Czech-Cuban Ties, Unraveling Totalitarianism

Martin Palouš will discuss the Czech-Cuban relationship inspired by the Czech experience with totalitarianism at the EU Delegation on March 29, 2017, at 6 pm.

Solidarity with other “affected” groups is a necessary component for defending human freedom and democracy in the contemporary world. Martin PalousMusic, especially rock music, plays a crucial role in the fight against totalitarian regimes particularly because the hope of this world depends on the young generation not being “normalized.” The discussion will include the screening of a short documentary, “The Unfinished Dialogue,” featuring Václav Havel and Oswaldo Paya.

Martin Palouš was a signatory of Charter 77 and a founding member of the Civic Forum. He was appointed as the Czech Ambassador to the United States (2001-2005), prior to taking office as the Czech Republic’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (2006-2011). He has also served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Czech Republic, and a member of the Czechoslovak parliament. He is currently director of the Václav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at Florida International University and a member of the Prague Society for International Cooperation.

This program is in conjunction with the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

Location: Delegation of the EU
2175 K Street NW | Entrance on 22nd St.
Washington, DC

Doors open at 5:45 pm and close promptly at 6:30 pm.
A reception follows the lecture.

RSVP: The event is free, but reservations are required. It is expected to fill up fast.
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The Vaclav Havel Center