Vaclav Havel's Legacy of Freedom

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Vaclav Havel changed history as an advocate of freedom and universal human rights. A playwright, essayist, poet, dissident, and politician, Havel became a symbol of the civic opposition to the communist government in Czechoslovakia. After the Prague “Velvet Revolution” that toppled the communist regime, Havel became president of Czechoslovakia, and later the first president of the Czech Republic. Ten years ago, on September 21, 2002, President Vaclav Havel came to FIU and delivered memorable remarks about freedom and in support of a peaceful transition to democracy in Cuba.

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. She was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. On May 29, 2012, Dr. Albright received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, from President Obama. She received an honorary degree from FIU in 1996. Dr. Albright is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

The panel discussion includes:

Thomas Dine, President of the American Friends of the Czech Republic

The Honorable Petr Gandalovic, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the U.S.

Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy

Martin Palous, Director, Vaclav Havel Library, SIPA Senior Fellow

Marifeli Perez-Stable, Interim Director, Latin American and Caribbean Center


This lecture was hosted by FIU's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and co-sponsored by the Division of External Relations, Office of the President, Department of Politics and International Relations, European Studies Program and the Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence.



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