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14 Feb 2012 16:00 - 18:00

Roundtable discussion in memory of Vaclav Havel

A roundtable discussion in memory of Vaclav Havel will take place at University College London. Speakers include HE Michael Zantovsky, Ambassador of the Czech Republic in the UK and Havel's close friend and former spokesman; Professor Timothy Garton-Ash (University of Oxford); and Professor Jacques Rupnik (Director, CERI, Paris).

Admission free.

Register by 10 February 2012 at: http://vaclavhavelroundtable.eventbrite.com/


Michael Zantovsky is a Czech diplomat, politician, author, journalist, lyricist and psychologist, currently Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK. During the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he was among the founding members of the Civic Forum, the umbrella organization coordinating the overthrow of the communist regime, and became its press spokesman. In January 1990 he became the spokesman, press secretary and advisor to President Vaclav Havel. From 1992 until 1997 he served as the Ambassador of first Czechoslovakia and (from January 1993) the Czech Republic in the United States.
In November 1996, he was elected to the Czech Senate in a Prague district. From 1996 until 2002 he was the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defense and Security. He initiated and co-drafted, inter alia, the Czech Freedom of Information Act of 1999. In March 1997, he was elected leader of the Civic Democratic Alliance (ODA), a liberal conservative party, member of the governing coalition. In 2002, he returned to the Czech Foreign Service. From 2003 until 2009 he served as the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the State of Israel. Since October 2009, he has been the Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the UK.

Timothy Garton Ash is the author of nine books of political writing or ‘history of the present’ which have charted the transformation of Europe over the last thirty years. He is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professorial Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. His essays appear regularly in the New York Review of Books and he writes a weekly column in the Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Jacques Rupnik is Director of Research at CERI (Centre for International Studies and Research) at Sciences-Po, Paris, and Professor at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium. Jacques Rupnik has been visiting Professor at Harvard University. After studying History at the Sorbonne and Politics at Sciences-Po in 1972, Jacques Rupnik completed his M.A in Soviet Studies from Harvard University in 1974, and his Ph. D (History of International Relations) from the Sorbonne (University Paris I, 1978). Jacques Rupnik was Executive Director of the International Commission on the Balkans and drafter of its report Unfinished Peace, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 1996. His recent work has focused on democratisation and European integration of East-Central Europe + nationalism and post-conflict reconciliation in the Balkans.



Wilkins Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, South Cloisters, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT


14 Feb 2012 16:00 - 18:00


UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies

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