Havel at Columbia

The Artist

To represent these many sides of Havel, this site offers a number of perspectives from which users can examine and reflect on his life and work. Havel’s theatrical background was a clear influence on his revolutionary activities. The interviews, archival footage and other library assets found in this section focus on Havel the artist.


Bradley Abrams, Associate Director, Harriman Institute and Associate Professor, History Department

Columbia University

Edward Albee, Playwright

Lee C. Bollinger, President, Columbia University

George H.W. Bush, Forty-first President of the United States

Edward Einhorn, Artistic Director

Untitled Theater #61, and presenter of the Havel Festival

Milos Forman, Filmmaker

Chris Harwood, Lecturer in Czech

Slavic Languages, Columbia University

William and Wendy Luers, Former President of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and former Ambassador to Czechoslovakia; Founder and President of the Foundation for a Civil Society.

Jan Novak, Writer, Translator of Havel's plays and Documentary Filmmaker

Martin Puchner, H. Gordon Garbedian Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Columbia University

Lou Reed, Artist, Musician

Amy Trompetter, Senior Lecturer

Department of Theatre, Barnard College


Censorship and Restrictions

Havel in New York

Plastic People of the Universe


Archival Films

The Velvet Revolution, Courtesy CNN

Plastic People of the Universe (CU only), 1976 - 1977 Globus Music (CU Only)