Havel at Columbia




The Residency

This part of this site includes information about the various events that were scheduled at Columbia and in New York City during the residency in the fall 2006. For many of the events users will find online video--in the site and available as podcasts--which they can access. This section also highlights the history of Havel’s relationship with the Columbia community. This visit to Columbia is his fourth-the early 1970s, 1990, 1997 and now the fall 2006.

Václav Havel's visit to Columbia focused on an exploration of the connection between art and citizenship. In addition to the events with President Havel, the Arts Initiative organized a series of symposia on specific art forms (theatre, music, art, film, literature) and citizenship. Each of these will be moderated by Columbians; several were presented in partnership with some of New York's leading cultural institutions.

Havel at Columbia Panels

Václav Havel's visit to Columbia focused on an exploration of the connection between art and citizenship. In addition to the events with President Havel, the Arts Initiative organized a series of symposia on specific art forms (theatre, music, architecture, art, film, literature) and citizenship. Each of these were moderated by Columbians; several were presented in partnership with some of New York's leading cultural institutions.

This Day in 1989

A daily event in the history of the Velvet Revolution 1989 that were highlighted to coincide with Havel's residency at Columbia University.

October 26: Dissidents call for demonstration

October 27: Havel detained by police, released to hospital

October 28: Independence Day demonstration in Prague

October 29: Crowd supports Havel at hospital

October 30: Czechoslovak security forces remain on alert

October 31: East German communist leader calls for a slowing of reform push

November 1: East Germans cross into Czechoslovakia on way to the West

November 2: East German upheaval intensifies

November 3: East German leader purges Politburo, promises extensive reforms

November 4: 500,000 protest in East Berlin

November 5, 1989: Conference in Poland serves as protest forum for Czechoslovaks

November 6, 1989: Pressure on East German communists mounts

November 7, 1989: Protest against trial of dissident in Bratislava

November 8, 1989: Havel predicts change in Czechoslovakia, but not necessarily soon

November 9, 1989: Berlin Wall opened

November 10, 1989: Soviet leaders warn Czechoslovak regime against delay of reforms

November 11, 1989: Czechoslovak dissidents plan for December rally

November 12, 1989: Czechoslovak dissidents plan for December rally

November 13, 1989: Travel restrictions for Czechoslovaks lifted

November 14, 1989: Bush to discuss changes in the Eastern Bloc with NATO allies

November 15, 1989: Gorbachev endorses changes in Eastern Europe

November 16, 1989: Police disperse peaceful demonstration in Bratislava

November 17, 1989: Police violently suppress demonstration in Prague; the Velvet Revolution begins

November 18, 1989: Havel leads theater strike

November 19, 1989: Civic Forum founded

November 20, 1989: 300,000 demonstrate in Prague

November 21, 1989: Prime Minister meets with Civic Forum

November 22, 1989: Havel makes first address to demonstrators

November 23, 1989: Civic Forum moves into new headquarters at the Laterna Magika Theater

November 24, 1989: Communist Party Presidium resigns; crowds cheer Havel and Dubček

November 25, 1989: Rally on Letná Plain in Prague draws 500,000

November 26, 1989: Communists begin negotiating a new government with opposition representatives

November 27, 1989: Millions of Czechoslovaks observe strike called by opposition

November 28, 1989: Czechoslovak Communist Party renounces monopoly on power

November 29, 1989: Guarantee of communist power removed from Czechoslovak constitution

November 30, 1989: Czechoslovak border opened

December 1, 1989: Havel meets with minority party leaders

December 2, 1989: Havel warns that delay on transition will lead to conflict

December 3, 1989: Opposition leaders reject new cabinet

December 4, 1989: Protestors call for new cabinet's resignation

December 5, 1989: Havel chosen as Civic Forum's nominee for president

December 6, 1989: Negotiations with Prime Minister Adamec break down

December 7, 1989: Prime Minister resigns; Havel says he is prepared to take on presidency

December 8, 1989: Communists agree to minority role in government

December 9, 1989: President Husák announces he will resign after swearing in new government

December 10, 1989: Havel nominated for presidency

December 11, 1989: Czechoslovaks celebrate arrival of democracy

December 12, 1989: Electoral-procedure debates begin in Federal Assembly

December 13, 1989: Electoral controversy resolved; Czechoslovakia ready for first new president in fourteen years

December 14, 1989: Czechoslovakia and Soviet Union begin talks on troop withdrawal

December 15, 1989: Concerns of national divide over Presidential election

December 16, 1989: Havel talks with Dubček to avoid national split over presidency

Schedule

Guests subject to change without notice. Some events are open only to the Columbia community and require a UNI to purchase tickets. For questions about tickets please call (212) 851-1872 or send an e-mail to
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Sep 19,
7:30pm to 9:00pm
Lecture: Václav Havel: Acts of Courage, with Carol Rocamora
Lerner Hall, Arledge Cinema
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Oct 26
Milestone: Václav Havel, Official Start of Residency,
Columbia University

Oct 27,
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Back by popular demand, Lecture: Václav Havel: Acts of Courage, with Carol Rocamora
702 Hamilton
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Nov 02,
7:30pm
Conversation: Literature and Citizenship, Arthur Danto and Orhan Pamuk
Miller Theater
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Nov 03-Nov 05
Performance: Largo Desolato, a play by Václav Havel, MFA Theatre program in the School of the Arts
Schapiro Studio, 605 W 115th Street
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Nov 09,
4:00pm to 6:00pm
Lecture: Paul Wilson: Tower of Song: How Music Doomed Communism in Czechoslovakia, Harriman Institute
Room 1512, International Affairs Building (420 West 118th Street)
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Nov 10-Nov 12
Performance: Some Hero, adapted from Havel's Letters to Olga and his dramatic works, MFA Theatre program in the School of the Arts
Schapiro Studio, 605 W 115th Street
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Nov 10,
1:00pm
Lecture: The Core Contemporary Civilization Coursewide Lecture by President Havel, Presented by The Center for The Core Curriculum
Roone Arledge Auditorium, Alfred Lerner Hall
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Nov 11,
8:00pm
Concert: The Plastic People of the Universe, Harriman Institute
The Cutting Room (19 West 24th Street, New York City)
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Nov 11,
10:00am to 6:00pm
Symposium, in Honor of the Columbia University Residency of Václav Havel: The Examined Life: A Symposium Dedicated to the Literature and Politics of President Havel, Harriman Institute
Room 1501, International Affairs Building (420 West 118th Street)
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Nov.11,
6:00pm
Screening: Total Denial: Doe vs. UNOCAL, Directed by Milena Kaneva, In partnership with the Columbia Law School, Followed by Q&A with director and film star
Location: Columbia Law School, Jerome Green Hall, Joseph M. Proskauer Room 104
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Nov 12,
3:00pm and 8:00pm
Core Presentation: Reading: The Garden Party, a play by Vaclav Havel, directed by Israel Horovitz, In partnership with The Center for the Core Curriculum
Miller Theatre
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Nov 13,
7:00pm
Panel: Music and Citizenship, Moderated by George Lewis
In partnership with Apollo Theater--253 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd (7th Ave.) and Frederick Douglass Blvd (8th Ave).
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Nov 15,
2:00pm
Kraft Program Series: Challenges of New Democracies: A Conversation with President Havel and President Clinton, Moderated by President Lee Bollinger
Alfred Lerner Hall
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Nov 17-Nov 19
Performance: Redevelopment (or Slum Clearance), a play by Václav Havel, MFA Theatre program in the School of the Arts
Schapiro Studio, 605 W 115th Street
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Nov 19,
6:30pm
Panel: Film and Citizenship, In partnership with with the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Moderated by Richard Peña
Walter Reade Theater, Lincoln Center

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Nov 21,
7:00pm
Panel: Journalism and Citizenship, Moderated by Nicholas Lemann
Journalism
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Dec 01 & 02,
8:00pm
Performance: Beggar's Opera, a play by Václav Havel, Barnard Theatre Department and The Harriman Institute
Miller Theatre
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Dec 02,
1:00pm
Panel: Art and Citizenship, Moderated by Simon Schama
In partnership with The Museum of Modern Art
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Dec 04,
7:00pm
Panel: Theater and Citizenship, Moderated by Alisa Solomon
In partnership with Public Theater
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Dec 06,
10:30am
Special Event: Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research Event, Featured Speaker, Wole Soyinka with special guest, President Václav Havel
Miller Theatre
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Dec 7,
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Lecture: Jiří Dienstbier: Democracy Seventeen Years After the Fall of the Iron Curtain, Harriman Institute
Harison Room, on the 2nd Floor of Faculty House
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Dec 15
Milestone: Václav Havel, Last Official Day of Residency,
Columbia University

Dec 15-Dec 17
Performance: Protest, a play by Václav Havel, MFA Theatre program in the School of the Arts
Schapiro Studio, 605 W 115th Street
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Dec 15-Dec 17
Performance: Memo, a play by Václav Havel, MFA Theatre program in the School of the Arts
Schapiro Studio, 605 W 115th Street
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