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April 10 LECTURE: Michal Hvorecký’s Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America)

April 10 LECTURE: Michal Hvorecký’s Dunaj v Amerike (Danube in America)

Michal Hvorecký, one of the most successful and most translated modern Slovak authors, is visiting Twin Cities! This Friday, April 10th, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Crosby Seminar Room, 240 Northrop (on the East Bank of University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus). Event will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. at nearby restaurant, the Loring Pasta Bar. http://ias.umn.edu/2015/04/10/danube/ Parking and...

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Dr. Josef Mestenhauser

Dr. Josef Mestenhauser

It is with great sadness we announce that the founder and a long-time leader of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota (CSCC), Dr. Joe Mestenhauser, passed away on Saturday, March 14th.  Dr. Mestenhauser co-founded CSCC following the visit of the late president of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel, to Minnesota in 1999.  Joe was a tireless leader behind the cultural and educational activities of the center and a continuous...

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Film Dates Added! CSCC Sponsoring Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!

Film Dates Added! CSCC Sponsoring Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival!

The Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota will be sponsoring the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival this year, which will be held from April 9-25, 2015! There will be two Czech films shown (see below), as well as films from many other cultures. As a member of the Czech and Slovak Cultural Center of Minnesota, you can purchase discounted tickets to the festival! Please consider joining the Czech and Slovak Cultural...

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Book Publication: ‘Havel: A Life,’ by Michael Žantovský

A new book has just been published on Václav Havel entitled Havel: A Life. The book was written by Michael Žantovský (Havel’s former press secretary, advisor, and friend), and was recently reviewed by Marci Shore in The New York Times Sunday Book Review. Havel was a Czech writer and statesman, and was the first individual to serve as President of the Czech Republic after the Czech-Slovak split occurred in 1993. Havel: A Life presents a...

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Havel’s Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress

Havel’s Bust Gets Place Among Greats in US Congress

  Click “Read More” to view video WASHINGTON— U.S. congressional leaders have honored the late Czech president, author and freedom fighter Vaclav Havel at a time when his country is marking the 25th anniversary of its anti-communist protests that eventually led to democracy. A bust of Havel was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. Havel’s widow, Dagmar, and Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka attended the...

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THE PLAY’S THE THING: VÁCLAV HAVEL, ART AND POLITICS

THE PLAY’S THE THING: VÁCLAV HAVEL, ART AND POLITICS

Václav Havel was widely regarded as the preeminent Czech dramatist, who went on to become the first president of the Czech Republic. His plays, written during the Soviet occupation, shined a harsh light on life under the Soviet system. These feature-length and short films focus on Havel’’s long-standing relationships with Prague’s Theatre on the Balustrade and with visionary directors of the Czech New Wave. The Trylon is proud to partner...

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