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October 10 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Two historians, Jiri Ellinger and Paulina Bren, discuss life on either side of the Iron Curtain while exploring the literal, yet metaphorical, concept of the “wall.” A “commonn voice” of a Czechoslovak and American that lived through the Cold War will also be heard. How did two separate worlds, divided by the ideas of “East” and “West” co-exist? How did they see each other, and how did their lives compare?
The discussion will take place in the Bohemian National Hall’s gallery where Pavel Štecha’s photos will be on display. Stecha’s work explores the personality of Vaclav Havel, the first President of the Czech Republic, and leading dissident voice against the Communist government. The euphoric aura of Czechoslovaks in Prauge during the time of the Velvet Revolution, the event which marked the end of Communism in Czechoslovakia, are also captured by Štecha.
Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first come, first served basis. For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit www.czechcenter.com.