2019 Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: 30 Years of Czech and Slovak Freedom | Wilson Center
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2019 Czech and Slovak Freedom Lecture: 30 Years of Czech and Slovak Freedom

Webcast available

Event Co-sponsors

Embassy of the Czech Republic
Embassy of the Slovak Republic
American Friends of the Czech Republic
Friends of Slovakia

 

Webcast Recap

This year‘s Freedom Lecture is co-hosted by the Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. Both a Czech and a Slovak speaker are featured in order to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, which saw the return of freedom and democracy to both countries on November 17, 1989. 

 

Speakers

Introduction

  • Ivan Korčok

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Slovak Republic to the United States
  • Hynek Kmoníček

    Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United States

Keynote

  • Katarína Cséfalvayová

    Chairwoman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, National Council of the Slovak Republic
  • Simon Pánek

    Former Czech student activist during the Velvet Revolution in 1989; Executive Director and Co-Founder of the largest Czech humanitarian organization, People in Need

Moderator

  • Blair A. Ruble

    Distinguished Fellow
    Former Wilson Center Vice President for Programs (2014-2017); Director of the Comparative Urban Studies Program/Urban Sustainability Laboratory (1992-2017); Director of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies (1989-2012) and Director of the Program on Global Sustainability and Resilience (2012-2014)