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The life and legacy of Czech dissident and statesman Vaclav Havel

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Václav Havel(1936-2011) is widely regarded as one of the 20th century’s greatest champions of freedom, democracy, human rights, European integration, and trans-Atlantic cooperation. Colby College is hosting a conference examining Havel’s legacyand why it is relevant to today’s current events, including a fragmented Europe, disinformation, attacks on democracy, increasing radicalism, and Russia’s war with Ukraine.

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Milan Babík, born in Czechoslovakia in 1979; attended Velvet Revolution demonstrations as a child; visiting assistant professor of government, Colby College
Josef Pazderka, born in Czechoslovakia in 1974; award-winning Czech news journalist, editor, investigative reporter, and foreign correspondent; reported from Ukraine on the 2014 Maidan uprisings and Russia’s annexation of Crimea; reported from Kyiv just a couple of weeks after the Feb 2022 invasion of Ukraine
Paul Wilson, Canadian writer, editor, journalist, and translator

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Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.