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Living in Truth: The Life and Work of Vaclav Havel

As a writer and political leader, Havel advocated using truth and love to combat oppression. He went from being a dissident in prison to negotiating the end of communism in Czechoslovakia in the Velvet Revolution. He served as president of Czechoslovakia and later the Czech Republic. Through he died in December 2011, his work and legacy continue to inspire. The evening will feature remarks by Curry and Saum, as well as stage readings of Havel’s plays The Memorandum, the absurd drama that catapulted him to fame, and Leaving, his last work about a president exiting the political stage.



Presented by Santa Clara University, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, SCU Dept. of Theatre and Dance, SCU Dept. of Political Science, and Honorary Consulate General of the Czech Republic in San Francisco/Silicon Valley

February 29, 2012

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Fess Parker Studio Theatre
Santa Clara, 95053
United States


Jane L. Curry

Political Science Professor, Santa Clara University

Steven Boyd Saum

Editor, Santa Clara Magazine