The Department of History at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln will host Prague Spring 50, a major international event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Prague Spring and the aftereffects of the Soviet-ordered Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.
Led by Alexander Dubček, Prague Spring was a well-intentioned, but ill-fated attempt to liberalize the authoritarian political system, and it would take another 20 years before the dissident playwright Václav Havel would lead one of the greatest political revolutions of our lifetime - the Velvet Revolution.
Speakers will reflect on Prague Spring and 1968, twenty years of “normalization” behind the Iron Curtain, and the significance and meaning of the Velvet Revolution.
Photo above from the Josef Josten Papers, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Archives and Special Collections
Schedule At A Glance
All speakers will be in the Sheldon Museum of Art, Abbott Auditorium
Overflow room: 110 Hamilton Hall
Tuesday, April 3
- 4:30-6:30pm -
Welcome by Chancellor Ronnie Green
Remarks by Ambassador Hynek Kmoníček
Keynote by Michael Žantovský
Wednesday, April 4
- 9:00-10:30am - Bruce Garver
- 10:45am-12:15pm - Eda Kriseová
- 3:30pm - University of Nebraska-Lincoln Jazz Ensemble Concert
- 7:30pm - Concert: “Prague Spring 50: From Dvorak to Husa, and Beyond”
Thursday, April 5
- 1:00-2:15pm - Roman Bělor
- 2:30-3:45pm - Ehsan Naim
- 4:00-5:15pm - Petra Hůlová
- 7:30pm - Concert with Martin Kratochvíl and Tony Ackerman
Friday, April 6
We are delighted to invite you to several concert events, including "Prague Spring 50: From Dvorak to Husa, and Beyond," a concert featuring music by Czech composers; a Jazz Orchestra performance and masterclass with Martin Kratochvíl and Tony Ackerman; and a talk-jazz concert with Kratochvíl and Ackerman.