October 28, 2018, marked the centennial of the birth of Czechoslovakia as a sovereign country. A series of events sponsored by the Keston Center for Religion, Politics, and Society in partnership with the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and McLennan Community College was held Oct. 9-12 to celebrate 100 years of Independence.
Earlier in the day, a luncheon “Celebrating a Century of Freedom and Friendship” for special guests and sponsors with Ambassador Kmoníček and his wife Indira Gumarova was held in Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center.
Dr. Michael Long, Professor and Interim Chair of Modern Languages and Cultures, was joined by Czech journalist Ivana Doležalová to introduce and discuss Oratorio for Prague (1968) and The Power of the Powerless (2009) on Tuesday, October 9. These documentary films explored the events of Prague Spring in 1968, through which Czechoslovakia attempted to break from Soviet control and usher in social reforms. Doležalová appeared in The Power of the Powerless.
On Wednesday, October 10, Steven Pounders and Cooper Sivara of the Department of Theatre Arts presented Václav Havel's Audience: A Play translated by Vera Blackwell. Following the play, Ivana Doležalová moderated a lively and engaging discussion of Havel's work and Prague Spring.
Thank you Interim Dean of the Baylor University Libraries John S. Wilson and the sponsors who made these commemorative and memorable events possible.
Ambassador's Circle ($500 or more)
Consul's Circle ($250-$499)
Diplomat's Circle ($100-$249)