Celebrating 100 Years of Czech Independence

October 28, 2018 marks the centennial of the birth of Czechoslovakia as an independent 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 at Baylor University and McLennan Community College will be held Oct. 9-12 to celebrate 100 years of Czech Independence.

Keynote Address

On Thursday, October 11 at 3 p.m. a reception will be held in honor of Hynek Kmoníček, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Czech Republic to the United States in Armstrong Browning Library. Following the reception, Ambassador Kmoníček will present a lecture to remember and celebrate 100 years of Czech independence.

Prior to the reception and lecture, a luncheon for special guests and sponsors with Ambassador Kmoníček will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in Barfield Drawing Room on the second floor of the Bill Daniel Student Center. A limited number of spaces are available for sponsors at the following levels:

  • Ambassador's Circle ($500 or more): Luncheon table (8 guests), table recognition, program listing, and preferred lecture seating
  • Consul's Circle ($250-$499): 4 luncheon guests, table recognition, and program listing
  • Diplomat's Circle ($100-$249): 2 luncheon guests and program listing

To become an event sponsor, contact Kathy Hillman at Kathy_Hillman@baylor.edu or (254) 710-6684.

The Czechoslovak Experience in Film

Dr. Michael Long, Professor and Interim Chair of Modern Languages and Cultures, will be 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 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium. These films explore the events of Prague Spring in 1968, which was an attempt by Czechoslovakia to break from Soviet control and usher in social reforms.

Remembering the 50th Anniversary of Prague Spring

On Wednesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. in Bennett Auditorium, Steven Pounders and Cooper Sivara of the Department of Theatre Arts will present Václav Havel's Audience: A Play presented in a translation by Vera Blackwell. Following the play, Ivana Doležalová will participate in an engaging discussion of Havel's work.

The Magic and Tragic Eights

The celebration will close on Friday, Oct. 12 with a breakfast and lecture by Alice Luňáková at 8:30 a.m. in the Michaelis Academic Center (MAC) 111 at McLennan Community College. Luňáková, who is from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, will present "The Magic and Tragic Eights: Generational Reflections on 100 Years of Czech History."

Event Sponsors

We greatly appreciate the Interim Dean of the Baylor University Libraries and our event sponsors who helped to make these commemorative events possible.

Ambassador's Circle

Consul's Circle

Diplomat's Circle