CANCELLED-Victims of Communism Series: Václav Havel's Rhetoric of Truth

Václav Havel, one of the leaders of the Charter 77 movement in Communist Czechoslovakia, was an astute analyst of how an ideological tyranny sought to dissuade its inhabitants from being truth seekers in their everyday lives. In this lecture, Flagg Taylor will consider Havel’s arguments, discuss how he sought to encourage truth seeking through his essays and plays, and consider what lessons Havel’s writings might have for us today.

The CAS Symposium Against Indifference, in collaboration with the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation and the Ashbrook Center, host this series of the following events designed to inform and create awareness about the tyranny of communism.
• A viewing and panel discussion of The Lives of Others, an Oscar Winning Film about a member of the East German Secret Police who conducts surveillance on a writer and an actress.
• A lecture on Czech dissidents under the Soviet Union’s Satellite State of Czechoslovakia by Dr. Flagg Taylor, an expert on Totalitarianism.
• Talks by two victims of communism:
• Grace Jo who escaped the horrors of North Korea
• Enrique Altimari, an advocate for the Venezuelan Republic and a vocal critic of the Socialist Party’s rule under Chávez and Maduro

Start Date: 
Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 7:00pm

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