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Havel Conversations Live: Wendy Luers

talk 22 May, 2018 - 6:30 PM

[BBLA at Bohemian National Hall]


Wendy Luers, human rights activist and non-profit leader, founder of Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, diplomatic spouse, and pre-revolution Prague resident in conversation with former Havel foreign policy adviser Lise Stone. On Havel’s influence, human rights around the world, and the responsibilities that go hand in hand with expanding social media and escalating global conflicts.


Wendy W. Luers is the founding President of The Foundation for a Civil Society (FCS) and Co-Chair of the Project on Justice in Times of Transition. She established FCS in New York and Prague in January 1990 at the request of the Czechoslovaks and Americans following her residence in Prague with her husband, Ambassador William Luers from 1983 to 1986 when they became close to Vaclav Havel and Charter 77. FCS helped promote civil society and provided advice and expertise with offices in New York and Prague from 1990 through 1999, and in Bratislava, Slovakia from 1993 through 1999. In 2012, Mrs. Luers co-founded the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation in New York. She serves on numerous boards, including those at Stanford, Tufts and the University of Southern California. She was the first woman and first non-Czech to receive the Gratias Agit Award from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and she was decorated with the Double White Cross by Slovakian President Michal Kovac.

Lise Stone is a writer and editor with a focus on international affairs. A journalist and longtime public policy analyst, she served as expert adviser in the foreign policy department of President Vaclav Havel, 1996-1997. She has worked in the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors as a writer and editor and has been published online and in newspapers including The New York Times. She has served as a member of the Board of Governors for the Off-the-Record Lecture Series of the Foreign Policy Association and was chair of the Speakers’ Committee. For VHLF, she drafted remarks for delivery by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright at the 2014 Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C., celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.



BBLA at Bohemian National Hall

321 East 73rd Str., 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10021

Free and open to the public. Seats are limited, on first-come, first-served basis. RSVP online at eventbrite.com.


This event is organized by Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF) with support of BBLA, and, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and in partnership with the City Council and Council Member Ben Kallos.

Bohemian Benevolent & Literary AssociationHospodaThe National Czech and Slovak MuseumAmerican Friends of the Czech RepublicCzech CenterConsulate General