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RFE/RL President Jamie Fly To Moderate Panel On Velvet Revolution At Georgetown

Czechoslovakia – Demonstrators flash victory signs during a protest demanding more freedom and democracy at Wenceslas Square in Prague on October 28, 1989.

The Embassy of the Czech Republic and the Embassy of the Slovak Republic, in collaboration with Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service, will hold the panel discussion Velvet Revolution @ 30: A Legacy to Uphold with former United States Secretary of State Madeleine Albright as the keynote speaker at Georgetown University on November 12, 2019. Ambassador of the Czech Republic Hynek Kmoníček and Ambassador of the Slovak Republic Ivan Korčok will open the discussions, marking the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution which brought freedom and democracy back to Czechoslovakia in 1989.

RFE/RL President Jamie Fly will moderate Panel I titled "My November 1989: Testimony on How the Velvet Revolution Changed Our World." Panelists include Šimon Pánek, Executive Director of People in Need & student leader during the Velvet Revolution; Martin Bútora, former Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to the US & co-founder of Public Against Violence; and Angela Stent, Director of the Center for Eurasian, Russian and East European Studies and Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Date/Time: November 12, 2019, at 9 am (check-in begins at 8:30 am)

Venue: Georgetown University
Riggs Library (located in the south tower of Healy Hall)
37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC 20057

To RSVP or see more program details, see Eventbrite.