Film & Discussion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at 7pm

JUNACI Z PRACHU/ Scouts Rising form the Dust
Documentary film (dir. Tomas Vitek, 2010, 26min., in Slovak with English subtitles)

A story of persecution of the Scout organization members during the communist regime in Slovakia.

Life of a Diplomat: Martin Dvorák

Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm, 2017

A farewell chat with the Consul General of the Czech Republic
Join us in thanking Martin for his friendship and continuous support, and in wishing him happy sailing to his new destination.

Moderated by Chris Harwood

Come learn Martin’s amazing career trajectory. From a boy growing up in Pardubice to a university student in Prague. From a dissident under communism to mayor of the regional metropolis Hradec Králové. From a UN mission in Kosovo to elections in Ukraine and rebuilding in Iraq, to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004. From a trade post at the Czech Embassy in Washington to the Consul General in New York in 2012.

Martin shared his Kosovo experiences in his book, Kosovo na vlastní kuži (Kosovo under My Skin), which was published in 2001 with an introduction by Václav Havel, and he wrote regular columns in MF Dnes daily about Iraq’s reconstruction in 2003. He speaks five languages. Martin and his wife Zuzana are both avid and accomplished photographers. We are encouraging them to publish a book of photographs from their time in New York.

A light reception will follow the Q&A.


looking up
Photo by Zuzana Dvoráková

The Czech Republic and the United Nations 🗓

A presentation and panel discussion
Moderated by Jirí Ellinger
Deputy Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the UN

WEDNESDAY, MAY 17, 2017 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 Str, New York, NY 10021

Meet diplomats of the Czech Mission to the UN and find out what keeps them busy, worries them and makes them laugh at work. Get the inside scoop, serious and not so serious: How strong is the voice of the Czech Republic? or Why do countries serve free ice cream at the UN? You will be able to ask other questions during the Q&A. In English.

In cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations.
Suggested donation $5.00


The Fifth 6-Minute Challenge: Academic Show & Tell

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 7pm

Czech and Slovak artists, professionals, students and scholars at universities and institutions in the USA are challenged to present the subject of their project, their studies or research in a short presentation limited to six minutes. In English.

Moderated by Christopher Harwood, PhD, Columbia University

Participants included: Andrea Cumpelík (student-NYU neuroscience), Josef Machac, MD (internal medicine-obesity), Magdalena Urbánková (art education), Anna Rathkopf (Jewish studies and Her2 project), Jan Zika, PhD (TV production), Elizabeth Rajec, PhD (Franz Kafka project), Adéla Wagner (visual activist, All People Are project) and Karolina Syrovátková (pianist and founder of Living by the Great Composers series)

In cooperation with the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic
With the support of the Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA).

The Role of Arts and Culture in the Masaryk Family

promoAn illustrated talk by Charlotta Kotik

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 St, New York City

Ms. Kotik is the great -granddaughter of T. G. Masaryk, the first president of Czechoslovakia (1918-1937) and his Brooklyn-born wife Charlotta Garrigue. Her presentation demonstrated the role of humanities in her family sharing roots in both European and American cultural traditions.

Charlotta Kotik is an independent curator living in Brooklyn. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts, NYC, and the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. As a former Head of the Department of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum, she initiated new programs, such as the Grand Lobby Projects and Working in Brooklyn series to document the energy of the nascent Brooklyn art scene. She is a board member of the Jindrich Chalupecky Award, an important recognition of young visual artists in the Czech Republic.

She is also a member of the national Executive Board of the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU). Her latest curatorial project Politicizing Space is on display until March 31, 2017 at Anya and Andrew Shiva Gallery, John Jay College of Criminal Justice / CUNY in Manhattan.

For photos from the event please visit our Face Book Album

The Unbearable Weight of Paternity

The Unbearable Weight of Paternity: The Problem of Fatherhood in the Fiction of Milan Kundera
A talk by Christopher Harwood
Wed, February 22, 2017 at 7pm

Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 St, New York City

Since Milan Kundera first began publishing prose fiction in the 1960s, his provocative and often comic depictions of human sexual behavior have drawn thousands of readers to his work. But they have also earned him the labels of misogynist from many critics.

This presentation examines the related theme in Kundera’s fiction of the uneasy relationship between men and their real or hypothetical offspring. In surveying several examples of problematic fatherhood and paternity-avoidance in Kundera’s novels, it relates the dread of procreation to an Existentialist stance of embracing freedom and authenticity. In the process, it also explores some key philosophical and aesthetic categories in Kundera’s fiction which extend beyond the theme of fatherhood.

Christopher Harwood, PhD, has been Lecturer in Czech in the Slavic Department of Columbia University since 2001. He also works occasionally as a freelance translator (from Czech and Russian to English) and interpreter (between Czech and English). His professional interests focus on methods for teaching Czech as a foreign language and on 20th- and 21st-century Czech literature and culture. In various contexts over the years, he has taught Czech, English, German and Russian as foreign languages. He holds BA (1990), MA (1992) and PhD (2000) degrees in Russian literature from Columbia University.


Farewell Evening with Jana Trnovcová 🗓

Friday, January 27, 2017 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall in Manhattan

An evening with Jana Trnovcová, Consul General of the Slovak Republic, whose diplomatic post in New York is coming to an end, to thank her for her support, cooperation and friendship. In English.


Friends and colleagues will share personal remarks, stories, and songs as a send-off for Jana to take with her to her next destination. A light reception will follow the program.
Let us know by Jan 24 if you would like to participate in the program. Note that your remarks shall be limited to 2minutes!

Organized by The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) and the Consulate General of the Slovak Republic in New York.