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Agora Europe Series: Socrates of Prague Film Screening

Politics of the Present

dateSeptember 25, 2018 timeTuesday, 6:15pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • Agora Europe
  • Caterina Di Fazio, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
  • First come, first seated

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In 1977, in Prague, city at the heart of Europe, the philosopher Jan Patočka became the unlikely spokesperson for Charta 77 — a proclamation signed by a number of dissidents and issued to the communist authorities that pointed out the flagrant disregard of the norms of freedom and legality in Czechoslovakian society.

What is the significance of this engagement? Who was Jan Patočka?

The Socrates of Prague explores these questions by addressing several students and friends who in the 1960s and 70s witnessed Patočka’s intellectual and political efforts, and shared with him the intense desire for a social and political renewal after the dramatic end of the Prague Spring.

Screening followed by a debate with the film's producer Nicolas De Warren, professor at PennState University, and Simona Forti, visiting professor at the New School, Giovanni Giorgini, from the University of Bologna, and James Dodd professor at the New School.