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The  Velvet Revolution Party
The Velvet Revolution Party
11.07.2009 - 11.07.2009 


 KU Alumni/ae and the Great Plains Community are Invited to:

The Velvet Revolution Party

                      Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia was one of a number of relatively peaceful but powerful “people’s” revolutions that swept Europe in 1989. The revolution started in the summer of 1989 when ordinary people demonstrated peacefully, crossed borders, and when guards and soldiers refused to stop them. When Mikhail Gorbachev, then General Secretary of the Soviet Union, declined to send in Warsaw Bloc armies to suppress the uprisings, the oppressive governments behind the Iron Curtain fell one-by-one, opening the way to free and fair elections. For 40 years a colony of the Soviet Empire, and divided from the rest of Europe by barbed wire, walls, and armed border guards, Central Europe again became the heart of Europe rather than a borderland between East and West.

Join us for an event-filled day to commemorate 20th anniversary of the end of Soviet rule in Central Europe!

Spencer Museum of Art, Teaching Gallery, 3rd floor

9:00-9:45 a.m.             Visit “Imagining Central Europe,” an exhibit of unique Spencer Museum Central European holdings, now on display for the first time. The exhibit includes a large Alfons Mucha work in the Art Moderne style.


Please note: Parking is available in the Mississippi St. parking garage opposite the Spencer Museum.




Spencer Museum of Art, Auditorium, 3rd floor


10:00-11:15 a.m.         Workshop: “Reimagining Central Europe: Transition and Identity”

Professor Svetlana Vassileva-Karagyozova (Slavic),

“The Leaders of the Revolution: Lech Walesa and Vaclav Havel”

Professor Nathaniel Wood (History), “Solidarity: Non-Violent Protest and the Collapse of Communism in East Central Europe”





Maceli’s, 1031 New Hampshire St., Lawrence


11:30-1:30 p.m.           Czecho-Slovak luncheon with the Honorable Peter Burian, Slovak Ambassador, and Mr. Daniel Kostoval, Deputy Chief of Mission, Czech Embassy, Washington, DC





Murphy Hall, Inge Theater, 1530 Naismith Drive


2:00-4:00 p.m.             Staged reading of Rossum’s Universal Robots by Karel Capek, newly translated by Eva Hruska, SLL, PhD student, adapted by Professor John Staniunas, Department of Theatre. 


Please note: Parking is available either in the open lot or the parking garage opposite Murphy Hall.







4:30 p.m.                     Depart for World War I Museum in Kansas City for 6:00


reception and screening of “Accidental Army:  The Amazing True Story of the Czechoslovak Legion.”

100 W. 26th St., KCMO


The registration fee for The Velvet Revolution Party is $25. The fee covers all Lawrence events including lunch. Please note that the new translation of Rossum’s Universal Robots will be available to read on line until Nov. 6 to registered participants.



Please register at by Friday, October 30, 5 p.m.


For more information please write to: 


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