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Ninth Annual William Phillips Lecture: From Illusion to Reality, with Czech Journalist and Writer Eda Kriseová

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall 55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, New York, NY 10011

The New School for Social Research's Board of Governors, Dean's office, and Edith Kurzweil present the Ninth Annual William Phillips Lecture featuring a conversation and reception with Eda Kriseová, Czech journalist and writer.

Eda Kriseová is the celebrated author of numerous works including Václav Havel: The Authorized Biography and a former member of the Czech president’s senior staff.  A dissident with political ties during the Velvet Revolution, she first studied journalism and ethnology at the University of Prague, then worked until 1968 for the magazines Mladý svět (Young World) and Literární noviny (Literary Gazette).  In 1969 she accepted the position of a reporter in the journal Listy. At the end of 1969 Kriseová worked as an assistant at the Institute for Theory and History of News Engineering at Charles University. In 1972 her works were banned, although this ban was ultimately lifted in 1976. After the Velvet Revolution, she was appointed by President Václav Havel to his senior staff.  Beginning in 1992 Eda has devoted all her time to literary activities.  She has taught at George Washington University in Washington, DC and has lectured at universities throughout the United States.  She is also a regular speaker for the German Ministry of Education.

This event is free, but RSVP by October 24, is recommended by emailing Katherine Tucker, development assistant, at or by calling 212.229.5662 x3826.

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