Masaryk and Others

Lectures │ Interviews │ Book Excerpts │Who Is Karel Engliš │Concert 

The Masaryk Days 2021 offer a closer look at Masaryk’s personality and his relationships with other people. Unfortunately, due to the current situation in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are forced to organise the whole event online. We thus invite you to watch, listen, or read any and all of our rich selection of programmes.

Recordings of each of the events that constitute the Masaryk Days will be broadcast via, and will also be available on our FB page and our website, Later access to the content will be possible here.

The Masaryk Days were prepared in cooperation with the Centre for Culture, Art and Events of MUNI.  

Wednesday 3 March 2021 

Start 17:00

Opening by the Rector of Masaryk University Martin Bareš: launch of the second year of the Masaryk Days.

First interview of Vice-Rector Jiří Hanuš, on the personality of T. G. Masaryk: with Prof. Michal Stehlík, historian and Slovak studies expert of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague and Deputy of the General Director of the National Museum in Prague. 

A Pen for the President: a MUNI TV report about the golden Masaryk’s pen from University Centre Telč

Martin Flašar on the composer Jan Novák: 8 April will mark 100 years since the birth of the excellent composer Jan Novák, a pupil – the only Czech one besides Vítězslava Kaprálová – and later family friend of Bohuslav Martinů. Jan Novák’s oeuvre is exceptional both in how it draws on Ancient poetry and in its irresistible fusion of the traditions of Czech and Moravian music with jazz and the principles of New Music. Novák’s incredibly powerful string quartet Quadricinium fidium (1977) builds on the chamber works of Leoš Janáček, Antonín Dvořák, and Bedřich Smetana. The composer’s life and work will be explored in Martin Flašar’s interview with Blanka Křížová near Jan Novák’s erstwhile villa on the shore of the Brno Reservoir.

Concert, subtitled T. G. Masaryk and Music prepared for the Masaryk Days by the Indigo Quartet: the programme consists of Jan Novák’s string quartet Quadricinium fidium and Martin Flašar’s variations on folk song themes.


  1. The Glimpses of Memory(dedicated to TGM, Martin Flašar). 
  2. Fickleness (a variation on the folk song Ej, lásko lásko, Martin Flašar).
  3. Inevitability (a variation on the folk song Mamko, mamko, maměnko moja, Martin Flašar). 
  4. Quadricinium fidium (Jan Novák). 

Thursday 4 March 2021 

Start 17:00

Second interview of Vice-Rector Jiří Hanuš, on the family and friends of TGM: with PhDr. Dagmar Hájková, historian of the Masaryk Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. Opening event of the second day of the Masaryk Days 2021.

Karel Engliš and TGM programme block 

One of the main figures in the focus of this year’s Masaryk Days is the Czech economist and politician, author of the theory of economic teleology, long-standing Finance Minister of the First Republic, Governor of the National Bank of Czechoslovakia and mainly the founder and first Rector of Masaryk University, Karel Engliš (1880–1961).  

Lecture of Jiří Blažek from the Faculty of Law of Masaryk University: on the relationship and lives of these two extraordinary figures.  

Karel Engliš’s recollections of T. G. Masaryk in book and audio format: published by Munipress in cooperation with the Teiresiás Centre of MUNI. A source of authentic experience, whether written or spoken.

Video report from the university archives: presenting the discovery of previously unknown manuscripts of Karel Engliš’s magnum opus Velká logika (The Great Logic), which was scrapped in the pre-press stage following the Communist coup of February 1948, its author subjected to persecution by the regime.

“The Great Modern Task”. T. G. Masaryk, Alice Masaryková, and Public Health in Interwar Czechoslovakia: a lecture by the historian Prof. Cynthia J. Paces from The College of New Jersey.

Excerpts from TGM’s lecture on alcoholism to the accompaniment of folk music: the closing event of the Masaryk Days.



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