The Masaryk Days 2023: The responsibility of intellectuals

A video recording of both days of the programme will be available for viewing here on the website, on YouTube of Masaryk University and on Facebook of The Masaryk University Cultural Centre.

Wednesday 2 March

Programme: Thursday 2nd of March

(in Czech)

14:00 | Honouring the memory of T. G. Masaryk

Free entry
T. G. Masaryk Memorial, Komenského nám. 2, Brno

  • 14:00 | Honouring the memory of T. G. Masaryk

    Performance of the Ensemble Frizzante choir

14:15 – 16:45 | Tribute to Sir Roger Scruton

For invited guests
Masaryk University, Komenského náměstí 2, Room number 300, Brno

  • 14:15 – 14:30 | Speech by Rector of Masaryk University

    Speech by Rector of Masaryk University, Martin Bareš

  • 14:30 – 16:00 | Block of contributions and memories of R. Scruton, readings from his works

    Sir Roger Scruton (1944 - 2020) contributed to the preservation of the university idea in Czechoslovakia in the 1970s and 1980s.

    Speakers: S. Scruton, B. Day, M. Bareš, J. Hanuš, D. Kroupa, P. Pithart, M. Pospíšil, J. Müller, S. Balík, P. Oslzlý

  • 16:00 – 16:20 | Medal of R. Scruton

    Presentation of the R. Scruton Medal and presentation of the award by the Rector of Masaryk University

  • 16:20 – 16:45 | Unveiling of the R. Scruton memorial plaque

    Unveiling of R. Scruton's memorial plaque and naming of room 300 of Masaryk University after R. Scruton

17:30 – 19:00 | Concert Plachý host

Free entry
Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Joštova 10, Brno, atrium

  • 17:30 – 19:00 | Concert Plachý host

    Plachý host (Brno - Ostrava - Frýdek-Místek) is a band playing original repertoire composed mainly of Martin Kostaš (music) + Vladana Kudrnová (lyrics).

    "A musical wave of everyday/night poetry invites you into its space, through the door where no one enters, into the hidden corners of the human soul, longing, poetry and desire, revealing a side of consciousness that can only be called the Shy Guest."

    Musical demonstration

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March 3 programme

Thursday 3 March

Programme: Friday 3rd of March

(in English with interpretation)

9:30 – 12:30 | Democracy in Russia? Past and Present

Registration required 
Masaryk University, Faculty of Social Studies, Joštova 10, room P51, Brno

  • 9:30 – 10:30 | Lecture

    Lecture by Andrej B. Zubov on the current state of democracy in Russia and the role of intellectuals at home and abroad

  • 10:30 – 12:00 | Speakers

    Papers on the theses of Andrej B. Zubov: Michael Žantovský, Jaroslav Kurfürst, Petra Kuchyňková. Followed by discussion with the audience.

  • 12:00 – 12:30 | Book launch

    Book launch of prof. Z. Kříž's "Journey from Russia. Russian aggression againts Ukraine and its consequences" 

March 2 programme

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