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Lecture: The Difficult Afterlife of A Father of His Country

Date: 07 March 2016 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Venue: Czech Embassy

Professor Hugh Agnew will present the lecture The Difficult Afterlife of a Father of His Country. In this talk, Professor Agnew will review some of the vicissitudes that Tomáš G. Masaryk's reputation suffered during the years since his death, and reflect on his meaning for the lives of Czechs and Slovaks while he was President of the Czechoslovak Republic, and today.

This event is organized in collaboration with Slavic American Sokol, Sokol Washington, DC, and the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU).

Professor Agnew earned an Honors B.A. in history from Queen's University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford. He came to George Washington University in 1988, after teaching at Queen's and the National University of Singapore. Agnew teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on Eastern Europe and the European history survey. He focuses on nationalism in the region, especially Czech nationalism.

Professor Agnew has served as Associate Dean for Academic Programs and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Elliott School of International Affairs.

Among his publications are The Czechs and the Lands of the Bohemian Crown (2004, translated into Czech 2008), Origins of the Czech National Renascence (1993), and numerous articles and chapters on aspects of Czech nationalism and national identity. He has appeared on international and local media including CNN, C-SPAN, Voice of America's Czech service, and Radio Prague.

Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008