AAU Academy LovePrague Course

Genius of Prague

Explore Prague through the lens of History, Architecture, Film, and Music, and get a glimpse of some extraordinary artists who shaped history

30 Years of Education
Track LovePrague
Instructor Multiple
Date - - -
Format Four-week course
Delivery In city
Price 6,000 CZK
Language English

Course Description

Four aspects of Prague introduced by four experts in four sessions.

Join author and guide Tereza Rafoth in the first week for an introduction to Prague from one of its most iconic sights – Charles bridge, and art historian Marek Cerveny to get insight into Modern Prague Architecture, focusing on Art Nouveau, Cubism and Constructivism. 

In week two, film actor and producer  Joe Weintraub will provide a glimpse into the cinematic genius of Milos Forman and perhaps inspire participants to create their own films using the beautiful backdrop provided by the City of a Hundred Spires. Musician, professor and author Pavla Jonssonova will round off the course with Prague Soundscapes, introducing you to Czech musical greats, classic and contemporary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Delve deeper into Prague’s history with academic insight through experiential classes
  • Meet the great names and understand the styles that helped shape Prague from a city on the periphery of an Empire to the bustling capital of an independent Republic.


This is an active learning course involving dialogue and experiential learning around the city. It is an academic course and the lecturers will provide insights from research, historical accounts, and lead participants while exploring real sites around the city.

Each session is 3 hours long. Sessions 1, 2 and 4 will be conducted at different locations in Prague, thus good shoes and some refreshments (water etc.) are recommended. A coffee break in a café is included, with one free coffee or soft drink for each participant. Sessions 3 will combine an in-class lecture and a walk to relevant places in the city.

Schedule and Course Content

For a detailed course schedule and content, please download the Course Outline.

Session 1: Music

Charles Bridge – an intro to Prague

The first intro session begins at AAU, and will introduce the city while walking over to Charles’ Bridge, where participants will learn more about the history of Czech Republic with the city itself as a backdrop. This session will explore the stories, statues and structures of the bridge, focusing on the emotions and gestures of sandstone actors of this amazing Baroque “theatre”. Mysteries of the bridge will be discussed, as well as the origin of Czech patron saints. The following sessions are linked to Charles’ bridge in many ways: Its gothic architecture is renowned (Session 2), it has been featured in many films (Session 3), and the river flowing underneath inspired a symphony (Session 4). The ultimate goal of this grand introduction to Prague is to turn this iconic sight into a dynamic reminder of history rather than a beautiful thing we take for granted.

Meeting point

AAU Campus, Letenska 5

Session 2: Architecture

Modern Prague – Art Nouveau, Cubism and Constructivism

The Architecture session will start with a short introduction to the position of Prague, its population, and the complicated artistic situation at the end of the 19th century. After that we will proceed into the New Town where most of the famous examples of Modern architecture can be found. We will discuss how the National Revival movement reflected its ideas in architecture and how the younger generations of artists rebelled against this “old fashioned” tradition replacing the traditional and national, with cosmopolitan and modern turning their attention first to nature, and then to geometry. We will explain such structures as the National Theatre, Palacký Monument, Municipal house, examples of Cubist architecture, the Bank of Czechoslovak Legions and many more covering the period between 1880s and late 1920s.

Meeting point

Park Národního Probuzení on the Smetanovo nábřeží between National Theatre and Charles Bridge
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/yWmQVXxttEq2SqmX8

Session 3: Film

Cinematic Prague

In our film session, we will be led by actor, instructor, and producer Joe Weintraub, who will take us on a historical and socio-political journey through the lens of a cinematic Prague. We will learn about the films made in, about, and around the “City of a Hundred Spires.” Join us as we look at Prague through the cinematic perspective and learn more about the filmmaking process. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the next Miloš Forman!

Meeting point

AAU Campus, Letenska 5
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/uppjN5e5Y2B9B4q78

Session 4: Music

Prague Soundscapes

After meeting at Výtoň tram station, participants will head over to the cemetery of the Czech greats, where we will pay our respects to the best Czech composers Bedřich Smetana, Antonín Dvořák, opera diva Emmy Destinn and country music star Waldemar Matuška. Then we take the metro to Dvořák´s museum. Our final stop will be at Reduta jazz club, where president Clinton performed for Václav Havel.


Handouts will be provided at the start of class.

Meeting point

Výtoň tram stop (by Naplavka)

Your Instructors

AAU Academy Instructor, LovePrague Courses
AAU Senior Lecturer

Pavla Jonssonová specializes in contemporary culture and subcultures. Her publications include three monographs Women, Music, Creativity: from Hildegard to Cosey Fanni Tutti in English, Devět z české hudební alternativy osmdesátých let (Czech Music Alternative of the 1980s) (English version pending) and Růžové vrány. Muzikantky 21. Století (Interviews with twenty Czech women musicians), numerous articles, interviews, poetry, and translations. Since 1980 she has performed in various rock bands e.g. Plyn, Dybbuk, Zuby nehty, who produced numerous albums and a film for television. Currently, she plays the bass for Malé zuby. She is a member of a civic association Puppets in Hospitals who perform for sick children.

AAU Academy Instructor, LovePrague Courses
AAU Lecturer

Marek studied at Charles University where he obtained his master’s degree at the Department of Art History of the Faculty of Arts. He worked as an assistant to Prof. David Holeton (Charles University), Prof. Nicholas Sawicki (Lehigh University) and for the Cahen Archives, Canada. His own research focuses on modern Czech art, official art commissions and funeral art. He also works as a private tour guide.

Richard Stock, Ph.D

AAU Academy Instructor, LovePrague Courses
CEA Center Director

Originally from the Chicago area, Rick has lived in or near Prague since 1998 with his wife and three daughters. Rick is the Center Director at CEA. He’s taught in study abroad programs in Prague and served as Academic Director at CIEE Prague. He also directed the creation of a new M.A. program at CERGE-EI for European students. Rick holds a Ph.D. from Charles University in Prague, an M.A. in Literature and Theory from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language from the University of Reading in the U.K. His teaching and research at the university level focuses on American Literature and Literary Theory. He also teaches a course on the Prague writer Franz Kafka aimed at American study-abroad students. Rick studied Teacher Education as an undergraduate and is deeply interested in teaching, education, and learning.

Joseph Weintraub, M.A.
AAU Academy Instructor, LovePrague Courses
AAU Lecturer

Mr. Weintraub has been living in Prague for several years, teaching a variety of subjects from business to politics to humanities. His academic background is in Linguistics. He also works in the film industry as a Dialogue Coach, actor, and producer.

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