AAU Academy LovePrague Course

Living in Truth: Walking into 2021 alongside Václav Havel

Ride the New Year’s wave of inspiration in Prague by walking the city and reflecting about Václav Havel's New Year‘s Address in today’s contexts!  

30 Years of Education

Key Facts


Price: 2,000 CZK

Language: English

Format: 2-hour course

Course Description

In January 1990 new Czech president, Václav Havel, gave a New Year’s address that was characteristic of a person who had sacrificed much for the pursuit of truth and freedom for his people. Today, 30 years and one pandemic later, his values, works, spirit and enthusiasm are as inspirational and important as then. This experiential outdoor course takes us to discover his message and legacy in new contexts. We will embark on a journey into Havel’s life: his family, life under communism, his theater and dissident activity, his interrogations and sacrifice, and why he became a trustworthy leader in a dark period of totalitarianism. We will then grapple with this speech and other Havel quotes in a highly interactive conversation, drawing inspiration and having fun along the way. 


This AAU Academy Special is a two-hour experiential course with AAU Academy instructors with profound research experience on Václav Havel and outstanding knowledge about special sites in the city of Prague. As all LovePrague courses, this AAU Academy Special combines academic depth on the topic with an enlightening and interactive teaching style and the interchange of inputs by all participants. The course will be held in a fresh New Year’s spirit and include a glass of wine for all participants. Bring comfortable shoes, warm clothes, a notebook, and good cheer.

Schedule and Course Content

10:00 Meet at St. Wenceslas statue on Wenceslas Square/ Greeting and Purpose

Lucerna Palace: Leadership and Truth, “Looking behind the Curtain”

Havel’s New Years Address (1990)

10:45 Walk to Narodni Trida and the Kafka Head: Absurdity and Community

Havel Library, Velvet Revolution monument: The role of theaters and actors

11:15 Walk to Bartolomějska street, former home of State Police and interrogation center

Short visit to St. Bartholomew’s Church, site where Havel was detained

11:25 Divaldo Na Zabradli (Theatre on the Balustrade) where Havel’s plays premiered in the 1960’s.

Theater as a form of leadership.

11:55 Final Words and Toast (wine will be served)


Havel’s New Year’s Address print-out will be handed out.
Bring a journal/notebook

To register please send an e-mail to academy@aauni.edu 

Your Instructors

Tereza Rafoth, Mgr.
AAU Academy Instructor, LovePrague Courses 

Tereza is a licensed Prague guide offering inspiring tours blending history, art and literature. Her academic background is in journalism and German and Czech language and literature. She is an Alumni of UW Eau Claire and Masaryk University in Brno. Tereza authored a book on the Coexistence of Czechs, Germans and Jews in Šumava Mountains, curated a multimedia exhibition and runs a non-profit organization promoting cultural education outdoors including the annual Festival of Karolina Světlá. She strongly believes that guided walks bring a powerful momentum to ignite a change in people’s lives. She loves cross country skiing, poetry on the rooftops and dulcimer band music in the wine cellars.

Joshua M. Hayden, Ed.D.
AAU Academy Instructor, LovePrague Courses
AAU Lecturer & Institutional Research Specialist

Josh Hayden earned his doctorate in higher education leadership and policy from Vanderbilt University in the U.S. and has published and taught in the field of leadership students for the past ten years. His research interests are Václav Havel’s moral leadership, leadership ethics and change, self-awareness, and adaptive leadership theory and practice. Josh led the Quality Enhancement Plan on Scholarship, Learning, and Academic Mentoring at Cumberland University and built executive education leadership programs at Lipscomb University, both in Nashville, Tennessee. He has worked with the community, educational and organizational leaders in Haiti, India, Kazakhstan, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Brazil.

His wife and 4 children love the outdoors, the arts, sports, traveling, and he plays the banjo in his spare time.

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