4 June – Lecture with Jan Fischer, ex-Prime Minister of the Czech Republic and Vice-President of the EBRD (European Bank of Reconstruction and Development), on “EBRD’s role in promoting transition: past, present and future”

25 May – Afternoon tea with Maros Secovic, Vice-President of the European Commission

20 May – OUCSS Annual General Meeting and Elections + the World Ice Hockey Finals

30 April – Evening with Karel Janeček (the Czech entrepreneur, anti-corruption campaigner and philanthropist)   photos

Karel Janecek 1

Karel Janecek 2







20 February – Panel Discussion “From Segregation to Inclusion: Is Education of Roma Children in Central Europe on the Right Track?”

Speakers included:

  • Laura Laubeová, Educational Psychologist and Sociologist, Charles University and University of Oxford
  • Slávka Mačáková, Executive Director, ETP Slovakia
  • Judith Okely, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, University of Hull and Research Associate, School of Anthropology, University of Oxford
  • Tamás Szigeti, Human Rights Lawyer, Hungarian Civil Liberties Union
  • And Markéta Šetinová, MSc in Sociology Student, University of Oxford as the Discussion Moderator

16 February – Talk by Dr Julius Tomin on the theme ‘Time for Philosophy’

A Czech philosopher and dissident who ran underground seminars on philosophy in the 1970s and established ties between Czechoslovak dissent and Oxford academics, later made famous as the ‘Velvet Philosophers’ (a term coined by Barbara Day in a book bearing the same title).

25 January – Evening with Karel Obluk, formerly the Chief Technology Officer and the CEO of the AVG Technologies

30 November – Talk by James Naughton on his translation works of prominent Czech authors (such as Bohumil Hrabal and Miroslav Holub)

24 November – Talk by Edward Lucas on “After Eastern Europe: The Region that Never Was”

17 November – Annual Velvet Revolution Commemoration Dinner

11 November – Lecture with Iveta Radičová (the then Slovakian Prime Minister) on “Restoring Trust”, a talk on the European economic crisis and Slovakia

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