In its 16th year in Prague Forum 2000 begins its first full day today after kicking off with an opening ceremony last night that included Joan Baez singing “We Shall Overcome” and will now follow up with discussion panels on the state of the media that may well disagree with Ms. Baez’s sentiments. We shall see.
There are a lot of prestigious and interesting guests ranging from Madeleine Albright to Belarus opposition leader Alyaksandar Milinkevich to former UN Human Rights commissioner Enrique ter Horst.
From literalab’s perspective there are a few particularly interesting guests: Ukrainian novelist and journalist Yuri Andrukhovych will be speaking on a number of panels, including an author reading on the Ukraine moderated by Czech novelist Radka Denemarková. Polish sociologist Zygmunt Bauman will also be discussing media issues and translator of Czech literature Paul Wilson will be moderating a roundtable on “Václav Havel as a Media Practitioner.”
– Still the guiding spirit of Forum 2000, the late Václav Havel seen at a previous Forum 2000 panel seated between Boris Nemtsov and Yohei Sasakawa
I will be speaking there as well, but only in a barely audible mumble to myself. What about, you ask? About how some of the people at this conference voicing such lofty sentiments on the role of the media can then offer work to experienced journalists for an amount of money that makes the kids who flip burgers at McDonald’s seem like well-paid CEOs in comparison. Not that I’m bitter or anything.
If you happen to be attending the conference feel free to stop by my day job afterwards for a burger and fries. We have a special today.
More on Forum 2000 coming soon. You can see the full program here though if you are in Prague it is, for the most part, not open to the public.
The Yuri Andrukhovych reading is almost definitely public – information below:
19.00–20.30 AUTHOR READING
UKRAINE, NEAR AND FAR: WHERE DOES THE EAST ACTUALLY
Radka Denemarkova, Writer, Translator, Czech Republic
Yuri Andrukhovych, Writer, Poet, Ukraine
Mykola Riabchuk, Political and Cultural Analyst, Ukraine
(Langhans, People in Need Center, Vodičkova 37, Prague 1)
Photos – Forum 2000 by either Ondřej Besperát, Michal Čížek, Filip Singer or Josef Rabara