Alexander Dubček – Slovak Leader of the Prague Spring

Posted on Friday, November 19, 2021

A virtual screening of the documentary “Travel Clearance for Alexander Dubček” will be followed by a commentary and discussion with Dr. Peter Jašek on the life and achievements of Dubček.



Alexander Dubček was a (Czecho) Slovak politician and statesman. During the so-called Prague Spring of 1968, he became a symbol of hope, as he attempted to reform (unreformable, as we know today) the communist regime in Czechoslovakia under the slogan “socialism with a human face”. The reform efforts were crushed by the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact invation in August of 1968. Dubček, expelled from the Communist Party, returned to political life after the Velvet Revolution (1989). Dubček is one of the most internationally-recognized Slovaks and Slovak politicians in the world.

The Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Ottawa and the Chair in Slovak History & Culture at the University of Ottawa are pleased to invite you to a webinar on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Alexander Dubček.







Peter Jašek earned his Ph.D. in history at the University of Trnava. He is a researcher at the Slovak Nation’s Memory Institute, since 2018 its Director for Scientific Research. Jašek specializes on Slovak history in the 20th century, especially on the year 1968, the so-called “normalization” of the 1970’s and 80’s, the fall of the communist regime in (Czecho) Slovakia and the activities of Slovak political exiles in the 1970’s and 80’s.

Travel Clearance for Alexander Dubček (82 min, 2018)- the film focuses on the event surrounding the honoris causa doctorate award to Dubček by the University of Bologna in 1988 and Dubček’s trip to Italy to receive the award in person. The film’s main focus is on the oppressive state machinery that had Dubček under security surveillance since 1970.



Date: Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Time: 1:00 P.M. to 2:30 P.M.

Where: Zoom






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