Večer Michala Vašečku



Despite the fact that on 27th of January we were commemorating 75th years from the liberation of Auschwitz, the wave of the antisemitism and other acts of intolerance is still spreading in Europe. Brown-white world is on its raise. Four years ago the party coalition, which was created in the Slovakia called itself wall against extremism. The question however still stands, was it enough? Can we do something differently? How to fight against fascism and far-right extremism today, when their representatives are changing and softening their rhetoric and they do not see themselves as the followers of authoritarian regimes form the past? 

The discussion about this current issues will be lead by Michal Vašečka, who will be discussing with political scientist Miroslav Mareš from Masaryk University and senior research fellow at the Globsec Policy Institute Daniel Milo. 



Slovaks and Hungarians had in their common history always some strong and some weak moments. Several times they fought together against autocratic regimes and several times they couldn´t even greet each other. The topic of Slovak-Hungarian relations is still visible in the societal discourse. The common idea of Europe, however offer them the chance to know each other better. What is the result of their  coexistence? Are these two nations from both sides of Danube still live only next to each other or together? 

The Evening will move back to its traditional moderator Michal Vašečka, whose invitation was accepted by formed diplomat, Representative of permanent Mission of Slovakia to the UN and expert on human rights Kálmán Petőcz and writer and publicist Zoltán Szalay. 



Our November Evening of Michal Vašečka deals with the archaic base of the democratic establishment- governance of the majority.  For such a long time build establishment, ethos of liberal democracies., tools and mechanisms for minority protection are starting to be obstacles for mass of the people, calling for absolute equality. 

What can we do with it? Do we a have a hope to keep current fenders and values of liberal-democratic system or we will be overthrown by mass of the people calling for new classless society? 

Our invitation was accepted by philosopher Michal Cibík author of the book Liberáli a tí druhí  and political scientist Tomáš Zálešák author of books Obec v Kríze and Diablova práca.  Discussion will be lead by Michal Havran. 



Academic freedom in our region has never been discussed so much and there was no public or professional debate, which dealt with academic freedom with their protection or support, or the protection of people who are asking difficult or dangerous questions. To understand academic freedom and its importance in the society we need to understand the core values such as academic freedom, institutional autonomy, accountability, equitable access and social responsibility. 

This time the Evening will be non-traditionally held in Komunitné centrum Záhrada in Banská Bystrica. The invitation was accepted by journalist Mária Benedikovičová and rector of Pavol Jozef Šafárik University Pavol Sovák. Discussion will be lead by Michal Havran.



Special Evening of Michal Vašečka now reacts on the launch of the national section Scholars at Risk, which is the first initiative of this kind in Central Europe. Discussion will be focusing on the freedom in all its variations and specific, with the focus on academic, creative and artistic freedom. 

Special Evening of Michal Vašečka is accompanying event to Freedom Festival. 

The invitation was accepted by Dr. Srirak Pliplat, executive director of Freemuse, global leading organization defending freedom of opinion and expression through art and music.  He devotes his energy to defend and protect human rights defenders, artists and musicians at risks through research, policies, advocacy, working in partnership with local and international partners.  Joyce Pisarello is director of Membership University Relations at Scholars at Risk. Her work involves managing network relationships and cooperating with member institution to promote SAR Network globally. 





From Europe to Europe. This is another issues, which we will be discussing on the Evening of Michal Vašečka, dealing with the European elections as the only direct elections to the European Union.  

However, we won´t be talking about them. We will also talk about the threats which are deconstructing the Europe not only from outside, but also from inside. such as raise of the populist parties, rigidity & pragmatism of European authorities, absurdity of the bureaucratic procedures and unnecessary nationalist passions.  

The invitation was accepted by Dagmar Kusá political scientist and the vice chairman for the Slovak Helsinki Committee for Human Rights and Grigorij Mesežnikov, political scientist and the president of Institute for Public Affairs. 



Several studies show, that politicians which are successful in their careers, love power and risk, they are masters of manipulation and opportunism.  They are magicians, which are highly qualified in manipulation with others, to gain what they want. 

So is the machiavellianism winning over virtues? 

The invitation for Evening of Michal Vašečka in April 2019 was accepted by psychiater Jozef Hašto and the former politician and academic Fratišek Šebej, which will be discussing about actual topic “Borderline Personalities and Politics”. The discussion is organized with the support of Denník N, Art Books coffe, Hanns Seidel Stiftung and  J. W. Fullbright Commission in Slovakia. 


 What is the culture of discussion in Slovakia? Can we respect each other, can we accept different arguments without disagreeing with them from the start?  Are we good partners for discussions? Can we on the basis of discussion create meaningful and qualified decisions on all levels of political and social life?  And who should we even discuss with? 

Our next Evening of Michal Vašečka will try to answer these questions and explain the actual issues, of not only traditional form of discussion, but also issues of discussions in online world.

The invitation to speak about topic “Culture of Discussion in Slovakia. Yeti or the sleeping beauty” was accepted by Andrej Bán and Samo Marec.

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According to Naomi Wolf is the “Myth of the Beauty” last system of values, which keeps the men in the dominant possition. It designates to the women the patterns of ideal body, look, size and dressing. Women are often becoming the victims of the esthetical judgements. Hovewer, the theme of the ideal beauty is not finishing just with esthetics, but it has very deep roots in our society and its interpersonal relations. 

The invitation for first Evening of Michal Vašečka in 2019 was accepted by researcher in the area of gender studies from Institute for Labour and Family Research Veronika Valkovičová & journalist and moderator from newspaper SME Zuzana Kovačič Hanzelová.  The discussion is organized with the support of Denník N, Art Books coffe, Hanns Seidel Stiftung and  J. W. Fullbright Commission in Slovakia. 


What brought the freedom into the art after 1989? Which were the positive loses or positive findings n the area of art after 1989? On these and on many other question we will answer in discussion format Evening of Michal Vašeka, which will be organized in new space and style.    

The invitation to speak about topic “Resistance is the secret of Joy” about freedom and art after 1989 was accepted by Michal Kaščák and Robert Kirchhoff.


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Which way will be Bratislava going after November municipial elections? What are the priorities of the candidates? And what are their possibilities to fullfil their promises? What can be done next with the city considered to be poor city of the rich people?

The invitation for Evening of Michal Vašečka was accepted by candidates for future Bratislava mayor Václav Mika, Ján Mrva, Ivo Nesrovnal and Matúš Vallo. The discussion is organized witht he support of Bratislava Old Town and Denník N. 

VMV: Akého primátora potrebuje bratislava?

What should connect and not divide Bratislava within its progress? What needs ot be done so Bratislava could be the modern city of 21st century? What role should play a new mayor? We will try to answer these and other questions on traditional evening of Michal Vašečka this time in Zichyho palác on 4th of June at 19:00 with the guests Matej Vagač a Peter Žalman.  


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VMV: Zmierenie sa so slovenskom

 “One minute of reconciliation is worth more than       a whole life of friendship!”  (Gabriel G. Marquez).

Martin M. Šimečka and Michal Havran found in their last texts the way to reconcilitation with the society they live in. Is it also the process of the forgiveness of its troublesome roads?  On these and other question we will find the answers on 16th of April at 19:00 in Pisztori Palace.  

VMV: Uzatvárajú sa Cirkvi na Slovensku do seba?

The discussion was organized by Bratislava- Staré mesto, Denník N and Bratislava Policy Institute 12th of March at 19:00 in Pisztori Palace in Bratislava.  The topic of the discussion was “Are the churches in Slovak republic closing themselves”?  (Uzatvárajú sa cirkvi na Slovensku do seba?) Our guests were Anna Polcková and Miroslav Kocúr. 


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