Furthering close and strong ties with the Czech Republic and its people

From the Castle to the Capitol, American Friends of the Czech Republic fosters communication, encourages understanding, invites friendship, and promotes mutual respect between the two countries and their peoples, governments, economic enterprises, and civic and cultural institutions.


AFoCR Mourns the Loss of U.S. Representative John Lewis

The American Friends of the Czech Republic joins the nation in mourning the passing of civil rights icon and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia. Known as the “conscience of the Congress,” he fought for individual freedom and equal opportunity for everyone throughout the globe including those that at the time were stuck behind the communist iron curtain during the long and harsh Cold War. He spoke out against dictatorial rule yesterday and today; he knew and supported Czech freedom fighter Vaclav Havel. May he continue preaching to the angels.

STAY SAFE:

The Czech Republic is proving to be a powerhouse against Covid-19. Along with countries like South Korea and Taiwan, the Czech Republic says yes to mandated masks and is setting a global example for flattening the curve.
Please see this link:
https://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/new-atlanticist/strict-measures-in...

During this time of the COVID-19 Virus, AFoCR wishes that all of you stay safe and healthy. Please remember to practice social distancing maintaining at least six feet between yourself and others whenever you are out.

Practice everyday preventive actions to help reduce your risk of getting sick and remind everyone in your home to do the same. These actions are especially important for older adults and people who have severe chronic medical conditions.

Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.
Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue and throw the tissue in the trash.
Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces and objects (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles). For more details, please visit https://faq.coronavirus.gov/

Praise for Prague's Lord Mayor in the News

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/a-menace-more-du...

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

AT THE NCSML are the following three exhibits:

June 15 - Sept. 20, 2020
Petrik Gallery
Artists as Activists features artists who are responding to political oppression through their work. Seeking their own independent expression, they often inadvertently position themselves to oppose reigning doctrines during times when ruling powers are oppressing large segments of populations, even whole countries, from creating a more just and equitable future. The exhibit brings the works of internationally recognized contemporary artists to the NCSML, including Ai Weiwei, David Černý, Emily Jacir, Hong Hao, jc lenochan, Juanma Garcia, Malik Sajad, and Tania Bruguera; most which have never been on display in Iowa.

June 15 - October 25, 2020
Smith Gallery
The exhibition marks the 100th anniversary of Karel Čapek’s play, R.U.R., in 2020. Čapek (1890-1938) was a Czech writer, playwright and critic best known for his science fiction works. R.U.R., which stands for Rossum’s Universal Robots, introduced the word robot. He also wrote politically-charged works dealing with the social turmoil of his time. Visitors will gain an appreciation for Čapek’s life and work, and understand the connection between a Czech author and one of the most fascinating technical revolutions of the 20th century.

June 15 - Sept 7, 2020
Anderson Gallery
An illustrated mosaic of the stories of prominent Czech women, this exhibit honors the rulers, politicians, artists, scientists, and athletes who left an important mark on history and the present day in the Czech lands and internationally. The project is inspired by the 100th anniversary of the ratification of women’s suffrage in Czechoslovakia in 1920, and the 200th birthday of Božena Němcová, writer of the final phase of the Czech National Revival movement.

Partners: Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art at the University of West Bohemia