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Lecture: Americanism of Capek's Play about Robots

  • Embassy of the Czech Republic 3900 Spring of Freedom Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20008 United States (map)

Czech scholar Jana Horaková will give the lecture Americanism of Čapek's Play about Robots at the Embassy of the Czech Republic on October 6, at 6 pm. The lecture will reveal various aspects of the so-called “Americanism” of Čapek’s play R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots), which premiered in Prague in January 1921.

At the end of the lecture, some of the “universal” topics, that provided the play R.U.R. with the appeal of “Americanism,” will be highlighted, e. g. the secret of the creation of man (robots) and the ethical aspects of human creativity (the inventor or scientist as a hero). These issues not only didn’t lose their relevancy over time, but gained great urgency in the 21st century— the century of bioengineering.

RSVP required by October 1
Light refreshments follow the screening.