The Embassy of the Czech Republic will launch the festival with lectures by Director of the Mendel Museum Ondřej Dostal on Mendel and the Laws of Inheritance and Villanova University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Edward Guinan on Beyond Peas and Genetics - Gregor Mendel’s “Other” Sciences: Bees, Sunspots, Meteorology and Tornados on September 14, 2017, at 6 pm. The launch will include the opening of the exhibition Gregor Johann Mendel – Science, Beliefs, Politics.
The internationally recognized founder of modern-genetics Gregor Mendel was born in a small village into a family of peasants, an upbringing that provided him with expertise in agriculture and thirst to understand natural science. His brilliance being recognized at an early age, Mendel was admitted into the powerful Augustinian, an opportunity allowing him to pursue higher education. Explore the multitude of pioneering scientific discoveries and accomplishments and political and civil contributions Mendel achieved as a teacher, monk, beekeeper, biologist, meteorologist, and ultimately Abbot, the ecclesiastical leader for sixteen years. In the end, was he a man of God or a man of science?
Exhibition courtesy of Mendel Museum at Masaryk University in Brno
Date: September 14, 2017, 6 pm
Location: Embassy of the Czech Republic
3900 Spring of Freedom St, NW, Washington, DC 20008
RSVP by September 13
Embassy policy: No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. No coat check available. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Doors close at 6:15 pm.
Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.
Closest Metro: The Embassy is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Van Ness Metro Station.