Dr. Yasar Abu Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Charles University, where he was the head of the department from 2009-2012. He has taught as a visiting professor at Central European University in Budapest, Ludwig Maximilians Universitat in Munich, Germany, and at Ecoles des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, France.
Dr. Abu Ghosh has done extensive field research on the Roma in Southern Bohemia, focusing on the quest for recognition, survival strategies, inter-group dynamics and how governmental policies have affected this minority group. He has participated in numerous conferences and currently is finishing a monograph on the subject.
Yasar Abu Ghosh earned a PhD in ethnology/social anthropology from Charles University in 2008. He studied social anthropology at the Laboratoire de Sciences Sociales ENS/EHESS in Paris. He participated in study programs at the University College London, Central European University (Budapest), and was a visiting post-graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at New York University in 1998.
Dr. Abu Ghosh was the co-founder of the Czech Association for Social Anthropology, and had been a member of the board of experts to the Government Council for Roma Community Affairs as well as an independent expert to the European Commission program “Peer Review and Assessment in Social Inclusion”. He is a member of the European Association of Social Anthropologists.
Past courses taught: Roma in Central East Europe:
Ethnographic and historical overview of a people without
Tony Ackerman attended Harvard University, studied classical guitar in Italy for many years, and received a Ph.D. in Music Theory and Composition from the University of California at Santa Barbara. His performing career as a guitarist has spanned over 40 years and many musical styles, including jazz, modern avant-garde art music, and American roots styles. After receiving an IREX grant to study Czech contemporary music in 1983, Ackerman remained in Prague, creating an original acoustic duo with the Czech jazz pianist Martin Kratochvil, combining the sounds of his 7-string guitar with Kratochvil’s adventurous explorations on the grand piano. The duo, which has expanded to include multi-ethnic percussionist Imram Musa Zangi, has recorded nine albums and performed thousands of concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Ackerman has taught music theory and history at UC Santa Barbara, and was music teacher and chair of the Fine Arts Department at the International School of Prague from 1985-2012. During this time he also taught Aural Comprehension at the NYU Prague campus (2006), and gives frequent lectures to visiting American university groups about Czech music, focusing on the underground music scene during the Communist 1980s.
Past courses taught: Music Facultry Coordinator, Aural Comprehension, Collegium
Josef Ager has been a lecturer in German at the University of Economics in Prague since 1991 and has taught German at NYU Prague since the Fall of 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Vienna.
Past courses taught: Elementary, Intermediate and Advanced German language
Muriel Anton is an economist and businesswoman who was the CEO of Vodafone Czech Republic from 2008 to 2014. She oversaw the company as it became the fastest growing mobile operator on the Czech market, when it also received awards in 2010 and 2011 as the most socially responsible company on the market. She was voted the most influential Czech businesswoman for three consecutive years (2009-2011). She is currently the chairwoman of GM Odyssey- Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia which launches mentoring programs for women in business.
Muriel Anton earned an MA in Economics at the University of Alberta in Canada. From 1988-1991 she taught macroeconomics at the University of Alberta.
Past courses taught: Introduction to Marketing
Currently the Ambassador-at-Large for Energy Security at the Foreign Ministry in Prague, Václav Bartuška was also the Czech Commissioner General at EXPO 2000 in Hannover, Germany. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Columbia University (1994-95) and a Marshall Fellow in 1999.
Bartuška graduated from the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in 1992. As a student there, he was among those who started the strike in November 1989; the result of which--to the suprise of everyone--was the peaceful overthrow of Communism (the so-called Velvet revolution). Because of his previous experience with the Secret Police, Bartuška was elected as the students’ representative to the parliamentary committee which oversaw the investigation of the Communist Party security apparatus. He then published his first book, Polojasno, which sold 230,000 copies and made him independent enough to spend most of the 1990’s travelling, writing three more books and basically avoiding any serious work.
Past courses taught: - European Security After the Cold War
Miriam Bayle – singer, pianist, composer, arranger, producer – is one of the most respected jazz singers in the Czech and Slovak Republics. Thanks to her vocal improvisation and her rough, dark voice, critics have dubbed her “The Queen of Scat.”
She studied music at the University of Presov, and in 2001 she moved to Prague to launch her career as a singer, band leader and arranger. She has collaborated with many outstanding musicians and performed at concerts and festivals all over Europe. Miriam has released three solo albums; the latest one, What?, is based on her original music and lyrics and goes beyond the genre of jazz to pop and dance music with electrosound. She also composes theatre music.
She has taught at the Jezek Conservatory and Prague Conservatory and currently teaches scat at workshops (Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland) and gives private lessons.
Veronika Bednarova is a senior reporter and editor for the contemporary Czech cultural and international affairs magazine Reflex.
She spent two years (2012-2014) as the managing editor of the Czech monthly Esprit and two years (2010-2012) as the senior reporter of the weekly magazine Pátek (Friday), both published by Lidové noviny, the most influential Czech daily newspaper known for its high-quality editorial supplements.
Prior to joining Lidove noviny, she worked for 9 years as an international reporter for Reflex magazíne.
Bednarova specializes in cultural and foreign affairs. She has been reporting regularly from the U.S, the U.K and South Africa. She wrote a book feature on Silicon Valley, covered the situation in the Iraqi city of Basra, and wrote a travel column Somewhere in Africa while living in South Africa. She was awarded the 1st Ringier 2002 Award for the Best Cover Story of the Year (covering the 9/11 events in New York), and the 1st Ringier 2005 and 2009 Awards for covering the AIDS epidemic in South Africa.
After receiving her Master‘s Degree from Charles University, Bednarova spent two years (1999-2001) at New York University in New York as a Fulbright Scholar, earning a Master’s degree in Arts Management. While there, she worked for the Lincoln Center of the Performing Arts.
Since 2002, she works as editor-in-chief of the Czech-English Festival Dailies at the annual International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary. During her career, Bednarova has interviewed many internationally known personalities (the former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, actors Robert De Niro, Danny DeVito, Robert Redford, Morgan Freeman, Harvey Keitel, Antonio Banderas, John Travolta, Mel Gibson, the film directors Milos Forman, Woody Allen and many others).
She has been teaching at NYU Prague since January 2006. In 2006, she also published a book of her successful travel stories, My American Beauty.
Past courses taught: Travel Writing
Karolina Bubleová Berková graduated from the Music Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of René Tuček. On the basis of a scholarship awarded by the Italian Cultural Institute Berková she completed singing studies in the first half of 2001 at the Conservatorio di Giuseppe Verdi in Milan in Italy (Prof. Stelia Doz, Prof. Sonia Turchetta).In 1997, Berková won the International Singing Competition of Ema Destinn and in 2001 the was the laureate of the International Singing Competition of Antonín Dvořák in Karlovy Vary.
Among her most significant successes are: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – tour with the National Theatre in Japan; Leoš Janáček: The Diary of a Vanished Man – Paris, France; in May 2004, she represented the Czech Republic at the Berlin gala concert of singers from the ten countries entering the European Union accompanied by the Berliner Symphoniker orchestra conducted by Lior Shambadal; in September 2004, she appeared with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Vladimír Válek in Mahler's 4th Symphony and in November 2004, she gave concerts of religious music in Israel. In 2005, she interpreted the mezzosoprano part in the oratorium Ecce Homo by Jan Hanuš during the Prague Spring Festival. Since 2010, she has become a guest soloist for educational recital programs held by the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra production in Rudolfinum. A solo recital together with harpist Laura Caramellino in Milano, Italy, has crowned their co-operation in May 2011.
Past courses taught: Opera, Musical Theatre, Classical
Dr. Blahova specializes in the relationships between the American and Eastern Europe film industry as well as Czechoslovak film during the Communism era. In addition to teaching at NYUP, she is an Assistant Professor in the Film Studies Department of Charles University in Prague. She earned a Ph.D. in film history from the University of East Anglia (UK) and Charles University. She is currently editor-in-chief of Cinepur, a Czech film culture magazine, and a film critic for the national weekly Respekt.
She served as a guest editor of the prominent Czech academic journal Iluminace: The Journal of Film Theory, History, and Aesthetics (issues on Post-feminism, Banned Films in Eastern European Cinemas, and Film Festivals). Her articles on the relationships between distribution, reception, and politics have been published in the Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Film History, and Post Script. She is currently working on an anthology entitled "Cinematic Lowbrow and Eastern Europe."
Bio to come.
Kateřina Čapková is research fellow at the Institute for Contemporary History, Czech Academy of Sciences. She also teaches courses at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University.
Capkova studied History and German Studies at Charles University in Prague and at the University of Vienna and in Münster (Germany). In 1998/1999, she was a visiting student at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies and she spent a semester at INALCO (Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilization) in Paris in 2000. Further research stays abroad include the University in Basel (2005) and Free University in Berlin (2010/2011).
She is the author of Czechs, Germans, Jews? National Identity and the Jews of Bohemia (Berghahn Books 2012, pb 2014), which was awarded the Choice Outstanding Academic Title in 2012. Her second book, Unsichere Zuflucht (co-authored with Michal Frankl) focuses on Czechoslovak refugee politics in the interwar period and the situation of German and Austrian refugees in Czechoslovakia in the 1930s (published in Czech and in German).
Capkova is currently working on a comparative study about Jewish settlements in the Czechoslovak and Polish border regions after the Second World War.
Past courses taught: Modern Jewish History
Rob Cameron is the BBC's correspondent in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, covering politics, human interest stories, arts and other issues for BBC Radio, BBC TV and BBC Online. Rob moved to Prague in 1993. He began his radio career in 1999, when he joined Radio Prague, the international service of Czech Radio, to which he remains a regular contributor. Cameron began reporting for the BBC in 2001, and became the BBC's Czech and Slovak correspondent in 2004. He has also reported for the BBC from Albania, Poland, Russia and the United States. He is currently working on a book based on a three-week journey across the Czech Republic by slow train.
Past course taught: Radio News; currently the advisor of our PragueCast podcast internship
William Cohn is an attorney and constitutional law scholar. He has practiced and taught law since 1993, working with clients, judges, international organizations, bar associations and scholars, lecturing and publishing extensively on issues of international jurisprudence. He has taught at Stanford University, lectured at Charles and Anglo-American Universities and taught U.S. law students studying in Prague. In 2010, he has been nominated for the Lorenzo Natali Prize by the European Commission in recognition of contribution to rule of law, human rights and democracy, and appeared as amicus curiae before the International Criminal Court in The Hague in a case of first impression under international law.
Mr. Cohn received his law degree from the University of California and his B.A. degree from Stanford University. He practiced law for a decade in California, where he was honored by the State Bar for his work and the law firm he founded was selected as a sponsor firm of the Bar Association of San Francisco. A member of the State Bar of California, he is admitted for practice in U.S. District Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals. Bill has worked on Capitol Hill, for a U.S. federal district court judge, and at the United Nations. He was invited by the Board of the J. William Fulbright Commission to assist the Commission in developing its agenda and program on the Rule of Law.
Past courses taught: Topics in Law and Society: Society and the Philosophy of Law
Jakub Dolezal is a musician, composer and teacher who has been based in Prague since 1999. Besides leading his own group - the Jakub Dolezal Quartet - he's been a sideman for some of Prague's legendary musicians, including Michal Ambroz, Vladimir Misik, and Ondrej Pivec. He teaches jazz history and leads ensembles at the Jaroslav Jezek Conservatory and works for Czech Radio creating and presenting two regular jazz programs. As a teacher, he advises students in areas such as improvisation, arrangements, and life as a professional musician.
Since 1989, Ivana Doležalová has worked as a researcher, interpreter and co-correspondent for the Central European Office of National Public Radio and The New York Times in Prague plus for various other foreign media (BBC, Danish TV, ABC, PBS). She has also worked as a translator and moderator for Center of Independent Journalism in Prague, Czech Republic, and has translated the works of Fay Weldon, Woody Allen, Susan Sontag, Erica Jong, and Sue Grafton.
A Fulbright scholar and later visiting professor teaching media, film and literature at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois and University of Washington, Seattle, US (1994-97, 1999, and 2001), Dolezalova was also invited to give talks on film, history and feminism at University of Washington, Stanford and Harvard.
Presently, she is lecturing on Czech and European Film, Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis and Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Dolezalova also writes articles, reviews and interviews for various magazines and newspapers (Respekt weekly and The Presence quarterly). She is a Juror of the International Committee of Women of Europe Award, Brussels, Belgium and President of the Czech Committee of Women of Europe Award.
Past courses taught: Central European Film
Jeremy Druker is the executive director of Transitions (TOL), one of Central and Eastern Europe's leading media development organizations, and editor in chief of TOL's flagship publication, Transitions Online. He is also founder/CEO of Press Start, the first
global crowdfunding platform designed specifically to support journalists in countries where the press cannot report freely. Jeremy is chairman of the board of the Fulbright Commission in the Czech Republic and a member of the supervisory board of the Czech Journalism Prizes, the "Czech Pulitzers." Jeremy has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and a master’s in international affairs
from Columbia University.
Past courses taught: Social Media Networking
Marta Fadljevicova, a musician in her heart and soul, has had an uninterrupted performing career as a singer and performer for over two decades.
She has played the piano and sung since she attended music school as a child. Upon graduation from the Prague Conservatory, she started working intensively with a wide range of ensembles specialized in early music.
Marta is currently a member of some of Prague's most successful ensembles, including Tiburtina, Collegium 1704, Musica Florea, Ensemble Inegal and Collegium Marianum. She frequently participates in concerts and opera performances at European music festivals.
She has cooperated with world famous conductors such as James Parrot, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Václav Luks, Hans Christoph Rademann, Barbora Kabátková and Jana Semerádová and directors Sigrid T'Hooft, Lorenzo Charoy and David Radok.
Throughout her 25 year performance career Marta has always found time to teach students as a vocal tutor. Her main goal is to help the students find and extend the range of their own voices and bodies, discovering connections to the music, emotions and lyrics.
Kristina Fialova has been praised by the critics for her impeccable technique, impassioned performance and sophisticated musical sentiment. After winning the 2013 Michal Spisak International Competition in Katowice, Poland, she was invited to the major concert stages. Her appearance at the prestigious Tivoli Festival in Denmark was followed by her debuts in the Tonhalle Zürich, Cologne Philharmonic, Sumida Triphony Hall (Tokyo), Gran Teatro Nacional (Lima), and the Prague Spring festival.
She has regularly performed with renowned Czech and foreign orchestras (Copenhagen Philharmonic, Aarhus Symphony Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Czech National Symphony Orchestra, etc). As a chamber musician, she has collaborated with a number of superb soloists and ensembles. Kristina Fialová has performed at concert halls across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, and at major festivals. She is the winner of numerous international competitions.
Kristina Fialová studied at the Brno Conservatory, the Hochschüle für Musik Carl Maria von Weber in Dresden, the Royal Danish Academy of Music in Copenhagen, and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. She further honed her skills at master classes led by leading soloists and pedagogues around the world.
Kristina Fialová records regularly for Czech and Danish radio, Czech Television, TV Noe and has recorded eight CDs. She has given master classes in New York, Dellaware, Lima, Copenhagen, Qingdao and Guangzhou.
Kristina plays a Carlo Antonio Testore – Contrada 1745 viola. She is a Pirastro artist and she exclusively uses Pirastro strings.
Alice Fiedlerová studied piano at the Academy of the Performing Arts in Prague with Professor Boris Krajný. During her career as a pianist, she has performed in Germany, France, Switzerland, Belgium and the USA and collaborated with many outstanding soloists and has recorded for Czech Radio and the Czech Television. In 2012, she had her American debut as a soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.
Since 2011 Alice has performed in a Czech-American piano duo with American pianist Joan DeVee Dixon. Specializing in Czech and American compositions, they have performed throughout the Czech Republic and the USA as featured artists at the American Spring Festival and the International Dvorak Society in Prague.
Over the past 20 years Alice has taught at the Prague Music High School and at the Prague Conservatory. She has extensive experience teaching students of various levels. In addition to developing piano and musical skills, she aims to introduce her students to the Czech repertoire. Part of her lessons are typically devoted to sight-reading, and she frequently utilizes four-handed piano music.
American pianist Patricia Goodson is active as a solo recitalist and chamber musician throughout Europe and North America. Her playing, praised by critics as 'powerful and seductive' and 'breathtakingly virtuosic' has been featured on radio (NPR, BBC, Czech Radio and others) and television (US, Poland, Ukraine, Czech Republic). Her solo CD of contemporary American music, 'Strange Attractors', for Albany Records, received uniformly enthusiastic and positive reviews. She records also for Czech Radio and Czech Television, and in spring 2010 began to record a three CD series of the complete solo piano works of Czech composer Josef Bohuslav Foerster.
Ms. Goodson has lived full-time in Prague since 1991, and her broad repertoire encompasses music by Czech composers of all periods such as Fibich, Suk, Tomášek, Janácek, Foerster, Fišer, Kapr, Loudová, Matoušek and Dvorák, in addition to masterworks by Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn and others. She works actively with contemporary composers, and has had many pieces written especially for her.
Ms. Goodson has performed with leading Czech artists such as cellists Petr Nouzovský and Jirí Bárta and pianist Milan Langer. Upcoming projects include a tour of Europe with Mr. Nouzovský, showcasing music by composer Geraldine Mucha, and recordings of music by Mrs. Mucha, Debussy, Fauré, Arnold Bax and others.
In addition to performing, Ms. Goodson wrote and co-hosted 'Encore', a radio show about Czech music for Radio Prague, the English-language service of Czech Radio. She has also collaborated on radio shows for the BBC. She has written extensively about music and musical life for the English-language weekly the Prague Post, for Strings magazine and other publications.
Ms. Goodson received her education at Duke University (BA, with honors) and at the Peabody Conservatory (MM). She currently serves on the piano faculty of New York University in Prague.
Past courses taught: Piano
Daniel Havel studied from 2000-2006 at the Conservatory of Music in Brno, and from 2006-2011 earned an MFA at the Music and Dance Faculty at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague.
Since 2007, he has been a member of the orchestra of the National Theatre in Prague, where he is currently first flute. He also is a member of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra as first flute alternate. He also performs modern and new music with the Ostravská Banda.
Previously he performed with the Moravian Chamber Orchestra, the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra in Olomouc, the Czech Chamber Soloists and the Prague Philharmonia.
He has participated in numerous master classes: at Janácek Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno with Václav Kunt, in Paris with Philippe Bernold (2005), in Prague with Carlo Jans (2006), with Peter Lukas Graf in Switzerland (2007), Philippe Bernold (2008).
In 2004 he created a CD recording for Czech radio in Brno:J. Ibert - Piéce pour flute seule, O. Mácha - Variations for Flute and Piano.
Past courses taught: Flute, Chamber Ensembles
Patrik Hlavenka appeared on the Prague jazz scene for the first time with the group Simply Said, and later with the quartet Power of Jazz, where he had already introduced himself not only as a guitarist but also as a composer. In 2004, he acquired a Master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in jazz composition and arranging. During his studies he had the opportunity to cooperate with musicians such as Ernie Watts, Dave Berkman, Adam Kolker and Bob Wiener. In the Czech Republic, he works with notable artists such as Jaromír Honzák, Jiří Slavíček, Leona Prokopcová and many others. In 2000, he participated in "Guitarfestival," organised by the magazine Muzikus, and he won in the category "Jazz and Blues Guitar". In 2003, he was selected to take part in the prestigious "Betty Carter Jazz Ahead" residency for young jazz artists at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. He studied privately with Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder in New York City.
Past courses taught: Guitar. Jazz Ensembles
Pianist and composer Beata Hlavenková (born 1978), studied composition in classical music at the Janácek Conservatory in Ostrava.In 2004 she graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, USA, with a Master’s Degree in composition, jazz composition and arranging. In 2003, during her American studies, she was selected for The Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residential program for young composers and players in the Kennedy Centre, Washington, DC. There she met Curtis Fuller, John Clayton and others.
At present, the composer has her own jazz music trio, working with leading players like drummer Martin Novák and bassist Rastislav Uhrík, as well as drummers Pavel Bady Zboril, Jirí Slavícek, Roman Vícha and bass players Tomáš Liška and Martin Lehký. In October 2005, she and the trio (R. Uhrik and R. Vicha) won the Jazz Junior prize 2005 for “Band of the Year, composition and arrangement.”
She has appeared in the “S’aight” project where she collaborated as composer with the guitarist and composer Patrik Hlavenka and, in 2004, released an album of the same title with Jaromír Honzák, Daniel Šoltis and Rostislav Fraš. It was one of the first albums to belong to the new wave of Czech original composition jazz records. She was also a founding member of the Jaromír Honzák trio "Face of the bass", together with Roman Vícha, with whom she played during 2006 and 2007. In the spring of 2010 she participated in the recording of their album, which will be released in 2011 by Animal Music.
In the summer of 2005, she was a member of the winning ensemble “S’aight and Vertigo Connection” at the prestigious International Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. The ensemble continued to give occasional concerts under the name “Open Sextet”.
In December 2005, at their Czech premiere, as guests, they performed with the world’s leading jazz musicians including trumpeter Ingrid Jensen and saxophonist Rich Perry. In 2008, she again played with Rich Perry at the Jazz Fest in Brno and for an international radio transmission by EBU, and in the autumn of 2009 Rich toured with The Beata‘s Trio.
In 2006 she won an anonymous composer competition organized by Czech Radio, with her composition “Jazvecík vo hmle za stlpom” (sausage dog in the fog behind a pillar) or “Monday Meeting”. Her musical activities range beyond jazz and classical music. The focus of her work in the field of pop music since 2005 has been collaboration with the enfant terrible of the local Czech scene, Lenka Dusilová, which resulted in a unique project called Eternal Seekers, and together with the band The Clarinet Factory, Beata was co-composer as well as arranger. Other major artists with which she has worked, or is working with, include Iva Bittová, for whom she is currently arranging songs for symphony orchestra.This cooperation began in 2009. She has worked on two albums with country & western singer Vera Martinová, with whom she toured in 2006. Then there is her cooperation with personalities and groups such as Yvonne Sanchez, The Vertigo Quintet, Toxique, Ondrej Ruml, Ondrej Konrád, Josef Štepánek, Katka Šarközi, Triny, Benedikta, David Doružka, Leona Prokopcová and more.
The keynote album "Joy for Joel" (2009 Animal Music), was recorded in the U.S.A where she again met Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen, as well as the pedal steel guitarist Dave Easley and others. In the same year she went on tour with Ingrid Jensen, Jon Wikan and the leading Polish bassist, Michal Baranski. In addition to very positive reviews, she received a nomination for the music award, Andel (Angel).
She has worked as a music teacher at The Jaroslav Ježek Conservatory and Higher Specialised School, and is currently doing so at New York University in Prague. She has participated on the curriculum for the first Czech university study of jazz music in the Czech Republic, begun at the Janacek Academy of Performing Arts in Brno, in 2010. On the Czech jazz scene, she is one of the most sought-after pianists. Besides the piano, which she prefers to play and collaborates with the Petrof makers – she often plays a Fender Rhodes piano.
Past courses taught: Piano, Jazz Ensembles
Tomáš Hobzek (born 1980) began drumming at Pilsen Conservatory; during his studies he joined the Pilsen theater orchestra, gaining experience by playing classical music and also playing with various student bands.
In 2004 he began attending Prague the College of Jaroslav Ježek (Jazz major). Tomáš soon became a part of the Prague jazz scene, joining the David Dorůžka Trio, the Ondřej Pivec Organic Quartet, Vojtěch Procházka Trio, and others.
Past courses taught: Drums
As a drummer in the David Dorůžka Trio, Tomáš took part in the International Getxo Jazz Festival in 2005. In the same year he won 'Best Band' Award with the Organic Quartet at the Philips International Jazz Festival. A year after that he was awarded the prestigious Czech Musical Academy Award (Anděl) in the category 'Jazz and Blues' with the CD "Don't Get Ideas", recorded with Ondřej Pivec Organic Quartet.
Tomáš has performed in many International Jazz festivals with the Organic Quartet, (Cheltenham, Sibiu, Kishinev, Prague Spring, Jazz Fest Brno, Peking, and in Athens, where the band was the sole representative of the Czech music). In July of 2008, the Organic Quartet performed at the Getxo Jazz Festival, Spain, where the band won the audience’s prize as the Best Band (over 17,000 visitors and jazz fans were present during the festival).
To enrich his experience, Tomáš headed to New York, where he took private lessons with the drummer Kendrick Scott and Gregory Hutchinson. There, with the hammond-organist Ondřej Pivec; Tomáš recorded a CD, "Overseason" – also in cooperation with guitarist Jake Langley and saxophonist Joel Frahm. He also met pianist Dan Tepfer, who plays on Tomas’s first solo album “Stick It Out” (2009).
In the summer 2009, with the band Points, Tomáš was awarded a first prize in the Getxo Jazz Competition (Spain), and later they also won second prize in a jazz contest in Hoeilaart (Belgium).
A full time teacher of Czech for foreigners, Monika Janouchová has taught Czech for twenty years. In addition to NYU she teaches international students at Charles University and for the Caritas of the Diocese, an international center for foreigners and refugees. She tries to teach students not just the language but also about the culture, the people. She hopes that her classes help students understand that most people all around the world have similar dreams and problems no matter what their nationality. She has a Master’s Degree in education from the Hradec Kralové Teaching College.
Past courses taught: Czech language
Jan Jirák is Deputy Chair of the Centre for Media Studies at Charles University, as well as a faculty member of the Department of Media Studies, where he has taught Czech communications and mass media since 1992. An author and co-author of books and articles on the role of media and communication in contemporary society, media literacy and media education, Jirák is also the former chairman of the Czech Television Council and the former editor of KMIT Quarterly. Previously a translator of English-language movies for Czech TV Broadcasting, he still translates English language novels (e.g., Updike, Vonnegut, Frazer) and academic books on media (e.g., McQuail, Meyrowitz, Thompson). Additionally, he is co-author of the project of media education for Czech primary and secondary schools.
Jirák holds an M.A. degree from Charles University in English and Czech language and literature and has a Ph.D. from Charles University in media studies. He wrote his Ph.D. thesis on the development of media in post-transformational societies. In 2002, he became an associate professor, writing his professor´s thesis on the concept of media literacy. In 2008, he became a full-time professor in media studies. He holds professional affiliations with the Syndicate of Journalists of the Czech Republic, the Czech Union of Translators, and the Czech Circle for Modern Philology.
Past courses taught:Journalism and Society
Dr. Tomas Klvana is a senior international management consultant. He specializes in stakeholder strategies, engagement, management and business communication. He served as Spokesman and Policy Adviser for President of the Czech Republic and Special Czech Government Envoy for Communications of the Missile Defense Program, a U.S.-Czech-Polish project which brought him to work with his counterparts in the U.S. Congress, Pentagon, State Department and the White House. He was a Shorenstein Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
He has worked in various senior CSR and regulatory management functions at British American Tobacco in London, Hamburg, Prague and Brussels. As an independent consultant he advised international companies including International Association of Pharmaceutical Companies (Astra Zeneca, Pfizer or GSK), Lockheed Martin, Philip Morris International, EPS and other. Dr. Klvana founded Aspen Institute Prague and is a member of its International Advisory Board. He holds a Ph. D. from the University of Minnesota (1997) and an M. A. from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. In 2012 he received the Distinguished Leadership Award For Internationals from the University of Minnesota.
At NYU Prague he has taught stakeholder management, corporate/organizational communication, media and globalism for Stern School of Business and Steinhardt School of Communications.
He recently published two books in three years and in 2017 ran 2.000+ km.
The trumpeter Ladislav Kozderka was born in 1974 into a family of musicians in Brno. He graduated from the conservatory there and continued his studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. He subsequently became principal trumpet with the Opera Orchestra of the National Theater in Prague, and since November 2008 he has also been principal trumpet with the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist he has performed with leading symphony and chamber orchestras in the Czech Republic and abroad. At present, he focuses on concert activities, improvisation, the performance of contemporary music and the creation of music and stage projects for various composers.
Past courses taught: Trumpet
Ethnomusicologist Matej Kratochvíl is one of the leading experts on Czech folk music. He released a 5-CD edition of recordings of Czech and Slovak folk music from 1920s and 1930s and written many articles on the topic.
He teaches at Charles University and works at the Institute of Ethnology of Czech Academy of Sciences. His main interests are historical recordings of folk music, traditional music and technology, and the current developments of musical traditions in Central Europe. Matej Kratochvile is also the co-translator of John Cage's seminal book "Silence."
Since 2004, Matěj Kratochvíl is editor-in-chief of HIS Voice magazine which concentrates on contemporary music and covers topics from contemporary composition as well as improvised music, electronic, noise or sound art.
Past courses taught: Music History IV
Tereza Krobova, who is completing her doctorate in media studies at Charles University, has done extensive research on gender in video games. She has published numerous articles and spoken as the keynote speaker at conferences that explore this area.
In addition to teaching university courses on journalism, gender and video games at several Prague universities, Tereza Krobova works as a regional editor for the online news portal aktualne.cz - one of the largest news portals in the Czech Republic. She develops scripts and works on programming at Czech Television and is a radio presenter on a broadcast about video games. Working with several local NGOs, she leads media courses for homeless women, immigrants, and elementary school children.
Past courses taught: Video Games
Bassoonist Jaroslav Kubita was the winner of Concertino Praga at age 12 and later the Prague Spring Music Competition, the Karol Kurpiňski Competition (Poland) among others. He studied at the Prague Conservatory and later at the Prague Academy of Music (HAMU). At eighteen, he was appointed as a solo bassoonist with the Smetana Theater Orchestra in Prague and later with the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Czech Philharmonic.
He has made numerous recordings, including of bassoon concertos by 18th Century Czech composers. He performs regularly at home and abroad both as a soloist and as a member of chamber ensembles (In modo camerale, Prague Baroque Ensemble and Czech Wind Harmony).
Kubita now teaches at the Janacek Academy of Music in Brno. He is frequently invited to give masterclasses and to sit on juries of international music competitions.
As a teacher, Kubita’s goal is to deepen the students' skills, acquaint them to bassoon works by Czech composers and teach them to play in an orchestra via individual studies of orchestral parts. He frequently gives his students the chance to go to concerts and rehearsals of the Czech Philharmonic.
Zdeněk Kühn is an Associate Professor at Charles University Law School, where he teaches legal theory, comparative public law and human rights, and a Justice of the Supreme Administrative Court of the Czech Republic. He graduated from the Charles University Law School in 1997 and received his Ph.D. degree there in 2001. He holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) and Science Juridical Doctor (S.J.D.) degrees from the University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor. Mr Kühn has taught at the Cornell University Law School and University of South Carolina Law School summer programs and at USF Law School, San Francisco and Nova Southeast University Law School. His English publications include “The Judiciary in Central and Eastern Europe”, describing the development of the law and judges in Central Eastern Europe (Brill 2011).
He has been awarded several prizes including the Hessel Yntema Prize, Berkeley, California, for the best article by a scholar under 40 (published in vol. 52 of the American Journal of Comp. Law). He has served as a legal expert on Czech and Slovak law before US courts, for example in 2003 for the plaintiff in the case In Re: Assicurazioni Generali S.p.A. Holocaust Insurance Litigation (United States District Court Southern District of New York), one of the most important recent class action suits in the United States. In Fall 2007, he was appointed by the Czech government to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to serve as an ad hoc justice in a highly profiled set of cases relating to rent control in the Czech Republic.
Past courses taught: - Law and Human Rights in Central Europe
Jurij Likin, a Czech oboist of Byelorussian origin, studied at the Byelorussian Conservatory in Minsk with legendary professor, Boris Nichkov. He later worked with famous French professor and soloist Maurice Bourgue in Paris (1992-1993) and in Prague at the Prague Mozart Academy. He has also played with Nicholas Daniel, Ives Poucel, Michael Faust, Jess Read, André Cazalet, Wolker Altmann, Hatto Beyerle. He was the solo oboe of the Byelorussian Philharmonic in Minsk, Petersburg Symphony, Minsk Chamber Orchestra. A winner of several national and international competitions (Concertino Praga 1984, Baltic republics-Byerorussia-Moldova International Competition 1986, USSR National Competition 1987), Jurij moved to Prague in 1994, first taking up the position of Solo/Principal Oboe in the Prague Philharmonic before accepting the same position in the Prague Symphony Orchestra, a post he holds to date. As a soloist and chamber music player, he is often invited to music festivals in Europe, Asia and North America. As a member of the Prague Wind Quintet, he won the prestigious annual French critics' prize, Choc 1999, of the "La Monde de la Musique", for the recording of chamber music by Leos Janacek. He is teaching oboe, oboe reed making and oboe repairing master-classes in France, Great Britain, Japan, Russia and USA regularly. Since 2009 Jurij Likin is a professor of oboe at the Janacek Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Brno. Jurij Likin plays Fossati-Paris oboe model 20th Anniversary.
Past courses taught: Oboe
Zdenek Lukes is an architect and historian of architecture. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague, and from 1980-1990 worked in the Archive of Architecture of the National Technical Museum in Prague.
He was actively involved in the Velvet Revolution in 1989, and he was part of he was part of the Civic Forum with Vaclav Havel. After the Revolution, Lukes worked in the Office of the President of the Czech Republic helping to revitalize the Prague Castle during Vaclav Havel's presidency.
Zdenek Lukes has organized numerous exhibitions, including: Josip Plečnik, Ten Centuries of Architecture, Splátka dluhu (Debt Repayment), Architect E. Králiček, Czech Architectonical Cubism or Prague Functionalism. He is the author and co-author of about 50 essays, catalogues and books on modern architecture, and has written hundreds of expert articles in Czech newspapers (Respect, Revolver Revue, Lidové noviny, Architekt etc) He contributed to broadcasts for Czech Television for the series Ten Centuries of Architecture, as well as to Czech Public Radio and BBC. He is also in charge of columns dedicated to architecture on the webpage Neviditelný pes (Invisible Dog).
In 2014, Professor Lukes was awarded the State order Medal of Merit by the Slovenian President Borut Pahor.
Between 2000-2003, Lukes was Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University in Liberec. Since 2004, Professor Lukes has been teaching at the New York University in Prague.
Past courses taught: History of Czech Architecture
Since 1992, Andrzej Magala has worked at the Czech Academy of Sciences. He graduated from the Philosophical Faculty of Adam Mickiewicz University in Poland in 1976, specializing in Polish language and the theory and history of Polish literature. He studied as a translator in Warsaw for two years before attending Adam Michiewicz University for another four semesters, this time studying sociology and Czech studies. From 1976 to 1992 he worked at the Polish Institute in Prague, teaching Polish to foreigners. He also taught at the Polish Embassy’s school in Prague, at the Polish School for children from mixed marriages, and gave individual Polish lessons to adults. In 2006 he completed his Ph.D. in comparative linguistics at Ostrava University.
Past courses taught: Polish language
For more than a decade Petra Matějová combines in her career modern piano and fortepiano playing. Her interest is to approach each repertoir with the maximum care for the sound and interpretation aesthetics of the time when it was conceived, which includes also the choice of instrument. Lead by her strong interest for the music of late 18th and early 19th century, Petra Matějová started to be active in the field of early music after graduating from the Prague Conservatory and the Academy of Performing Arts in modern piano. She was studying the fortepiano in Paris and Amsterdam, and currently she is finishing her PhD thesis on Voříšek´s piano works and the early 19th century piano style in an international doctorate programme at the Janáček Academy in Brno, Paris IV-Sorbonne and Paris Conservatory under Barbara Maria Willi, Jean-Pierre Bartoli and Kenneth Weiss.
Petra Matějová divides her musical interest between the early repertoir on historical instruments and the 20th century repertoir on modern piano. As a chamber music player in modern repertoir she often appears together with the first flutist of the Symphonic Orchastra of Prague FOK Hana Brožová, members of the Škampa and Kocian quartets; in early music her main partners are the cellist Marek Štryncl and the ensembles Musica Florea, Ensemble Inégal, or singers Franziska Gottwald and Irena Troupová. She forms a piano duet with the polish fortepianist Katarzyna Drogosz.
Petra Matějová appeared in the main recital series of her country, including two consecutive performances at the Prague Spring festival and a solo recital on both instruments at the major piano series in the Rudolfinum in Prague. She appeared in most European countries and is regularly invited to the festivals in Central Europe. In France, she has made a recording for the Mezzo TV as well as a solo CD with works by Schubert, Beethoven and Voříšek. She records frequently for the Czech Radio and has recorded pieces by Rejcha, Mozart, Janáček, Fibich, Voříšek, Tomášek, Franck, Haydn, Mendelssohn.
Since 1995 Petra Matějová gives regular masterclasses in piano, fortepiano and chamber music. In 2007-2009 she lead the fortepiano class at the Valtice Early music Summerschool and since 2008 has taught fortepiano at the Janáček Academy in Brno. She plays classical repertoir on the copy of Anton Walter & Sohn instrument from 1805 made in 2007 by Paul McNulty in Divišov.
Past courses taught: Piano, Chamber Ensembles
Pianist and musicologist Ourania Menelaou was born in Nicosia, Cyprus. She graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of V. Topinka in 1996 and continued her studies at Charles University in Prague, from which she received her Master’s degree in Musicology. In 2003, Menelaou was awarded a Teaching Assistantship from the University of Iowa. There, she studied piano with Professor Uriel Tsachor and got her postgraduate degree on Piano Performance in 2006.
Menelaou has performed extensively, both as a soloist and as a pianist in chamber music recitals. She holds the diploma Laureat de l'Academie de Lausanne and has been invited to participate in music fesitvalsi n the U.S., where she has performed with internationally recognized musicians, including Peter Zazofsky, Doriot Anthony Dwyer, Terry King, Annette-Barbara Vogel and others. Ourania has given recitals in Greece, Cyprus, Germany, Norway, Iceland and the U.S. She has recorded for the Cyprus Broadcasting Corporation (CyBC), the Icelanding Radio, KNPR in Las Vegas and for Český Rozhlas.
As a musicologist, Menelaou has been researching and studying the piano music of the 19th and 20th century as well as the music of the Czech composer Leoš Janáček. During her studies in the U.S., she gave several lecture-recitals on Janáček's piano music and on the Czech piano music of the 20th century. Currently she is studying the work of the Greek composes Nikos Skalkottas (1904-1949).
Past courses taught: Music History
Bara Mrazkova is a freelance photographer and graphic designer. She graduated in 2005 with an MFA in the Department of Still Photography at the Film Academy of Performing arts in Prague (FAMU). She also studied at the Department of Fine Arts at Middlesex University in London.
Bara Mrazkova photographs for festivals, museums and other cultural events, documenting and creating photographic art (e.g. "Discovery Campus" for Festival, Fresh Film Fest). She has created photographic work for numerous publications including the Alfons Mucha catalogue, Czech Comics from the First half of the 20th Century by Helena Deising. She also works for magazines (including BLOK, Hype) and several leading Czech fashion designers (Cockerel, Monidee). From 2005-2009 she oversaw the photographic documentation of an extensive private collection of Propaganda art which was published in 2007 in the book Ne Boltai!
Mraxkova's photography has been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions at leading Czech and European galleries. She co-wrote Eastern Blok, a catalogue of an international photographic project that explored the differences between growing up in totalitarian and post-totalitarian countries, created under the auspices of President Vaclav Havel.
Bara Mrazkova has taught Introduction to Photography at NYU Prague since 2005, first as an assistant to Professor Zdenek Kirschner and then as an adjunct professor.
Psat courses taught:Introduction to Photography
For over ten years the Czech composer Lubos Mrkvicka has taught composition and compositional techniques of 20th and 21st century music at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (HAMU). He has taught at NYU Prague since 2006.
His compositions, all of which are exclusively instrumental, range from solo pieces and small instrumental groups to large ensembles and orchestras. His music is stylistically based on the structuralist and constructivist avant-garde of the second half of the 20th century. His compositions have been performed by leading Czech ensembles specialized in contemporary music (Brno Contemporary Orchestra, Berg Orchestra, MoEns) as well as world-famous ensembles and performers (Klangforum Wien, Xasax Saxophone Quartet, Ian Pace).
He studied at the Prague Conservatoy and at the Prague Music Academy (HAMU) with Professor Milan Slavický and Professor Marek Kopelent where he received his Ph.D. in 2009. He also studied at the Royal College of Music in London with professor David Sawer.
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Petr Mucha has been teaching at New York University Prague since 2007. His research focuses on religious and cultural studies, intercultural dialogue and European identity. He coordinates Forum 2000, a conference bringing world leaders together in Prague, and facilitates a global interfaith project in collaboration with Tomas Halík, the Templeton Prize laureate.
Mucha worked for many years on a team established by Václav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic. He has taught at various universities and served as the director of a nonprofit organization ministering in the field of counseling and education.
Petr Mucha studied at Charles University (Prague), Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) and the University of Vienna. During his undergraduate studies in the late 1980s, he was one of the coordinators of a youth dissent movement and participated in the Velvet Revolution that overthrew the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia.
Past courses taught:
Religion, Culture and Politics in Central Europe
Cultures and Contexts - In the Heart of Central Europe
Richard Müller holds position as a Researcher at the Institute of Czech Literature, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In 2011, he served as a Visiting Professor at the Department of Slavic Languages at Brown University, Providence, RI.
Richard Müller earned his M.A. in Czech and English Studies and his Ph.D. in Czech and Comparative Literature at Charles University. In 2005, he won a scholarship at the Department of Literature (Literaturwissenschaft) at University of Konstanz, Germany.
In 2012, he published a Dictionary of Contemporary Literary Theory: Glossary of Terms, which was nominated for the Book of the Year by Lidové noviny, a national news daily. His Texts in Circulation: An Anthology of Cultural Materialist Approaches to Literature (co-edited) is forthcoming. The areas of Richard Müller’s teaching and research interests include literary theory, modern Czech and German literature, relations between literary discourse and ideology and literary communication seen as a specific form of mediality. He is also a translator (Roald Dahl’s short stories, Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks).
In addition to his academic profession, Richard Müller is a classically trained pianist.
Past courses taught: Kafka and His Contexts
Since 2007, Salim Murad has been teaching at New York University in Prague. His main research topics involve ethnic stereotypes in Czech advertising and media and migration. Salim Murad also teaches in the Political Science Department of the Faculty of Education of the University of South Bohemia, where he started working in 2000. He is a course coordinator and lecturer of the university's teaching module in the European Union MA Program in Migration and Intercultural Relations. Salim Murad has worked on projects for UNHCR Czech Republic and the Human Rights Education Centre of Charles University in Prague.
In 2010, Murad earned a PhD in Theory of Politics from the Comenius University in Bratislava (Slovak Republic). Murad graduated in 2000 from the Faculty of Social Studies at Masaryk University in Brno with a MA degree in Political Science.
From April to June 2003, Murad was a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Studies Centre, Queen Elizabeth House, University of Oxford. His research there dealt with the issue of asylum in the Czech Republic since the fall of Communism and access to the EU. He also studied at the Institute of Political Science at Copenhagen University in 2004.
Past courses taught:Advertising and Society, the Czech Republic in a Global Context
Miriam Nemcova studied composition and conducting at the Academy of Performing Arts (Prague) and the Internationale Bachakademie in Stuttgart.
She has conducted numerous concerts in the Czech Republic and abroad. She was the artistic director of the Praga Sinfonietta, Vox Pragae and the Czech National Choir, as well as a conductor and chorus master at the State Opera Prague. She has worked with a number of professional ensembles (Suk Chamber Orchestra, Karlovy Vary Symphony Orchestra, Hradec Králové Philharmonic Orchestra, Czech Radio Choir, Prague Philharmonic Choir). Since 2001 she has been a guest conductor at the Hradec Králové Orchestra, with whom she recorded a CD featuring Smetana’s cycle of symphonic poems. She has also worked as a conductor at numerous studios, recording film music for international productions.
Since September 1995 she has taught for the conducting department of the Prague Conservatory and led their symphony orchestra. She has taught international conducting classes in Prague, Hradec Králové, and in South Korea.
Currently head of the legal department in a public hospital in Prague, Tomas Nemecek graduated with an M.A. in media and mass communications from Charles University in 1996, and in 2003 he earned a law degree from the Charles University Law Faculty. From 1993 to 1995 he worked as a reporter and columnist for the weekly Czech magazine Mlady svet. In 1995 he started writing for the weekly newspaper Respekt, where he was editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2005. Later he was the chief commentator of the Czech business daily Hospodarske noviny (2005-2009). After this, he became the editor of the opinion supplement and of law and justice supplements in the daily Czech newspaper Lidove noviny (2009-2013).
Past courses taught: Czech and Slovak Modern History in the Central European Context
Simon North received his MA in Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh. After completing post-graduate studies in painting at the Edinburgh College of Art, he worked as an independent artist, drawing teacher, and freelance lecturer and guide (at the National Galleries of Scotland). From 1988 to 1993 he taught English in France, the UK, Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
He was a tutor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Art and Architecture at the Central European University from 1992-96, until the university closed in Prague. Since the mid-1990s he has been an architectural tour guide and has lectured on art and architectural history for numerous American study abroad programs in Prague (including SIT, NYU and CIEE) and the ECES program at Charles University.
From 2000 he also taught art history survey courses for ten years at the University of New York in Prague (UNYP).
Simon has taught at NYU Prague since 2006, offering courses on Czech Art & Architecture and A Cultural History of the City in Central Europe. Since 2001 he has offered guided tours of the city for NYU students.
Past courses taught: Czech Art and Architecture / Cultural History of the City
Petr Nouzovsky ranks among the Europe’s best cellists of his generation and can be heard on many international concert stages. He is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1921 Georg Rauer cello.
Recently Nouzovsky has appeared as soloist in a number of orchestral or recital tours across Europe, the US and in Asia. In Europe he played with Krakow Philharmonic, Slovak Philharmonic, SWF Philharmonie and the Czech Radio Symphony Orchestra.
Last season Nouzovsky appeared in Germany, China, Japan, New York, Tallin and Sczczecin.
Nouzovský has recorded with Dabringhaus und Grimm, CUBE, Albany, Supraphon, and Arco Diva. The CD „Vivat tango“ won the CD of the year 2014 by The Violoncello Foundation New York. His recent CD with the complete works for Cello and Orchestra by Bohuslav Martinu recorded with the Pilsener Philharmonic and Tomas Brauner as a conductor (Dabringhaus und Grimm) was awarded the Classic Prague Awards 2018, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik 2017 and got great reviews from Frankfurter Allgemeine and Pizzicato Luxembourg. Pilsener Philharmonic has named Petr Nouzovsky as its "Soloist-in-Residence" for the 2014/2016 seasons.
Petr Nouzovsky graduated from the Prague Conservatory and received an MM degree from the Prague Academy of Music. He studied further at Dresden’s Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber and the Royal Conservatory in Madrid.
Petr Nouzovsky was one of only ten cellists, selected from hundreds of applicants worldwide, to attend the legendary Piatigorsky Seminars in Los Angeles, and even more exceptionally, he was invited to return a second time. He has attended master classes all over the world with legends such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Boris Pergamenscikov, Franz Helmerson and David Geringas.
Jiří Novák has been a freelance teacher of English and Czech for foreigners since 1990; he has been teaching at NYU since the fall of 2001.
Novák graduated from Charles University in 1989 with a Masters degree in Czech and English language and literature, and a specialization in pedagogy. Besides teaching, he has translated a number of films and TV series (including 12 episodes of The Simpsons) for Czech TV.
Past courses taught: Czech language
The Director of NYU Prague since 1998, Jiří Pehe was the Director of the Political Department of Czech President Václav Havel from September 1997 to May 1999. He serves as Chairman of the Program Committee of the Forum 2000 Foundation that organizes annual international conferences under Havel’s auspices.
From 1995 to 1997, Pehe was Director of Analysis and Research Department at the Open Media Research Institute in Prague. Between 1988 and 1995, he first worked as an analyst of Central European affairs and later as Director of Central European Research at the Research Institute of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Munich, Germany. From 1985 to 1988, Pehe was Director of East European Studies at Freedom House in New York.
Pehe studied law and philosophy at Charles University in Prague from 1974 to 1978. In 1980, he received a doctorate in law (JUDr.) from the School of Law of Charles University. He fled Czechoslovakia in 1981 and eventually settled in the U.S.A. In 1985 he graduated from the School of International Affairs at Columbia University in New York.
Pehe has written hundreds of articles and analytical studies on developments in Eastern Europe for American, Czech, and German periodicals and academic journals. He is a regular contributor to various Czech newspapers and regularly comments on political developments for Czech Television and Radio. He co-authored and edited a book titled The Prague Spring: A Mixed Legacy, which was published by Freedom House in 1988. In 2002, his book Vytunelovaná demokracie was published by Academia, Prague. Pehe has also contributed essays and chapters to various other books. He teaches at Charles University and NYU Prague.
Past courses taught: The Czech Republic in a Global Context
Milada Polisenska is the Deputy to the President and Chief Academic Adviser at the Anglo-American College in Prague. She is a full professor of history and international relations with a specialization in contemporary history of Central and Eastern European and nationalism.
Professor Polisenska has written many academic publications, including her most book Czechoslovak Diplomacy and the Gulag, 1945-1953"(Central European Press, New York/Budapest 2015).
She has worked for the Institute of International Relations (Prague) and the Institute for Contemporary History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and has taught as a visiting professor at universities in the United States, Taiwan, and Thailand.
Prof. Polisenska has been awarded several major research grants, scholarships (Fulbright scholarship), and fellowships (Cold War International History Project Fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.). She was most recently awarded the Senior Fernand Braudel Fellowship at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.
She is a member of academic boards at several universities and a reviewer of the Czech Accreditation Office and of CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Studies). She joined AAU in 2003 and has held various administrative positions. Since 2008, she has been serving as Provost of Anglo American University.
Past courses taught: History of Nationalism in Central and Eastern Europe
Miroslav Pudlák is a Czech composer, musicologist, music teacher and researcher focusing on contemporary and 20th century music. He studied composition and musicology in Prague, Paris and in the USA as a Fulbright scholar. He teaches for the music departments of the Academy of Performing Arts (HAMU) and Charles University.
In 1985 he founded Agon, a contemporary music ensemble, and led the group for six years. Since 1996 Pudlák has been a conductor and composer for MoEns, another contemporary music group. In 2008 he founded CONTEMPULS, an annual international festival of contemporary music. He works with Czech Radio as an editor and the prestigious Prague Spring Festival as a program advisor. Miroslav Pudlák has authored many orchestral and chamber compositions, and he composes music for theatre performances and electro-acoustic music. His music has been performed at contemporary music concerts and festivals in many countries and appeared on CDs released by the Arta Records label.
Michal Rataj studied musicology at Charles University in Prague and composition at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (with Prof. Ivan Kurz and Prof. Milan Slavický), where he earned his Ph.D. in 2005 in the field of electroacoustic music and radioart. Since 2006 he has also been an Assistant Professor, running the electroacoustic music theory and composition classes there.
Michal Rataj was awarded scholarships to study musicology and composition at the Royal Holloway University of London, Egham, UK in 1995, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 1998 and Universität der Künste in Berlin, 2002. In 2007 he was awarded a Fulbright Grant to guide research in the field of electroacoustic music and real-time sound applications at CNMAT, University of California Berkeley, CA.
Michal Rataj also works as radio art producer at Czech Radio, Prague where he curates a program slot Radioatelier and website rAdioCUSTICA for contemporary radioart activities. Since 2012 he has been vice-chair of the EBU Ars Acustica producers group and teaches composition at the NYU in Prague and other art schools. He has written music for number of TV productions and movies as well as large amount of radio plays & features and theatre and dance performances.
Michal Rataj composes mainly electroacoustic and chamber or orchestral instrumental music and gives performances throughout Europe and broadcasts worldwide. Recently he has been active as real-time performer of his acousmatic music and he gives sound performances alone and with different music partners.
Past courses taught: Electroacoustic Composition
Eric Rosenzveig (b. Montreal, Canada) is an artist, curator music producer and educator.
Currently the Department Chair of FAMU's Center of Audiovisual Studies (CAS), he teaches courses on open narrative structures, new media histories, sound for moving image and practical workshops on contemporary art making. At NYU he teaches electro-acoustic music comoposition. In addtion to his own art practice, he is Director of the Liz Gerring Dance Company in New York City.
His past art projects include a series of consumer electronics devices as artworks (FUNTV and others); playListNetWork, an online system for collaborative media making and public display that also included artwork of the same name (2001-2004); the Appearance Machine, an artificial life system that streamed continual animated media from garbage collected in his neighbourhood (1998-2002; winner of Vida 3.0 prizes for artificial life artworks and The Telefim Canada Prize at Images Festival Toronto for best film and video in Festival, exhibited at The Kitchen and The New Museum, NYC and other venues internationally).
Past courses taught: Electroacoustic Composition
Janusz Salamon, M.Phil. (Oxford University), Ph.D. (Jagiellonian University) is a philosopher specializing in global ethics and cross-cultural value theory. As the Founding Editor of the ‘European Journal for Philosophy of Religion’ and editor of the book series Bloomsbury Studies in Global Ethics he is involved in the search for constructive solutions to the challenge of the value pluralism which threatens a peaceful coexistence of humanity in the global age.
His hobbies include classical music, Russian literature and gardening. He is a full-time member of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague.
Past courses taught: Cultures and Contexts: Russia – between East and West
Since 1995, Ilona Floriánová Šaršonová has specialized in teaching Czech for foreigners, both privately and for the Calix Language School and NYU Prague. She studied Czech language and literature at the Pedagogical faculty of Charles University. After graduating with her Masters degree, Šaršonová taught at Jesinova Elementary school for five years and spent one year instructing high school sophomores in art.
Past courses taught: Czech language
Ivo Šlosarčík is a professor of European Integration Studies and the Jean Monnet Chair in EU law at Charles University in Prague. He was a member of the government advisory bodies on the European Constitutional Treaty and the EU Council Presidency in 2009. His area of research covers norm enforcement in the European Union, the EU's cooperation in the AFSJ and europeanization of national political, administrative and judicial structures. At present, Ivo Slosarcik is working on a monograph on the European integration of the Czech civil service from the years 2004-2014. Slosarčík holds degrees from Charles University’s Faculty of Law and Central European University in Budapest.
Past courses taught: Central Europe, NATO and the European Union
Dinah Spritzer is the central and eastern Europe editor for the New York-based Jewish Telegraphic Agency, a news wire service founded in 1917 that reaches 1 million people through 110 newspapers, magazines and web sites. She covers security, political, religious and social issues in ten countries. Dinah is also a regular contributor to the New York Times, providing insights on the Central European cultural scene. Previously Dinah was news editor for four years at The Prague Post, Central Europe's leading English-language weekly. She upgraded the political coverage of the newspaper and as a result became a columnist for several Czech dailies. Prior to arriving in Prague, Dinah worked as the Europe editor for Travel Weekly, the largest travel business weekly in the United States, where she was also a regular contributor to the magazine Conde Nast Traveler and Fodor's Travel Guides. Dinah believes that freelancing for a variety of media outlets keeps a journalist on her toes: She has written on topics from combating obesity to the imperialist nature of Santa Claus for the New York Times, USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, Womens' E-news, The Canadian Medical Association Journal, The Independent of London, The Irish Examiner, The Jerusalem Post, and even OK! Magazine and USWeekly. She also contributes regularly to Grazia and the Sunday Mirror in the United Kingdom.
Past courses taught: International Reporting, creator and mentor of Prague Wandering, NYU Prague's student webzine
Adela Stajnochrova graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of Dana Vlachová (1998), and then continued her studies at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Prof. Petr Messiereur. She got her posgraduate degree at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, where she studied violin with Krzysztof Smietana and Baroque violin with Rachel Podger. In 1994, she was a finalist in the Beethoven International Violin Competition (CZ) and in 2002 she was a semifinalist in the Gesselschaft Competition held in Munich. She took part in many international master classes in the USA, Austria and France held by L. Kaplan, S. Ashkenazi, I. Levin, and J. Holloway. As a member of ArteMiss Piano Trio, she focuses mainly on chamber music, but she also performs as a soloist with orchestras, gives recitals, and cooperates with early music ensembles (The Sixteen, Musica Florea, Collegium Marianum, Collegium 1704). In 2012 she finished her doctorate studies at the Academy of Performing Art.
Past courses taught: Violin, Chamber Ensembles
Tatiana Styrkas has been teaching Russian language courses at NYU Prague since 2000. She was born in Moscow and received her M.A. first class honors degree from the Philological Faculty of Moscow State Pedagogical University. She then held the post of Russian Lector at Oxford University. Styrkas also earned her Master of Letters Degree from the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Oxford University, United Kingdom.
Past courses taught: Russian language
Vanda Thorne teaches and researches on the themes of mass mentality, social movements, and collective civil action in totalitarian and post-totalitarian regimes. Other interests include gender and politics in Central Europe, ideology and propaganda, and theories of cultural resistance. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Pittsburgh. She also holds an M.A. in English and American Literature from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic, and an M.A. in Gender and Culture from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary.
Past courses taught: Gender in Transition in Post-Communist Society / Collective Identity in a Totalitarian Regime
Tomáš Trampota is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Media Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University; there, and at Vyšší odborná škola publicistiky, he has taught courses on Sociology of News, Media and Society, Media Content Analysis, and Analysis of Media. He earned his Ph.D. degree in media studies in 2005 and later worked as an executive producer for Czech television (from 1992 to 1996) and as editor of the specialized weekly Marketing and Media (from 2003 to 2004).
Past courses taught: Media and Cultural Analysis
Trampota regularly publishes on Czech media in the Czech press and has authored the monography Zpravodajství (News) and several academic studies and analysis. He frequently participates in international conferences on media and occasionally translates media literature from English to Czech (e.g., Meyrowitz).
Jan Urban was one of the leading dissidents under the communist regime. He was a founder of the Eastern European Information Agency, the only supranational dissident network. He also worked with underground newspapers and as a reporter for Radio Free Europe and the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). In November 1989, he helped found the Civic Forum, the movement that led to the eventual overthrow of the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia. In 1990, Urban was elected as the Civic Forum's spokesperson and leader. He led the Civic Forum to its victory in the first free democratic elections in June 1990.
He resigned from all political positions one day after announcing the electoral defeat of Communism and returned to pursue his career in journalism. He studied post-conflict societies in Central America and won two international human rights awards from Humanitas, San Francisco, in 1991 and Centro Demos in San Salvador in 1995. Urban also served as a war correspondent in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1993 through 1996 and was the publisher of Transitions magazine from 1997 to 1999.
Jan Urban is the author of five books, two documentary films, and numerous television and radio programs.
Past courses taught: Modern Dissent in Europe
Past courses taught: Modern Dissent in Europe
Born 1992 in Prerov, Czech Republic, Marek Urbánek is one of the prominent young voices of the Czech jazz scene. He began his jazz drumming studies with Kamil Slezák and later continued at Jaroslava Jezka Conservatory in Prague, where he immediately became a sought-after musician.
Recently, he finished his bachelor’s degree in the Jazz Interpretation Department of HAMU in Prague. Among the musicians with whom he has toured, recorded and collaborated, such names emerge: Melanie Scholtz (South Africa), Brian Charette (USA), Sharon Lewis (USA), Robby Marshall (USA), Shauli Einav (IZ), Pat Bianchi (USA), David Restivo (CAN), Frank Basile (USA),John Marshall (USA), and many others.
Marek has also been on the jury of Czech Jazz Ensemble competitions and the Jazz Do It Workshop. In 2017 Marek joined the faculty of the Karel Velebný Summer Jazz Workshop in Frýdlant.
Marek Valasek, MA, Ph.D. teaches choir direction at the Faculty of Education at the Charles University in Prague and leads three of Prague Conservatoire’s choirs. In 2004 he conducted the Czech premiere of the oratorio, Ecce Homo, by Czech composer Jan Hanuš at the Prague Spring International Music Festival. In 2009 he conducted Hanuš’s Requiem.
Between 2002 and 2006 he also worked as a choirmaster at the Prague State Opera. In 1996 he founded the Piccolo coro & Piccola orchestra.
Past courses taught: Vocal Ensembles
Gaëlle Vassogne is an assistant professor of German Studies at the Université Stendhal in Grenoble, France, where she specializes in German history, business German and Jewish history in Central and Eastern Europe. She has taught at the Universität Heidelberg, the Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle and the Institut d’Etudes Politiques. She studied German Studies at the Ecole Normale Supérieure and at the Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle and Business at H.E.C. In 2004, she received her Ph.D. from the Université Paris 3 – Sorbonne Nouvelle. She will be publishing her book "Max Brod und Prag: Identität und Vermittlung" in 2009 (Niemeyer, Tübingen) and is currently working on a project on Prague Zionism.
Past courses taught: Germany and East Central Europe
Irvin Venys has been awarded prizes at numerous world-acclaimed competitions, including Prague Spring, Pacem in Terris Bayreuth, EBU New Talent, Paris, Zurich, etc. He sustains his award-winning reputation by performing at prestigious festivals including the Festival Mitte Europa, the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, the Mozart der Europaer Mannheim, and at leading venues around the world in Japan, Germany, France, Spain, and the USA. The variety of Venys’ musical activities is extraordinary, ranging from the classical clarinet repertoire to extremely demanding modern compositions to folklore. He earned his PhD Degree from the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, where he studied with Prof. Jiri Hlavác and Prof. Vlastimil Mares, and where he currently teaches. He also studied at the Conservatoir Supérieur de Musique et de Danse in Paris, in the prestigious class of Michel Arrignon. He frequently records for Czech Radio and Czech Television, Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, Arco Diva, NAXOS and Supraphon. His recordings on CDs contain music from classical clarinet repertoire as well as works inspired by folklore and jazz.
Dana Vlachova, a sought-after professor at the Prague Conservatory, has been a member of the prestigious Czech Trio since 1992. She studied at the Prague Academy of Performing Arts. The violin has been part of her life since early childhood thanks to her father, the first violinist of the famous Vlach Quartet.
She plays on an antique violin made in 1797 by the Czech master Kaspar Strnad. She has made recordings for radio, television and for Czech and foreign gramophone companies. She has played in most of the countries of Europe, and also in the USA, Japan, South Korea etc.
Critics have praised her performance for its overwhelming musicality and many-layered form of expression. She performs regulary in recitals and concerts with leading orchestras.
She leads master courses both in Czech Republic and abroad, and has sat on numerous juries of music competitions.
Lenka Vlasakova has been teaching Czech since 1999. In addition to NYU in Prague, she also teaches diplomats at the US Embassy and employees at Citibank, NYU, as well as foreign students at the University of New York in Prague. She studied Czech and English language at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University.
Past courses: Czech language
Alzbeta Vlckova graduated from the Prague Conservatory in the class of J. Pálenícek (1993), and at the Musical Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague in the class of Prof. M. Petras (2002). In 1992, she was a finalist in the International Violoncello Competition Beethoven‘s Hradec. In 1994, she won the second prize in the International B. Martinů competition in Semmering (Austria). She participated in international master classes held by A. May, Z. Nelsova, St. Apolín, T. Kühne and studied with Prof. Roland Pidoux during her half-year stay at the Conservatoire Nationale Superier in Paris. She is a member of ArteMiss Trio. She often cooperates with orchestras as a soloist or chamber music player.
Past courses taught: - Cello, Chamber Ensembles
Tomas Vrba graduated from Charles University with a Ph.D. in philosophy and worked from 1974 to 1977 as a social worker. In 1977, he was a signatory - along with Vaclav Havel - of the Charter 77 human-rights declaration. Through the 80s he worked as an editor of samizdat literature, and from November 1989 - the spring of 1990, he was a member of the Obcanske Forum (Civic Forum), a political party led by Vaclav Havel. He was editor-in-chief of the Lettre Internationale quarterly (Czech and Slovak edition) from 1990 -1995, and Vrba founded and was president of the AEJ-Association of European Journalists/Czech section in 1993. From 1997 until 2000, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the monthly magazine Přítomnost/The New Presence; from 2002 -2004. He was also the Vice President of Association of European Journalist international and, until 2007, the Chair of the Czech News Agency (ČTK) Council. He is currently President of the Board of Directors of the Archa Theater and the Forum 2000 Foundation. In 2011, Vrba co-organized an exhibition on Czech samizdat (Czechoslovak dissdient literature) and a symposium on its legacy in New York City.
Tomas Vrba also translates both fiction and non-fiction work from English into Czech. He has translated the works of Yehuda Bauer (2009) and Flannery O’Connor (2010), Prague Winter by Madeleine Albright (2012), and most recently, If it’s Not Impossible (2014), the biography of Sir Nicholas Winton who rescued over 650 Czechoslovak Jewish children in a Kindertransport.
Past courses taught: Modern Central and Eastern European Literature
Jana Vychodilová graduated from the conservatory in Teplice (class of V. Vlková and P. Slavík), and in 2001 she finished her studies at the Musical Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (class of Květa Bilynská). In 1993, she won the first prize in the international piano competition of the North London Music Festival. She participated in the Piano Competition of Conservatory Students as well as in the Chopin Competition in Mariánské Lázně. She performs as a soloist with many Czech orchestras, but chamber music itself represents the most significant part of her musical activities. She is a member of ArteMiss Trio, which has received several international prizes. ArteMiss Trio performs regularly in the Czech Republic and abroad, and it has recorded several CDs.
Josef Zieleniec, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs (1993-1997), has been a Senator since 2000 and a Member of the European Parliament since 2004. He was also a member of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, and of the Executive Board of CERGE.
Zieleniec attended the School of Nuclear Technology in Prague, the Prague School of Economics, and earned his Ph.D. in Economics at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences. Prior to 1989, Zieleniec worked at the Research Institute of Technology and Economics and later went on to join the Institute of Economics of the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences.
In the early 1980s, Zieleniec founded and became the first Director of the Centre for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE) at Charles University in Prague. At that time Zieleniec was appointed associate professor of economics and was a member of the Scientific Council of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University. He is a co-founder of the Civic Democratic Party and worked as the party Deputy Chairman beginning in 1991. Following the 1992 elections, Zieleniec was appointed Minister of International Relations of the Czech Republic. After the dissolution of Czechoslovakia on January 1, 1993, he was appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Independent Czech Republic. Following the 1996 elections, he served as Deputy Prime Minister as well as Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Past courses taught: European-American Relations in the 21st Century