Czech Republic and the NZ Awards in Oral History, talk at the National Library (Wellington, 18 April 2019)

What do the Czech Republic and the NZ Awards in Oral History have in common? Apart from oral history, not much, but come to a National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ) regional meet-up and hear from two guest speakers.

Dr Martin Nekola will talk about the Czech community in New Zealand. His research has focused primarily on the Czechoslovak exile after 1948 and the life stories of Czechs who had to leave Czechoslovakia and settled in the US, but also in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

Lynette Townsend will provide advice about completing New Zealand Oral History Award applications to improve your chances of success.

A user pays dinner will be held afterwards at the nearby historic Thistle Inn.

About the speakers:

Dr Martin Nekola is a visiting scholar, historian and political scientist from Charles University, Prague, and whose work includes non-democratic regimes, the era of Communism and Czech communities abroad. In 2018, with illustrator Jakub Dušek, he published a comic book on the fate of Czechs who were forced to flee from their homeland after the 1948 communist coup.

Lynette Townsend is Senior Historian, Audio-visual content at Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Date: Monday, 18 March, 2019

Time: 5:30 p.m. meet and greet. Talk 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Te Ahumairangi (ground floor), National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets, Thorndon.