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HUFS students on modern Czech literature with the Czech writer Michal Ajvaz

Within its educational as well as social and cultural programs, the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies keeps close tracks of important events, dates, people, anniversaries of diverse countries and cultures, the languages and literatures of which it teaches. Over the last two years several such connections were brought to notice by the East European and Balkan Institute, now celebrating its 20th year of existence. Among many other events, such as the Institute’s annual fall and spring conferences, commemorating the 20th anniversary of the establishing of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Central and East European states, its students and staff had a chance to welcome two distinguished contemporary Czech writers – Arnošt Lustig in September 2010 (for more information see Ivana Bozděchová: Czech Literature in Korea and at HUFS. The Argus, No. 435, December 15, 2010, pp. 30–31) and Michal Ajvaz in May 2011.


Obr.1: Michal Ajvaz and the Czech language HUFS professors in front of the University library