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Jařab Josef

Prof., PhDr., CSc., Dr.h.c.
Born July 26, 1937, Kravaře ve Slezsku

  • Literary scholarship and criticism, literary history
  • Member of Learned Society since 1994 (Founding Member)
  • Member, LS Council, 1994-1996

Educational and professional preparation:

  • 1955, graduate, grammar school, Hlučín;
  • 1959, state examination in English and Russian Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, Palacký University, Olomouc;
  • 1964, scholarship, British Council, one-month summer course in London;
  • 1966, study stay, Salzburg Seminar of American Studies;
  • 1967, three-month scholarship, British Council at University of London;
  • 1968, PhDr., Charles University;
  • 1969-70, study stay, American Council of Learned Societies at New York University and at Brandeis University;
  • 1978, CSc., CU;
  • 1981-1982, International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX) study stay, University of California, Berkeley and at New York University;
  • 1986, Associate Professor;
  • 1989, researcher, DuBois Institute at Harvard University;
  • 1990, full Professor of English and American Literature;
  • 1997, study stay, Salzburg Seminar of American Studies

Employment and academic positions:

  • 1959, Language school, Ostrava;
  • 1960-61, University of 17th of November, Teplice v Č. (lector of Czech);
  • 1961-1964, Institute of Mining Technology, Department of Languages;
  • 1964-1968, P. J. Šafárik University, Košice, Faculty of Philosophy, Prešov;
  • 1968-1972, Pedagogical Faculty, Ostrava;
  • 1972, Faculty of Philosophy, Palacký University, Olomouc;
  • 1996, Director, Centre for Comparative Cultural Studies, PU;
  • 1989-1997, Rector, PU;
  • 1997-1999, Rector, Central European University in Budapest and Warsaw;
  • 1996-1998, Senator;
  • 2000-present, Chairman, Senate Committee on International Affairs, Defense and Security, and Chairman, Subcommittee on Media in the Parliamentary Assembly, Council of Europe

Notable awards:

  • 1992, J.A. Comenius Medal, Czechoslovak Federal Government
  • 1994, Memorial Medal, Masaryk University, Brno
  • 1995, Memorial Medal, Silesian University, Opava
  • 1996, Hannah Arendt Award, reforms at PU, Institut fűr die Wissenschaften vom Menschen, Vienna
  • 1996, Medal, Conference of European Rectors, Geneva
  • 1997, Gold Medal, PU (for merit)
  • 1998, Award, City of Olomouc (Municipal Authority)
  • 2000, Medal, Accreditation Commission, Czech Republic, Accreditation Commission, Prague (for merit)
  • 1990, Dr. h. c., in humanitarian sciences, Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1997, Dr. h. c., in legal sciences, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • 1997, Dr. h. c. in civic law, University of Durham, England

Membership and positions in international organizations and societies:

  • Chairman, Czech and Slovak Association for American Studies
  • Member, Havel-Kováč Foundation
  • Member, Committee of European Cultural Foundations
  • Member, International Consulting Committee, Accreditation Commission, Republic of Hungary
  • Member, Czech Fulbright Committee (first Chairman)
  • Member, Executive Board, Association of European Universities
  • President, European Association for American Studies
  • Member, Observatory l of the Bologna Magna Charta Universitatum
  • Member, Czech UNESCO Committee
  • Member, Standing Committee for Humanities, European Scientific Foundation, Strasbourg (ESF)
  • Member, Foundation and Program Committee, Forum 2000
  • Member, Administrative Board, Open Society Fund
  • Member, Society for Arts and Sciences
  • Member, Czech Pen-Club and the Czech Writers´ Union

Selected publications:

  • Race and the Modern Artist (editor-in-chief and co-author). Oxford University Press, New York, 2003. ISBN 0-19-512323-9
  • Edgar Allan Poe´s Literary Strivings. In: POEtic Effect and Cultural Discourses, Ed. H. J. Schnackertz. Universitaetsverlag, Heidelberg, 2003. ISBN 3-8253-1498-8
  • Imagists (critical essay and commentary). Fra Publishing House, Prague, 2002. ISBN 80-86603-01-6
  • Allen Ginsberg: Red, white and blue karma (Editor, critical commentary, translator). Mladá fronta, Prague, 2001. ISBN 80-204-0893-2
  • The Czech Story of American Literature. In: Realism and Moralism in International Relations, Eds. W. J. M. van Genugten et al. Kluwer, The Hague, 1999. ISBN 90-411-1138-7
  • The Czech Republic. In: Transforming Higher Education: Views from Leaders Around the World. (M. F. Green, Ed.). The Oryx Press, Phoenix, 1997
  • Black American Literature and Cultural Pluralism. In: In the European Grain: American Studies from Central and Eastern Europe. (O. Overland, Ed.). VU Univ. Press, Amsterdam, 1990. ISBN 90-6256-958-7
  • Child on top of a greenhouse (editor, author of critical study and commentaries). Odeon, Prague, 1989. ISBN 80-207-0080-3
  • Masks and faces of black America (Editor, author of critical study and commentaries, translator). Odeon, Prague, 1985
  • American Poetry and Poets of Four Centuries. SPN, Prague, 1982, 1988

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XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic

The ceremonial part of the XXV. General Assembly of the Learned Society, at which the Medals of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic Societas Scientarium Bohemica Ad Laudem et Honorem and the awards of the Learned Society of the Czech Republic in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories were presented, took place on Monday 20 May 2019 in the Great Hall of the Carolinum.


Bolzano lecture by prof. Kip S. Thorne

American physicist Kip S. Thorne, recipient of the Nobel Prize for 2017 for detection of gravitational waves, visited Prague at the invitation of he Learned Society. He held a series of “Bolzano lectures” and a lecture titled “Creating Gravitational-Wave Astronomy” for the Learned Society on 15 May 2019 in the Blue Auditorium of the Carolinum. The lecture was held with the support of the Karel Janeček Foundation and was received very enthusiastically.


XXV. General Assembly

The Czech Learned Society is holding its XXV. General Assembly on 20 and 21 May 2019. The Learned Society’s awards in the “Young Scientist” and “Grammar School Student” categories, Teaching Awards for pedagogic workers who promote interest in science and research at grammar schools and the Learned Society’s medals for meritorious contributions to the advance of science will be presented during a ceremony on 20 May at the Karolinum. Lectures by renowned scientists will also be presented. The second day will be reserved for the working part of the meeting, in the building of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.