Mount Mercy’s visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Libor Prager, Ph.D., will present “Education and Change: Friend or Foe?” during a special retrospective lecture on Tuesday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. in Betty Cherry Heritage Hall on the Mount Mercy campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Prager will explore the breadth of human history and how it is intractably tied to change – change in politics, education, social structure, and economics. What does change require to enable the people to embrace and meet the challenge head-on with energy and vision? Prager will explore themes of change in higher education and society and provide insight into the vital elements that are needed to turn vision into reality.
Prager, a professor of British and American Studies at Palacky University, is currently serving as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Mount Mercy, teaching literature and film courses. Mount Mercy is one of only 35 institutions nationally to receive a prestigious Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. In addition to his contributions to the College, Prager has also been engaged in the Cedar Rapids community, speaking to audiences at the Rotary Club, the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Kirkwood Community College, and serving as a dialect coach and dramaturge for Theatre Cedar Rapids.
Prager visited Mount Mercy as a student nearly 20 years ago — the first student to take part in the exchange between Palacky University and Mount Mercy. In 1989, still an undergraduate student, Prager was both witness and participant in the Velvet Revolution, a non-violent uprising in Czechoslovakia that oversaw the fall of the Communist Party. You can read more about his experiences with the Velvet Revolution in the Mount Mercy Magazine.