Mount Mercy University English professor Dr. Jim Grove presented his personal recollections of Czechoslovakia’s Velvet Revolution to Meth-Wick residents on Jan. 31, 2014 as part of the new M&M Scholars series.
“I spoke about it because this is the 25th anniversary of the revolution,” remarked Dr. Grove. “I especially stressed how the students at Palacky University in Olomouc, Czechoslovakia, were at the forefront of the revolution and my feelings about the revolution 25 years later.”
Dr. Grove has examined portrayals of violence in movies, books and personal interactions since his trip to the former Czechoslovakia as a Fulbright Scholar in 1989. While visiting the country, Grove was inspired by what he witnessed during the nonviolent Velvet Revolution.
Dr. Grove also presented about the concept of heteroglossia in literature, film, teaching and everyday life during his keynote speech at the TriYoga Annual Fundraising Event on Oct. 27, 2013 at the Cedar Rapids Public Library.
During this presentation, Dr. Grove explored violent images in popular books and film and explored how to cultivate non-violent responses. The event’s theme was Ahimsa or the yogic principal of non-harm.