American jazz poetry evening

Students, academics and other staff of the University of Pardubice, who accepted the invitation by the Language Centre and came on October 30, 2014 to Pardubice Castle’s Knight Halls, took away a fantastic cultural experience from American Jazz Poetry Evening.
 
The evening was opened by the Vice-Rector of the University of Pardubice prof. PhDr. Karel Rýdl, CSc., who welcomed the author of the program, prof. PhDr. Josef Jařab, CSc. Prof. Jařab is an eminent Czech Americanist, literary historian and translator. He currently works at the Department of English and American Studies at Palacký University in Olomouc, where he held the office of the rector for two terms after 1989. Among other things, he lectured at several universities in the USA, including Harvard. He was also rector of the Central European University in Budapest and Warsaw and senator of the Parliament of the Czech Republic. He is an author, co-author or editor of several dozen monographs, collections, anthologies and other publications.
 
During the evening, prof. Jařab took the audience through the history and development of jazz and jazz-inspired poetry in the US and other countries.  Translations of American poetry and excerpts from the works of Czech poets influenced by jazz music were read by Dana Poláková and Gabriela Míčová, actresses of Pragues's leading theatres. English originals, including own works were read by Stephan Delbos, an American poet, teacher and translator living in Prague and working among other places at the Department of Anglophone Literatures and Cultures of the Charles University. Otto Ceral a Jiří Kožnar, representatives of Pardubice jazz scene, supplemented the program with interpretations of covered as well as their own compositions and jazz improvisation.
 
PhDr. Jitka Hloušková, Ph.D.
Language Centre of the University of Pardubice
 
During the evening, prof. Jařab took the audience through the history and development of jazz and jazz-inspired poetry in the US and other countries
 
Photo: Mgr. Linda Pospíšilová