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Many people know CU student Ondřej Perušič by his nickname, Perun, after the Slavic god of thunder and lightning. Last October, fans saw him and team partner David Schweiner win gold at the World Beach Volleyball Championships.

International Students' Day was marked on Friday 17 November by citizens, students, and academics across the Czech Republic. Traditionally, ceremonies in Prague included representatives of Charles University.

November 17 is Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day, commemorating students in 1989 who were savagely beaten by communist riot police. The infamous event sparked the Velvet Revolution that would bring down communism in Czechoslovakia. 

Last month saw the publication of a much-anticipated new monograph titled Little Berlin in Big Prague by artist and academic researcher Lenka Kerdová. The basis for the book was fascinating research examining Prague architecture in the interwar period. 

It's one of the signature features of the Great Hall at the Carolinum: a 5 x 8 metre tapestry adoring the front wall of the aula. On it? An image of Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV with St. Wenceslas and symbols of the university's faculties. 

When and why do national institutions change? In Talking Economics, Katarína Stehlíková and Sebastian Ottinger look back at European history and discuss its relevance for institutional change in today’s China or Russia.

Jaroslav Švelch is an expert in media studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University and the author of a fascinating social history titled Gaming the Iron Curtain from MIT Press. Feb 7 sees the release of a new book from the same publisher called Player vs. Monster: The Making and Breaking of Video Game Monstrosity.

From the Freemasons to the mysterious Illuminati, take your pick: throughout history there has been no shortage of conspiracy theories suggesting most of us live with a veil over our eyes. Not knowing there are shadow organisations operating to overthrow society.

During ceremonies of Charles University, you can’t miss him: he stands out even among esteemed guests, always the first to walk into the Great Hall in dignified historical dress, sceptre in hand. He is the university’s bedel or beadle. At the Carolinum that role is performed by Josef Šebek.

Without question one of the most anticipated films this year is the epic motion picture Medieval by director and producer Petr Jákl. Forum talked to the CU graduate about working with world class actors such as Michael Caine and his own film past.

Did you know that it is possible to sleep overnight within the Carolinum complex? Charles University offers accommodation in its buildings to university guests. The most representative accommodation facility is known as Opitz House.

Hillel J. Kieval is an historian at Washington University in St. Louis. An expert on the history of the Jews in Bohemia and Moravia, Kieval taught a course at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University this semester based on his newest book: Blood Inscriptions: Science, Modernity, and Ritual Murder at Europe's Fin de Siecle.

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