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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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