U.S. Ambassador Norman Eisen presented today the Woodrow Wilson Freedom Award for Promoting U.S.—Czech Relations and Mutual Understanding to Dr. Miloš Calda , former Department Chair of American Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University, Prague (1999-2012).
Miloš Calda was instrumental in turning the new American studies program into a well-established and unique department that every year produces dozens of students who become experts in U.S. history, politics, society, and foreign affairs. Dr. Calda also translated a number of books by important American authors, including Diplomacy by Henry Kissinger, Open Society and Its Enemies by Karl Popper, and The Work of Nations by Robert B. Reich. He has also written extensively on the U.S. political system, culture, history, and foreign relations with a special focus on transatlantic linkages.
Previous award recipients include prominent American studies professor Dr. Josef Jarab (2005), famous Czech translator Dr. Eva Slamova (2011 in Memoriam), and retired Lecturer of English at the University of West Bohemia Eva Valentova (2013).