- See also Wikipedia's article about "Václav Havel".
Václav Havel, playwright and the ex-president of Czechoslovakia, spent 7 weeks in the Fall 2006 semester as Columbia's Artist in Residence. This primarily involved him giving mostly incomprehensible speeches in poor English, most notably a terribly garbled and underwhelming CC Coursewide Lecture.
Columbia completely milked his 7-week stay for all it was worth including:
- Controversially, the first semester Lit Hum syllabus, which is traditionally limited to ancient Greek texts and the Bible, was altered that year to include one of Havel's plays, The Garden Party.
- Littered the campus with havel water bottles[photo needed]
- Gracing even the hapless maintenance workers toiling perpetually to fix the Wien water boiler with his presence 
- CCNMTL Created an entire website, http://havel.columbia.edu/, including video of
- Bill Clinton actually came to campus, a rare occurrence despite the fact his office is only a few blocks away in Harlem
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