Christmas lecture by Tomáš Sedláček

3. 1. 2019 Author: Martina Varkočková Department of International Business organized a lecture of Tomáš Sedláček with the title „Trumping the Global Trade: US and EU“ on 18 December 2018.

Dr. Tomáš Sedláček is a new member of the Department of International Business. He is a famous Czech philosopher of economics who has been praised for his award-winning, bestselling book "Economics of Good and Evil: The Quest for Economic Meaning from Gilgamesh to Wall Street" (Oxford University Press, 2011) which was translated into 21 languages and received the prestigious German “Wirtschaftsbuchpreis” at Frankfurt Book Fair for its original philosophical contribution to economics. He was listed among the top 100 most influential global thinkers (Top 100 Thought Leaders, GDI). At the age of 24 he became an economic advisor of Czech president Václav Havel and currently works as a chief macroeconomic strategist at Czech commercial bank CSOB.

Tomáš Sedláček started his lecture by asking the students to define the current state of the world and the world trade. After that he pushed the students to deepen and adjust their initial perceptions by forcing them to interpret a number of interesting graphs and statistics. He constantly underlined the need of critical thinking, triangulation and re-checking of any information we receive. Moreover, he demanded the students not only to be able to interpret the numbers but to explain them to others clearly and with confidence.

The interactivity of the lecture could be described by the words of Tomáš Sedláček himself: „There is no safe space here to escape my questions.“ But we are proud to acknowledge that our students did well as Dr. Sedláček praised their activity and motivation.