PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Prague Writers' Festival is coming this weekend to Pittsburgh, where Czechs and Slovaks met 95 years ago to map out a new country as World War I wound down.
The world-renowned festival celebrates freedom of ideas. And organizers say commemorating the Pittsburgh Agreement — a document that declared Czechoslovakia's independence in 1918 — is one way to illustrate the power of ideas in action.
The document resulted from a meeting of Czechs and Slovaks at a Moose lodge in Pittsburgh. They wanted to ensure their autonomy as the Austro-Hungarian empire crumbled as the Great War wound down.
Point Park University is hosting the festival on Friday and Saturday. The festival previously has been held in Vienna, but this is the first time it's being held in the United States.