Michal Havran: A Dinner with the Candidate

Michal Havran was born in Bratislava in 1973. He holds a degree in Protestant theology from the Marc Bloch University in Strasbourg and a PhD from the École pratique des hautes études in Paris; he is a theologian, journalist and Editor-in-Chief of the left-wing news portal In 2012, Havran and Maroš Hečko wrote a book on how society is being manipulated by the media, Kandidát [The Candidate], which was made into a film in 2013. A year later, Havran started hosting the Večera s Havranom [Dinner with Havran] programme, aired by the second channel of the Slovak national television. ‘We don’t know more about ourselves than we used to twenty years ago,’ he says. ‘The only thing we do know is that the world is changing – but we have no idea in which direction. We don’t have enough information about our society, or about the ways things are interconnected.’