Czech philosopher Julius Tomin from the Charles University in Prague, lectured on the "Impact of Recent Events in Czechoslovakia on Marxist Theory and Practice."  The junior fellowship on the faculty of philosophy of the sometimes controversial Plato scholar deteriorated abruptly with the August, 1968, Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia that ended the reforms of the “Prague Spring.”  Returning to Prague in 1970 after a visiting professorship at the University of Hawaii, Tomin worked as a turbine operator and started holding clandestine philosophy seminars for students excluded from the university because of their political views.

Tomin sought support from Western academics and, in 1980, lecturing on Aristotle at one of Tomin’s “seminars,” the visiting Master of Baliol College, Oxford, Anthony Kenney was arrested by Czech police.  The uproar in the British press led to the formation of the Jan Hus Foundation—named after a 13th Czech reformer—which aided Tomin’s emigration to England with his family later that year.