Budapest, September 2017

Welcome to this site! It gives you access to my written work, the talks I’ve given, the schedule of my upcoming public events and the work I do as President of Central European University in Budapest.

At CEU, we are beginning a new academic year, welcoming students from around the world to our masters and doctoral programs. We will be continuing with our public lecture series, “Re-Thinking Open Society”, examining the moral and political challenges to free societies in our region and around the world.

Harvard University Press is bringing out a new book of mine, “The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World.” It’s the result of three years of research around the world—in favelas in Brazil, illegal settlements in South Africa, inner city communities in Los Angeles—trying to understand what virtues we share in common and how they work to create local moral order in a world that is violent and unstable.

Please use the site to get in touch with me. I always do my best to reply.

Michael Ignatieff

Upcoming Events

WRR Lecture 2017: Open Society: Its Old Enemies and its New Friends, The Hague, November 23

Reflecting on Diversity - A conversation between Michèle Lamont and Michael Ignatieff, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, November 24

Past Events

Universities: Key to an open society, target of political hostility?, WU Vienna, October 24

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World, King’s College London, September 29, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

The Ordinary Virtues: Moral Order in a Divided World, Carnegie Corporation of New York, September 25, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Open Society and The Ordinary Virtues, CEU, Budapest, September 18, 6:00 PM

Central and Eastern European Symposium: Democracy on the Brink? Lunch and opening discussion at Athens Democracy Forum, Athens, Greece, September 14, 1:30 PM

150 Psalms lecture. Topic: leadership, power, oppression and ethical choices, Utrecht, September 2, 7:30 PM

Podium discussion on “Europe and the battle for democratic freedom”, De Balie, Amsterdam, September 1, 8:00 p.m.

Alpbach Higher Education Symposium Opening Speech, Alpbach, August 23

The Refugee as the Invasive Other, University of East London, April 26, 6:00 PM

Migration, Asylum and Human Rights, IWM Vienna, March 27, 6:00 PM

Free Speech and the Defense of an Open Society, with Timothy Garton Ash, Central European University, Thursday, February 23, 5:30 PM

Open Society and Its New Enemies, Central European University, Tuesday, January 17 at 5:30 PM

2016 Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights - Media Pluralism in a democratic society, Brussels, November 17, 2016

Law and Justice Forum: Human Rights and Development, King’s College London, October 28, 6 pm

Human Rights, Global Values and the Ordinary Virtues, Uehiro-Carnegie-Oxford Lecture in Practical Ethics, Merton College, Oxford, October 27, 2016, 5 pm

Is Free Movement of Peoples a Human Right?, Vaclav Havel Human Rights Prize Conference, Prague, October 12, 2016

Human Rights, Global Values and the Ordinary Virtues, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. September 23, 2016, noon.

The European Refugee Crisis: What is to be Done?, Fulbright Lecture, Pichette Auditorium, Pembroke College, University of Oxford - Friday, June 10 at 5 PM