Budapest, January 2017

I’m starting my second semester as President of Central European University in Budapest and already I feel at home here. One of my chief objectives is to lead a university-wide initiative to re-think our open society mission, our commitment to defend free minds, free politics and free institutions. Values mean nothing unless we test them and question their relevance in the light of new circumstances. So I’m sponsoring a year-long series of seminars, presentations and lectures on the theme “Re-Thinking Open Society.” The full list of events is available on the main CEU website. If you’re in Budapest, please join us. If you’re not, follow them on our live web-casts. I’ll particularly welcome any comments you have and will reply as soon as I am able.

Michael Ignatieff

Upcoming Events

Past Events

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

The Right to Have Rights: Refugees, Migrants and Citizens, Fulbright Lecture, Safra Lecture Theatre, King's College London - Wednesday, June 8 at 6 PM

The Crisis of Universal Values and the Return of the Sovereign, Fulbright Lecture, Lecture Theatre G03, University of Edinburgh, Scotland - Monday, June 6 at 5 PM

The Destruction of Syria and the Crisis of Universal Values, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA - Monday, March 7 at 4:30 PM