John Shattuck

Name:  John Shattuck

Title: President and Rector

Number of years at CEU:  7

Home city/town & country: Boston, USA

What’s your favorite Hungarian food?

Chicken paprikas

Whose works of art or design have had the greatest impression on you?


What’s your favorite language, whether you speak it or not?


What’s your favorite quote or idiom?  

Vaclav Havel:  "I'm not an optimist because I do not believe all ends well.  Nor am I a pessimist because I do not believe all ends badly.  Instead, I'm a realist who carries hope, and hope is the belief that freedom has meaning and is worth the struggle."

What do you like to do best on Sundays?

Biking in the Buda hills, especially Janos Hegy and Harmashatarhegy.

Which is your favorite building, park, museum, or public spot in Budapest?

Szabadsag ter

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Butterscotch ice cream sundaes

What is your favorite or most visited website or blog?

CEU website

Name one adventure you'd like to have:

Biking across the United States