Coordinating Council for Women in History Supports CEU

In my capacity as co-President of the Coordinating Council for Women in History, the USA affiliate of the International Federation for Research in Women’s History, I am writing to convey support of Central European University and express concern at proposed legislative changes to CEU’s status in Hungary. These proposed changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU’s continued operation in Budapest and would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to flourish. As historians, we rank CEU in the forefront of promoting reflective thinking and original empirical research in the practice of our field. Its innovative program and first-rate faculty and students are world renowned. Their presence at international conferences has enriched us all, including conveying the significance of Hungarian history and scholarship to worldwide audiences.