Rethinking Open Society - Event Reports

Move Away From the American Dream to Address the Recognition Gap, Lamont Says

We cannot understand inequality without thinking about recognition, according to Michele Lamont, Professor of Sociology and of African and African American Studies and the Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies at Harvard University. In Western societies, worthiness is defined by socio-economic success, creating a recognition gap between social strata, said Lamont, who spoke as part of the Rethinking Open Society series at CEU on December 4.

Roger Scruton - Liberalism and Loyalty, November 16, 2017

Andras Sajo speaks on Constitutionalism in the Open Society

Trust, Belonging, Duty Necessary for Sustaining Free Society, Scruton Says

Trust and a sense of belonging, as well as an emphasis on duty in addition to rights, are key to preserving the freedoms of democratic society, according to writer and philosopher Sir Roger Scruton, speaking at CEU November 16 as part of the Rethinking Open Society series. Scruton, whose lecture was entitled “Liberalism and Loyalty,” is a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington and a contributing editor to The New Atlantis.

Tim Crane speaks on Religion in the Open Society

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi Speaks on Corruption and Good Governance

Alina Mungiu-Pippidi - The Open Society and the Problem of Corruption: Diagnosis and Remedies

Andras Sajo - Constitutionalism in Closing Societies, October 17, 2017

Simple Rules, Transparency Key to Reducing Corruption, Says Mungiu-Pippidi

Low levels of regulation, minimal government intervention, and transparency are essential to reducing corruption, but can only be effective in a society where an independent media and judiciary can empower active citizenship, said Alina Mungiu-Pippidi, who chairs the European Research Centre for Anticorruption and State-Building (ERCAS) at Hertie School of Governance.​ Mungiu-Pippidi delivered her lecture as part of the Rethinking Open Society series at CEU on October 10.

Constitutionalism’s Imperfections Contribute to the Closing of Open Societies, Sajo Says

Constitutionalism is an unfinished and imperfect project that can be manipulated to contribute to the closing of minds and societies, according to CEU University Professor Andras Sajo, who founded the Department of Legal Studies at CEU and served as a judge at the European Court of Human Rights for a decade. Sajo spoke as part of the Rethinking Open Society lecture series at CEU hosted by President and Rector Michael Ignatieff on October 17, delivering a lecture entitled “Constitutionalism in Closing Societies.”