“Dozens of civil society activists, NGO leaders, journalists, and human rights defenders have been incarcerated in Azerbaijan in recent years. Two of them,” explained Saman Sardar (MPA ’16), “are CEU alumni.” Ilgar Mammadov graduated with a degree in political economy from CEU in 1997.
“It was a great success. We had ten computers, and 13 people,” summed up Daniel Szugyi (MPA ’16). The 13 people who crowded into the Student Computer Lab on the second floor of Oktober 6 utca 7 on June 1 participated in a unique event: crowdsourcing to collect data that will be used to build a database with information about accidents and violations in the garment industry of Bangladesh. The event, which was organized by the Human RigthS Initiative (HRSI) and three SPP students, attracted participants from throughout CEU.
In his new position Jeff Le (POLS ’07) will help with the daily running of California Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr.’s Cabinet. Le, who earned an MA in political science at CEU in 2007, was appointed on June 5.
CEU alumnus and journalist Sebastian Garthoff (HIST ’08) recently published a German-language guidebook to the Hungarian capital. Entitled “Budapest - Zeit fur das Beste" (Time for the Best), the book is a collaboration between Garthoff and Hungarian photographer Daniel Kaldori.
Focusing on Budapest’s iconic sites, the book was described by Garthoff as a lighter counterpoint to the duo’s journalistic work regarding Hungarian society in the Orban era.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has approved the proposed name change of the one-year degree at the Department of International Relations. The degree name has been changed from MA in International Relations and European Studies to MA in International Relations (1 year). The name change will affect students enrolling in the program from the academic year 2015-16 onwards.
CEU Summer University (SUN) kicks off, with 19 courses, close to 600 participants from 99 countries, and 183 professors on June 22. SUN is a meeting place for academics and professionals eager to look beyond their disciplinary boundaries. Courses range from the research-intensive to the policy-focused. For more information, see http://www.sun.ceu.edu/
The Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at SPP and Freedom House organized a panel discussion on May 21 to consider some of the conclusions of the recent Freedom House report, Freedom of the Press 2015. The discussion, which was moderated by Andras Petho, co-founder and editor of Direkt36, offered a range of perspectives from journalists and scholars on the globa