CEU Alumna Reyhan Durmaz was named a 2018 Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellow by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The Newcombe Fellowship fosters the original and significant study of ethical or religious values in all fields of the humanities and social sciences. Durmaz's dissertation is titled “Stories, Saints, and Sanctity between Christianity and Islam.”
CEU alumnus Jakub Leps (POLS ’98) was recently elected Prague chairman for the TOP 09 political party. Elected for the two-year term in January, his tasks will focus on managing the party and campaigning ahead of this fall’s local and senate elections.
Leps also serves as Third Deputy Mayor of Prague’s 11th District, a role which he says he will continue.
CEU alumna Olena Tregub (POLS '05) has been appointed Secretary General of the Independent Defence Anti-Corruption Committee (NAKO), a joint initiative of Transparency International Defence and Security (the UK) and the Ukrainian chapter of Transparency International.
CEU alumnus Ivan Lesay (POLS ’06) was recently appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Finance of the Slovak Republic. He replaces Vazila Hudak, who became the country’s economic minister.
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.
Tinatin Khidasheli, who earned a Master of Political Science at CEU in 1996, has been named defense minister of Georgia, the first woman to hold the post. She is also the first of CEU's alumni to become defense minister.
CEU alumnus Alan Renwick (POLS ’97 MA, ’98 MPhil) has been named deputy director of the Constitution Unit in the University College of London's Department of Political Science. His tenure will commence in September 2015.
CEU alumnus Rob Swainston (POLS 2000) is currently an artist in residence at Bard College. Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, he studied art and political science at Hampshire College, and subsequently lived and worked in Central Europe, pursuing postgraduate studies in political science at CEU. His solo exhibition, entitled “Carry On” is on display in the Riverside Galleries at Garrison Art Center (New York, U.S.) through Feb. 15. This exhibition marks the culmination of a year of printmaking at Garrison Art Center.
http://mandiner.hu/cikk/20150204_kantor_zoltan_nem_fognak_elenyeszni_a_nemzetek - Hungarian news portal mandiner.hu interviewed Zoltan Kantor (POLSCI’96 / NAT’ 99), director of the National Politics Research Center (Nemzetpolitikai Kutatóintézet) about Hungarian national politics. Kantor pointed out that the aim is to stop the decrease and assimilation of Hungarians living outside of Hungary’s boarders.
Another item of Hungarian coverage:
Klub Radio, 06.02.2015.
CEU alumna Maria Danilova (POLS, 03) was recently named a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism by Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. The fellowship offers qualified journalists the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of business, economics and finance in a year-long, full-time program administered by the journalism school. Danilova is the chief correspondent for the Associated Press’s Kiev Bureau.