In sixteenth-century Marrakesh, a young Flemish merchant converts to Judaism and takes his Catholic brother on a subversive reading of the Gospels and an exploration of the Jewish faith. Their antagonistic, yet frank and fraternal debate meanders between the themes of clerical oppression, religious imposture, education, true piety, male happiness, social honor, and the course of world history towards its predicted apocalyptic end.
CEU hosted the “In Search of Transcultural Memory in Europe” (ISTME) conference in early October, bringing together Europe's major scholars in the field as well as PhD students for a training school on “Mobilising Memory for Change.” ISTME, part of the COST network*, focuses on the tension between attempts to create a common European memory on the one hand, and numerous memory conflicts stemming from Europe’s fragmentation into countless memory communities on the other.
As an expression of CEU's commitment to strengthen the humanities, a call was issued earlier this year inviting proposals by CEU faculty members. The aim of the Humanities Initiative is to provide incentives for new cross-departmental and interdisciplinary research and teaching activities in the humanities (and to help existing ones to gain a firmer footing), and to infuse our social science programs with perspectives, approaches and accomplishments taken from the humanities.
CEU mourns the loss of Professor Jacek Kochanowicz, who passed away October 2. Kochanowicz was a visiting professor at CEU for 14 years, holding a parallel professorship at Warsaw University, his alma mater.
http://www.sonline.hu/somogy/kozelet/kaposvari-oktober-hatodikak-emlekezete-575544 - Hungarian news portal sonline.hu published an article about what had happened to the people of Kaposvar on October 6. The article mentions Peter Hanak, historian and academician born in Kaposvar, probably the greatest expert on the dualist era, who passed away on October 6, 1997.
The inaugural conference of CEU's 24th academic year brought together scholars from the European Society for the History of Political Thought (ESHPT) from Sept. 17 to 19 for the “Trust and Happiness in the History of Political Thought” conference. As a young University that was founded when one regime fell and another was born, intellectual freedom, critical thought, dedication to the social sciences and humanities, and rigorous political analysis are cornerstones of CEU's foundation.
Gerald Knaus, founding chairman of the European Stability Initiative, delivered a wide-ranging, thoughtful, and passionate address at Central European University (CEU) on September 18th. Hosted by the School of Public Policy at CEU, the lecture inaugurated the Frontiers of Democracy initiative, a series of events that the University will be organizing over the next two years to promote open debate about the nature of constitutional democracy.
CEU launched Frontiers of Democracy, an initiative that aims to promote open debate, discussion, and exchange of ideas with a diversity of views about the nature of democracy, on Sept. 18.