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Viktor Orbán vs. CEU: Freedom of Education and Civil Society in Hungary
11-05-2017 at 20:00 - 21:30
The Central European University, located in Budapest, was founded by George Soros in 1991, just after the collapse of the Communist bloc, with the vision of promoting the ideals of open society in Central-Eastern Europe and beyond. By now it has close to 14,000 alumni, many of them in leading academic, governmental or administrative positions, or active in NGOs. However, CEU’s ideals are opposed to those of the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who declared that Hungary should be an illiberal democracy, modelled on Putin’s Russia and Erdogan’s Turkey. Orbán and his government are now trying to drive CEU out of Hungary: on March 28, 2017 a bill was submitted to the Hungarian Parliament, which targets CEU and would render its continued operation in Hungary impossible. By now, the ‘Lex CEU’ incident has developed into a larger conflict, in which the EU and State Department from outside and tens of thousands of protesters domestically, as well as many others, oppose and act against the policies of the Hungarian government.
Professor Hanoch Ben-Yami is Head of the Department of Philosophy at Central European University. He will tell us about CEU, Hungarian society today and the attempts of Viktor Orbán and his government to force CEU out of Hungary.
This event is will take place in the Heymanszaal at the academy building, broerstraat 5 Groningen and is organized together with TEIMUN. This lecture is free and open for everyone!