June 26th-28th: International Graduate Debate – Lisbon

Once again the Europaeum will be facilitating our usual lively international debate led by Europaeum graduates as part of the next – 25th anniversary Estoril Forum on June 26th  – 28th near Lisbon, organised by our colleagues at the Institute of Political Studies IEP at the Catholica University, before an audience of some 150 participants.  The Europaeum is one of a number of leading partners working with the IEP, this year the conference focusing on the theme Defending the Rule of Law and the Western Tradition of Liberty. Keynote speakers will include Professor Jose Manuel Barroso, who led the European Union for eight years, is now a trustee for the Europaeum, and teaches at the Catholica; Jacques Rupnik from Sciences Po and the College de Bruges, who has collaborated with the Europaeum through our Vaclav Havel Dialogue Project.

International Graduate Debate in Lisbon – the role of populism ?

Once again the Europaeum will be facilitating our usual lively international debate led by Europaeum graduates as part of the next – 25th Estoril Forum on June 26th  – 28th near Lisbon, organised by our colleagues at the Institute of Political Studies IEP at the Catholica University, before an audience of some 150 participants. This year the conference will focus on the theme Defending the Western Tradition of Liberty under Law. Keynote speakers will include Professor Jose Manuel Barroso, who led the European Union for eight years, is now a trustee for the Europaeum, and teaches at the Catholica; Jacques Rupnik from Sciences Po and the College of Europe in Bruges, who has collaborated with the Europaeum through our Vaclav Havel Dialogue Project; William Kristol, Editor-at-Large at the Weekly Standard; Lord Raymond Plant formerly from Oxford and now at London University, and Professor Timothy Garton Ash, from St Antony’s College, Oxford, who will give the Dahrendorf Lecture. The programme will be posted online soon.

The Europaeum is one of a number of leading partners working with the IEP and the debate we will organise, is likely to be on a related theme. Those interested in participating, who should have excellent English and experience in debating,  are invited to write to the Secretary-General at the Europaeum office. All costs will be covered including a small travel grant. For more information see the updated programme here.

Spring school on Religion, Conflict, Secularism and Tolerance

On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of All Saints Church, Wittenberg: an act symbolizing the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. 500 years later, Europe has been shaped and re-shaped by waves of reformation and counter-reformation; by secularism and scientific discovery, and by new religious thinking, recently and most significantly by its new Muslim citizens.

Our next Spring School graduate workshop to be held in Oxford on April 20-2nd will focus on Religion, Conflict and Tolerance:  500 Years After Wittenberg looking at the role of faith in our European societies, how has the state managed its role as arbiter, and about how our philosophy of tolerance towards all beliefs has developed – and is challenged today.  Yet religion is often cited as a cause of conflict and terrorism. The workshop will explore the legacy of Luther, of changing religious demographics, and the place of religious tolerance. Our three-day workshop will be hosted with the Maison Francaise d’Oxford, linked partriularly to our joint MA. programmes in European History and European Politics and Society. As ever,  this event will be participatory and engaging, involving talks and lectures from experts and professionals, as well as younger scholars, together with working groups and debates. More details will follow in the coming weeks. Please see the full poster here.

Feb 2017

Europaeum Lecture series : What next – after Brexit ?

Professor Charles Wyplosz, professor of International Economics at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, will chair our next special Europaeum Lecture in our regular series. This will be given by Will Hutton, a noted economic commentator, currently Principal of Hertford College, Oxford University, and Chair of the Oxford Europaeum Group. Mr Hutton, who has regular influential columns  in The Guardian and  The Observer newspaper (where he was once Editor), will be discussing What Next – after Brexit ? In recent columns, Mr Hutton has written on the consequences for international trade that loom after the Brexit and Trump votes in the UK and US, and now he  could add the Renzi referendum vote in Italy (see link here). He has also previously discussed the costs and benefits of globalization (see link here). After beginning his career as a stockbroker and investment analyst, he moved to the BBC as a producer and reporter. He has been Economics Editor of the BBC’s flagship Newsnight programme (1983-88), Editor-in-Chief of the European Business Channel (1988-90), and Economics Editor at the Guardian (1990-96), winning several media awards. He is currently Chair of the Big Innovation Centre Innovation Board.You can read Professor Wyplosz ‘s Europaeum Lecture on Fiscal Discipline in the Monetary Union here.

Europaeum Lecture : Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics

Aleksander Smolar, the well-known journalist and commentator, gave the keynote Europaeum Lecture in Prague on February 17th on the theme of Illiberal democracy and Post-Truth politics : counter-revolution in Poland today ?  He was a well-known member of anti-communist opposition, founder and editor of the political quarterly Annex, and spokesman for a number of activist groups. After 1989, he served as an advisor to Tadeusz Mazowiecki and Hanna Suchocka. He is a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations, and has many awards including the Sakharov Prize for lifetime achievement (2009). We are pleased to have Professor PÉTER BALÁZS, now professor at the Central European University in Budapest, and a former member of the European Commission and former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary to give a Hungarian perspective too, alongside leading Czech commentator to give Czech perspectives. Full details on this poster here.