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European Union Day

A guide supporting the annual EU Day held by the European Union Center.

About the Keynote Speaker

Michael Ignatieff is a Canadian historian, writer and former politician, and public voice for human rights. He is currently Rector Emeritus of Central European University, Budapest and Vienna, and professor of history at Central European University. He was a faculty member at the Harvard Kelly School of Government, where he also directed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He has recently published On Consolation: Finding Solace in Hard Times (2021), and has also edited the volumes Academic Freedom: The Global Challenge (2018) and Rethinking Open Society: New Adversaries and New Opportunities (2018). Between 2006 and 2011, he served as an MP in the Parliament of Canada and then as Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and Leader of the Official Opposition. He is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada.

Talk: “Academic Freedom in Europe: Threats Within and Without”

Abstract: University autonomy and freedom of thought are under attack from the authoritarian resurgence in Eastern Europe, but free thinking is also under pressure within the universities in Western Europe.  What lessons do these stories have for the United States?

Additional Resources

Books at UIUC on Academic Freedom and the EU

Please hover over the book titles for descriptions.