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Popper, the Open Society and the Central European University: Past and Future

Malachi Hacohen
Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

On behalf of the CEU Strategic Planning Office, the Nationalism Studies Program, and Romani Studies Program

Please join us for this special CEU Lecture

In meeting future challenges, the CEU must recall its founding vision as a university enabling an Open Society in Central and Eastern Europe. Founder George Soros’ vision was grounded in Karl Popper’s democratic, liberal and cosmopolitan philosophy.

“The Open Society Fund is trying to … foster an open society and a critical mode of thinking which is indispensable to it … We have been active in many parts of the world … but our main emphasis has been in Eastern Europe.”
(Soros to Popper, 28 September 1987)


Followed by a Panel Discussion

Michael L. Miller (Chair, Nationalism Studies Program)

Tim Crane (Pro-Rector for Teaching and Learning
Éva Fodor (Pro-Rector for Foresight and Analysis)
Angéla Kóczé (Chair, Roma Studies Program)
Prem Kumar Rajaram (Professor, Sociology and Social Anthropology Department)
Balázs Trencsényi (Professor, History Department)


Malachi Haim Hacohen is Professor of History, Jewish Studies and Religion at Duke University, and Director of the Religions and Public Life Program. His research interests focus on Central Europe and include social theory, political philosophy, and rabbinic culture. His Karl Popper – The Formative Years, 1902–1945: Politics and Philosophy in Interwar Vienna (Cambridge, 2000) won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA and Austria’s Victor Adler State Prize. His Jacob & Esau: Jewish European History Between Nation and Empire (Cambridge, 2019) won the Center for Austrian Studies’ Biannual Book Prize. He has published on the European Jewish intelligentsia, Cold War liberalism, and cosmopolitanism and Jewish identity in leading professional journals. He was a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Humanities Center, and the IFK in Vienna, and will be a Leibniz Professor in Leipzig in Spring 2023. 

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