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Newsletter Archive - Academic Year 2002/2003

Public Lectures

Public Lecture by Douwe Draaisma, Lecturer of Principles and History of Psychology at the University of Groningen, and Johan Goudsblom, Emeritus Professor of Sociology at the University of Amsterdam

Lecture - within the framework of the "Bolygó Hollandok" Literary Festival -- on Time, Clocks, the Technology of Keeping Time, Discipline, Memory and Biological Clocks
24 October 2002

Seven internationally acclaimed Dutch writers along with artists and musicians will visit Budapest to exchange ideas with their Hungarian counterparts, in the "Bolygó Hollandok" festival organised by the Foundation for the Production and Translation of Dutch Literature (NLPVF) in co-operation with the renowned Bárka Theater, Budapest. There will be lectures, readings and talks, as well as screenings of Dutch films and performances of plays and music. An exhibition of photographs by Hans van der Meeer will complete this generous overview of contemporary Dutch arts.

Public Lecture by Bruce Ackerman, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale
Democracy, not Empire: Plutocracy in America and What Can Be Done About It
12 November 2002

Bruce Ackerman is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale. He was a Fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin in 1991-92 and is a Fellow at Collegium Budapest. His major works include Social Justice in the Liberal State and We the People.
His lecture will be presenting arguments from his most recent books, The Stake-holder Society (1999) and Voting with Dollars (2002), as well as his forthcoming book, Deliberation Day.

Public Lecture by Joel Hellman, Lead Specialist on Governance for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank Washington, D.C., and Martin Raiser, Director for Country Analysis and Strategy at the EBRD.
Governance in Hungary: A Progress Report and Comparative Perspective
19 November 2002

Economic governance has emerged as a key issue in the analysis of transition in economic development. Good governance is regarded as a key element of a policy environment conducive to the development of private business and sustained economic growth. Yet, the experience of the first decade of transition has shown that good governance has been difficult to establish in many countries of the former Soviet bloc.

Joel Hellman is the Lead Sppecialist on Governance for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank Washington, D.C. He is also Senior Adjunct Fellow at the Council of Foreign Relations. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was Senior Political Counselor in the Office of the Chief Economist at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and an editor of the EBRD's Transition Report. He was also an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Harvard University and Columbia University. He is the author of "Winners Take All: The Politics of Partial Reform in Post-communist Transitions," as well as numerous publications on state capture, corruption and the politics of economic reform. He received is Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University and an M.Phil. degree from the University of Oxford.

Martin Raiser is Director for Country Analysis and Strategy at the EBRD, where he has worked as an economist since 1996. Dr. Raiser is responsible for macroeconomic surveillance work at the EBRD and a member of the editorial team for the Transition Report. His research interests include the political economy of reform with a particular focus on the Caspian region and Central Asia, the role of social capital in the trasition and the impact of economic reforms on macroeconomic performance. Dr. Raiser had been a research fellow at the Kiel Institute of World Economics and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Kiel University, and an M.Sc. in Development Economics from the London School of Economics.

Public Lecture by Bo Rothstein, Professor of Political Science, Göteborg University
Social Capital, Economic Growth and Quality of Government
28 November 2002

Bo Rothstein is August Röhss Chair in Political Science at Göteborg University. He received his Ph.D. form Lund University in 1986. Between 1986 an 1995 he served as assistant/associate professor at the Uppsala University.
His publications include The Social Democratic State, The Bureaucratic Problems of Social Reforms (1996), Just Insitutitions Matter, The Moral and Political Logic of the Universal Welfare (1998), and Restructuring the Welfare State, Political Conditions and Policy Change(2002)

Public Lecture by Susan Rose-Ackermann, Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University
Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform
10 December 2002

Corruption is the misuse of public power for private gain. If pervasive, it limits investment and growth and leads to ineffective government. Reform may require changes both in legal structures and in the underlying relationship of the market and the state. No single "blueprint" is possible. However, the private goal should be to reduce the economic and political gains from paying and receiving bribes, rather than simply removing corrupt officials from power.

Susan Rose-Ackerman was a fellow of Collegium Budapest where she and János Kornai organised a project on Honesty and Trust: theory and Experience in the Light of Post-Socialist Transformation. (see: Professor Rose-Ackerman holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. She was a research fellow at the World Bank in 1995-1996 and has also taught at Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of numerous works on polictial economy, law and economics, and the economics of the non-profit sector; her most recent book is titled Corruption and Government (Cambridge University Press 1999). She is currently studying issues of government accountability and public participation in Hungary and Poland.

Public Lecture by Sabrina P. Ramet, Professor of Political Science, Norwegian University of Science & Technology
Realist and Universalist Perspectives on Sovereignity
16 December 2002

Professor Ramet is a history-oriented political scientist, a prominent specialist of modern and contemporary Central Eastern Europe and Southeastern Europe. Indeed, her intellectual production, including whole series of books on the various religions in the region's 20th Century history, on Yugoslavia, and on the Balkans, is not only impresive due to its sheer quantity, but it is also most inspiring and can often be regarded as fundamental: no specialist of the relevant fields can disregard books like the "Balkan Babel", "Christianity Under Stress", "Cross and Commissar", "Nationalism and Federalism in Yugoslavia, 1962-1991", "Nihil Obstat: Religion, Politics and Social Change in East-Central Europe and Russia", etc.

Public Lecture by Russel Hardin, Professor of Politics at New York University, Professor of Political Science at Stanford University
Rational Choice Political Philosophy
16 December 2002

Comments by Ferenc Huoranszki (Philosophy Dept. Head of CEU) and Lóránd Ambrus Lakatos (Philosophy and Political Science Dept. CEU)
Russel Harding books include: Collective Action; Morality within the Limits of Reason; One for All: the Logic of Group Conflict; Liberalism, Constitutionalism, and Democracy: Trust and Trusworthiness, and Interdeterminacy and Society.

Public Lecture by Andrei Illarionov, Economic Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation and Personal Representative of President Putin to the G-8
Russia: 12 Years of Transition
18 February 2003

Participants at the public lecture included leading Hungarian scientists, leading diplomats accredited to Hungary, as well as representatives of the Hungarian media.

Public Lecture by János Kornai, Permanent Fellow Emeritus of Collegium Budapest
Honesty and Trust in the Light of Post-Socialist Transition
8 April 2003

In the first half of the 2002-2003 academic year, the members of a focus group at Collegium Budapest centred their research on examining the subject "Honesty and Trust in the Light of Post-Socialist Transition". There were economists, political scientists, sociologists, anthropologists, legal sholars and philosophers in the group, some of them from the post-socialist region and others from elsewhere, conveying their experiences of honesty and trust in their respective countries. The participants discussed 32 papers in the course of three workshops held at Collegium Budapest. A selection of these papers will be published in a two-volume work.
This lecture arose out of that great collective entreprise, but it does not aim at summing up the findings of the research. A single lecture is not sufficient to do that. In any case, no full consensus was reached on several of the problems investigated. Instead, the lecturer set out to discuss some of the theoretical lessons and practical recommendations he considers can be drawn from that complex research and discourse. For more information click on

Public Lecture by Gábor Forgács, Collegium Budapest Fellow, Professor at the Physics and Biology Department of the Missouri University
15 May 2003

Use of Cell Aggregates in Tissue Engineering - Science or Fiction?
Aggregates of living cells under appropriate conditions behave as viscoelastic fluids. Steinberg's differential adhesion hypothesis (DAH) states that the liquid-like properties arise from (i) the large number of constituent cells that (ii) possess type-dependent adhesion appratus while (iii) being motile enough to reach the lowest energy configuration. The lecture reports about results based on experimental and model calculations for the establishment of three-dimensional, specificly formed cell structures that are, in fact, organs.

Public Lecture by Jan Lundvik, former Ambassador of the Kingdom of Sweden to Hungary
The Raoul Wallenberg Case - Where do we stand today?
20 May 2003

Jan Lundvik joined the Swedish Foreign Service in 1960 as a translator at the Legation in Budapest, where he first met the Raoul Wallenberg case. In the 1970s he was involved in the relevant investigations conducted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sweden and in the capacity of Deputy Head of the Mission in Moscow. His later positions included Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden at the UN, Ambassador to South Africa, Consul General in Berlin, and Ambassador to Hungary between 1994-98. Since then he has been again actively involved in the efforts to establish the truth about Raoul Wallenberg's fate.

Public Lecture by Hans Flückiger, Chef der Arteplage Murten
"Expo.02 und éphémére Architektur" in einem Land, das langlebige und solide Bauten liebt /"Expo.02 and Architecture for the Present" in a country that likes solid and modest buildings
30 June 2003

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