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Charity Manuscript Auction Raises 2.4 Million HUF

CEU’s Open Society Archieves raised 2.4 million HUF for the Heated Street program run by Oltalom Karitativ Egyesulet at an auction of manuscripts donated by 60 well-known contemporary Hungarian poets, writers, and composers. The auction, held on the first day of winter, Dec. 21, and attended by about 100 people, was hosted by Galeria Centralis and organized in cooperation Sziget Kulturalis Szervezo Iroda, Magveto Konyvkiado and Summa Artium.

CEU Press Offers Electronic Editions via E-Book Libraries, Kindle

he share of e-books in CEU Press’ overall revenue grew more than 50 percent from 2011 to 2012. Electronic editions of CEU Press titles are available from these e-book libraries: JSTOR, Myilibrary, Questia, Project Muse, EBSCO, Humanities Ebooks, ASP Bibliorossica, and also in Kindle format at this link:

Anonymous Donor Supports European Award for Excellence in Teaching

An anonymous donor has renewed a gift of 10,000 Canadian dollars “in memory of Ilona Diener” to support the 2013 CEU European Award for Excellence in Teaching in Social Sciences and Humanities. Nominations for the award, the first and only one of its kind in Europe, are accepted until Jan. 31. The award, for which CEU faculty members are not eligible, emphasizes CEU’s commitment to outstanding and innovative teaching, and is administered by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

CEU Business School’s Huebner Receives Hungarian-American Business Award

Charles Huebner, a member of CEU Business School’s Advisory Board, has been awarded the Dr. Ivan Volgyes Award for Promotion of Hungarian-American Business Relations by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hungary. The annual award recognizes individuals who have played an exemplary role in developing Hungarian-American business relations. For more information, see

Messmann Elected to Managerial Committee of the China-Europe School of Law

Stefan Messmann, professor in the Department of Legal Studies, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Joint Managerial Committee (JMC) of the China-Europe School of Law consortium. The JMC consists of eight members, four of whom are representatives of the European member universities of the consortium. CEU is a founding member of CESL. For more about CESL, see

Rippon Named Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Simon Rippon has joined CEU as an assistant professor, teaching in both the Department of Philosophy and at the School of Public Policy, effective December 2012. Simon received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University and holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Theology from Oxford. His research incorporates practical ethics and “metaethics,” or the study of what moral discourse and practice is about in the abstract.

Gareth Evans, Former Australian Foreign Minister, Joins SPP Visiting Faculty

Professor the Hon Gareth Evans AC QC, Chancellor of the Australian National University, joins the faculty of the School of Public Policy at CEU as a Visiting Professor. Professor Evans is also President Emeritus of the Brussels-based International Crisis Group, the independent global conflict prevention and resolution organisation which he led from 2000 to 2009.
He previously spent 21 years in Australian politics, thirteen of them as a Cabinet Minister.

CEU Library Obtains Grants for Professional Development

CEU Library has won two grants to fund professional development opportunities. The first finances a three-day workshop for 10 staff members to strengthen their skills and build confidence in designing, developing, delivering, and evaluating professional training. The workshop, to be held at CEU, will be conducted by Netskills, a staff-development service based at Newcastle University and supported by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).

Center for Policy Studies Joins Marie Curie Training Network

The Center for Policy Studies is now part of the “Changing Employment” Marie Curie Initial Training Network, a consortium of 11 European partner institutions aiming to train a cross-European and interdisciplinary network of policy-focused social scientists comprehensively skilled in understanding, analyzing, and responding to social and institutional employment changes.

Accidental Occidental: Economics and Culture of Transition in Mitteleuropa, the Baltic and the Balkan Area

This month, CEU Press will release this new book by Lajos Bokros, professor in CEU’s Center for Policy Studies, member of the European Parliament, and former Hungarian minister of finance. The book offers a comprehensive overview of the post-communist transition process with insights from Bokros’ 20 years of experience.