Principles vs. Interests? Understanding America’s Role in the World

April 20, 2011 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

CSS President Marion Smith addressed the issue of “Principles vs Interests” in U.S. Foreign Policy at our Liberty Forum. The discussion featured the United States’ role in international relations from the era of the Founding Fathers, till the Arab Spring and the revolution  in Libya. Recommended readings by Marion Smith: The Myth of American Isolationism […]

The Culture of Philanthropy

March 30, 2011 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

Susan Hutchison, the Executive Director of the Charles Simonyi Fund spoke at the Liberty Forum event about philanthropy culture in the United States and Hungary. During the discussion she addressed the philanthropy led political culture and the differences between the US and CEE. Her unique insight through her professional career as a distinguished TV news anchor, […]

The Workshop of World Politics (event archive)

February 28, 2011 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

IR Professor Tilo Schabert spoke at our Liberty Forum event about international relations and european integration from a historical and philosophical perspective. During the discussion he addressed the elite-led construction of the European Union, the original French and German ideas of a European federal system and the constitutional lessons learned from the German unification, as well as potential […]

Is It Only a Matter of Time Before the Euro Collapses? (event archive)

February 23, 2011 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

Dr Iain Begg (professor, London School of Economics) spoke at a joint event of the Common Sense Society, the LSE Alumni and the Hungarian Europe Society about the effects of the financial crisis on the European Union. His lecture addressed the most important question of the future regarding the financial and economic integration of the […]

Is Freedom of Speech Threatened in Hungary? (event archive)

January 12, 2011 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

At a panel discussion on January 12, 2011, we explored the realities of free speech and freedom of the press in Hungary.  The panel featuring dr. Mihály Gálik (Corvinus University), dr. György Ocskó (National Media and Broadcasting Commission), Andris Mellakauls (Steering Committee on the Media and New Communication Services – Council of Europe), András Stumpf (Heti […]

The Corruption of Liberty with Tibor Machan

July 22, 2010 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

CSS members discussed individualism, ethics, and the state of liberty today with special guest economist and philosopher Dr. Tibor Machan.

Hungary’s Dual Citizenship Law

July 7, 2010 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

Resolution: This House Believes that the Hungarian citizenship law amendment is an act of revisionism. On the Hungarian side arguing against the dual citizenship act (and in favor of the House) were Gábor Egry and Anna Stumpf. On the opposing Slovak side arguing in favor of the dual citizenship act were Tomas Surgos and Lucia […]

What’s Brewing in America?

June 7, 2010 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

A conversation about democracy, populism, and the American Tea Party movement with CSS President Marion Smith.

The Politics of Bioethics

April 30, 2010 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

What are the ethical considerations behind human cloning, eugenics, and stem cell research? Is human dignity lost on the way to progress in medicine? A discussion about the Value of Human Life in our Brave New World with guest speaker Prof. William L. Saunders, Senior Vice President of Legal Affairs at Americans United for Life.

Film Screening: “Incubator”

April 7, 2010 by   Filed under Liberty Forum

Film Screening: “Incubator” (April 7, 2010) Can Hungarian identity be preserved abroad? A compelling documentary about having two homelands at the same time – one in real life, and the other imagined and maintained by parents who were forced to flee. The screening was followed by a discussion with director Réka Pigniczky about growing up […]

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