Public lectures

April 15, 2013

Not in our town: A strategy for dealing with community conflicts 

Public lecture by Patrice O’Neill (Filmmaker and founder, Not In Our Town), with introductions by Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary; Tove Skarstein, Norwegian Ambassador to Hungary; and Zoltan Kovacs, Hungarian Minister of State for Social Inclusion.

They tackle questions such as: What can ordinary people do about racial, ethnic and cultural tensions and violence in their neighborhoods? What can media, mayors, police, religious leaders and teachers do? What can the Not In Our Town model offer Hungarian communities that are experiencing tensions between their Roma and non-Roma populations?  

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November 15, 2012

From Digital Terrestrial TV to Hybrid and Connected TV: Challenges from a regulatory perspective

Public lecture by Joan Barata Mir (Professor of Communication Law and Vice Dean at the Blanquerna Communication and International Relations School, Universitat Ramon Llull, in Barcelona), who provided a broad reflection on how to regulate media an in the digital and convergent world - and the question if it is even possible to regulate them at all.

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June 21, 2012

How Content Gains Meaning and Value in the Era of Spreadable Media

Public lecture by Henry Jenkins (Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, Cinematic Arts, and Education at the University of Southern California) about the shift that has been taking place in how media content circulates -- away from top-down corporate controlled distribution and into a still emerging hybrid system where everyday people play an increasingly central role in how media spreads. The lecture was hosted by the CMCS, the Open Society Archives, the Center for Media Research and Education at BME MOKK and the Open Society Institute.

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March 5, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon
Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle for Internet Freedom

Public lecture by Rebecca MacKinnon, Bernard L. Schwartz Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and cofounder of Global Voices, about the themes she raises in her new book, Consent of the Networked. MacKinnon's main point was the pressing need for people to take responsibility for the future development of the Internet. At stake, she argued, are no less than civil liberties, privacy and even the character of democracy in the 21st century. Instead of engaging in sweeping arguments about  whether the Internet is a force for political liberation or for alienation, we should address the more urgent question of how technology should be structured and governed to support the rights and liberties of all the world’s Internet users. MacKinnon was introduced by Kate Coyer, Director of the CMCS, and a Q&A session afterward was moderated by CEU Assistant Professor Youngmi Kim.

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January 23, 2012

Religion and Media in Russia

Public lecture by Victor Khroul, Associate Professor at the Journalism Faculty of Moscow State University, who was at the CMCS for a three-month CEU Professorial Research Fellowship. In his lecture, Khroul asked: Can we understand religion without media, or media without religion? How do they interact in the public sphere as two social sub-systems? He placed these questions in the context of contemporary Russia and its challenges, problems and hopes.

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November 2, 2011

Democratization processes and Media Transitions After the Arab Spring

Public lecture by Professor Joan Barata (Universitat Ramon Llull) about the historical, political and social backgrounds of the Arab Spring movements and the role that traditional and new media have been playing. Prof. Barata focused in particular on  the challenges for the immediate future, which include the creation of a new communications landscape, the effective protection of freedom of expression and information, the role of state media, and the creation of new democratic regulatory authorities.

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April 4, 2011

New challenges to freedom of expression

Public lecture by Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, sponsored by the CMCS and the Open Society Archive (OSA). La Rue talked about his work over the past 25 years as Special Rapporteur, as Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala, and as long-time human rights advocate, and provided a broad overview of global challenges to freedom of expression.

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March 10, 2011

The Political Communication of Regulatory Agencies: Between Legitimacy Management and New Governance

Public lecture by Manuel Puppis, senior research and teaching associate and managing director of the division "Media & Politics," Institute of Mass Communication and Media Research (IPMZ), University of Zurich, Switzerland.

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February 16, 2011

Law and Disorder: Wikileaks and the Future of Information Freedom

Public lecture by David McCraw, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel of The New York Times Company, where he is responsible for newsroom legal affairs and serves as lead legal counsel for The Times’ freedom-of-information litigation. In this lecture, which was sponsored by the CMCS and the Open Society Archives (OSA) and introduced by CEU President and Rector John Shattuck, McCraw described in his lecture how The New York Times became involved in a partnership with Wikileaks and fellow news outlets to publish revelations that were contained in leaked collections of classified documents on both Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as an expansive collection of diplomatic cables. 

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February 14, 2011

Civil Society Representation in Intergovernmental Organisations: The way inside OECD

Public lecture by Anna Fielder, senior policy advisor to Consumer Focus (UK) and Trustee and Company Secretary of Privacy International, who has been a key player in the establishment of the Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council (CSISAC), which contributes constructively to the policy work of the OECD Committee for Information, Computer and Communications Policy (ICCP).

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January 25, 2011

Mobile phones and security events in Israel: Facts and policy implications

Public lecture by Amit Schejter, Associate professor of communications and co-director of the Institute for Information Policy at Pennsylvania State University

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October 26, 2010

Challenges of Internet Governance: New multistakeholder models for global policy development

Public lecture by Wolfgang Kleinwaechter, Professor for International Communication Policy and Regulation, Department for Media and Information Studies, University of Aarhus; Chair of the Nomination Committee of ICANN; Member of the UN Working Group on Internet Governance.

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October 19, 2010

From Losing the News to Finding it Again: Some New Routes for News

Bill Mitchell, Head of Entrepreneurial and International Programs at the Poynter Institute and a veteran journalist, discussed the future of news media and journalism. Mitchell was director of electronic publishing for the San Jose Mercury News, Detroit Bureau Chief for Time magazine, Assistant Managing Editor of the Detroit Free Press, and Washington correspondent for Knight Ridder newspapers, The discussion was moderated by Ellen Hume, Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at the CMCS.

October 19, 2010

Battle of Ideas / "Read all about it: Truth in demand"

At this satellite event of the Battle of Ideas 2010 festival, sponsored by the CMCS and the Institute of Ideas, four experts discussed changes in journalism and the mass media in the age of digital media, citizen journalism and “pay-walls”: Eszter Babarczy, cultural historian and journalist; Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at the University of Kent; Ellen Hume, former journalist and Annenberg Fellow in Civic Media at the CMCS; and Eva Katona, freelance journalist and chief secretary of the Association of Hungarian Content Providers.

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June 7, 2010

Europe and the Global Information Society Revisited: Cyber Security in Europe

Public presentation by Andrea Servida, Deputy Head of the Unit "Internet; Network and Information Security", Information Society and Media Directorate-General, European Commission.

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May 25, 2010 

News Literacy in a Digital Age: Stony Brook University's innovative curriculum to develop the critical thinking skills of young news consumers

A public lecture by Richard Hornik, Lecturer at Stony Brook University and Director of Southeast Asia Programs for the Independent Journalism Foundation.


March 22, 2010

Book launch and public talk by Monroe E. Price

on the occasion of the English-language publication of his memoir:

Objects of Remembrance: A Memoir of American Opportunities and Viennese Dreams

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February 17, 2010

Reinventing Public Service Communication

A public lecture by Associate Professor Petros Iosifidis (City University London).

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December 1, 2009

Do media matter rephrased: Media and political systems as determinants of media influence on public opinion  

A public lecture by Dr. Marina Popescu (University of Essex and MRC-Median Research Centre).


November 24, 2009

Modern Russian Journalism and its Soviet heritage

A public lecture by Prof. Alexander Altunyan (International University in Moscow).

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October 22, 2009

On the Horizon: Emerging Information and Communication Law and Policy Issues

A public lecture by Prof. Sandra Braman (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee).

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March 25, 2009

Makeover television, audiences, and the reflexive self

A Public Lecture by Katherine Sender, Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania (more information).

Much has been written about reality television in general, and makeover shows in particular, but little attention has been paid to their audiences. Katherine Sender, whose forthcoming book, The Big Reveal: Makeover Television, Audiences, and the Promise of Transformation, will be published by New York University Press, talked about the study she has been undertaking of audience responses to four US makeover shows: The Biggest Loser, Queer Eye, Starting Over, and What Not to Wear.

In the course of the study, preliminary findings of which were presented in 2007, over 1,500 survey responses were collected and more than 50 interviews conducted with viewers. Seder researches audiences' conceptions of the "inner" and "outer" self and the relations between these, and reviews how makeover shows encourage candidates to change in line with dominant social norms, while they interject commercial appeals into the processes of change.

January 7, 2009

"Telepopulism: Media and Politics in Israel and the U.S."

A Public Lecture by: Professor Yoram Peri, Head, The Chaim Herzog Institute, for Media, Politics and Society. Tel Aviv University (more information).

In the first part of his lecture, Prof. Yoram Peri gave an interesting overview of the latest use of new social media in the election campaigns in the US and Israel. Using specific cases from the recent presidential elections campaign of Barack Obama, he focused on the impact of new communication technologies in creating a new, youth-oriented and youth-engaging "political class" in the US. Furthermore, he emphasized the differences between the use of such media tools in promoting populist speech in US and Israel, pointing out the less-innovative employment of new technologies in the Israeli political campaigns.

Prof. Peri shared his views on the "Americanization" of elections throughout the world, and forecast the consequences of this great shift in the media. In the final part of his talk, Prof. Peri, having just returned from Israel, was able to give an up-to-date overview of the current situation of the Gaza Strip conflict and shared a brief analysis of the Israeli, Palestinian and international media coverage of the on-going conflict. 

November 10, 2008

 "Complexity and the Future of the University"

A Public Lecture by Dr. Linda Garcia, Director of the Communication, Culture and Technology Program, Georgetown University (more information).

Chair: Dr. Liviu Matei
CEU Academic Secretary and Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Linda Garcia's talk addressed the increasing challenges that today's universities must meet in order to adapt to the complexity surrounding them, especially in a rapidly changing digital environment. To fulfill their mission of providing useful, up-to-date knowledge, which can be drawn upon by others to address today's thorny problems, universities must constantly regenerate themselves by promoting interdisciplinarity and expanding their inter-organizational ties. Read more...

November 6, 2008

"Breaking news! - Why is news from the Middle-East often so different from reality?"

A Public Lecture by Joris Luyendijk, international journalist, former Middle-East correspondent (more information).

Between 1998 and 2003 Joris Luyendijk worked as Middle-East correspondent for various Dutch media. After returning to the Netherlands he spent three years analyzing why news about the Arab world and Israel is filtered, distorted, manipulated, biased and simplified. His conclusion: the problem is not only that journalists often fail to adhere to their methods and codes. It goes deeper: even when they follow their methods and codes by the letter, a fundamentally skewed picture emerges.

Drawing on his own field experiences, Joris Luyendijk presented strong arguments for rethinking what news is, what we expect from it and what it can and should be.

October 21, 2008

"Mobile TV and its implementation in Central and Eastern Europe" 

A public lecture by Dr. Claus Sattler, Executive Director "Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum" (bmcoforum), Berlin (more information).

Chair: Kristina Irion
Department for Pubic Policy and Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University

Professor Sattler presented recent developments in mobile TV in a comparative perspective and discussed challenges concerning business and policy aspects. From a business perspective, his presentation provided an overview on technology choices, business models and the state of implementation of Mobile TV applications, with a particular focus on Central and Eastern Europe. The discussion subsequently turned to the regulatory conditions that would best facilitate mobile TV and the consequences of subordinating Mobile TV to the general broadcasting rules. 

October 16-17, 2008

 "Commonplaces of Transition"

A thought-provoking documentary series by Joanne Richardson - 2008. D Media, Romania (more information).

Day 1: Thursday, 16 October - 6 pm -  CEU Auditorium

- "In Transit" (J. Richardson - D Media, 30 min, 2008). A diary of a journey through space and time, composed of subjective impressions of the present and childhood memories of the past.

- "Precarious Lives" (J. Richardson - D Media, 43 min, 2008). A contemporary portrait of the everyday lives of 10 Romanian women, mixed with archival footage of women's work from the beginning of the last century. The video challenges the dominant discourse about precarity and its disregard of differences based on gender and economic disparities between the first and third worlds of Europe.

Day 2: Friday, 17 October - 6 pm - CEU Auditorium

 "Two or Three Things about Activism" (2008. 73 min., J. Richardson, D Media). A counter-documentary about activism in Romania that simultaneously questions the difference between making a film about politics and making a film politically.

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October 9, 2008

"Secrets and Spies: How the CIA has evaded the U.S. Freedom of Information Act"

A Public Lecture by Martin Halstuk, Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State University (more information).

Discussant: Peter Molnar
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Media and Communication Studies, Central European University

Martin Halstuk discussed how the CIA, in violation of the FOIA and congressional authority, has withheld information of crucially important interest from the public and the government itself. A number of critics, including leading members of the U.S. Congress, have concluded that the attacks of 9/11 could have been averted had the CIA not been obsessed with secrecy.

Martin Halstuk's area of research is media law. Some of his recent publications include articles in: Stanford Law and Policy Review; Administrative Law Review; Communication Law and Policy; Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly; William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal; and a book chapter in Access Denied: Freedom of Information in the Information Age. 

September 25, 2008

"Developing Organized Networks: The Imaginary Example of Special Embassies"

A Public Lecture by Andrew Gryf Paterson, Artist-organizer, cultural producer and researcher, Media Lab, Helsinki (more information).

'Special Embassy' is an imagined alternative to the ‘traditional embassy', both in conceptual and architectural-hardware terms. With the increase of global movement of people outside the sanction of  the state, a reconfigured understanding of relations of 'embassy' and the represented collective appears. In a post-national, globalized social order, who represents the collective? What services can be offered to one another, between the sender and the receiver organizations? What non-state, i.e. autonomous, embassy architecture would be useful? 

Andrew spent a month as researcher-in-residence at the Kitchen Budapest media lab exploring these questions, researching the conceptual and historical elements of bilateral embassy missions and the history of diplomatic network relations, and considering how alternative 'special embassies' might work in relation to open source activism and networked and mobile platforms. Following his presentation, he opened up a discussion meant to explore what sort of services the 'Special Embassy' can and would offer. Read more...

Archive (public lectures, 2005 - 2008)