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Letter from Budapest: Central European University Facing Death Sentence

As many of our New School friends and alumni are also alumni and students of the Central European University in Budapest, we are eager to share with you this letter from Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of  CEU.  You can sign the petition to save the university here. “Dear Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni, and Friends, […]

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Letter From St. Petersburg: Save the European University at St. Petersburg! #SaveEUSP

On March 20th, 2017, a Russian arbitration court revoked the teaching license of the European University at St. Petersburg (EUSP). We, the students and alumni of the EUSP, strongly disagree with the court’s decision and the assessment of the university’s work by the state educational watchdog agency (Rosobrnadzor).  The EUSP is a leading Russian graduate […]

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Letter from Russia: A Statement from the Public Sociology Laboratory on the Closure of the European University, St. Petersburg

PS Lab is a team of young social scientists from Russia, many of whom are PhD or MA students in social or political sciences or alumni of the leading Russian and European universities (European University in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, European University Institute in Florence, Italy, National Research University – Higher School of Economics, Russia). For a […]

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Letter From Brazil: Brazilian Students Protest Against New Governments Austerity Measures

Written by Mayra Cotta Cardozo De Souza, Ph.D. Student in Politics at NSSR, and TCDS Program Assistant. Just a little more than a month after Brazilian President Dilma Roussef was ousted by the Congress and the center-right opposition party PMDB took hold of the government, the new President, Michel Temer, sent Congress a proposal aimed at […]

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Letter from New York: Two friends of TCDS, Leonardo Sakamoto and Gazeta Wyborcza, nominated for 2016 Press Freedom Prize

Written by Mayra Cotta Cardozo De Souza, Ph.D. Student in Politics at NSSR, and TCDS Program Assistant. We have just learned that Leonardo Sakamoto, 2015 Visiting Scholar at The New School for Social Research, and a close collaborator of the Transregional Center for Democratic Studies, has been nominated for the 2016 Press Freedom Prize by Reporters […]

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Letter from Wroclaw: Hana Cervinkova remembers Fritz Stern: an American historian born in Breslau, Friend of the New School, moral conscience of postwar Germany, and Honorary Citizen of Wroclaw

Fritz Stern – German–American Historian, native of Wroclaw, died at 90 in New York   I was born into a world on the cusp of avoidable disaster…. (Fritz Stern, The Five Germanys I Have Known, 2006)   Remembrance by Hana Cervinkova   Professor Fritz Stern, one of the foremost historians of modern Europe, died on […]

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Letter from Poland: Committee in Defense of Democracy – We, The People in Polish (One country’s response to a right-wing takeover)

By Leszek Budrewicz The Committee in Defense of Democracy (Komitet Obrony Demokracji, or KOD) appeared to start suddenly out of thin air. It is now the biggest mass mobilization of Polish citizens since the days of Solidarity twenty-five years ago. Although on the one hand this was clearly a response to the electoral victory in […]

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“Everyday Revolutions”: Anna-Verena Nosthoff on Agnes Heller

The encounter with Agnes Heller at the 2014 Democracy & Diversity Institute in Wroclaw and in her class on “The World of Prejudice”, inspired TCDS alumna Anna-Verena Nosthoff to write a portrait of the esteemed Hungarian philosopher.   “I felt that I had a debt to pay as a survivor. Writing moral philosophy and philosophy of history for […]

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Letter from St. Petersburg: An Analysis of Maidan, Part 1

This is the first in a series of essays by Public Sociology Laboratory, which includes many TCDS alumni, analyzing the Maidan protest movment in Ukraine.   Public Sociology Laboratory (further – PS Lab, http://ps-lab.ru) is an autonomous project of social researchers from Russia. The goal of PS Lab is to create socially and politically engaged, […]

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Letter From Europe: Elzbieta Matynia “NSSR Europe Courage in Public Scholarship Award”

Last July It was in late July of 2014, during the final two days of the 23rd annual Democracy & Diversity Institute, that a sizable group of the Institute’s alumni — representatives of a much larger NSSR/TCDS community now living and working in Europe — joined us in Wroclaw. They were an impressive and accomplished […]

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