Call to show support for Central European University

Marsha Siefert's picture

Dear colleagues,

On Monday, the Hungarian government will vote on legislative changes to Central European University’s status in Hungary. If implemented, the changes would make CEU’s continued operation impossible and strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities, including those in Hungary, to flourish.

As concerned students and faculty of the History Department at CEU, we encourage our colleagues around the world to stand in solidarity with our institution in the face of this serious infringement on the principle of academic freedom and attack on the very existence of our university.

Please sign the following petition: https://www.change.org/p/hungarian-national-assembly-save-t…

Also, please send letters of support (see http://www.ceu.edu/istandwithCEU/letter), disseminate this information, and mobilize your departments, universities, and scientific associations to issue statements of support on behalf of CEU.

For more information on CEU's situation and the proposed legislation, see for example the following links:
https://www.ceu.edu/…/ceu-responds-proposed-amendments-hung…
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/…/central-european-uni…

Also, see the following manifesto signed by an impressive number of Western academics:
http://budapestbeacon.com/…/exclusive-western-academi…/45459

On behalf of the students and faculty at the History Department at CEU,

Matthias Riedl, Head of Department
Balázs Trencsényi, Professor
Imogen Bayley, Ph.D. student
Frederik Ørskov, MA student