The panel discussions and keynote lectures are offered by leading scholars of several disciplines teaching at SUN, who will share their latest research, ideas and opinions. All these events are followed by a question and answer period when the speakers take and answer questions from the audience.


  1. Panel discussion on "Negotiating Climate Change: The Current State of Play"
    Date: 5 pm, Monday, June 30
    Venue: Auditorium

    Chair: Lajos Bokros, Chief Operating Officer / Professor of Public Policy, CEU

    Thomas C. Heller, Stanford University
    Bert Metz, Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (MNP/RIVM)
    Ferenc Toth,International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
    Diana Urge-Vorsatz, CEU

  2. Panel discussion on "Confrontation or co-habitation. Past and Present in the Near East"
    Date: 6 pm, Monday, July 14
    Venue: Auditorium, CEU

    Chair: Jozsef Laszlovszky, CEU
    Jürgen Gebhardt, University of Erlangen Nürnberg, Bavarian-American Academy, Munich
    Hugh Kennedy, University of London, SOAS
    Alan V. Murray, Leeds University, International Medieval Bibliography

  3. Public lecture by Mark Balaguer, California State University

    Title: An Even Newer Wave Moral Realism: Token-Token Moral Naturalism
    Date: 4:30 pm, Tuesday, July 22
    Venue: Auditorium, CEU

  4. Public lecture by Terry Horgan, University of Arizona

    Title: The Two-Envelope Paradox, the Intentionality of Epistemic Probability, and the Foundations of Decision Theory
    Date: 4:30 pm, July 23, Wednesday
    Venue: Auditorium, CEU

  5. Public lecture by Emilio Gentile, University of Rome La Sapienza

    Title: 9/11 and the Sacralization of Politics in the United States
    Date: 4:30 pm, Thursday, July 24
    Venue: Auditorium, CEU

Lectures and panels will be followed by receptions.


The 2007 Summer University was opened on July 2nd by a public roundtable discussion on "The Open Society in Fragile States". Panelists included George Soros, Founder of the Open Society Institute and Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Central European University, Paul Collier, Director, Economics Department, Center for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University, Lily Habash, Head of Governance Reform, Palestinian Authority and Clare Short, Former Development Minister, United Kingdom. The discussion was moderated by Fredrik Galtung, Director of the SUN 2007 Course "Integrity Reform and Strategic Corruption Control".

The discussion was launched by Paul Collier, also the author of a highly successful book "The Bottom Billion. Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It.". (During the discussions, George Soros kindly offered to donate to every Summer University participant a copy of the book, whose key issues formed the basis of the debate). After the panel discussion questions were taken from the audience and a lively question and answer period ended the event.

Yehuda Elkana, President and Rector of CEU, also added his own reflections to the debate and then officially opened the 2007 edition of the CEU Summer University. This year's edition of the CEU Summer University, the 12th, offered 16 courses, joining over 460 participants from 75 countries.

to listen to the panel (mp3)
George Soros
Founder & Chairman of the Open Society Institute and the Central European University

Paul Collier
Director of the Economics Department of the Centre for the Study of African Economies

Lily Habash
Head of Governance Reform, Palestinian Authority

Clare Short
Former United Kingdom Development Minister

Fredrik Galtung (Moderator)
Tiri Chief Executive & Director of SUN 2007 Course, "Integrity Reform and Strategic Corruption Control"