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Istvan Bibo Free University

The Istvan Bibo Free University brings together Hungarians of differing viewpoints and different generations to discuss the social, economic and political problems of Hungary and the European Union in an atmosphere of mutual respect. With courses and online and offline public debates, the Free University aims for political diversity among lecturers and audience alike, addressing topics such as “The Shadow of 75 Years. World War, Consequences, Memory” and “From the Gypsy Problem to Roma Emancipation.” The program is named for István Bibó, an important Hungarian thinker whose personality and ideas connected various oppositional circles together before 1989, during the era of socialism. The CEU Democracy Institute hosts, supports, promotes, and provides lecturers for the Free University’s courses and events.  

Event by Bibo Free University Featured in Hungarian Media

Hungarian news portal Qubit published a detailed summary of the public discussion Budapest During and After the Pandemic, organized by the Istvan Bibo Free University, operating within the CEU Democracy Institute, with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation.

In Memoriam Anna Lengyel

Last farewell to Anna Lengyel, the late lecturer of Istvan Bibo Free University. We are grateful to have known her.

Applications To Bibo Free University Spring Courses Now Open

The Free University, hosted by CEU Democracy Institute, brings together Hungarians of differing viewpoints and different generations to discuss the social, economic and political problems of Hungary and the European Union in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Apply now to its spring courses!

New Podcast by the Istvan Bibo Free University

The new episode of the Istvan Bibo Free University podcast series addresses the course taught by CEU Romani Studies Program, “From the Gypsy Problem to Roma Emancipation.”

The Memory of the Holocaust in Hungarian Films

In the next episode of the Bibo Free University podcast series, Rudolf Paksa and directors Peter Gardos and Gabor Szanto T. talk about the Shoah, how the tragedy effected Hungarian society and the Hungarian Jewish community, and they also address the production of movies about history (in Hungarian).

The Cultural Memory of World War II

Rudolf Paksa in conversation with Holocaust-survivor Eva Fahidi and director, author Gabor Zoltan (in Hungarian).

State Violence After World War II

Rudolf Paksa and his guests, historians Rolf Muller and Tibor Takacs address the political and social changes after 1945 (in Hungarian).

World War II Ended 75 Years Ago

Rudolf Paksa and historians Zsuzsanna Kadar and Tamas Stark remembers the anniversary of the end of World War II (in Hungarian).

Memory of Rape in World War II

Rudolf Paksa, our Research affiliate Andrea Peto and journalist Fruzsina Skrabski talk about the history of rape in World War II (in Hungarian).

Resistance and Saving Lives

Rudolf Paksa in conversation with historians Akos Bartha and Tibor Pecsi (in Hungarian).