to lecture at
NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. (Nov. 17, 2003) - Ferene
Miszlivetz, a leading figure in the democratic opposition movement in
Hungary during the 1980s, will lecture on "Alternative Futures of Europe
and Euro-Atlantic Relations" at Manchester College on Thursday, Nov. 20.
Manchester is one of four Church of the Brethren
colleges he is visiting in November as part of the 2003 Peace and
Justice Lecture Series of Brethren Colleges Abroad (BCA). He also has
spoken at Juniata College and Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, and
Bridgewater College in Virginia.
His Manchester College talk begins at 5 p.m. in the
upper lounge of the College Union. The public is invited.
Currently director of the Institute for Social and
European Studies at Daniel Berzenyi College in Szombathely, Hungary,
Miszlivetz played a major role in 1987 and 1988 in setting up the
Network of Free Initiatives, one of the first independent political
organizations in Hungary aimed at bringing Eastern and Central European
dissidents together with Western alternative democratic movements (peace
movements, Greens, etc.)
A sociologist, Miszlivetz was a MacArthur Fellow in
the International Peace and Security Program in 1989-90, and spent time
at the University of California - Berkeley, Stanford University, Harvard
University and the European Institute in Florence, Italy.
When he returned to Hungary, he created the Center
for European Studies, which formed the nucleus for the Institute for
Social and European Studies - today one of the most active academic
centers/think tanks engaged in transnational networking in research and
higher education in Europe. Miszlivetz is the author of five books in
English and Hungarian and has written numerous articles for
international professional journals. He holds a doctorate from Karl Marx
University of Economics.
BCA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
serving the values of peace and justice through international exchange
programs. Located in Elizabethtown, Penn., BCA offers study abroad
programs for U.S. college students, and international seminars for U.S.
faculty and administrators.