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Hungarian scholar/activist

to lecture at Manchester College

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.




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