SPP Media Professor Participates in Venice Biennale

May 17, 2017

SPP Assistant Professor Cameran Ashraf recently returned from a visit to the Venice Biennale, a trip he made not as a tourist, but as a participant in the Hungarian Pavilion. “It was a terrific experience – and not something I ever thought I would be doing when I joined SPP last fall as an assistant professor of media and communication,” he says.

Public Policy Alumni Return for CEU Alumni Reunion 2017

May 15, 2017

The rain on Friday evening disrupted plans to hold the SPP Public Policy Alumni Reunion Coffeehouse outdoors, but it didn’t dampen the enthusiasm and excitement of returning alumni. More than 30 of them joined public policy students, faculty, and staff for a wonderful evening organized to officially welcome public policy alumni to CEU’s Alumni Reunion 2017.

(Big) Hopes and Hazards of Big Data

May 15, 2017

Technology is a tool. It can also be a weapon. During a day-long workshop organized by the School of Public Policy and the Department of Economics as part of the JustData project, activists, academics, legal scholars, and data scientists (see list of participants below) debated the impact that one particular type of technology – biometric identification – is having on civil liberties and democratic values, especially in India where the Aadhaar Act became law in 2016.

Seeking Common Ground through the Arts

May 13, 2017

It all began with a performance at the CEU Open Mic Night on March 23. “We got hooked on performing and were looking for opportunities around campus to make more music. We also wanted to do something to respond to the Lex CEU bill,” explained saxophonist Jake McGrew (MPA ’18).

The Right to Food in a Climate-Constrained World

May 9, 2017

Nearly 800 million people are chronically undernourished – despite the fact that we currently produce twice as much food as we need to feed the world’s population. The problem, according to George Soros Visiting Chair Carmen Gonzalez, is one of distribution and waste, not production. During a public lecture at the CEU School of Public Policy on April 26, Gonzalez explored “the three crises” related to food and agriculture: food security, agro-biodiversity, and climate change.