Europa Fellowship

Front courtyard of the Károlyi Castle, Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary.
August 29 - September 3, 2021
Károlyi Castle, Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary

The Europa Fellowship is a five-day-long intensive seminar series that explores the foundational principles of liberty, prosperity, and beauty within the context of European culture and our shared civilization.

Intended for recent graduates, graduate students, and young professionals who have demonstrated their leadership potential, the Europa Fellowship focuses on grounding future leaders in the early stages of their academic and professional development in the ideals of responsible liberty.

Convened in the beautiful Károlyi Castle of Fehérvárcsurgó, Hungary, the Europa Fellowship provides an opportunity for participants to explore the interrelationships among liberty, prosperity, and beauty while acquiring the necessary tools to further their education and become effective leaders in their respective communities and career fields.

During the program, fellows will explore topics such as:

  • Civic Engagement and Volunteerism
  • First Principles of Liberty
  • Constitutionalism, Law, and Democracy
  • The Nature of Human Rights
  • Economics, Free Enterprise, and Voluntary Exchange
  • Foreign Policy and National Sovereignty
  • International Affairs and Security Issues
  • Religion and Society
  • Architecture, Art, and Beauty
  • Leadership Virtues and Skills
  • Central European History and Politics

2021 Europa Fellowship Faculty

 

Dr. Anthony Daniels is a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal who is also known by his pen name, Theodore Dalrymple. He is a retired physician who, most recently, practiced in a British inner-city hospital and prison. Denis Dutton, editor of Arts & Letters Daily, called Dalrymple the “Orwell of our time.”

Prof. Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a member of Common Sense Society’s Council of Trustees. He has previously been a professor at Harvard University, the London School of Economics, and New York University. Ferguson was previously named one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

Prof. Dr. habil. Ferenc Hörcher is Head of the Research Institute of Politics and Government of the National University of Public Service, Hungary, and a senior research fellow of the Institute of Philosophy of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Hungary. He published four volumes of poetry, all in Hungarian and has also published a volume of essays on 20th century Hungarian prose writer Géza Ottlik.

Mr. James Kelly, III is the Founder and President of Solidarity Center for Law and Justice, P.C., a public interest religious and educational liberty law firm. He served as a private international human rights legal advisor to the U.S. State Department and serves as a member of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the “Venice Commission”).

Dr. Joshua Mitchell is a professor of political theory at Georgetown University. He has also been chairman of the government department and associate dean of faculty affairs at Georgetown University in Qatar. He has published several books including The Fragility of Freedom: Tocqueville on Religion, Democracy, and American Awakening: Identity Politics and Other Afflictions of Our Time.

Mr. John O’Sullivan is the President of the Danube Institute, a think tank based in Budapest, Hungary and a member of the board of advisors for the Global Panel Foundation, an NGO that works behind the scenes in crisis areas around the world. O’Sullivan served as vice president and executive editor of Radio Free Europe and was editor of the Australian monthly magazine Quadrant.

Mr. Alexandre Pesey is the Founder and Executive Director of the Institut de Formation Politique, a conservative training institute in Paris. He has taught constitutional law and international relations at Paris II Panthéon-Assas University, where he also received a law and political science degree.

Dr. Pythagoras Petratos is a lecturer at the SAID Business School at the University of Oxford. He is a visiting fellow at Buckingham University and a visiting professor at the University of Thessaly. One of his main research interests lies in defense policy and economics and particularly the economics and financing of information security.

Dr. Juliana Geran Pilon is a senior fellow at the Alexander Hamilton Institute for the Study of Western Civilization in Clinton, New York. For many years, she was a professor of politics and culture and director of the Center for Culture and Security at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C. She is author of eight books and over 200 articles on international affairs and philosophy.

Dr. Roger Pilon is the Founding Director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies, the inaugural holder of the B. Kenneth Simon Chair in Constitutional Studies, the founding publisher of the Cato Supreme Court Review, and vice president for Legal Affairs at the Cato Institute. Prior to joining Cato, Pilon held five senior posts in the Reagan administration.

Dr. Aaron Rhodes is the President of the Forum for Religious Freedom-Europe, an independent nongovernmental organization, and a senior fellow at Common Sense Society. Dr. Rhodes previously served as the executive director of the International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights. He is the author of The Debasement of Human Rights: How Politics Sabotage the Ideal of Freedom.

Dr. Jay W. Richards is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow in the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society at the Heritage Foundation and a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is also the executive editor of The Stream and the author of numerous scholarly and popular articles, as well as four books, including The Untamed God and The Privileged Planet.

Dr. László Stachó works at the Liszt Academy of Music, Budapest, and at the University of Szeged. Over the past few years, he has been involved in a countrywide planning of music education curricula across Hungary. As a pianist and chamber musician, he has performed in several European countries and the U.S.

Meet Our 2021 Europa Fellows

 

Ms. Sade Adewunmi is the Founder and President of The Ortelian Society, a heterodox interdisciplinary think tank and publication. A graduate of Northeastern University in criminal justice, she has completed fellowships at the Discovery Institute, the Mises Institute, and the Thomistic Institute where she has studied the history and theory of free markets, the history of science, and theology.

Ms. Boglárka Borbély works as the personal assistant to Prof. Dr. István Stumpf, a government commissioner, former deputy prime minister, and a former justice of the Constitutional Court of Hungary. She is a member of Budapest Bar Association and a doctoral student in the Department of Constitutional Law and Political Sciences at the University of Győr.

Mr. George Byczynski is the Chief Advisor to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Poland in the Parliament of the United Kingdom as well as the Chief Editor of British Poles Portal. He holds a B.Sc. in international politics from Brunel University and LL.M. in international law from the University of Westminster. He has also lectured at Asbiro University in London.

Mr. Ahmet Tarık Çaşkurlu is a doctoral student and a research assistant at the interdisciplinary Alliance of Civilization Institute of Ibn Haldun University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is also a recent graduate of the four-year program in the traditional Islamic sciences at İSAR Foundation, Istanbul. His research areas include political thought, military history, Ottoman modernity, and geopolitics.

Mr. Nathan Charles Ceraulo is an independent trader in stock and cryptocurrency markets. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Paris and completed a master of business administration degree in market finance while working as an apprentice at BNP Paribas for two years.

Mr. Adrien Defrance is a master’s student in English linguistics and didactics at Lille University in France. He is committed to the study and preservation of threatened dialects and languages of historical regional communities in France and Europe. He graduated in music theory and piano from Saint-Omer district music school and teaches piano to children and adults.

Mr. Ferenc Harmati is a master’s student in political science at Pázmány Péter Catholic University (PPKE). His main topics of interest are post-war European political thought, post-structuralism, discourse theory, political theology, and metapolitics. His most recent work, “Recent social critiques of the Left, Postmarxism and its precursors,” has been published in a volume of studies by PPKE.

Mrs. Hanna Janossy leads Palantir Technologies Inc.’s commercial business in Canada. Originally from Hungary, she is still very active in Europe, having co-founded a network to help outstanding young professionals rediscover European nations’ philosophical, spiritual, and cultural identities. Hanna holds a B.Sc. and a M.Eng. in industrial engineering from the University of Toronto, and she studied quantum physics and bioelectronics at ITK in Budapest and ETH in Zurich.

Ms. Ágnes Kárándi works at the European Parliament in the non-attached secretariat. She has worked in Budapest at the State Secretariat for E.U. Affairs in the Office of the Prime Minister and the State Secretariat for E.U. Relations at the Ministry of Justice. She graduated from Eötvös Loránd University’s Department of Political Sciences and studied at the College of Europe Bruges campus.

Mr. Dávid Kosztrihán is Head of Unit at the Parliamentary State Secretariat of the Office of the Prime Minister and a student at the Doctoral School of Public Administration Sciences at the University of Public Service – Ludovika. He is a member of the National Union of Students in Hungary, where he is responsible for international affairs, most importantly for leading the V4+ Student Alliance in the European Students’ Union.

Mr. Balázs Kovács is the Co-Founder of the Hungarian College for Advanced Studies in Bratislava, an institution dedicated to fostering talented university students through interdisciplinary lectures and courses. A graduate in history from the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary, he recently started to pursue an M.A. in international relations at the University of Groningen, Netherlands.

Mr. Benjamin Loughnane is the Research Fellow for Migration at the Bow Group, the world’s oldest conservative think-tank. Loughnane studied theology at Trinity College Dublin and St. Mary’s University, and holds an M.Phil. in the subject. He is a regular contributor in the U.K. media on a range of subjects including immigration, the culture wars, and U.K. politics.

Dr. Michał Mazur is medical doctor who graduated from Cardiff University and an alumnus of the United World Colleges Scholarship at Dulwich College in the U.K. After experiencing the brain drain from Poland, Michael founded Our Future Foundation, an NGO aimed at supporting long-term development of the region by enriching its human capital and promoting transatlantic cooperation.

Ms. Diana Moldoveanu is a master’s student in contemporary philosophy at the University of Lille. She holds a master’s in philosophy, politics, and economics from the Institute of Political Studies in Lille and a bachelor’s degree in international relations and European studies from Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. Her research interests include phenomenology, metaphysics, cinema, art, and theology.

Mr. Quentin Nourissier is a graduate of HEC-Paris and Sciences Po Paris. He has spent the last several years working in strategy consulting for various firms and he participated in the launch of a solar kit distribution network in Ivory Coast. He is currently working as an independent consultant.

Ms. Zsófia Rácz is the Deputy State Secretary for youth affairs in the Hungarian government. From 2017 to 2018 she was appointed as a youth delegate from Hungary to the United Nations. In 2019, she was a visiting research fellow at the Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington, D.C., where she worked in the areas of energy security and energy policy with a special focus on Eastern Europe.

Ms. Mariah Rossi is a master’s student in economic policy in global markets at Central European University. She graduated cum laude from The George Washington University with a B.A. in history and minor in economics. Most recently, Mariah received the Rotary Global Grant Scholarship and is leading a career services project in Hungary called Career Connect.

​​Mr. Lénárd Sándor is a policy advisor at the European Parliament and a researcher at the American Institute of the National University of Public Service. A doctoral candidate at Pázmány Péter Catholic University, he previously worked for the Office of the Attorney General as a magistrate and for the Constitutional Court of Hungary as a chief counselor.

Ms. Dóra Szűcs serves as the International Director of Mathias Corvinus Collegium, one of the largest educational institutions and knowledge centers in Central Europe, where she oversees international strategy and contributes to the strengthening of the institution’s engagement with key international partners. She has studied and worked in Budapest, Paris, London, Washington D.C., and across South-East Asia.

Mr. Márton Zsuráfszky is a master’s student in public policy and public management at Corvinus University of Budapest, from which he earned a B.A. in international relations in 2020. He has worked at Pericles Technologies, an Oxford-based start-up, and at Youth Business Group, and was recently accepted to the Hungarian Public Administration Scholarship Program.

Questions regarding the Fellowship can be directed to Vice President of Education Dr. Murray Bessette at murray@commonsensesociety.org.

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