Boston University Hosts Debate on Values and Social Policy

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September 20th, 2005

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(Boston) — Former Prime Minister Giuliano Amato and eminent philosopher Charles Taylor headline the first annual Jacek Kuroń Debate on values and social policy —comparing and contrasting U.S. and European approaches — on Saturday evening, September 24, 2005, at Boston University.

Sponsored by the BU Institute for Human Sciences, the event at the BU Tsai Performance Center is free and open to the public and media and will be followed by a reception. The full line-up includes:

Charles Taylor (chair) – Board of Trustees professor of law and philosophy, Northwestern University; professor emeritus, McGill University.
Giuliano Amato – Former prime minister of Italy, member of the Italian Senate, former vice president of the Constitutional Convention of the European Union.
Stanley Greenberg – CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research; pollster to Bill Clinton, Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela, Ehud Barak and others.
Danuta Hübner – European Union commission for regional policy; former Polish Minister for European Affairs.
John H. Sununu – Former White House chief-of-staff in the George H.W. Bush administration; former governor of New Hampshire.

Jacek Kuroń (1934–2004) was one of the first Eastern European intellectuals to openly criticize the communist regime. Involved in the establishment of the Poland’s Solidarity trade union in 1980, he served nine years in prison before the collapse of communism in 1989. He then played a pivotal role in the formation of Poland’s first democratic government, serving as its Minister of Labor and Social Policy.

For more information about upcoming IHS events, visit

2005 Jacek Kuron Debate

Saturday, September 24, 2005

6 p.m., with reception to follow

Tsai Performance Center
Boston University
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

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