May 12 (FRIDAY)
9:30 Greeting
10:00 Opening Presentation: Professor Emeritus Ivo Banac, Ph.D.: Croatian Universities in Post-communism: The Unfinished Transition, Yale University, USA

Panel 1: Young Europeans in Difficult Times Under Communism
Chair: Full Professor Željko Tanjić, Ph.D., Rector, Catholic University of Croatia

10:30 Associate Professor Marcin Tkaczyk, Ph.D.: Catholic Formation During Communism, Pro-Rector, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
10:45 Full Professor Oleh Turiy, Ph.D.: Educational Experience of the Clandestine Church, Vice-Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Senior Lecturer Kinga Földváry, Ph.D.: Freedom of Thought for Youth in the Merriest Barracks, Senior Lecturer, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary
11:45 Full Professor Dijana Vican, Ph.D.: The educational system in the vortex of social and cultural values, traditions, and contemporary demands, Rector, University of Zadar, Croatia

12:00 Discussion

Panel 2: Educational Experience During the Transition to Democracy
Chair: Assistant Professor Hrvoje Kekez, Ph.D., Catholic University of Croatia

14:00 Associate Professor Taras Dobko, Ph.D.: Coping with Transition: Advocating Academic Autonomy, Integrity and Excellence, Senior Vice-Rector, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine
14:15 Associate Professor František Trstenský, Ph.D.: Hopes and Delusions: Education in Times of Transition in Slovakia, Vice-Rector, Catholic University in Ruzomberok, Ruzomberok, Slovakia
14:30 Associate Professor Boguslaw Migut, Ph.D.: Scouting in Poland, Before and After Communism, Professor, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland
14:45 Assistant Professor Máté Botos, Ph.D.: The Quest for the Holy Grail: Making an Attempt to Create a New, Catholic and Conservative Elite in Hungary between 1989 and 2016, Assistant Professor, Pázmány Péter Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary

15:00 Discussion

15:30 Coffee break


Panel 3: Hopes and Disappointments in the Postcommunist Age
Chair: Full Professor Hrvoje Štefančić, Ph.D., Vice-Rector, Catholic University of Croatia

10:00 Full Professor Volodymyr Turchynovskyy, Ph.D.: Hope in the Future: From the Revolution of Dignity to Education of Dignity, Director of Institute for Ethics & Contemporary Issues, Ukrainian Catholic University, Lviv, Ukraine
10:15 Assistant Professor Andrea Božeková, Ph.D.: An Awakened Interest: Slovakia on the Way Towards a Good Education, Director of Department of Political Science, Catholic University in Ružomberok, Ružomberok, Slovakia
10:30 Full Professor Gordan Črpić, Ph.D.: Attempts and Failures of Education Reform in the Post-communist Age in Croatia, Vice-Rector, Catholic University of Croatia, Zagreb, Croatia
10:45 Full Professor Slawomir Nowosad, Ph.D.: Communism Is Gone but the Debate about Man Continues, Dean, Faculty of Theology, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Lublin, Poland

11:00 Discussion

14:00 Panel 4: Concluding Distinguished Panel
Chair: Full Professor James McAdams, Ph.D., William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs, Director of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies


Full Professor Željko Tanjić, Ph.D., Rector, Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia
Professor Emeritus Ivo Banac, Ph.D.,Yale University, USA
Full Professor Viacheslav Briukhovetsky, Ph.D., honorary President of National University “ Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Ukraine
Peter Stastny, Politician and former member of European Parliament, Slovakia
Full Professor Vaja Vardidze, Ph.D., Rector, Sulkhan-Saba Orbeliani Teaching University, Tbilisi, Georgia


Nanovic Institute for European Studies,
University of Notre Dame, USA

Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia

Conference Guide

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