Studium Generale

Welcome at Studium Generale! We are part of the Student Services Centre, a department of Maastricht University.  We offer a programme of lectures, debates, lecture series and more... Below you'll find our actual programme overview.


Robot Ethics, Human Rights & Autonomous Weapons

Tues 11 April, 8 pm
Peter Asaro, PhD
Ass. Professor of Media Studies, The New School, New York (USA)

As military forces seek to apply increasingly sophisticated Artificial Intelligence to weapons technologies, a host of questions arise. Is it ethical to delegate the decision to use lethal force to an autonomous system?


Cartoon of a robot

Europe’s Destiny

Tues 25 April, 8 pm
Prof. Philippe Van Parijs
Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Economic, Social and Political Sciences, Un. Cath. de Louvain, Louvain La Neuve (B)

The European Union is the most ambitious and successful supranational political entity that ever came into being voluntarily in the history of mankind.


Europe's destiny

Biodiversity: the Basis of Nature’s Economy

Tues 2 May, 8 pm
Prof. Louise Vet 
Professor of Evolutionary Ecology, Wageningen University

Over the past 3.8 billion years, nature has developed an efficient global economy. Millions of years of evolution, adapting to many changing environments, have led to an astonishing diversity of organisms, functions and ecosystems.


Vet Biodiversity

Saving the world? A Testimony

4 May Lecture
Thurs 4 May, 8.30 pm         
Ágnes Heller
Philosopher, Budapest, Hongary

Music by Lluís Casanova Martínez

During her long life, the Hungarian-Jewish philosopher Ágnes Heller has seen a great deal of recent European history. As a Jew, she survived the Nazi regime in Budapest. She studied philosophy with György Lukács after the war and was active during the Hungarian Revolution of 1956...


Ágnes Heller

Europe’s Pursuit of Peace: Past, Present and Future

Schuman Lecture 2017
Tues 9 May, 8 pm
Stella Ghervas, PhD
Assistant Professor, Un. of Alabama at Birmingham & Harvard University (USA)


Since the Roman Empire, no political entity has ever survived in Europe on such a large scale and for as long as the European Union. Yet it seems today that the EU is teetering on the brink of self-destruction. Now is therefore the time to urgently reconsider a founding principle that has sustained the European construction to date and which might make or break it in the future: Peace.


ghervas 4-6