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.


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)

Moderator: Prof. dr. Tannelie Blom,Chair European Studies Maastricht University

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.


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      'Because of the massive interpendencies - some of them pre-dating its conception and many of them greatly amplified as a result of its deepening and enlargement - the European Union must keep going. And it will.'

      Visit our lecture by Philippe Van Parijs, 25th April, 8 pm, auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6. Entrance free :)

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      "We gaan ook kijken naar andere disciplines, naar politieke en economische dwarsverbanden" (Trouw).

      Catherine David, artistiek directeur van de tiende Documenta, ontvouwde afgelopen weekend haar plannen in kunstcentrum Witte de With.

      Aanstaande donderdagavond zullen haar woorden ongetwijfeld weerklank vinden tijdens de tweede lezing van Ko van Dun. Hij grijpt de ophanden zijnde Kunstzomer aan voor een analyse van de beeldcultuur, consumentisme en de netwerkwereld.

      Tiende Documenta overschrijdt grenzen
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      Van Parijs studeerde economie, rechten, sociologie en linguïstiek en behaalde een doctorsgraad aan de Universiteit van Oxford. Hij is hoogleraar aan de universiteit van Louvain-la-Neuve en Harvard.

      Because of the many problems of unprecedented nature and magnitude generated by its own succes, the EU must keep changing. And it will! Prof. Phillipe Van Parijs will tell us not only 'why' but also 'how'.

      Europe's Destiny... Tuesday 25 April, 8 pm Auditorium Minderbroedersberg 4-6. Entrance free.

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