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Iveta Radičová, PhD.: “The Common House of Europe: Integration of Diversity”

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Dna 7. maja 2014 o 17:00 v Lecture Theatre 1, Humanities Centre, University of Alberta, sa bude konat prednaska s nazvom “The Common House of Europe: Integration of Diversity”. Prednasat bude pani profesorka Iveta Radicova.

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Professor Iveta Radičová has devoted most of her professional career to social and family policies. She received her master’s degree in sociology from Comenius University in Bratislava and her PhD from the Slovak Academy of Sciences, where in 1979 – 1989 she coordinated the family policy research team. In 1990 she spent one year as a post-doctoral student at Oxford University. In 1992, she founded the non-profit Social Policy Analysis Centre, which she headed until being appointed Director of the Slovak Academy of Science’s Institute of Sociology in 2005. In the same year she was awarded the title of professor by the Faculty of Philosophy of Comenius University. She is a member of several renowned international academic societies and associations.

Radičová’s first appearance in politics came shortly after the so called Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia, between 1990 and 1992 she was a spokesperson of the post-revolutionary movement, Public Against Violence (VPN). In 2005 she appeared in politics for the second time when she accepted the offer to serve as the Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Family. After the 2006 elections she became a Member of Parliament. In 2009 Radičová ran for President, and ended up second becoming the first woman in Slovakia to ever make it into the second round of a presidential election. After the parliamentary election in 2010, Radičová was installed as Slovakia’s first female Prime Minister. However, in 2012 Radičová’s government had to step down after it lost a vote of confidence in the parliament in a dispute over the eurozone bailout.

Since then she has been teaching at Comenius University and Paneuropean University in Bratislava, and lecturing at other universities all around the world, including Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, the UK and the US. Prof. Radičová has published and edited numerous books and studies mapping the transformation of the social-system in Slovakia and other post-socialist countries. As an expert, she has advised various government bodies on social and family policies, participated in the approximation of European legislation in the area of employment and social affairs before Slovakia’s accession to the EU and also carried out studies for the World Bank on poverty. She continues to act as an expert in European projects focusing on the coordination of social security systems and exchanging information about Member State’s social policies (MISSOC, TRESS).

Now, for the first time, she is coming to Canada. The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies at the U of A is proud to host her in Edmonton, Alberta for her lecture The Common House of Europe: Integration of Diversity. We are indeed honoured that Prof. Radičová has accepted our invitation to visit this spring and look forward to introducing her to our audience May 7th, 2014.

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