“Holding Together: The Hijacking of Rights in America and How to Reclaim Them for Everyone” | A Book Launch and Discussion with John Shattuck

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Thursday, June 2, 2022, 1:30 pm – 3:15 pm


1:30PM - Welcome Coffee

2:00PM - Welcome and Opening remarks - Martin Kahanec, Professor and Head of Public Policy Department

2:10PM - Book Presentation - John Shattuck, Former Rector and Author

2:30PM - Student Panel moderated by Martin Kahanec, Professor and Head of Public Policy Department

  • Ileana Beatriz Marroquin, Master of Public Administration Student
  • Hong Do, PhD Candidate in the Doctoral Program in Political Science, Political Theory Track
  • Vadym NaikoMaster of Public Administration Student
  • Anastasiia Tarasova, Master of Arts in International Public Affairs Student

2:50PM - Discussion with author John Shattuck chaired by CEU President and Rector, Shalini Randeria

3:10PM - Closing Remarks - Shalini Randeria, CEU President and Rector



John Shattuck served as President and Rector of Central European University from 2009 to 2016. He is Professor of Practice at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Senior Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard. Shattuck's distinguished career spans higher education, international diplomacy, foreign policy and human rights -- including service as U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic and as Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under President Clinton.
Named in his honor, the Shattuck Center at CEU carries forward John Shattuck's lifelong dedication to human rights and civil liberties. Its work is made possible through the support of a group of friends and colleagues of Mr. Shattuck. This occasion will celebrate the Center's impact and mark the launch of its new focus on human rights and social justice. 


Holding Together is about the promise of rights as a source of identity, the struggle to realize rights by countless Americans to whom the promise has been denied or not fulfilled, the hijacking of rights by politicians who seek power by dividing and polarizing, and the way forward in which rights can bring citizens together instead of tearing them apart. Co-authored with Sushma Raman and Mathias Risse, Holding Together is a road map for an American rights revival, with insights vital for every democracy.