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The Fifth Annual Vanenburg Meeting of the Center for European Renewal

“Conservative Perspectives on European Liberalism, Old and New”

Friday June 11th – Sunday June 13th, 2010

Tyniec Monastery, Krakow

Schedule of the Fifth Annual Vanenburg Meeting

Friday 11th of June

10:00 - 12:00 Arrival

12:00 - 13:00 Informal lunch / Registration

13:00 - 13:30 Business Meeting of the Vanenburg Society (also open to those who have attended at
least one prior Vanenburg Meeting)

During this time, we invite our new friends to take a short tour of the monastery.

13:30 - 14:00 Word of welcome by Ryszard Legutko (Poland): “Liberalism and Its Discontents”

Also a word of welcome by President of the CER

14:00 - 15:30 Session 1: “Defining Liberalism: What It Was, What It Is”

Speakers: Andras Lanczi (Hungary), Harald Bergbauer (Germany), David Gress


Moderator: Jonathan Price (USA/The Netherlands) N.B. Opening by JP: idea of meeting
is to formulate a short statement on liberalism by the members of the meeting.

15:30 - 15:50 Coffee

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15:50 - 17:15 Session 2: “Conserving Liberalism?: Conservatism and Classical Liberalism”

Speakers: Marco Respinti (Italy) & Roman Joch (Czech Republic)

Moderator: Mario Fantini

Is conservatism opposed to classical liberalism? Or is it trying to steer modern liberalism

back to its roots, preserving the freedoms of classical liberalism.

17:15 - 17:30 Coffee

17:30 - 18:30 Session 3: “Liberalism in the Western Church: Catholic and Protestant”

Speakers: Hubrecht Klink (Holland), Maciej Dybowski (Poland).

Moderated by Marco Respinti

What have the effects of religious liberalism been both within and without the Western

19:00 - 21:00 Dinner

Speech: Announcement of new members of the Vanenburg Society and plan for the
coming year by the Secretary of the Vanenburg Society. The principles of the CER will be
briefly addressed.

21:00 – 22:00 The State of the Nations: England, Poland, Germany

22:00 - 00:00 Hospitality

Saturday 12th of June

08:00 - 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 - 10:30 Session 4: "Interpreting the 'Liberal' in Liberal Arts: On Liberalism in Education”

Speakers: Mark Henrie (USA), Jeroen Bons (The Netherlands)

Moderator: Diederik Boomsma

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee

10:45 - 12:30 Session 5: “Liberalism and the Market”

Speakers: Konrad Szymanski (Poland), Milowit Kuninski (Poland), Wojciech Roszkowski


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Moderator: Ryszard Legutko (Poland)

Economics is often the first thing that the word “liberalism” brings to mind. Where does
conservatism stand vis-à-vis liberal economic theory and practice?

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

Lunch speech: Ryszard Legutko (Poland)

14:00 - 14:15 Coffee

14:15 - 15:30 The State of the Nations: Italy, Sweden, Hungary (10-15 minutes each)

15:45 – 18:30 Cultural excursion: Krakow

18:30 – 20:00 Dinner in Krakow

20:00 – 21:00 After dinner speech: "Retrofuterism: On the Retarded Nature of Sacred Architecture"

Speaker: Agustin Ioan (Romania)

Some notes on church architecture and the experience as a church architect and the role
of community building this process had in Romania.

21:00 – 21:30 Return to the monastery by bus

21:45 – 22:30 The State of the Nations: The Netherlands, Spain, Bulgaria

22:30 – 00:00 Hospitality

Sunday 13th of June

08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast

09:00 – 10:30 Mass (for those who would like to attend)

10:30 – 12:00 Closing session: “Ways Forward for Conservatism in a Liberal Age”

Speakers: Open session

Moderator: Mark Henrie

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch and end of official program

15:00 – 17:00 Choral concert at the monastery, to which all attendees are invited

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