#rațiu100 Friends and Family Weekend: event held annually early June to coincide with Ion Rațiu’s birthdate and dedicated to strengthening discussions and visions on democracy; for this purpose gathering in Turda, policy makers, public institutions and non-profit representatives, as well as family members and friends of CRD.

Friday, June 2nd

10.30 -12.30  (updated)
Michael Clarke, Moscow challenges the World

 

introductory remarks: HE Paul Brummel, British Ambassador to Romania

moderator: Richard Ralph, CMG, CVO, former British Ambassador to Romania

 

Aula Magna (Head office of Babeș-Bolyai University, second floor)

M. Kogălniceanu street, No. 1 Cluj-Napoca

 

Professor Michael Clarke is currently specialist adviser to the Joint National Committee on Security Strategy for Her Majesty’s Government and formerly Director General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) from 2007 to 2015 when he retired from that role.Until 2001 he was Deputy Vice-Principal and Director for Research Development at King’s College London, where he remains a Visiting Professor of Defence Studies. From 1990 to 2001 he was the founding Director of the Centre for Defence Studies at King’s. He was appointed Professor in 1995. He is now a Fellow of King’s College London and of the Universities of Aberystwyth and of Exeter, where he is also Associate Director of the Strategic Studies Institute. He has previously taught at the Universities of Aberystwyth, Manchester and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and also at the University of New Brunswick and the Open University. He has been a Guest Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Washington DC, and a Fellow in Foreign Policy Studies at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London.

 

He has been a specialist adviser to the House of Commons Defence Committee since 1997, having served previously with the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee 1995-6, and the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Bribery in 2009. In 2004 he was appointed as the UK’s member of the UN Secretary General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. In 2009 he was appointed to the Prime Minister’s National Security Forum and in 2010 to the Chief of Defence Staff’s Strategic Advisory Group. He also served on the Strategic Advisory Panel on Defence for UK Trade and Industry and in 2014 was Chairman of the Defence Communications Advisory panel for the Ministry of Defence.

 

In March 2014 he was appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to chair an Independent Surveillance Review at RUSI which reported in 2015. That report; A Democratic Licence to Operate: The Report of the Independent Surveillance Review, was published as part of the public discussion around the Interception of Communications Bill, enacted into law at the end of 2016.

Aula Magna UBB

15.00-16.00  Ion Rațiu Journalism Award 2017: Ovidiu Vanghele

Cluj Napoca Art Museum

P-ţa Unirii, No. 30, Cluj Napoca

 

Ion Rațiu Journalism Award was launched in 2015 to promote investigative journalism and journalists. It rewards the dedication of principled journalists struggling to keep the public informed on topics of national interest. Former Awardees include Emilia Șercan (2016) and Cătălin Tolontan (2015).

The recipient is annually awarded during the Rațiu Friends and Family Weekend.

Cluj Napoca Art Museum

16.30 – 17.30 Ion Rațiu, a destiny for Romania

Cluj Napoca Art Museum

P-ţa Unirii, No. 30, Cluj Napoca

An exhibition featuring photographs of Ion Rațiu from the family archive, curated by Diana Racu, following a concept of Răzvan Orășanu, with support from Indrei Rațiu.

 

Cluj Napoca Art Museum

19.00- 20.00 Alexandru Tomescu & Angela Drăghicescu Recital

 

Aureliu Manea Theatre

Turda, Republicii Square, No. 52

Recital in support of the Mihăileni “George Enescu” Music and Arts Center.

 

 

 

 

Aureliu Manea Theatre

Eleonora Cercavschi, Ion Rațiu Democracy Awardee 2008

The principal of Stefan the Great High School (Stefan Cel Mare Si Sfint Lyceum) in Grigoriopol, Moldova, Eleonora Cercavschi is a dedicated human rights and democracy activist who has devoted her career to defending children’s right to be educated in their own language. In 2002, under the pressure from Transnistrian authorities, the high school was shut down, and relocated to Dorotcaia, Dubasari district, an area controlled by the central authorities of the Republic of Moldova, some 20 km away.

Oleg Kozlovsky, Ion Rațiu Democracy Awardee 2010

is co-founder of the Solidarnost United Democratic Movement and of Oborona, a democratic youth movement in Russia. Currently, he is the executive director of Vision of Tomorrow Foundation and an analyst with the Anti-Corruption Policy Lab at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

As organizer of many nonviolent actions and rallies in defense of democracy and human rights in Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova, he was arrested and detained multiple times, during his latest detention in May 2008, Kozlovsky was recognized as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International.

Mustafa Nayyem, Ion Rațiu Democracy Awardee 2014

Is one of the most respected and popular Ukrainian journalists and bloggers. Mustafa Nayyem has a long journalistic career, special correspondent between 2005-2007 for  Kommersant-Ukrainy, journalist  at Ukrainska Pravda (Ukrainian Truth) since 2006, directing online media, anchorman between 2009-2013 at TVI Channel. In April 2013, along with several colleagues, he founded Ukraine’s first independent Internet TV Channel: Hromadske.tv. This unique platform is funded by independent donations, and was created in response to censorship and media monopolization.

Mr. Nayyem and Hromadske.tv played a crucial role in the “Euromaidan” protests. His Facebook post in which he issued a call to go to Independence Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, to protest the Ukrainian government’s decision to stop Ukraine’s process of integration into the European Union, was shared over one thousand times in a matter of hours. These protests precipitated the fall of President Yanukovych’s government and are evidence of the Ukrainian people’s struggle for freedom and democratic values, and Mustafa Nayyem’s actions around that time have placed him as an important leader of the protests.

Since 2014, Mustafa Nayyem is member of the Parliament of Ukraine. He is recipient of  2010 Oleksandr Kryvenko Journalism Award, 2010 and 2014 Free Media Award offered by the Fritt Ord Foundation and ZEIT Foundation. He is member of the Kyiv Ministry of Interior Collegium and World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders.

Aula Magna UBB

Saturday, June 3rd

 

10.30 -12.30  The Rise of Populism. 

Panel discussion with Ion Rațiu Democracy Awardees: Eleonora Cercavschi (Moldavia), Mustafa Nayyem (Ukraine) & Oleg Kozlovsky (Russia)

 

Introductory remarks: Eliot Sorel, senior advisor to the Award

Moderator: Mădălina Mocan

Aula Magna (Head office of Babeș-Bolyai University, second floor)

M. Kogălniceanu street, No. 1 Cluj-Napoca

 

A discussion centered  around three key concepts: populism, protest, propaganda with a focus on Russia’s influence in Eastern Europe.

 

 

12.45 -13.30  Ion Rațiu, Daily Notes volume I (1940-1954). Corint Publishing Group

Book launch

Book Corner Librarium

Eroilor 15, Cluj Napoca

Moderator: Stejărel Olaru, editor

Guests:

  • Prof. Virgil Țârău, CNSAS
  • Petre Răileanu, editor of Ion Rațiu, Daily Notes (1989- 1999) & literary critic

Book Corner Librarium

 

14.30 -15.30  Elisabeth Pilkington Raţiu Mental Health Award 2017: Prof Mircea Miclea PhD, Babeș-Bolyai University. 

And finalists Dr. Laura Bârdeanu and Dr. Alexandru Paziuc

Cluj Napoca Art Museum

P-ţa Unirii, No. 30, Cluj Napoca

The Award is intended to recognize leading Romanian mental health innovators in the areas of research, education, system/services/treatments, and policy thereby enhancing mental health knowledge and capacity in Romania as well as contributing to diminishing and eventually eradicating shame, stigma, and discrimination against mental illness. 

 

 

Cluj Napoca Art Museum

Sunday, June 4th

09.00 -10.00 Turda City Hall Project Presentation for Turda Development

Turda City Hall

An informal discussion with Turda administration and stakeholders on the planned development of Turda_ projects, strategies & partnerships.

Turda City Hall

Turda City Hall

10.00 -10.30 Ion Rațiu Digital Archive – Presentation

 

Turda City Hall

Nicolae Ratiu, RFCF Chairman

The Ion Ratiu archive at the Ratiu Foundation in London with further material in Turda is a collection of over 1 million documents and photographs which have been catalogued, scanned, digitalized and uploaded onto a web-based platform now to become accessible to the general public.

11.15 -11.40 Unveiling of Ion Rațiu’s memorial plaque

 

PNȚCD Turda

Republicii Street, No. 15, Turda

 

PNTCD Turda

Greek Catholic Church

12.00 -12.30 Ion & Elisabeth Rațiu Memorial Service

 

Greek Catholic Church

Dacia Street, No. 2, Turda

12.45 -13.15 Elisabeth Pilkington Rațiu interment of the ashes

 

 

Rațiu Family Cemetery, 

Nicolae Vladuțiu Street, Turda

 

Rațiu Family Cemetery

Turda History Museum

15.00 -16.00 Rațiu Room Opening

 

Turda History Museum

Bogdan Petriceicu Hașdeu Street, No. 2, Turda