Stuart Weaver, son of John and Mary Ann Weaver, will be attending graduate school at Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. The 2006 Blanco High graduate was admitted to the Nationalism Studies Program, where he will receive his M.A. in Nationalism Studies in the summer of 2011. “I’m excited to go back to Europe again! I’ve visited Budapest once and really liked the city; it’s been called the ‘Paris’ of central Europe,” said Weaver.
“It’s a 10-month program starting in September and my thesis will be on the conflict between Serb nationalism and Kosovar statehood. I plan to focus on nationalism theory, the Serb minority in northern Kosovo, and international law when it comes to the legality of Kosovo’s declaration of independence. I find the Balkans particularly fascinating and am so happy to be able to continue my studies of the region while in Europe.” CEU is one of three universities in the world to offer a nationalism studies program (the other two are in the United Kingdom).
“My parents are happy that I got accepted, but are even happier that I got a full ride so they don’t have to pay for yet another school,” joked Weaver.
The Weaver family recently returned from Washington, DC where they attended Stuart’s graduation from George Washington University in May. The commencement ceremony was held on the National Mall in the shadows of both the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument, and the keynote speaker was the First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Weaver will spend the summer in Washington while he continues to work at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a prestigious non-partisan DC-based think tank. He’ll return to Blanco shortly before he departs for Hungary in late August.