Fulbright scholar Ronald High ’16, a singer and pianist from South Carolina, held master classes in African-American gospel music and other genres at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music during Fall semester, 2016. He and his students gave a farewell concert at the old Academy building in December, 2016, and you can get a taste of it right here in our newest video clip, in English and Hungarian with subtitles:
Ronald H. High is a native of Marshall, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas, Arizona State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. He has appeared in diverse performances in venues in the United States and Europe. His research interests are in voice science and pedagogy and African American vocal music genres.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Rachel McVey ’15 and three of her students at the Jesuit Roma Residential College interviewed six Roma students, university faculty, educators and artist and published a booklet called Think Roma Style!.
“In these pages, you will hear about how these people perceive their Roma identity. Although the interviewees talked about times when having a multiple identity is not simple, they all expressed that being Roma makes them no less Hungarian.
We do not intend to say that Gypsies are “super” people, without flaws, but we would like to show the other side of the coin. It is easier to draw conclusions from bad examples than discovering the community as a whole, but many people do not have the opportunity to sit down with Roma people and talk with them personally. That is why for this project, we decided to give the opportunity to Roma people to speak about their culture, identity, and community. In order to hear about different perspectives, we have done interviews with several people who work in the field of Roma education and culture. The chosen interviewees are ordinary Roma people who are working for their community with their heart and soul.”
Fulbright Hungary is proud of its Roma English Teaching Assistant projects (Cookbook Roma Style!; Roma Folk Tales), and hopes to expand and continue collaboration with the Roma Residential Colleges and other foundations throughout Hungary in upcoming academic years.
To view the booklet, see issuu.com/fulbrighthungary/docs/think_roma_style
To download the booklet, see http://www.fulbright.hu/doc/Think_Roma_Style.pdf
A new partnership between the University of Georgia School of Law and the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission will provide exceptional scholarship opportunities for qualified Hungarian law graduates who wish to pursue a Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree.
Georgia Law Dean Peter B. Rutledge and Dr. Károly Jókay, Executive Director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission, signed the agreement. It follows meetings among representatives of both institutions, including the October 2016 meeting in Budapest between Jókay, depicted above at right, and Georgia Law Professor Sonja R. West.
Administered by the law school’s Dean Rusk International Law Center, the Georgia Law LL.M. degree has deep historical ties in Europe, as well as an active network of graduates there. This Fulbright partnership promises to enhance intercultural exchange not only for foreign-trained lawyers who come to Athens to earn their LL.M., but also for the J.D. students with whom they interact, inside and outside the classroom.
Every year the Fulbright Commission organizes a conference to enjoy presentations of returned Hungarian Fulbrighters about their experience in the US. The 1st Conference for the Hungarian grantees of AY 2015-2016 will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 between 2 pm – 6:30 pm, with a reception and networking event from 6:30 pm. 10 grantees will present on professional, cultural and personal aspects of their Fulbright experience in the US. The language of the event is English.
The 2nd Conference for the Hungarian grantees of AY 2015-2016 is planned on March 23, 2017 where another 10 grantees will deliver lectures.
For the 5th consecutive year U.S. Fulbright scholars have been visiting the Talent Development Program Community Houses of the Csányi Foundation nationwide.
On November 5, 2016 Robin Cathey (’16 University of Pécs) visited the Community House of Pécs; on November 18 the Community House of Kaposvár and on Januray 21, 2017 the Community House of Nagybajom and spoke about her home state of Georgia with the students.
Between December 12-17, 2016 Sarah Lucas (’16 Hungarian Academy of Sciences) and Zachary Del Rosario (’16 Budapest Metropolitan University) visited the Community House of Szeged and assisted with English language exams for several of the students.
Ronald H. High is an independent scholar, teacher and performer who resides in Columbia, South Carolina. He is a native of Marshall, Texas, and attended the University of North Texas, Arizona State University and the University of Illinois-Urbana. He has appeared in diverse performances in venues in the United States and Europe. His research interests are in voice science and pedagogy and African American vocal music genres. Currently he teaches at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music as a Fulbright professor.
Anikó Pál is a repetiteur at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music, Budapest. She has been working with singers for 20 years, both at the Liszt Academy and the Hungarian State Opera.
The number of Hungarian students in the US has increased by 18% in the last 5 years by Institute of International Education (IIE) Open Doors Report.
Thanksgiving is the most important family holiday in the U.S. this year American Corner Debrecen tied a special illustrations exhibit opening to the traditional Thanksgiving potluck dinner to truly incorporate the values and messages of the holiday in the program. The success of the program manifested in the attendance of around 140 guests including the 25 young and talented artists from True Pearl Foundation, whose sparkling and splendid pieces were on display. The folk tales’ interpreters from Wali Istvan Roma Residential School in Debrecen, the U.S. Embassy’s interns and Fulbright executive director Dr. Károly Jókay as project manager also represented the Fulbright Roma Student Project. Susanne Liaw ’15, Fulbright Roma English Teaching Assistant, editor and supervisor of the project could not be present in person, but shared her thoughts via video messaging. The event showcased a good example of intercultural cooperation where Roma and non-Roma Hungarians met to celebrate talented future generations and expressed hopes for better communication and recognition in society. Real interaction evolved at the special Thanksgiving event at American Corner Debrecen and regular AC guests, local expats, former Fulbright grantees, high school students, the Debrecen Dixieland Jazz Band, Sound-Picture Association and Maminvent social entrepreneurship positively contributed to the overall success of the evening.
Hosted in Budapest, the US Study Abroad Fair will have current American Fulbright grantees representing their home institutions. Additionally, representatives from Fulbright Hungary, Camp Counselors USA (CCUSA), IIE Europe Study Abroad, the American Field Service (AFS) Exchange Program, EducationUSA Academy and Yale Young Leaders, language trainers as well as EasyGo to USA, which helps students apply for athletic scholarships, will be attending to answer any of your questions.
Higher education institutions to be represented include:
- McDaniel College
- University of California at Santa Cruz
- Claremont McKenna College
- University of Cincinnati
- University of Missouri
- University of Iowa
- Occidental College
Location: Fulbright Building, Baross u. 62, 1082 Budapest, Conference Room
Date: November 16th (Wednesday) 3:00-6:00 PM
Entry is free. Stop by and visit for as little or as much time as you would like.
About 60 people, incuding 20 Fulbright alumni from the US and several current Hungarian Fulbright grantees gathered in Chicago on October 21 at a commemoration co-organized by Hungary’s Consulate General.
Mr. Zsolt Németh, chair, of the Hungarian Parliament’s Foreign Relations Committee opened the conference. László Borhi, Fulbright alum ’12 and Professor at Indiana University, gave an eye-opening lecture on 1956 and the Cold War, outlining the results of his recent research on the limited options that faced US foreign policy at the time. Peter Ujvagi, a Hungarian-American political activist from Toledo, Ohio, talked about Hungary and the presidential electoral politics of Autumn, 1956, and gave insights as to how various segments of Toledo Hungarians reacted to 1956. Elvis Presley’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, singing “Peace in the Valley, and a recording of EE Cummings epic poem, “Thanksgiving, 1956″ emphasized the impact of the Hungarian Revolution on American high and popular culture.
Fulbright alumni members were well-represented among the speakers. Steven Fischer, a Fulbright Specialist to Hungary, and documentary filmmaker showed “Freedom Dance“, about a Hungarian cartoonist’s escape in late 1956. Fulbright friend Hungarian-American filmmaker Réka Pigniczky’s co-producer Andrea Rice introduced and showed a version of their 1956 Memory Project, capturing interviews with 1956ers from around the world. Finaly three recent US Fulbrighters to Hungary, Danielle Riebe (’13 Hungarian National Museum), James Oberly (’12 Károli Gáspár University) and Bettina Fabos (’12 Open Society Archives at Central European University) gave their testimonials on their work in Hungary and projects that have continued that collaboration.
Thank you all for taking part!