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 and on November 18 the Community House of Kaposvár 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!
This LLM Fair hosted by Fulbright Austria is a unique opportunity to speak directly to representatives from 19 US law schools and get personalized advice about admissions and scholarship opportunities.
The Fulbright Commission held a commemoration conference and walking tour in honor of the 1956 Revolution. The event took place at the House of Dialogue in Budapest in front of more than 35 current and past US Fulbright grantees, Hungarian alumni, Fulbright partners and friends.
US Embassy Cultural Attaché Christopher Machin opened the conference showing photos taken from the Embassy balcony in 1956. Fulbright board chair and multiple Fulbright alumn Professor Tibor Frank spoke about the events of 1956 in an international context: the Suez crisis, the Austrian state treaty, the US presidential election as well as the general cold war climate. Professor Donald Morse, a founding board member and chair of the Fulbright Commission discussed the impact of 1956 on literature, and in particular on poetry written in English and its parallel emigree and underground iterations in Hungarian. Professor Morse played a recording of ee cummings reading his “Thanksgiving, 1956″ poem, a powerful piece portraying both heroism and treachery. Professor Tibor Glant, another multiple Fulbrighter lectured on the impact of ’56 on Hungarian and US popular culture, including comic books, novels, movies and music. This day featured two videos as well. Hungarian-American filmmaker Réka Pigniczky‘s documentary werkfilm from the Memory Project showed excerpts from interviews with 56-ers living in the US and elsewhere.
The highlight of the day was Fulbright alum Bence Ságvári‘s own film on the VIII-th district, where the Fulbright office is located, which served as the basis for the walking tour that paid homage to the everyday people who fought and died in the streets that surround Fulbright’s offices.
We thank our speakers and all the participants for this special day of remembrance.
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Worlds of Hungarian Writing: National Literature as Intercultural Exchange edited by András Kiséry (’98 Columbia University), contributed by Edit Zsadányi (’95 University of California, Berkeley) and György Túry (’12 Ohio State University)
Worlds of Hungarian Writing responds to the rapidly growing interest in Hungarian authors throughout the English-speaking world. Addressing an international audience, the essays in the collection highlight the intercultural contexts that have molded the conventions, genres and institutions of Hungarian writing from the nineteenth century to the present.
Worlds of Hungarian Writing posits intercultural exchange as the very substance of a literary culture. Discussions of the politics of appropriation and translation, of the impact of émigré writers and critics, and of the use of world-literary models in genre-formation complement studies of the fate of western leftist critical theory in post-1989 Hungary, of the role of African-American models in contemporary Roma culture, and of the use of photography in late 20th-century prose.