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Tentative Program of the Conference

8.30 – 9.30 Registration

9.30 – 10.30 Welcome and Introduction
 – Péter Sztáray, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
 – Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis, U.S. Ambassador to Hungary
 – Miklós Réthelyi, Minister of National Resources
 – Katalin Nagy, President of the Hungarian Fulbright Alumni Association

Historical Overview
 – Huba Brückner, Executive Director, Fulbright Commission
    20 Years of Fulbright in Hungary
 – Donald Morse, Professor of Literature, University of Debrecen
    Founding of the Commission – The Early Years
Chair: Annamária Sas, Former Fulbright grantee

10.30-10.45 Break

10.45 – 12.00 Session 1: American-Hungarian Relations
 – Géza Jeszenszky, Ambassador to Norway and Iceland
    The Fulbright Program and the Collapse of Communism
 – Tamás Magyarics, Ambassador to Ireland
    The Fulbright Program and U.S. Soft Power
 – Tibor Frank, Professor of History, Eötvös Loránd University
   90 Years of US-Hungarian Diplomatic Relations
 – Tibor Glant, Professor of History, University of Debrecen
   The Return of the Holy Crown of Hungary, 1978
Chair: William Benkő, Fulbright Board Member

12.00 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.15 Session 2: Cultural Connections
Knowing more about the U.S. in Hungary and about Hungary in the U.S.
 – Péter Medgyes, DSc. in Education, Eötvös Loránd University
    Full of Bright Moments
 – Péter Forgács, Film Director, Media Artist
    Hungarians in the U.S.
 – Jenő Bárdos, Professor of Language Pedagogy, Eszterházy Károly College
    From American Roots Music to Crossover: Favourite Rarities
 – László Rosivall, Professor of Medical Sciences, Semmelweis University
    A Hungarian Visiting Scientist in the U.S. – More than 30 Years of Experience
Chair: Edward Loo, Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Embassy, Fulbright Board Member

14.15 – 14.45 Break

14.45 – 16.00 Session 3: Fulbright Forever, Long Term Vision, The Role of the Alumni
 – Bay Fang, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
 – Norbert Kis, Deputy State Secretary, Ministry of National Resources
 – Norbert Kroó, Former Vice President, Hungarian Academy of Sciences
    Committed to the future (Science and it’s role)
 – Katalin Nagy, President of the Hungarian Fulbright Alumni Association
    Active Alumni Community
Chair: Gabriella Kereszty, Fulbright Board Member

16.00 – 17.00 A Glass For Fulbright

17.00 – 18.00 Cultural Gala – Celebrating Fulbright
performed by current and former U.S. and Hungarian Fulbright Grantees

 – Zsolt Srajber and the Imperatrix Choir
Andreas Rauch: Concentus Votivus

 – Gyula Fekete, Composer
Excelsior! – Liszt Goes to Heaven
Contemporary Hungarian Opera
Entreé of Liszt’s groom presented by Tivadar Kiss

 – Daniel Bruggeman, Pianist
Fifteen Hungarian Peasant Songs, No. 7-15 by Béla Bartók

 – András Gerevich, Poet
Amerikai Color
Egy csütörtök
Az én New Englandem
New York, 2001. szeptember 13.

 – Judit Gábos, Pianist
Ferenc Liszt: Concert Paraphrase on Ernani by Verdi

 – Balázs Lázár, Actor, Poet
Wing Without Angel – a poem orchestrated at Blue Lake, CA
Post Scriptum

 – Róbert Gulya, Composer
Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn
Film score

 – Éva Tóth, Poet
Creation of The World / A világ teremtése

 – Hao Huang, Pianist
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Master of Ceremonies: Veronika Schandl

18.00 – Reception