Hungarian Emigration to the United States in the Interwar Years

Written by Fulbright on 11/29/2010. Posted in News

Tibor Frank (’87 University of California, Santa Barbara; UCLA; University of Nevada-Reno), current Chair of the Fulbright Board in Hungary will talk about ‘Hungarian Emigration to the United States in the Interwar Years’ on December 8, 2010 in New York.

Gold Cross of Merit

Written by Fulbright on 11/03/2010. Posted in News

Golden Cross of MeritDr. Huba Brückner, executive director of the Hungarian-American Fulbright Commission has received the Gold Cross of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (Civil Division) honoring his work for the Fulbright Program and helping to maintain and further develop the U.S.-Hungarian friendship.

Focus on alumni: László Andor, EU Commissioner

Written by Fulbright on 08/30/2010. Posted in News

Andor LászlóLászló Andor, EU Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion reflects fondly on his Fulbright Experience:

“A Fulbright scholarship is probably a milestone in the life of every beneficiary. I am not an exception. I was invited to Rutgers University in 1997. The New Brunswick campus of Rutgers is famous with its Hungarian Studies Centre. My courses were: Hungary and the European Union, and Transition Policies in Hungary.

Much of the students came from the Hungarian diaspora. It was interesting to see how different is the approach to history and social sciences on the other side of the Atlantic. The structure of the classes and the assessment were also different. I needed to prepare for my lectures differently than in Budapest, but I gathered such detailed materials from my preparations that I decided to publish a book on the basis of my Rutgers work. To my surprise, it did not take long to make progress. Having read one sample chapter, Greenwood sent a contract in January, and eventually in 2000 my book was published under the title Hungary on the Road to the European Union: Transition in Blue.

New Jersey was an ideal place for travelling on the East coast. New York City was very close, so I could go there regularly to museums, book shops and university events. I managed to visit friends and colleagues at Princeton, Yale, Binghamton etc. and many visited me too. I even organised a trip for a group of my Budapest students, with a programme that was relevant to their studies.

At Harvard I attended a conference on the East European transformation, and wrote a report about it for the social science journal Társadalmi Szemle. At American University, I attended a conference on the European monetary integration, where some of the leading experts of the area spoke. I found all this useful later, when I had to deal with the practical side of the same subject.

Within the 9 months at Rutgers, there were a lot of memorable events in university life and opportunities to learn about American culture. What should not be left without mentioning is college soccer with men and women playing together, which does happen in Europe too, but in the US it seemed to be the standard – with compulsory shin guards.”

Focus on alumni: Elemér Hankiss

Written by Fulbright on 08/25/2010. Posted in News

Hankiss ElemérDr. Elemér Hankisshas been promoting democratic ideals in Hungary for much of the past 30 years. After his Fulbright exchange in 1979, he returned to a regime in which criticism could warrant imprisonment. Yet Dr. Hankiss devoted himself to researching and writing on the values of a democratic society, which influenced many books and research in years following the Kadar regime.

Dr. Hankiss now serves as a Senior Fellow in the Institute of Political Science of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Outside of his position, he has created a social travel guide to list active non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Hungary, initiated the “Adopt a Village” program to bring attention to poor rural villages, and compiled a “Talent Map of Hungary” to link community leaders and small grassroots businesses throughout the nation.

On the Fulbright program, Dr. Hankiss, in his own words, “gained courage to take part in public life and say no to things that were inhuman or not democratic.” Praised for his modest spirit, Dr. Hankiss has exemplified his strong commitment to encourage the development of democracy in Hungary tirelessly since his exchange.

Focus on alumni: Zoltán Illés

Written by Fulbright on 07/21/2010. Posted in News

Illés ZoltánZoltán Illés, State Secretary for Environmental Affairs reflects fondly on his Humphrey Experience

The Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship was a particular, life long experience with several positive effects on my personal and professional development. From among the many, I would like to mention three very important positive component of the program.

Being a Humphrey fellow meant to be a member of an international group of highly qualified people from all over the world. It gave us the possibility to earn a quite diverse view of the world; we had the chance to live, work, study in a multicultural environment, to experience different ways of thinking. Besides learning a lot from our professors and professional partners, we learnt a lot from each other, too.

The program was quite flexible professionally, applicable to personal needs and opened all doors. We received all assistance in arranging our professional activities and in applying possibilities offered to our personal needs.

The Humphrey Program has a high prestige in the U.S. and all over the world. Being a Humphrey Fellow gives a magic password. It’s a life long experience, it means being a member of an elite club – which brings devotion, too. As a Humphrey Fellow, I experienced a lot of help and now as a Humphrey Alumni I am devoted to provide help and assistance to future fellows, to the Fulbright Program.

Social Science Education Consortium Annual Conference

Written by Fulbright on 06/17/2010. Posted in News

The Commission hosted the Welcome Reception and session of Social Science Education Consortium 2010 Annual Conference led by Murry Nelson (’07 University of Debrecen).

Demján Sándor Foundation donation

Written by Fulbright on 04/27/2010. Posted in News

Lovassy TamásOn March 31, 2010 Dr. Tamás Lovassy, Chair of the Board, Demján Sándor Foundation and Huba Brückner, Executive Director signed an Agreement to support the education of a Hungarian student in the United States in the field of Technology.

Fulbright grantees’ visit to Pécs

Written by Fulbright on 04/11/2010. Posted in News

Every month the Commission organizes a trip for U.S. Fulbrighters. This time our destination was the city of Pécs, European Capital of Culture 2010.

Fulbright Alumnus honored with award

Written by Fulbright on 03/24/2010. Posted in News

Tamás Ungvári (’86 Claremont-McKenna College) received the prestigious Széchenyi Award from President László Sólyom on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in recognition of a lifetime of achievements.

Connected to NIU School of Art

Written by Fulbright on 02/03/2010. Posted in News

An article on Andrea Kárpáti (’09 Northern Illinois University) who remained connected to NIU School of Art after returning to Hungary.