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1956-os forradalom

The 1956 Institute
 With the help of interviews, memoirs, discussions, and documents,scholars at the 1956 Institute have attempted to establish a genuine account of the events in Hungary in and around 1956. Resources include oral histories, a photo database and links to other important academic resources.

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Hungarian Studies



Professor Carol Rounds receives prestigious

Pro Cultura Hungarica award from the Republic of Hungary's Minister of Culture, with Consul General Viktor Polgar

officiating.  The ceremony took place at the Center on June 3, 2010.


Monday, January 23, 2012

7 pm

Heyman Center for the Humanities - Common Room, Level 2

"The Holocaust as Culture:  A Conversation with Imre Kertész"

Thomas Cooper in discussion with Ivan Sanders


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

12-1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

"The End of Certainty or Quo Vadis Democracy?  The Case of Europe and Hungary"

Professor Ferenc Miszlivetz

Deák Visiting Professor, Columbia University


Monday, April 2, 2012


103 Knox Hall

"Hungary at the Vanguard of Europe's Rearguard?  Emerging Subterranean Politics and Civil Dissent"

Jody Jensen

Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Political Science, Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Director of International Relations at the Institute for Social and European Studies, Koszeg

Highlights of Spring 2011 Events

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
12 noon
1219 International Affairs Building

"Judging Edward Teller: A closer look at one of the most influential scientists of the 21st century"
Presentation and discussion by the author Istvan Hargittai

Thursday, March 24, 2011

International Conference on "Franz Liszt and the Birth of Modern Europe"
Hungarian Consulate General in New York City

Friday, March 25, 2011
1501 International Affairs Building, Columbia University

Thursday, April 14, 2011

12-1:30 pm

1219 International Affairs Building

Jewish (Over)tones in Viennese and Budapest Operetta

With Professor Ivan Sanders

Ivan Sanders is Professor Emeritus at Suffolk College, SUNY and adjunct professor at Columbia University. He has also taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, New York University, the Central European University, and the New School University. He has translated George Konrád, Péter Nádas, and other major Hungarian writers; for his translations, he has been awarded a Soros Translation Award (1988), the Füst Milán Prize (1991), and the Déry Tibor Prize. His reviews and articles have appeared in The New York Times Books Review, The New Republic, The Nation, and Commonweal as well as in a number of scholarly journals in the United States and Europe.

Professor Istvan Deak will introduce.

Monday, April 25, 2011

4:30 pm – 9 pm

Room 1512, School of International and Public Affairs


Hungarian Scientists in the US: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

For the full conference agenda please click here

Registration required: RSVP before April 20

E-mail: or fax: (212) 755 5986


Fall 2010 Events


Thursday, October 14, 2010, 12 - 1:30pm
1219 International Affairs Building

"Alternative Modernity? Everyday Practices of Elite Mobility in Communist Hungary, 1956-1980"

György Péteri, Norwegian University of Science & Technology


Thursday, December 2, 2010
1219 IAB
Noon – 1:30 pm

Professor Tibor Frank (ELTE and Columbia Universities)
Migrations of Jewish-Hungarian Professionals through Germany to the United States, 1919-1945


Fall 2008 Events

National and National Minority Issues in Post-1956 Hungary

Wednesday, October 1, noon–1.30 p.m.
1219 IAB

With Gyorgy Foldes, Director of the Institute of Political History, Budapest.

For more information please email

The Dialectics of National Identity: Transylvanism at the Intersection of National and Regional Self-Awareness

Thursday, October 16, noon–1.30 p.m.
1219 IAB

With Gabor Egry, Institute of Political History, Budapest.

2007 Highlights

Political Transition In East Central Europe And The End Of The Cold War, 1985-1991

September 6, 12–2 p.m.
1219 IAB

With Professor Csaba Bekes( Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Columbia University)

The 1956 Hungarian Revolution and World Politics

November 1, 12–2 p.m.
1219 IAB

With Professor Csaba Bekes( Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Columbia University)

Dealing with the Past in East Central Europe

December 2-3: Schedule
1501 IAB

An international conference with: Jon Elster (Columbia University), Marek Kornat (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw), Zdislaw Krasnobebski (University of Bremen), Pawel Machcewisz (University of Torun), John Micgiel (Columbia University), Piotr Naimski (Higher School of Business, National-Louis University, Nowy Sacz), Lavinia Stan (Concordia University, Montreal), Rafal Stobiecki (University of Lodz), Oldrich Tuma (Institute of Contemporary History, Prague), Helga Welsh (Wake Forrest University), Bronislaw Wildstein (Rzeczpospolita)and Artur Wolek (Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw).
With generous funding from the Semper Polonia Foundation, Warsaw and The Kosciuszko Foundation, New York City

Hungarian-Jewish Responses to the Persecution, 1944-1945

December 4, 12–1.30 p.m.
1219 IAB

With Professor Gabor Kadar (ELTE University, Budapest)