Hungarian news portal mno.hu reports: A book on socialism by American author Joshua Muravchik has been published in Hungarian. Assistant Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program at CEU Szabolcs Pogonyi elaborated on the fact that the book had not become outdated in the twelve years since its original publication, but facilitated new interpretations. He also mentioned that by presenting some career paths the book outlines internal controversies that prevent the harmonization of the ideals of democracy, liberty, and socialism.
Title/Position: Associate Professor in the Nationalism Studies Program
Number of years at CEU: 14
Home city/town & country: Poughkeepsie, New York
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Eszter Neuberger, MA student in CEU’s Nationalism Studies Program has received the Tamas Szego Award for her report series entitled Refugees in Hungary that was published in Hungarian weekly HVG. The award is given two journalists under 30 who stand up for the fallen in print or online publications.
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Hungarian economic and political weekly HVG carries an interview with equal opportunities researcher and CEU Department of Nationalism Studies Alumna Lidia Balogh (NAT’ 09). She joined the team of the Foundation for the Women of Hungary (MONA) in 2004. She participated, with others, in programs aimed at the enforcement of the human rights of migrant women and actions against prostitution.
Maria M. Kovacs, professor in the Nationalism Studies Program was awarded the prestigious title of “egyetemi tanar.” The appointment, made by Janos Ader, the President of Hungary, is effective Oct. 10, 2014. The title, which literally means “university professor,” indicates a high ranking within Hungarian higher education. To qualify for accreditation in Hungary, doctoral schools must have a certain number of such professors.
Head of CEU's Nationalism Studies Program Szabolcs Pogonyi is featured in this PBS video report on Hungary's Roma population and the controversial evictions in Miskolc, Hungary's third-largest city. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/producers-notebook-hungarians-believe-criminality-roma-blood/
http://www.hir24.hu/belfold/2014/09/22/kitelepitjuk-oket-mert-szegenyek/ - Hungarian news portal hir24.hu reports: The news magazine entitled “Newshour” of the American public television reported from the streets of Miskolc. Szabolcs Pogonyi, head of CEU’s Department of Nationalism Studies said that the people, especially those living in the poorest areas, feel as if the government has abandoned them. The victims of minor crimes have the impression that the authorities are not doing anything.
http://www.mon.hu/eloadasok-az-elfeledett-teleki-teri-zsidosagrol/2642708 - Hungarian news portal mon.hu reports: The Glaser Jakab Memorial Foundation is organizing a program series on the life of the forgotten Jews of Teleki Square in Budapest’s Jozsefvaros district from Monday to Wednesday at the Kesztyugyar Community House in Budapest. Over the course of the three-day event, talks, workshops and an exhibition await those interested.
Luca Varadi, guest lecturer in the Nationalism Studies Program, aims to understand the formation of the Hungarian teenagers’ attitudes towards the Roma, as adolescence is a crucial period in identity development. Her objective is to determine to what extent the classical and more recent theories on the formation of prejudice can be applied in a context in which there is no public consensus of respect towards minorities.
Hungarian radio, Klub Radio interviewed Maria Kovacs, professor at CEU Nationalism Studies Department in its “Megbeszeljuk” program. Kovacs discussed, based on the present-day right-wing’s opinion why the memorial to be erected on Szabadsag Square is necessary, and in what way those people are wrong who criticize the memorial, the House of Fates, and the attitude of the government regarding the Holocaust.