4515 Willard Ave. #2210
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
eniko.basa at verizon dot net
The development of science has not made mankind happier. Science and technology become dangerous whenever overspecialized and isolated... In the spirit of the old ‘Arany János Körök’ a general interest in the sciences should be created; thus we can reduce our isolation, and also perhaps the threat of an isolated technology. -- Eugene P. Wigner, Nobel Laureate at the 1973 AHEA Conference
The American Hungarian Educators Association (AHEA) is a scholarly and professional organization devoted to the teaching and dissemination of Hungarian culture. The Association provides opportunities for those interested in Hungarian studies and Hungarian heritage to further these interests by:
• actively supporting ethnic and multicultural programs to broaden awareness, within the United States, of Hungarian contributions to civilization;
• deepening the appreciation for Hungarian culture among Americans of Hungarian origin
• encouraging the maintenance of the Hungarian language and Hungarian studies in English
The AHEA is open to cooperation with all groups interested in supporting Hungarian culture and Hungarian studies within the United States and Canada, as well as Central European countries with large indigenous Hungarian minorities.
Officers 2014 - 2016:
President: James P. Niessen,Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Vice-President: Judith Olson, American Hungarian Folklore Center, New Jersey.
Secretary: Klára Papp, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsyvania.
Treasurer: Emese Iván, St John’s University, New York.
Advisory Board 2014-2016:
Kenneth Nyirády, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Endre Szentkirályi, Nordonia Hills City Schools, OH
Judy Young, Canada-Hungary Educational Foundation, Ottawa and Hungarian Studies Association of Canada
Immediate Past President: Julia Bock, Long Island University, Brooklyn Campus.
Ex Officio: Kálmán Magyar, Director, AHEA Affiliate American Hungarian Folklore Centrum, New Jersey
Ex Officio: Louise O. Vasvári, AHEA E-Journal Editor-in-Chief, Stony Brook University & New York University.
Ex Officio: Katalin Vörös, AHEA Webmaster, University of California, Berkeley.
Enikő M. Basa, Library of Congress, Washington DC
The Executive Board of the Association is made up of the Officers, the Advisory Board, and the Executive Director.
1974-1975 Interim president Enikő M. Basa
1975-1978 Enikő M. Basa, two terms
1978-1982 Barbara Lotze, two terms
1982-1984 János Horváth
1984-1988 Martha Pereszlényi-Pinter, two terms
1988-1992 Enikő M. Basa, two terms
1992-1996 Katherine Gatto, two terms
1996-2000 Péter Pastor, two terms
2000-2004 Martha Pereszlényi-Pinter, two terms
2004-2008 Susan Glanz, two terms
2008-2012 Judith Kesserű Némethy, two terms
2012-2014 Julia Bock
2014-2016 James P. Niessen
Annual Conferences at North American universities (every five years in Hungary) provide a scholarly forum and opportunity for workshops and discussion groups devoted to topics of special interest
Special Fora and Conferences
Symposium on Transylvania, Kent State University, 1979
Conference on the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Kent State University, 1981
Conference on the Culture of Hungarians in the USA, Montclair State University, 1982
Hungary in the 1990's: New Possibilities in a New Context, University of Maryland, 1993
“Hungary on the Threshold of the 21st Century” commemorating 1100 years of Hungarian statehood, Library of Congress, 1996
Conference on the 50th Anniversary of the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, Indiana University, Bloomington, 2006.
American Hungarian Educator newsletter of the Association reports on the conference and the annual meeting and carries announcements about books, programs, scholarships and general news
E-Journal of the American Hungarian Educators Association publishes selected papers and other articles of interest to Hungarian Studies, including selected papers from our yearly conferences. (Launch date: 2007)
Web site (http://ahea.net/): publishes information on upcoming conferences, including call for papers, abstracts of papers, and programs
E-mail list for members about timely items such as scholarships, new publications, etc.
Hungarian Picnic for students and young professionals in Washington, DC area
Homecoming Forum (with the Hungarian Embassy and the HungarianAmerica Foundation): a forum for exchange of ideas and the problems and questions of Hungarians studying and working in the US
Supports sessions at professional organizations on Hungarian topics
Liaison for the Smithsonian Institution 1976 Festival of American Folklife and the Hungarian participants–the only Eastern European country able to participate because local support was forthcoming
Presented Position Papers to and testified before the President’s Commission on Language and International Studies
Hungarian Studies Association of Canada
Hungarian Studies Association
Membership is open to all interested persons who wish to engage in Hungarian studies or to support them. We welcome persons from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds.
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Regular membership: $30.00;