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2007 Conference Program

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American Hungarian Educators’ Association

32nd Annual Conference 

“Hungarians in a Larger World” 

APRIL 19-21, 2007 

Hosted by the College of Professional Studies 
St. John’s University 
101 Murray Street 
New York, NY 10007 

The American Hungarian Educators' Association (AHEA) is a professional and scholarly organization devoted to the teaching and dissemination of Hungarian culture --history, folklore, literature, language, fine arts, music and scientific achievements. Through annual conferences and its newsletter, American Hungarian Educator, it seeks to provide an opportunity for those interested in Hungarian Studies and Hungarian Heritage to further these interests. The CONFERENCES provide a forum for scholarly addresses and an opportunity for workshops or discussion groups devoted to topics of special interest. 

Woodcut by József Domján 

The AHEA actively supports ethnic and multicultural programs to broaden awareness within the United States of Hungarian contributions to our civilization, as well as to deepen the appreciation for Hungarian culture among ethnic Hungarians and others. Therefore, the AHEA encourages both the maintenance of Hungarian language and studies in English. It uses English as the primary language of communication in order to reach a wider audience but is committed to multilingualism in principle. The AHEA works with American groups in furthering its aim of making Hungarian culture more widely known; it also works with Hungarian groups in the United States and Canada as well as those in other countries and in Hungary to advance free and lively intellectual exchange and to serve the interests of a living and developing tradition of Hungarian culture. The AHEA acts as a clearinghouse on Hungarian studies and provides information on Hungary and Hungarian educational or scholarly associations to both the government and the private sector. 

President: Susan Glanz 
Vice-President: Judith Kesserü Némethy 
Secretary: Ruth Biro 
Treasurer: Enik? Molnár Basa 
Advisory Board: George Bisztray, Mario Fenyö, Katalin Nagy 
To contact us: 4515 Willard Ave. Apt. 2210, Chevy Chase, MD 20815-3685 
Fax: (301) 657-4764 

Conference organizing committee: 
Enik? Molnár Basa, Susan Glanz, Kálmán Magyar, Judith Kesserü Némethy, Judith Olson, Peter Pastor, Ivan Sanders, István Sohár, and Louise O. Vasvári. 


Thursday, April 19, 2007 
6:00 pm – REGISTRATION – St. John’s U. 101 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007 
7:00 pm – Saval Auditorium. Movie and discussion. Réka Pigniczky: Journey Home, A Story from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. (2006) 

Friday, April 20, 2007 
9:00 am – 5:30 pm – conference, day 1 

7:00 – 10:00 pm Reception – Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary, 223 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022 
8:00 pm Miss Universe--a Queen in Wien, new award winning film by Péter Forgács. 

Saturday, April 21, 2007 
8:30 – 9:30 am AHEA Business meeting 
9:45 am – 5:00 pm conference, day 2 

7:00 Banquet - Caterina's Restaurant, 316 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022 
Tel: 212-355-5360; 


Friday Room 215 Room 218 
9.00-9.30 Official opening
9.45 – 11.15 Politics in the 20th and 21st centuries Minorities and Politics 
11.30 -1.15 Discourses of the Holocaust Literature 
1.15 – 2.15 LUNCH 
2.15 – 4.15 Film and Culture Art 
4.30 -5.30 Representing Hungarians to the Outside World Hungarian Legacies 

Saturday Room 215 Room 218 
8.30 – 9.30 Business meeting 
9:45 – 11.30 Commemorating National Events Education 
11.30 – 1.15 LUNCH 
1.15 – 2.45 Miscellaneous Music 1 
3.00 – 5.00 Cultural Studies Music 2- a roundtable 


Thursday, April 19, 2007 

6:00 pm – REGISTRATION – St. John’s U. 101 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007 
7:00 pm – Saval Auditorium. Movie and discussion. Réka Pigniczky: Journey Home, A Story from the Hungarian Revolution of 1956. (2006) 


Journey Home is a documentary film about two sisters who try to find out exactly what their father did as a freedom fighter during the Hungarian revolution of 1956. The story unfolds as the two women take their father’s ashes from the U.S. to Hungary to fulfill his dying request to be buried in his native land, a place to which he never returned after fleeing in 1956. The journey veers off course when the sisters realize that their father’s role in Hungary’s uprising was never really questioned – and never really documented. 

Taking place in Budapest a half-century after the fateful events that took nearly 3,000 lives and forced more than 200,000 Hungarians to emigrate, Journey Home documents László Pigniczky’s daughters as they take a personal – and sometimes disturbing, sometimes humorous – trek into the history of 1956. Armed only with their deceased father’s sketchy anecdotes and their own curiosity about the past, they try to piece together the puzzle of their father’s role in his tiny country’s seemingly futile battle against the Soviet Union. Over the course of more than a year, the sisters, who were raised and educated in the United States, research their father’s story at the Hungarian secret service archives, interview surviving ‘56ers who might have known and fought with their father, consult with ‘56 experts, and physically try to retrace their father’s footsteps from the first days of the revolution, through the streets fights of early November, until his escape through Yugoslavia to the United States. 

They find out far more than they hoped for, although their father’s story takes a number of unexpected turns along the way. By the end of the film, his journey home has become their own journey to understand their father and the events that shaped both his life and their own upbringing. 
Friday, April 20, 2007 


9:00 am – 9:30 am – Official opening in Room 215 
Nancy McGeveran, Associate Dean, College of Professional Studies 
Dr. Gábor Horváth, Consul General, Republic of Hungary - keynote speaker 
“Challenges and Opportunities: Hungarian Foreign Policy in The Changing World of the 21st Century” 

9:45 – 11.15 am 
Room 215 Room 218 
Politics in the 20th and 21st centuriesChair: Susan GlanzEdit Nagy (U. of Florida, Gainesville, “Hungarian Social-democrats in the Economic Sabotage Trials, 1945-1956”Andrew Felkay (Emeritus, Kutztown U. PA- “Pendulum Politics in Hungary: Shifting of Political Power from 1989 to 2006”Barnabás Rácz (Eastern Michigan U., Ypsilanti, MI – “Voting Patterns on Hungarian Parliamentary Elections in 2002-2006” Minorities and PoliticsChair: Louise O. Vasvári Carol McFredrick (Florida International U, FL "Women Warriors: Budapest 1956 and Baghdad 2006" José Pascal da Rocha (U of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany "Minority Rights and Minorities in Hungary Today" Peter Huncik (Forum Institute, SK and Sándor Márai Foundation, SK – “Hungarian Political Parties in Slovakia” 

11:30 am -1:15 pm 
Room 215 Room 218 
Discourses of the HolocaustChair: Ivan SandersRuth G. Biro (Duquesne U., Pittsburgh, PA - and Christina Levicky (Duquesne U., Pittsburgh, PA, - “Hungary as a Refuge for Polish Jews in World War II: Experiences Revealed in Literature”Julia Bock (Long Island U, NY., NY - “’The Treatment’: The Fate of Hungarian Jewish Health Professionals in the First Half of the 20th Century” DeRose, Kathy (Duquesne U., Pittsburgh, PA -“Kate Seredy: From Budapest to USA. Revealing her identity and culture through children's literature” LiteratureChair: Enikö Molnár Basa Eeva Haverinen (U of Jyväskylä, Finland “Sándor Márai in Posthumous Literary Discourse” Paul Sohár (independent scholar, NJ “György Faludi, The Environmentalist“Susanna Lippoczy Rich, (Kean U., NJ, “Hungarian is Hungarian is: A Comparative Study of Stress Patterns”Amadeo Di Francesco (U. of Naples, Italy"Dsida Jenö: Elöre való beszéd. (Versértelmezés)" – in Hungarian 

1:15 – 2:15 pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 

2:15 – 4:15 pm 
The Art panel celebrates the 100th anniversary of József Domján’s (1907-1992) birth. He was painter and woodcut artist and a small exhibition of his works can be viewed in Room 218. 
Room 215 Room 218 
Film and CultureChair: Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek Adam Nocek (Boston College, Boston, MA - “Reading Kertész and the Impossibility of the Jew in Kaddish for an Unborn Child” Catherine Portuges (U of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA - "Hungarian Jews on Screen" ArtChair: Gyöngyvér Harkó Hélène Nadja Turkewicz-Sanko (John Carroll U, OH - “On Juraj Dalmatinac” Martha Pereszlényi-Pintér (John Carrol U, OH - “On Pál Gábor” Kálmán Magyar (American Hungarian Museum, Passaic, NJ - “József Domján, His Art in Hungary and North America - the DOMJÁN Centennial Project” 

4:30 - 5:30 pm 
Room 215 Room 218 
Representing Hungarians to the Outside WorldChair: Susan Glanz Alice Freifeld (U of Florida, Gainesville,“Empress Elisabeth as Hungarian Queen”József Beck (Rutgers U., New Brunswick, NJ“Paul Erdös at Rutgers” Hungarian LegaciesChair: Kálmán Magyar Árpád Jutocsa Hegyi (DLA, director of theatre and opera, former General Director of the Hungarian State “The Emergence of Hungarian Talent Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” August J. Molnár (American Hungarian Foundation, NJ -“The Hungarian Legacy in America. The History of the American-Hungarian Foundation: The First Fifty Years” 

7:00 – 10:00 pm Reception – Consulate General of the Republic of Hungary 
223 East 52nd Street 
New York, NY 10022 

8:00 pm Miss Universe--a Queen in Wien, new award winning film by Péter Forgács. 

Woodcut by József Domján 

Saturday, April 21, 2007 

8:30 – 9:30 am AHEA Business Meeting – Room 215. All are welcome. 

9:45 – 11:30 am 
Room 215 Room 218 
Commemorating National EventsChair: Joseph Held András Gerö (CEU, Bp. and Institute of Habsburg History, Bp. Hungary- "The Celebrations of the 1848 Revolution during the 19th and 20th Centuries"John Cash (U of Indiana Bloomington, IN -“The Commemoration of 1956 and Contemporary Hungary”Károly Nagy (Middlesex Coll., NJ - “Contributions of American Hungarians to the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of 1956--Some Examples"Brigit Farley (Washington State U, Washington - and Mária Farkas (U. of Strasbourg, France - “The Revival of Trianon Commemoration in Hungary since l989” EducationChair: Judith Kesserü Némethy Tünde Szécsi (Florida Gulf Coast University, FL “Administrator, Teacher Educator, Mentor Teacher and Pre-service Teacher Beliefs Regarding Diversity in Hungary”Judit H. Ward (Rutgers University Library, NJ and Sylvia D. Clark (St. John’s University, NY - “All Roads Lead to … Options and Variety in Learning Hungarian” Klára Papp (Case Western U., Cleveland, OH - “Is A Summer Visit to Hungary a Journey Home? Perceptions of Students Living in Minority Status in East-Central Europe” 

11:30 – 1:15 pm LUNCH ON YOUR OWN 

1.15 - 2:45pm 
The two music panels are in commemoration of Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) - educator and composer. This is the 125th anniversary of his birth and the 40th of his death. 
Room 215 Room 218 
Miscellaneous topicsChair: István Sohár Andrew P. Fodor (Ind. Scholar, Stamford, CT - “Poetry and Science, Hungarians’ and Others’ Perspectives”Kissné, Éva Novák (U. of Szeged, Hungary “Károly Böhm, Meeting of Physics and Philosophy”Emese Ivan (Ball State U., IN “Welcome Aboard, Hungary! A New Member of the PGA Europe” Music 1Chair: Judith OlsonBarbara Rose Lange (U. of Houston, Houston, TX - “My Own Daemon”: World Music Divas from Hungary” John Schuster-Craig (Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI.- “The Reverse Recapitulation in Bartók’s Sonata Forms”Giocille Shaw (Kodály Summer Inst. at New York U., Ossining, NY Public Schools, “From the Prep to Improvisation: Expanded Pathways for Performance Style Through the Methodology and Process of Zoltán Kodály”Jerry Kerlin (Manhattanville Coll., Purchase, NY “Cas Amhrán (Give Us a Song): Relating Oracy in the Transmission of Song Among the New York Irish to Literacy in Kodály-Based Pedagogy” 
3:00 – 5:00 pm 
Room 215 Room 218 
Comparative Cultural Studies: The Erotic and Hungarian CultureChair: Catherine PortugesLouise O. Vasvári (State U. of New York, Stony Brook, NY- "Sexual and Linguistic Infidelity in the Ballad 'A megcsalt férj' in the Context of European Tradition" Péter Hargitai (Florida International U., FL- "Subliminal Homoerotic Suggestion in Antal Szerb's Utas és holdvilág" Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek (U of Halle-Wittenberg, Germany- “About Eroticism in Hungarian Culture” The Kodály Method in a Larger World - RoundtableModerator: Jerry Kerlin Esther Liu Harris, Faculty member of the Kodály Summer Institute at New York U., Juilliard School of Music Preparatory Division. (, Faculty member of the Kodály Summer Institute at New York U., ( Kovács, The Village School of Children, a private, Montessori school in NJ ( Litman, Kodály Institute at Capitol U., Columbus, Ohio, and United Nations International School, New York, NY.( Parker, Packer Institute, Brooklyn, NY. ( Cohen, The Chapin School, New York, NY ( Paul, New York City P.S. (

7:00 Banquet 

Caterina's Restaurant, 
316 East 53rd Street (corner of 2nd Avenue) 
New York, NY 10022 
Tel: 212-355-5360 

Travel information 
Directions to St. John’s University Manhattan Campus 
101 Murray Street, New York, NY 10007; (212) 815-9232 
Located in New York City's Financial District, the Manhattan campus is easily accessible by mass transit. If you are traveling by car, the campus's location on the West Side Highway makes it easy to reach whether you are driving from upstate, the city's other boroughs, Long Island, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or any of the area's major airports. The campus is located between Greenwich Street and West Street on Murray Street. 


From Western Upstate New York: 

New York State Thruway to Route 81 south, to Route 17 East, to New York State Thruway at Harriman, New York. Proceed to Palisades Parkway, to George Washington Bridge, to Henry Hudson Parkway, which becomes the West Side Highway South. Proceed past Canal Street, past Borough of Manhattan Community College, and turn left on Murray Street. 

From Eastern Upstate New York: 

Take the Major Deegan Expressway (Route 87) to the Triborough Bridge, cross the bridge to Manhattan and onto the FDR Drive South. Exit at 23rd Street. Proceed west on 23rd Street across town to the West Side Highway (West Street). Turn left and go past Canal Street, past the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and turn left on Murray Street. 

From New Jersey/Pennsylvania: 

Proceed through the Holland Tunnel to Canal Street; go past Hudson Street and turn right on Varick Street, which feeds into West Broadway. Stay on West Broadway to Murray Street, turn right on Murray Street, and proceed two blocks to the campus. 

From Long Island: 

Take the Long Island Expressway to the Midtown Tunnel. Proceed west to the West Side Highway (West Street). Make a left turn and go past Canal Street, past the Borough of Manhattan Community College, and turn left on Murray Street. 

* Pay parking is available at Park Right Corp. at the corner of West Street and Murray Street, near the Embassy Suites. 

Subway Stops Near St. John's Manhattan Campus: 

Train Number Stop 
1,2,3 & 9 – Broadway/7th Avenue Line Chambers Street (2 blocks from Murray St.) 
A, C, & E – 8th Avenue Line Chambers Street (2 blocks from Murray St.) 
N & R Line City Hall 
4, 5, & 6 – Lexington Avenue Brooklyn Bridge 

The campus is also convenient to buses and New Jersey ferries (NY Waterways goes from Hoboken to the World Financial Center.) 


Amtrak provides services to New York City’s Pennsylvania Station. From there, take a taxi (see below) or any 7th or 8th Avenue Line train to Chambers Street (see “Subways” above). For train schedules/fees/reservations and other Amtrak information, go to:


SuperShuttle Transportations Systems – 1-(212)- BlueVan 

SuperShuttle serves the island of Manhattan to and from New York City's three major airports John F. Kennedy, La Guardia and Newark Airport. 
Note: Taxicab rides are also available directly from each airport; see dispatcher at the airline terminal, or call: NYC Taxi -- 1(212) 302-Taxi. 

In New York, all licensed taxis are yellow and have the word "NYC TAXI" on the door. Only yellow taxis can stop for riders hailing from the street. All meters are required to give receipts. You are encouraged to keep this receipt; it will help you if you need to find lost property or file a complaint. Tipping for good service is customary. 

Cosmopolitan Hotel – Tribeca 
95 West Broadway (at Chambers Street) 
New York, NY 10007 

Larchmont Hotel (further away, but cheaper) The Leo House (furthest away, but cheapest) 
27 West 11th Street 332 West 23 St 
New York, NY 10011 New York, NY 10011 
212-989-93333 212-929-1010 

Embassy Suites Hotel New York Millennium Hilton 
102 North End Avenue, New York, NY 10281 55 Church Street, New York, NY 10007 
(212)-945-0100 (212)-693-2001 
0.2 miles of meeting location 0.3 miles east of meeting location 

Ritz-Carlton New York Battery Park Marriott New York Financial Center 
Two West Street, New York, NY 10004 85 West Street, New York, NY 10006 
(212)-344-0800 (212)-385-4900 
0.3 miles from meeting facility 0.4 miles south of meeting location 

Tribeca Grand Hotel Holiday Inn Wall Street District 
Two Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10013 15 Gold Street, New York, NY 10038 
(212)-519-6600 (212)-232-7700 
0.4 miles northeast of meeting location 0.6 miles southeast of meeting location