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  • Hungary's New Constitution: Prospect for the Rule of Law and Liberty in New Europe

    March 22, 2011

    On March 21, the Heritage Foundation, the Common Sense Society of Budapest and the Hungarian American Coalition co-sponsored a panel discussion on the draft Hungarian constitution. The panel took place on the eve of the Hungarian Parliament's debate of the constitutional drafts submitted by the government and by opposition political parties. The debate over the proposed text of the new Constitution is one of those rare moments in history when Hungarians in and outside of Hungary are able to consider what should be included in the most fundamental document that defines Hungary as a nation. More...
  • Annual Gala Dinner Marks Coalition's 20th Anniversary

    May 17, 2011

    On May 11, 2011, the Hungarian American Coalition hosted its seventh annual Gala Dinner at the House of Sweden in Washington, D.C., in honor of Dr. János Horváth, Doyen of the Hungarian Parliament, and the William Penn Association under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Pál Schmitt, President of Hungary and Dr. Tibor Navracsics, Deputy Prime Minister of Hungary. More...
  • Dr. Leslie L. Megyeri and László Hámos Recognized by American Hungarian Foundation, Hungarian Academy of Sciences

    May 9, 2011

    On April 30, 2011, Dr. Leslie L. Megyeri, President of the Hungarian Reformed Federation of America and Coalition Board Member, was awarded the prestigious Abraham Lincoln Award by the American Hungarian Foundation at its Annual Carousel Ball in New Brunswick, NJ. Dr. Megyeri was recognized for his courageous actions during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and decades of work on behalf of the goals and aspirations of the Hungarian American community. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Issues Study on the Implementation of the Red Sludge Disaster Fund

    February 25, 2011

    On October 4, 2010, the retaining wall of a sludge repository collapsed, at the alumina factory of Ajka, in Veszprém County, western Hungary. As a result, 600,000 cubic meters of highly alkaline, corrosive industrial waste inundated the surrounding towns and villages. Three towns were affected most directly: Devecser, Kolontár and Somlóvásárhely. But the surrounding region of over 40 square kilometers was also affected, and suffered from the ecological, economic and social disaster. More...
  • In Memoriam: István Csicsery-Rónay (1917-2011)

    April 27, 2011

    István Csicsery-Rónay, author, politician and publisher, and an outstanding figure in the Hungarian American community and Hungarian public life, passed away on April 22, on the evening of Good Friday, in Budapest. Csicsery-Rónay had returned to his home country in 1990 after the change of regime. More...
  • Message of President Obama on the 20th Anniversary of the Hungarian American Coalition

    June 24, 2011

    “I send greetings to all those celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Hungarian American Coalition. The fabric of America is woven together and enriched by the diversity of our people. Our legacy as a Nation of immigrants is part of what makes America strong, and the achievements of Hungarian Americans touch all our lives. As doctors and scientists, lawyers and engineers, public servants and service members, they are helping to write the next chapter of our country’s story. More...
  • Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Visits Hungary

    July 5, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, two U.S. Congressional delegations, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, friends of Ronald Reagan, and the extended family of Congressman Tom Lantos were all in Budapest during the June 28-30 period, a week of signal events for Hungarian-American relations. More...
  • In Memoriam Dr. Edward Chaszar

    September 29, 2011

    Members of the Hungarian American Coalition were saddened to learn that Dr. Edward Chaszar, a founding member of the Coalition who dedicated his energies and intellect to furthering the cause of Hungarian minority rights, passed away peacefully on September 11 in Pennsylvania.  He was 91 years old. More...
  • Coalition Board Approves Projects for Red Sludge Disaster Relief

    October 4, 2011

    The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Hungarian American Coalition has approved five grants to assist in the rebuilding efforts in the vicinity of Devecser, in northwest Hungary.  More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Sponsors Concerts by Gergely Bogányi, Outstanding Hungarian Pianist

    October 20, 2011

    Virtuoso pianist Gergely Bogányi will perform in two upcoming concerts sponsored by the Hungarian American Coalition.  On November 1st, he will appear at the Hungarian Embassy in Washington D.C., and on November 3rd, his concert will take place at Mixon Hall of the Cleveland Institute of Music in Cleveland, Ohio.  In both venues, he will play works by Ferenc Liszt, in this 200th anniversary year of his birth, and by Frederic Chopin, whose interpretation is Mr. Bogányi’s specialty. More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Makes Books Available Through Amazon.com

    November 2, 2011

    The Hungarian American Coalition is making selected books and periodicals available on Amazon.com, the popular online retailer of books.  Books listed on the Coalition’s website can now be also obtained at Amazon.  These items are the following: More...
  • New Books by Hungarian-American Authors

    June 10, 2011

    The 82nd Hungarian Book Week fair took place last weekend in Budapest. Thousands attended to browse and purchase books in the 130 bookstands sponsored by publishers. More...
  • Two Outstanding Hungarian Scientists Receive Károly Simonyi Prize in Hungary

    November 4, 2011

    On November 3, 2011 two outstanding Hungarian academics, Zoltán Gábos and Márta Kurutz Kovács, received the Károly Simonyi Prize at the "Celebration of Hungarian Science 2011" at the University of Miskolc, Hungary.  Keynote speaker of the event was Dr. József Pálinkás, President of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. More...
  • Hungarian Studies Program to Continue at Indiana University

    November 17, 2011

    A graduate program in Hungarian Studies is again available in the United States. The Balassi Bálint Institute, Hungary’s main government agency for cultural diplomacy, has donated an endowment of $250,000 to Indiana University at Bloomington to establish a Postgraduate Fellowship in the Hungarian Studies Program.  More...
  • Hungarian American Coalition Announces Winners of Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship for 2011-2012 Academic Year

    November 18, 2011

    Six students were awarded the Dr. Elemér and Éva Kiss Scholarship Awards for the 2011-2012 academic year. More...
  • Dr. Charles Simonyi Receives Kármán Tódor Award

    December 21, 2011

    On December 16, Mr. Miklós Réthelyi, Minister of National Human Resources, awarded Dr. Charles Simonyi the Kármán Tódor award for 2011.  Four other individuals and organizations were also recognized.  The Kármán Tódor award was established in 2000 by the Minister of Education and Culture to recognize the contributions of individuals and corporations in supporting Hungary’s scientific, educational and research programs. More...
  • Gyula Várallyay Book Available from Amazon.com

    December 22, 2011

    The Hungarian American Coalition has made the book by Gyula Várallay, entitled Jelző nélküli Magyar – Naplójegyzetek, 1992-2007 (A Hungarian without Adjectives – Diary Notes, 1992-2007) available on Amazon.com, the popular online retailer. The book is available only in Hungarian. More...
  • In Memoriam Otto Avvakumovits

    December 30, 2011

    Otto Avvakumovits, Hungarian-American community leader and long-time Coalition supporter, died peacefully after a long illness at the age of 76, with his family at his side.  He is survived by his beloved wife of 49 years, Elizabeth, his children Otto, Jr. (wife Tracy), Kathy (husband Zsolt), and Tom (wife Michele); and his grandchildren, Kevin, Kyle, Péter, Karly, János and Kamryn.  He is also survived by his brother György of Budapest, and numerous family and friends. More...
  • President Pál Schmitt Pays Historic Visit to Cleveland: Largest Hungarian Community in U.S. Turns Out for Five Events

    September 21, 2011

    On September 17-18, President of Hungary Pál Schmitt visited Cleveland, OH, home of the largest Hungarian community in the U.S.  In less than 24 hours, President Schmitt and his delegation visited a remarkable number of Cleveland’s Hungarian institutions and met with their leaders. More...


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