Programs

  • You are cordially invited to the semester's first Alumni Speaker Event of the U.S. Embassy and the American Corner Budapest on Tuesday, February 21, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the PREZI House of Ideas. The event will be dedicated to LGBT HISTORY MONTH IN HUNGARY. To mark LGBT History Month celebrated in February across Hungary, TAMÁS DOMBOS (International Visitor Leadership Program) will provide an introduction to the social and legal situation of LGBT people in Hungary, focusing on how various public discourses shape social attitudes towards this minority. The other speaker, ANNA SZLÁVI (Fulbright) will be discussing how media, especially advertising, portrays LGBT people in Hungary and how their misrepresentation contributes to the community's (in)visibility. She will then go on to show that, on the contrary, community art, especially mural projects, can strengthen both LGBT identity and visibility. :: RSVP required via email by February 20th, 2017 to <KovacsV@state.gov>

    ABOUT THE SPEAKERS

    Tamás Dombos is an economist, sociologist, anthropologist, project coordinator and board member at Háttér Society, the largest LGBTQI organization in Hungary, as well as board member at the Hungarian LGBT Alliance, the national umbrella organization. Tamás has an extensive experience in researching the situation of LGBT people in Hungary, as well as advocating for laws and policies that respect the human rights and promote the social inclusion of LGBT people. He also teaches courses on social theory and sexual minorities at Corvinus University of Budapest and Eötvös Lóránd University. In 2014 he visited the United States as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program.

    Anna Szlávi is a doctoral candidate of intercultural linguistics at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, focusing on the interrelations of visual communication and gender. During her PhD, she was affiliated also with the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University. In 2016, she was a Fulbright student researcher at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, where she was examining the impact of community art. Currently she is writing her dissertation on the gender representation of billboards and murals, and their impact on the community.

    Please RSVP by February 20 at <KovacsV@state.gov>