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Friday 20 January, 8pm, Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Mar-a-Lago: The Florida Residence of President Trump in US History

Tibor Frank (Professor of History, School of English and American Studies, Eötvös Lóránd University, Budapest)

On  the  day  of  the  inauguration  of  Donald  Trump  as  president,  we  welcome  eminent  Hungarian  historian Tibor Frank, who has taught at many universities in the US. Prof. Frank will talk about the history of Mar-a-Lago, the Florida mansion that played such an important role in Russian-American relations, and which is now owned by Mr. Trump.

Friday 27 January, 8pm, Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Look back in Pleasure

Join us for a celebration of 30 years of the Oxford Hungarian Society. Memorabilia from the Society’s earlier days will be on display, and there will be drinks and nibbles.

Friday 3 February, 8pm, Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Brain Rhythms and the Memory System

Linda Katona, DPhil (Postdoctoral Neuroscientist, Nicholas Kürti Junior Research Fellow at Brasenose College, University of Oxford)

Long-time member of Péter Somogyi’s group at Oxford, Linda will focus on theta oscillations in the rodent  brain  with  the  purpose  of  characterising  the  formation  of  episodic  representations  during  normal and abnormal brain function.

Friday 10 February, 8pm, Harris Seminar Room, Oriel College

Literary Evening: Discussing ‘Journey by Moonlight’ (Utas és holdvilág) by Antal Szerb

We invite you to a discussion of ‘Journey by Moonlight’, Antal Szerb’s second and best-known novel, available in English in a much-lauded translation by Len Rix. The story focuses on the development of Mihály, from the first days of his honeymoon in Italy to a point of no return, where he cannot find a purpose for his life any more.We  recommend  reading  the  book  before  the  discussion,  but  everyone  interested  in  this  novel  is  welcome to the event.

Friday 17 February, 8pm, Buttery, Wolfson College

An engineer dabbles in alternative history: ‘The Rhineland War, 1936’ and ‘The Passenger Plane Shot down by the Russians’

László Solymár FRS (Emeritus Professor at Hertford College, University of Oxford)

Although his research interests include antennae, microwaves and superconductors, László Solymár has also written a number of history books, two of which he will present during his talk.

Friday 24 February, 8pm, Buttery, Wolfson College

Does corruption matter in elections?

Miklós Hajnal (Merton College, University of Oxford)

Last year’s president of the Oxford Hungarian Society discusses his thesis: can we distinguish between corruption  at  the  local  and  the  national  level?  What  makes  voters  sceptical  about  anti-corruption  campaigns?

Friday 3 March, 8pm, Buttery, Wolfson College

Curating National Art Histories in the Museums of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy: Budapest, Vienna and Cracow

Nóra Veszprémi (Research fellow, University of Birmingham)

Nóra Veszprémi is a former curator at the Hungarian National Gallery and her talk will examine and compare how art museums in three different cities of the Monarchy conceptualised the histories of Hungarian, Austrian, and Polish art, respectively.


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