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March 8, 2007

Hungarian Scholar To Speak About Cultural Politics Of Revolution March 19

In 1956, the small country of Hungary stunned the world when it refused to accept the status quo of the Cold War and rebelled against its Soviet-backed, communist government. After heroic but hopeless street battles, the tanks of the Red Army crushed the revolution, but it remains etched in the memory of all who participated and observed it.

Gyorgy "George" Toth, a doctoral candidate in American studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, originally from Budapest, will present "Reprise the Revolution: The Cultural Politics of the 50th Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising" at the next International Mondays lecture. He will speak from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 19, in Meeting Room A of the Iowa City Public Library. Refreshments will be served. The lecture is free and open to the public.  There will not be an International Mondays lecture the week of spring break, Monday, March 12.

According to Toth, the 1956 revolution was the single event for which Hungary has been known. From the Western perspective, the uprising "has been seen as a coming out of the national desire of Hungarians for democracy," Toth said, but in his homeland, many people do not have this positive interpretation of the revolution.

People holding differing political views have used this and other commemorations of historical events to express their interpretation of the past for present gain, he said.

The lecture will address issues of free speech and the social and political dynamics of Hungary 50 years after the uprising.

Toth has received master's degrees in English and American studies from Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest.

UI International Programs, the Stanley-UI Support Foundation and the Iowa City Public Library are sponsoring this International Mondays lecture.

For more information on this lecture, the International Mondays lecture series or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Buffy Quintero, International Programs outreach coordinator, at 319-335-0345 or

International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all university Constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Buffy Quintero, 319-335-0345,; Writer: Kate Casper.