Special Events Schedule

Sunday, April 10. 2016, 3-7pm - JEWISH IDENTITY AND THE RENAISSANCE OF THE JEWISH COMMUNITY OF BUDAPEST 
PANEL DISCUSSION
The circumstances of contemporary Jewish life in Hungary are often negatively portrayed by the international media, and therefore perceived, in terms of the challenges in combating anti-Semitism and the debates around Holocaust memorialisation. While these sensitive issues should not be overlooked and warrant attention, the Hungarian Jewish communities’ flourishing cultural and religious life in Budapest continues to go unnoticed. The Tom Lantos Institute aims to relay the historical, political and cultural messages of these artistic works to the audience through a panel discussion about Jewish identity, its origin and evolution in the shaping of the communities around us, such as the Jewish Quarter in Budapest. The first panel will focus on the history, identity and activism of the Jewish revival. Following this, the second panel will discuss the rebuilding, development and urbanisation of the Jewish Quarter along with discussions around the extent to which contemporary art reflects and embodies this district.

PROGRAM

3 PM - REGISTRATION
3.15 PM - OPENING REMARKS
Ferenc Kumin –Consul General of Hungary in New York

3.30 PM - PANEL I – JEWISH IDENTITY AND JEWISH REVIVAL IN HUNGARY
Moderator: András Ligeti – Program Manager for Jewish Life and Antisemitism, Tom Lantos Institute

· Rabbi Michael Paley – Scholar in Residence of UJA-Federation of New York
· Patricia Eszter Margit – Founder of Art Kibbutz, author
· Viktor Cseh – Jewish Cultural Historian

5 PM - COFFEE BREAK

5.30PM - PANEL II – DISCUSSION WITH THE ARTISTS AND CURATORS

Moderator: Zita Mara Vadász – Program curator at Balassi Institute, Hungarian Cultural Center in New York

· Andrea Ausztics – Co-Curator, Fulbright visiting scholar at the NYU and Media Artist
· Éva Szombat – Photographer
· Dániel Halász – Photographer, award-winning conceptual artist
· Sarah Gancher – Playwright

7 PM - WINE RECEPTION

We encourage an interactive dialogue between the panelists and the audience, therefore the floor will be open for Q&As. The bios of the panelists and the concept note of the discussion can be found in the following pages

More information: http://www.newyork.balassiintezet.hu/en/585-000-m2-panel/

Thursday, April 14. 2016, 6.30 pm -SOCIETIES IN EAST CENTRAL EUROPE AND JEWISH HERITAGES
PANEL DISCUSSION
The academic panel seeks to investigate the complex of majority conceptions of nationhood and political community native to East Central Europe through the modern period with a special focus on the representational practices of accommodating, marginalizing or outright excluding Jewish contributions and participation in society. Jewishness as a discursive marker has filled a large number of functional niches from scapegoats to harbingers of modernity in the region in competing narrations of identity that underlie imaginaries of history and politics. Contributors from various academic disciplines are asked to reflect and compare country-specific patterns of marking out the place of Jews and Jewishness in East Central Europe with the ultimate goal of arriving at conclusion regarding overarching, regional similarities and variation across cases.

Thursday, April 21. 2016, 7pm - FINISSAGE, CLOSING PARTY - SOUNDS OF THE GHETTO
CONCERT
The Hungarian Cultural Center is presenting Sounds of the Ghetto, a special avantgarde musical endeavor as the finissage of the exhibition at WhiteBox. Grammy Award winner Frank London teams up with Guy Barash and Eyal Maoz to present an avantgarde program inspired by urban spaces that used to be Ghettos at a certain point of history. The improvisational program will reflect on the theme and also on the exhibits, created by young Hungarian Artists.