U of T’s Graham Library is Hosting a Hungarian Studies Display!

To coincide with our first annual Hungarian Studies Conference which happened on Friday October 16th,  the Graham Library at University of Toronto is hosting a display highlighting Hungarian studies for the entire month of October.

This beautiful display was created by Kristen Csenkey, Dr. Susan Papp and Dr. Eva Tomory with the support from the Graham Library to remember the anniversary of the events of 1956, Hungary’s 2015 Chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, and promote the Hungarian Studies Program. It features books from the library and private collections, ceramics, traditional motifs, artifacts to showcase Hungarian culture.

Enjoy the beautiful photos of the display below courtesy of the Graham Library and visit in-person to check out the entire collection.

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Announcing the Hungarian Studies Conference Program!

We are pleased to announce the program for our 1st-ever Hungarian Studies Conference!

Please visit our Conference Program page to see the full schedule of the day and learn about our speakers and sessions.

We invite University of Toronto students to attend the conference, filled with engaging sessions which are sure to spark great discussions and inspire new ideas and action. Join us on Friday October 16th, 2015 at Room 108N, Munk School of Global Affairs.

Bookmark our Blog as we will be highlighting our presenters until the day of the conference!

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The Hungarian Scout Movement (Conference Presenter: Adrienn Goczi)

Written by: Adrienn Goczi (Biochemistry, Victoria College)

The Role of the Hungarian Scout Movement in the Lives of Hungarian Children, and Young Adults Living in the North American Diaspora

Scouting is one of the biggest youth movements in the world. Today, there are about 38 million Scouts from nationalities all over the globe, including the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris, (locations outside of Hungary) which has about 4,000 Scout members (KMCSSZ, 2007). The main goal for the Scout movement is to aid children and young adults in attaining their full physical, intellectual, social and spiritual potentials as responsible members of society without any political affluence (Nnt, 2013). What makes scouting so different from other leadership activities lies in its unique teaching methods, like the playful approach to learning, the Patrol System, and the fast-paced work plan. Also, the Hungarian Scouting movement makes it possible for children with a Hungarian background to learn more about their own heritage, language and culture. Both the educational strategies as well as the focus on Hungarian heritage fabricate the ‘Scout Method’, which is unique to the Hungarian Scout Movement.

Bookmark our Conference Information page to learn more about the conference program and see the presenter schedule (to be updated soon).

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Spotlights: Introducing Hungarian Studies Conference Presenters!

We are excited to announce that starting this week we will be shedding a light on our amazing presenters for our Conference! Stay tuned for presenter abstracts which feature a diverse range of topics and dive deep into many complex social, economical, cultural and political Hungarian issues. We are looking forward to sparking discussions and spotlighting our presenters!

In the mean time, visit our blog and browse though our previous blog posts which feature exciting stories and highlight great events, places & people of Hungary!

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New York goes crazy about the Hungarian …

Written by: Annamari Libor

Lángos (pronounced LAHN-gauche)! There is a truck on the streets of New York selling the delicious Hungarian food called lángos – and people love it! This tasty dough is a new popular summer street food.


In Hungary, it’s a huge favourite – especially for summer vacationers at Lake Balaton. It doesn’t cost much money to make or buy. You can even combine the toppings (cheese, sour cream, garlic, plus salt)! It’s so easy to eat – just use your hands! This “super-delish” combination makes it the best summer food.

The food truck in New York is owned by Zsolt Prepuk, who moved from Budapest sixteen years ago. He worked as a waiter in the city before he started his lángos-truck business in 2014. Although the original toppings are garlic, salt, cheese, and sour cream, Zsolt tries to add something new to the daily menu. His truck specializes in other versions of lángos, but the dough is still made with potato, which gives the lightness to this summery dish.


The location of the truck changes daily. This gives more people the opportunity to try this “new” Hungarian comfort food. However, Prepuk offers other foods as well. They have traditional Hungarian favourites, such as: stuffed cabbage, pork and basmati rice with a prickling of paprika, and a fozelek (like a stew) full of bright green peas.

Check out their Facebook page to find out where the truck is today, Twitter or their official website.

Do you know any good places in Toronto to eat well-made lángos? Let us know below in a comment!

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Hungarian Studies Conference Updates

The deadline for abstract submissions is now CLOSED. We received an overwhelming response from University of Toronto students. We thank everyone who submitted to our conference. Participants will hear from our Advisory Committee in late August – early September regarding their position in our conference.

Please bookmark our Conference Information page to get the latest details as we work on developing and finalizing our conference program.

In the mean time, check out our exciting blog posts!

If you are interested in volunteering for the conference or supporting the conference please email us at munksch15@gmail.com.

Thank you!

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Three-Course Hungarian Summer Meal

Written by: Annamari Libor

Hungary is famous for its amazing cuisine. Hungarians use a lot of condiments and the most well-known is paprika. Hungarian people enjoy spicy and hot foods, but on a hot summer day a lighter meal is preferable.

Here, I introduce 3 very summery, simple, and light Hungarian recipes.

The first course is a sweet soup that can be eaten cold or hot. It is called Fruit Soup (gyümölcs leves) and is very easy to make. Different types of fruits can be used in this soup, but it is best to use ones in season. This soup is perfect to eat at any time of the day! Remember it is not a dessert, even though it is sweat. The recipe is easy and quick to make (approximately 20-30 minutes).

You can find the recipe for fruit soup here, courtesy of VisitBudapest.Travel.


The second recipe I’d recommend is for lecsó. Lecsó is a Hungarian tomato-pepper ragout sometimes made with scrambled eggs. Of course, the soul of this delicious summer dish is simply paprika and onion. It is quick and easy to cook – making this dish very popular in Hungary. If you want to make this dish richer, you can add some bacon or kolbász (Hungarian paprika sausage) to the recipe.

You can find the recipe for lecsó here, courtesy of Xpatlopp.com.

Tomato Pepper Ragout

The last recipe I recommend is madártej. This dessert is extremely sweet and must be eaten cold – perfect for hot days! What does madártej mean? Madártej translated to English means bird-milk. Why do you think it is called that?

Try this delicious recipe available here, courtesy of the The Polar Zone.


I hope you will have success following these super easy summer recipes and enjoy them!

Jó étvágyat!

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