UPCOMING EVENT: Hungary's Journey to Democracy - November 7 at 6:00 PM

Publicated on: November 4, 2013

You are cordially invited to a discussion with Prof. János Horváth, Member of the Hungarian Parliament about Hungary's Journey to Democracy: A personal account.

Dr. János Horváth (born November 7, 1921) is a Hungarian economist and politician, member of the Hungarin National Assembly (MP) the only member of Parliament who served in the National Assembly of Hungary prior to the Communist regime. He participated in the national resistance in 1944 against the Arrow Cross regime as a member of the "Free Life" Students' Movement for which he was arrested by the Gestapo and sentenced to death but managed to escape from prison.

During the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, he participated in the reorganization of the Independent Smallholders' Party, the Hungarian Alliance of Peasants, and became president of the National Council for Economic Policy After the suppression of the revolution, he left the country along with his wife on November 4, 1956 and immigrated to the United States.

He was awarded a Ph.D. degree from the Columbia University of New York in 1966 and became a professor of Butler University since 1968. In Indiana in 1992 he ran against Andrew Jacobs, Jr. for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is the recipient of numerous awards, among them the Truman - Reagan Freedom Medal.

He returned to Hungary by the invitation of Viktor Orbán, leader of Fidesz in 1997. He was elected to the National Assembly of Hungary in the 1998 Hungarian parliamentary election and currently serves as the most senior member of Parliament in Hungary.

The discussion will be held on Thursday, November 7 from 6:00 PM at the Embassy of Hungary (3910 Shoemaker Street, NW.)

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