Robert Clegg Austin (PhD University of Toronto) is a specialist on East Central and Southeastern Europe in historic and contemporary perspective. In the past, Dr. Austin was a Tirana-based correspondent of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty; a Slovak-based correspondent with The Economist Group of Publications; and a news writer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto. Austin has written articles for The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, Orbis, East European Politics and Societies and East European Quarterly. He has lectured widely in Europe and North America. He is now Senior Lecturer at CERES. Austin wil be teaching the Hungarian history course in the spring term.
Dr. László J. Kulcsár is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at Kansas State University. His field of expertise is social demography and regional development, with a particular emphasis on migration, urbanization, and spatial inequalities. Dr. Kulcsár participates in interdisciplinary research programs that tie population trends to land use change and the transforming rural landscape in the Great Plains. He also studies the social and demographic transformation of Eastern Europe from a historical perspective, with a particular emphasis on the post-socialist period. Dr. Kulcsár teaches courses on social and spatial inequalities, population dynamics, aging, immigration, and research methodology.
Susan M. Papp earned a Master of Arts in North American Social History at York University in Toronto in 1985. Ms. Papp began her career in journalism in 1981 at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in the Radio Drama department as a historical researcher.
In 1988, Ms. Papp became a current affairs producer in the regional news department at the CBC. One of the televised documentaries she produced, “The Half Million Dollar Man,” told the story of one Canadian addict who went to the United States and manipulated his way in and out of seven addiction treatment centres in a matter of twenty months. The story brought about the resignation of the Minister of Health, and within months, caused the Government of Ontario to change its out-of-country payment policies for addiction treatment. It won two of the most prestigious awards in Canada: The Michener Award and The Best Investigative Award of the Canadian Journalists Association. Ms. Papp was then hired as a producer/director with the current affairs programme, The Journal, which later became Prime Time News. In 1995, Ms. Papp founded her own television production company, Postmodern Productions, and has since produced many independent documentaries for broadcasters worldwide.
Ms. Papp most recently authored a book entitled Outcasts: A Love Story, published by Dundurn Press (May 2009). It is about the love story between a Jewish woman and the Christian man who tries to save her during World War II in Nazi occupied Hungary. They are swept apart, only to be reunited here in Canada. A documentary of the same title and subject, produced and directed by Ms. Papp, was broadcast on OMNI Television in the fall of 2009 and has premiered in Tel Aviv and Los Angeles.
Susan Papp has taught in the School of Journalism at Ryerson University. She is Adjunct Scholar at the Multicultural History Society of Ontario and has written and published widely on Hungarian immigration to and settlement in North America.
Eva M. Tomory graduated from Nagy Lajos High School in Pécs, Hungary. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto and her master's degree from York University. She is currently working on her Ph.D. at the University of Pécs, expecting to receive her degree in 2013..
With occasional short breaks, she taught elementary, intermediate and advanced Hungarian language courses at the Hungarian Chair of the University of Toronto from 1984 to 2001. From 1991 to 2010 she was the associate secretary of the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada, a scholarly organization devoted to the study of Hungarian culture and history at an academic level.
Eva has been published in the Hungarian Studies Review and has presented papers at the annual conferences of the Hungarian Studies Association of Canada held by the Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and at academic conferences in the Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania, the United States and Hungary.