The International Journal of Arts & Sciences’ (IJAS) international conference for academic disciplines will be held at the American University of Rome, Via Pietro Roselli 4, Rome. The conference will run from 22 to 25 October  2013.
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Erika Solyom

American Corner Budapest
Budapest :: Hungary
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During her earlier academic career, in 1991 she had earned a diploma in Russian and English Studies at the Eszterhazy Karoly College of Education in Eger, Hungary. In 1996, she received her first M.A. degree in English Language and Literature at ELTE in Budapest. In 2003 and 2005, respectively, she earned two Master’s degrees (M.A. and M.Phil.) in Linguistics at NYU. Both in Hungary and in the United States, in addition to her degree requirements, she also took courses in Theoretical Linguistics and African Studies.

She wrote her M.A. thesis in Hungary on language pedagogy for Roma minority students and on language rights. She did her M.A. thesis at NYU on language attitudes in Hungary to dialects, and on theoretical phonology. During her university studies, besides Russian and English, she also took courses in Italian, Wolof and Turkish. She received undergraduate and graduate study abroad grants in Russia, England and Italy.

Within the field of sociolinguistics and anthropological linguistics, her research interests are primarily in intercultural communication, minority language education, linguistic human rights, language and ethnic minorities, language and gender, language and political economy and language change, especially in connection with processes of globalization.

She has twenty years teaching experience at every level of instructions. She has taught (both B.A. and M.A.) sociolinguistic courses at New York University, and also at the Summer University at the Central European University in Budapest. Since 2004, she has been teaching Hungarian as a Foreign Language for study abroad students at the ELTE - University of California Study Abroad Program in Budapest and most recently at the International Study Programs (ISP) at Corvinus University of Budapest.

In addition to teaching, she has also worked in administrative and coordinator positions at several foundations and institutes concerned with human rights, both in the USA and in Hungary (e.g. Public Interest Law Initiative, Open Society Institute). Earlier in her career, she also worked in the business sphere and in the field of advertisement. She is a founding member of NANE (Women for Women Against Violence), one of the first feminist organizations of Hungary from the early 1990s. She was involved with establishing the first local hot-line for battered women and children.

During the last four years of her residence in New York, she worked as a Project Associate at the Metropolitan Center for Urban Education, where she was a supervisor of a national reading and literacy program for elementary students in the most proverty stricken areas of New York City, primarily in the Bronx and Harlem. During two of these years she was also a professional developer, elementary and high-school seminar organizer as well as one of the educational trainers of the center. The topics of the trainings included stereotypes present in education and developing anti-discrimination strategies.

In 2002, she published with her co-author Carol H. Rounds Colloquial Hungarian, which appeared in Routledge’s well-known series of linguistically oriented texts in language pedagogy. That book has garnered numerous positive reviews. In 2003, for linguistics research in Hungary, she was awarded a US Fulbright-Hays Fellowship. Between 2003 and 2005, she conducted research on Hungarian language change related to globalization as well as the political and economic changes in the post-communism regime, marked by the year of 1989. Her sociolinguistic findings appeared in Comparative Hungarian Cultural Studies edited by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek and Louise O. Vasvári in 2011.

Since 2009, she has been the Director of the American Corner Budapest cultural, informatinal and resource center at Corvinus University of Budapest. At the center, she organizes fifty plus programs annually about American culture for local audiences with the mission of sprea

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