The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society

invites you to a presentation and library book talk by:

Judith Kesserű Némethy


 “21st Century Hungarian Language Survival in Transylvania”

 Friday, 15 September, 2017 at 6:30 PM

American Hungarian Library

213 East 82nd Street, New York City, NY 10028

RSVP and inquiries: Tel: 1-646-340-4172 – email:


Admission is free – donations to the Library are appreciated – Reception to Follow

 The American Hungarian Library and Historical Society is pleased to sponsor a talk and conversation with Professor Némethy about this fascinating volume. She has done a great service to historiography of the region by initiating, organizing and editing the essays in this work dealing with the present day situation of Hungarian as a minority language in Romania. She will share her experiences working with authors in Hungary and Transylvania, the challenge of translation, and the process by which a scholarly compendium such as this comes together.

This collection of research is an important addition to the study of the Hungarian language in the Diaspora that should be of interest not only to linguists and sociolinguists but to historians and political or social scientists, educators, and dialectologists as well. The problems presented, albeit referring specifically to the Hungarian language in Romania today, have parallels across borders and across all languages spoken by minorities.

 About the presenter:

Judith Kesserű Némethy is Clinical Professor (retired) in New York University’s Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Born in Hungary, she grew up in Argentina. Her research and teaching interests include foreign language teaching methodology, second language acquisition, bilingualism, Spanish dialectology, and ethnic, minority and diaspora studies. She has published widely on the history of Hungarian émigrés in Argentina, on South American youth of Hungarian descent, on Hungarian instruction in Western countries, and on bilingualism of American-Hungarian teenagers. As a Fulbright scholar and visiting professor at the University of Szeged, she taught courses on Latin American Literature and on the History of the Hungarian Diaspora. She was director of the Spanish Language Program at New York University for 20 years.

Dr. Némethy is past president of the American Hungarian Educators Association, Executive Committee member of the Hungarian Scout Association in Exteris and administrator of scholarship applications to the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (formerly Balassi Institute) Hungarian Language and Cultural Studies program for students of Hungarian descent. She is a recipient of the 2012 Knight Cross Merit Award of the Republic of Hungary and of NYU’s 2013 Golden Dozen Teaching Award.