Internship Final Review: The Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives

Monday, September 04, 2017 Csaba Szilágyi

At the start of this semester (January 2017), I was feeling anxious, excited, and driven to take on a new challenge and experience unlike any other opportunity I have had during my time at George Mason University. I felt anxious because I wanted to succeed and prove to my colleagues and supervisors that I can take on any challenge, however, not having the proper experience with extensive research and archival work still proved as intimidating.

Opening Speech

Thursday, July 27, 2017 Csaba Szilágyi

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Welcome to the opening of the “Afghanistan, the Graveyard of Empires - the Soviet War” exhibition at the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives at the Central European University. I am delighted to address you at the opening of this exhibition not only because I have the utmost honor and privilege to contribute a few items from my modest Soviet Afghan war collection, but also because my acceptance of this invitation from OSA was my way of saying “I STAND WITH CEU”.

Visible Thinking in Archives

Friday, June 09, 2017 Anikó Kövecsi

A recent encounter with the concept of Visible Thinking (VT) during a training organized by the Amsterdam based Thinking Museum inspired this brief piece about its applicability in an archival setting. Blinken OSA is a repository of unique collections primarily related to the history of the Cold War and international human rights violations, a research center as well as a public space with exhibits, conferences, screenings, film festivals, a special archival teaching program, and education outreach programs for K-12 schools. So how can a complex institution such as Blinken OSA make use of VT to bring history closer to younger generations and encourage critical thinking? In the following, I will detail a few VT routines tailored to familiarize participants with particular archival collections and historical events, and rethink them in a contemporary context.

Human Rights Archives and the Global Refugee Experience

Thursday, May 25, 2017 Csaba Szilágyi

Blinken OSA held a presentation and an in-house seminar to explore the possibilities of human rights archives’ involvement in documenting and presenting the global refugee experience. This was at the same time the concluding event of a four-month internship on the same topic, a program run by George Mason University and hosted by Blinken OSA.

Unite, Fight, Win!

Monday, May 08, 2017 Anna Mazanik

A call for democracy from the Soviet Samizdat Archives

A Spy or Not a Spy: New Perspectives on the Most Famous Polish Spy Story through the Lens of Free Europe Committee/Radio Free Europe

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Anton Mudrak

The digitization of documents leaves those who study history without the charm of digging into the dusty stacks of documents, but HU OSA 298, the new collection of Free Europe Committee (FEC) materials allows scholars to experience the James Bond spirit as they search through the "strictly confidential" ciphered messages. New documents published by the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives (Blinken OSA) offer more insights into the history of CIA-funded RFE from the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Who Is Behind the Symbols of Socialist Art?

Tuesday, March 07, 2017 Katalin Székely

The exhibition The Symbols of Socialist Art – Revisited at the Blinken OSA explores and critically re-evaluates the Communist Iconologia encapsulated in the visual dictionary of Nóra Aradi, the omnipotent guardian of Socialist Realism in Hungary, with the help of contemporary artists from Central and Eastern Europe. It also investigates the role Aradi had in the making of the Hungarian art history of the 2nd half of the 20th century.

Cséplő Gyuri – egy dokumentumfilm dokumentumai. Jávor István fotói és egyéb iratok

Monday, October 24, 2016 Zsuzsanna Zádori

Újragondolt szegénység. Konferencia Kemény István emlékére címmel kétnapos rendezvényt szervezett az OSA Archívum 2016. szeptember 27-28 -án. A konferencia apropóján rendezett kamarakiállítás Kemény István és Schiffer Pál alkotói együttműködésének irat- és fotódokumentumaiból mutat be válogatást a Centrális Galériában.

Visitors’ Reflections on the Olympics and Politics: Berlin | Barcelona 1936 Exhibition

Thursday, October 13, 2016 Anikó Kövecsi

Following a two-week extension, Blinken OSA closed its latest exhibition entitled Olympics and Politics: Berlin | Barcelona 1936 on September 10, 2016.

„Emigrált dallamok” - Részletek Bartók leveleiből, előadásaiból, publikációiból - Széljegyzet a menekültügyi népszavazáshoz

Friday, September 30, 2016 Katalin Székely

1. Magyar népzene és új magyar zene (1928)

A zenei szemle 1928-ban közölte Bartók Magyar népzene és új magyar zene című előadásának szövegét, ami a szerző amerikai útján hangzott el.

„Ami engem illet, nem csupán magyar, hanem tót és román népzenét is gyűjtöttem és vettem mintául. Sőt a világháború előtt Észak-Afrikában is jártam, hogy a Szahara arab népzenéjét gyűjtsem és tanulmányozzam. Nem zárkóztam el az arab népzene hatása elől sem: zongoraszvitem (op. 14.) harmadik tételére pl. az arab népi zene hatott.”