Forrás. [Source., or Boiling point] is a blog series by the Blinken OSA staff at the Hungarian news website 444.hu. This is a translation of the blog post that originally appeared on osaarchivum.444.hu, on the occasion of the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th US President.
The Blinken OSA launches a blog series at 444.hu, one of the leading independent news websites in Hungary. The blog entitled Forrás. [meaning source and, with the dot pronounced, boiling point] will consist of posts written by the Blinken OSA staff, revolved around archival documents and their archival, historical, and contemporary context. As 444.hu is in Hungarian, English translations will be published here, at the Blinken OSA website.
Today, twenty-five years have passed since the official signing of the Dayton Peace Agreement in Paris.
December 10 is Human Rights Day, celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on this day, in 1948. On this occasion, we share another declaration: the 1988 Political Program Declaration of FIDESZ.
I have kept getting polite versions of the above question ever since I started talking to colleagues about the exciting prospects of expanding the Vera and Donald Blinken Open Society Archives’ collection of survey data. Joe Biden’s unexpectedly bumpy ride to an Electoral College majority turned this nagging question into a burning issue that may undermine the credibility of much social science research worldwide. Let me address the problem in three steps.
In February, when we recapped the first event of the Re:Verzió series below, we couldn't know that the program was soon to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We were aware of the disease, but not of the fundamental impact it was about to have on our everyday lives, once evolving into a pandemic.
September 28 is the international day of freedom of information, also called as the Right to Know Day, which UNESCO recently proclaimed as the International Day for Universal Access to Information
The first time I heard about Blinken OSA was in spring 2019, when I was spending a semester in Budapest as an Erasmus+ exchange student in my second year of the master’s degree in “Library and Archival Studies.” I had a meeting with Csaba Szilágyi and Örs Lehel Tari, to discuss the possibility of starting an internship at the Archives after my graduation, in the frame of the Erasmus+ Traineeship program.
August 1 will mark the 45th anniversary of the Helsinki Accords, which, owing to its human rights principle, became a catalyst of the 1989 regime change.
On July 17, the Archive's gallery space reopens, presenting the exhibition POST-SOVIET – Photos by Lenke Szilágyi 1990–2002. Lenke Szilágyi (who has also been working as a photo-archivist in the Archives for a number of years) has regularly traveled to the (former) Soviet Union, witnessing and documenting the fall of Communism and Post-Soviet realities. Her photos are sensitive imprints of an era of constant change and a territory of eternal immutability.