One afternoon last fall, Emile Bruneau, a cognitive neuroscientist from MIT, met with three research assistants at Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, to plan a series of behavioral experiments. The school system in Hungary (and in many if not most other European countries) has a history of discriminating against Roma students, going so far as … Continue reading On Bias and Blind Spots
Gusev is the larger of two Roma settlements in the Hungarian city of Nyiregyhaza. I visited the settlement back in October, to report on a school segregation case that had made headlines. As I reported in the New York Times, the court had ruled that the Greek Catholic Church was breaking anti-segregation laws by running a school in the settlement for Roma students, while keeping a much nicer school in the center city for non-Roma students. At the time of my visit, school officials had appealed that ruling, and the school itself was still open. The court ultimately rejected their appeal.
The following is from an interview with Marianna Pongo, an author and artist who grew up in the settlement, and who is raising her own son there, now.
Continue reading Roma Project – Untold Stories: Marianna Pongo, the artist in Gusev
1. On a late afternoon this past October, a dozen or so mothers set out with their children from Keleti, the smaller of two Roma settlements in the city of Nyiregyhaza, Hungary. They walked across the four-lane highway that borders the settlement, past the Mercedes Benz dealership on the other side, and down a footpath … Continue reading Roma Project: The Mothers of Keleti
I spent five weeks reporting from the Roma communities in Hungary, on a Pulitzer Traveling Grant. In the days and weeks ahead, I’ll be posting several articles and anecdotes both here and on my Medium page. But in the meantime, here are some quick slide shows from just two of the settlements I visited. And if you … Continue reading Roma Project: Maps, Pictures & Sources
I visited the Roma settlement in Gyongyospata just a few days after two major Roma victories: the mayoral election and the court case challenging the local school’s segregation policies. Continue reading Roma Project: Gyongyospata
I spent the months of September and October reporting from Hungary on the challenges of Roma integration and the lives of the Roma themselves. This post is the back-story to that project. Continue reading Roma Project: Backstory