Talk: Violence and Violins

Start Date: March 02 2017 - 05:30 PM

End Date: March 02 2017 - 10:00 PM

Audience: Student, Faculty and Staff

Category: Lectures

Location: S-112


QCC Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society Sponsors a Lecture by The Long Island Subsection of the NY-ACS Seminar of Dr. Joseph Nagyvary, Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University- Title of Talk: "Violence and Violins" Synopsis: Dr. Joseph Nagyvary's talk will be of interest to many disciplines in particular Chemistry, History, and Music. It will focus on his recently published book "Violence and Violins - The Making of a Hungarian Refugee". Dr. Nagyvary will talk about his time as a young Hungarian Chemistry Student during the period of the Cold War, and how he and his journey from escaping Hungary to Austria to Switzerland to England and to finally ending up in the United States in 1964 where he currently resides. Dr. Nagyvary will explain how his life experiences and childhood passion for classical music led him to research and develop his theory that the chemicals used to treat the wood used to make the violin - and not Stradivarius' violin-making skills - where the thing responsible for its unique, pristine sound. His theory caused considerable outrage in music circles, but was indeed correct (Nature, 444.30 Nov. 2006, p.565). His book, published last October coincides with the sixtieth anniversary of the 1956 events and is now available at Amazon. For more information on its content, go to and for more information regarding his violins please visit Dr. Nagyvary suggests watching a short 24 minute video about the "Revolt in Hungary, 1956" Narrated by Walter Cronkite (CBS).

All are welcome! After Seminar Dinner: At a nearby restaurant, $25.00 per person. 


Contact Name: Marlon Moreno

Contact Phone: 718.281.5017

Contact Email:

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