social conscience was developed long before coming to the
United States. Living in Communist Hungary in the 1970s
and 1980s, she saw first hand the effects the system had
on the economy and the spirit of the people.
up in a country with an 1,100-year history, much of it
clouded by foreign oppression (Tatars, Turks, Nazis, Soviets),
gave Szilvia an expanded perspective on the world and a
greater appreciation for human rights. Her grandfather
Lajos, for instance, who often warned about the seeming
inevitability of governmental corruption, excesses and
abuses, spent five years in a forced-labor camp in Siberia
following World War II. More than 700,000 Hungarians (mostly civilians)
were sent to the Soviet gulags. Some 300,000 never returned.
2000, Szilvia graduated with honors (3.950 GPA) from Glendale
Community College. Then, in September 2002, she graduated
summa cum laude (3.868 GPA) from the University of California,
Los Angeles, with a bachelor’s degree in political
science. She then headed to UCLA’s cross-town rival
for graduate school.
In May 2004, she earned her master’s degree in International
Relations from the University of Southern California. Established
in 1924, USC’s School of International Relations is
the third-oldest school of international affairs in the world,
behind the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University
Her master’s thesis was on: English School Solidarism:
Guidelines for Humanitarian Intervention.
at USC, she was a teaching assistant to Dr. Steven Lamy,
who, at the time, was the director of the School of International
became a United States citizen in 2002 and co-founded Globalist
Films in 2003, with an eye toward expanding the understanding
Americans have about the world.
a member of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council and Women
in International Security.
Szilvia lives in Glendale, California with her husband Peter
and daughter June.