Uniting Through Culture

  • Academic Head of Modern Languages at renown German University
  • Creator and Host of the Podcast, Language and Culture with Dr. J (available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcast, and on cultureum.com)
  • Founder of Éditions Quadylle (novels, short stories, poetry, auto/biographies, lifestyle, young adult literature, children’s books – books for the entire family); contributing author under several different pseudonyms
  • Wife (Husband Dr. med. Hendrik Runte), Mother to 3 Children
  • Born in the Carpathian Basin as a Hungarian minority
  • Father former National Olympic Weightlifting Coach to Romania, Istvan Javorek, who defected to Germany and then to the USA in 1982
  • Grew up with Hungarian, Romanian, French and English, has since added Spanish and German
  • Education in USA and France – PhD (the sociological effects of theater on the community), MA (French Literature), BA (Human Biology, French), Pre-med
  • Home = Hamburg, Germania via Kansas and Texas; close affinity with France and Hungary

„Language, literature, culture, society, politics and the arts are all inextricably intertwined and feed off of one another. Communication is the key and language just a small component.“

Joann Thornton and Her Last Will

JOANN Thornton is about to retire … and she is not happy about it. There is so much she has not yet experienced. There is so much she regrets. JOANN is confused, disappointed, angry, and everything in between. Determined not to miss out on the rest of her life, JOANN sets out to experience unfulfilled fantasies, to find an unconventional way to retire, and to make an important decision about her last will.

Paris & Chicago

She is Paris. He is Chicago. She speaks through poetry. He texts, and phones, and uses all of today’s modern means of communication.

Told from both perspectives of a love affair, this literary work traces with great innocence the meeting of two cities and two cultures, the course of a relationship gone bad, and the clash of poetry and prose. 

We Fade To Green

When Margit’s Transylvanian grandparents no longer manage to live on their own, they move in with their daughter and her family in the US. Throw in three kids of different ages and a black cat, and you might think you’ve figured out the story.

Clothing and Fashion Language and Culture with Dr. J

  1. Clothing and Fashion
  2. Politics
  3. Food!
  4. Grace