The Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk Series is a new discussion series organized and hosted by the IAUNRC that premiered this fall. In these series of brown bag talks, graduate students that study the region from a variety of disciplines discuss their research, the projects they are working on, and their field experiences. The series is designed to give an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with their peers in an informal setting, though all are welcome.
Here at the IAUNRC, we are very pleased to share the news that our own graduate assistant, Margaret Sullivan, a master’s student in the joint-degree program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), has been awarded an Alfa Fellowship to develop her career in social welfare and policy issues in Russia.
Malik Hodjaev, Soper Lecturer in Uzbek in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), has been awarded the Trustees Teaching Award in the Non-Tenure Track Faculty Group.
These awards were established to recognize and enhance excellent teaching at Indiana University, especially at the undergraduate level. This award is extremely competitive and marks the first time that it has been awarded to a CEUS lecturer.
The IAUNRC is a United States Department of Education Title VI grant institution that coordinates resources to increase understanding of all aspects of the diverse region and peoples of the Inner Asia and Uralic Regions. The IAUNRC works in tandem with four other Indiana University organizations focused on Central Eurasia, making IU the nation's paramount academic institution for the study of this region. These partner organizations are:
On February 24, 2014 Bulgaa Altangerel, Mongolia’s Ambassador to the United States, visited Indiana University to meet with administrators, faculty, students, and Mongolian community members to discuss strengthening economic and educational exchanges between our two countries.
On January 31st, 2014 the Bloomington community celebrated Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year. Tsagaan Sar is one of the two most important holidays in Mongolia and is celebrated for three days, where friends and relatives visit each other’s homes to exchange blessings for the new year, small gifts, and lots of food. Because of Indiana University’s robust Mongolian language program, faculty, students, and visiting scholars all contributed to the cultural performances, planned by Senior Lecturer Tserenchunt Legden and Mongolian FLTA Oyungerel Puntsagdulam.