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.
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 April 5th, 2014 Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the keynote address, entitled "From goulash communism to goulash populism: Path-dependence in Hungarian economic transformation", for the Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association. His talk focused on Hungarian economic history in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that the slow yet steady erosion of Hungary’s economic performance in the new millennium is a direct, though unintended consequence of Hungary’s previous successes (the “good old days” of goulash communism).