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Fall 2012/Spring 2013

Recently, the IU community had a rare chance to engage with Pema Tseden and his films during a three-week long film series, Tibetan New Wave Cinema, at the IU Cinema. The series was sponsored by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC), Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, and the IU Student Board, attracting nearly 400 people. All three of his feature-length films—Silent Holy Stones (2005), The Search (2009), and Old Dog (2010)—were screened, and Pema Tseden himself was invited to interact with the audience at the presentation of his most recent film.

Timor Sharan, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter (UK), draws upon his own years of experience working in different donor agencies and policy research organizations in Afghanistan as well as his training in Development Studies and Political Science to map out the complexities of international intervention efforts in Afghanistan with their intended, and many unintended, consequences.

Each summer, for the past sixty-three years, students from all over the world converge in Bloomington to study over twenty less commonly taught languages offered at the Summer Language Workshop (SWSEEL). Founded in 1950, SWSEEL is one of the oldest and largest programs of its kind in North America and has grown to include Central Eurasian languages such as Dari, Kazakh, Mongolian, Hungarian, Pashto, Tatar, Uyghur, and Uzbek. This year, for the first time, Turkish and Persian were also offered.

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On Tuesday, September 4th, 2012, Daniel A. Hirshberg, a postdoctoral fellow in Tibetan Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, gave a lecture at the Indiana Memorial Union entitled, “Drawing Honey from Historiography: Analyzing the Oldest Extant Manuscript of the Oldest Extant History of Buddhism in Tibet.”

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