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Spring 2012

IAUNRC Updates

May is upon us: another academic year comes has come to an end at Indiana University. At the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, too, another successful semester and year has now been completed. Leading up to its coming fiftieth anniversary (2012-2013), the IAUNRC has been hard at work in the past months improving its resource offerings, revamping its outreach efforts, and staying on the cutting edge of Eurasian cultural events on the IU campus and elsewhere.

Ramila Mukshairoeva came to Bloomington this January as a Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) fellow. Originally from Khorog, Tajikistan, she currently works as a manager and librarian and at the University of Central Asia’s Resource Center in Dushanbe. Intent on continuing her education and ultimately pursuing a graduate degree in information and library science, Ms. Mukshairoeva saw the opportunity to spend a semester as a visiting scholar here at IU as an important first step towards achieving her goals.

Eurasian-related events have become a regular part of Indiana University’s cultural programming: every week lectures are held, holidays are celebrated, and even cooking competitions have become a frequent occurrence on campus. The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center is closely involved with many of these events, and we do our best to report on cultural and academic moments of note throughout the year. The internet doesn't yet let us share plov via the IAUNRC website, but we do try to highlight as many lectures, visiting professors, and festivals as we can.

The IAUNRC has long developed and provided lesson plans to K-12 educators – the first Central Asia-related school units were written and published by the Center in 1978, and can still be found online today. As local and national standards have changed over the years, moreover, the IAUNRC has worked to stay ahead of the curve and made sure to continuously update its lesson plan offerings. In the past year especially, the Center has significantly improved and expanded the free lesson plans available on its website. Today, the IAUNRC offers more than twenty lesson plans free to elementary, middle, and high-school teachers on a variety of subjects and geographic topic areas.

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