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The hosting of Central Eurasian themed events is an important component of the IAUNRC's educational outreach efforts. Coverage of events held in the past can be seen at our website's Past Events Highlights page and also in our collection of biannual newsletters. For the latest Center-related news, please see our What's New page.

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Dr. Mohammad Gharipour is an associate professor of architecture at Morgan State University, a partner institution. In addition, Dr. Gharipour is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. On March 9th, 2015, Dr. Gharipour came to Indiana University to give a talk for the CEUS Colloquium series, entitled "Pavilions in Persian Gardens: Context, Design, and Function." Prior to his talk, IAUNRC Graduate Assistant Alexander Zakel got a chance to talk with Dr.

Doctor Edward Lazzerini gave a presentation on January 16th, 2015 on the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS). Dr. Lazzerini, the director of SRIFIAS, began by talking about the many resources available within the SRIFIAS library. A non-lending institution, the SRIFIAS library contains thousands of texts relevant to the region, including rare manuscripts and imprints. The Institute also contains microfilm copies of Central Eurasian manuscripts that are otherwise unavailable outside of Central Asia.

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, six Title VI National Resource Centers plan to award stipends to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop and incorporate greater content about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia into the curricula of the institutions at which they teach. Faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions throughout the U.S. are invited to apply for a course development stipend.

Kenny Linden, a Graduate Assistant at the IAUNRC, shares his experiences in Mongolia over the summer.

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Past Events Highlights

On January 26th, 2015, Dr. Rohullah Amin gave at talk at entitled “Dehumanizing Stereotypes of the ‘Other’ in Afghan Ethnic Relations.” In it, he laid out some of the findings of his research into the transmission of intra-ethnic stereotypes in Afghanistan.

On February 20th, The Mongolia Society, hosted the annual celebration of Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year. As CEUS Professor Dr. Christopher Atwood explained in his introductory remarks, the new year is the Blue Female Sheep Year, as Mongolian has none of the ambiguities between sheep and goats found in Chinese. The celebration featured Mongolian language songs sung by students of Senior Lecturer Tserenchunt Legden, the Mongolian Language instructor at Indiana University.

On February 20th, 2015, Kamol Mustaev, a visiting Fulbright scholar in the department of Comparative Literature and Samarkand native, gave a presentation entitled “On the Same Latitude on the Other Side of the Earth: Views, Sounds and Taste of Samarkand.” Prior to the event, traditional Samarkandi food was served. Prof. Mustaev began by talking about Central Eurasia and the history of Samarkand, one of the oldest cities in Uzbekistan.

Amita Vempati is a graduate student in the Central Eurasian Studies Department and the School of Public and Enviornmental Affairs. She is the Outreach Graduate Assistant at the IAUNRC for 2014-15.

The morning rush out the door felt just the same: my Dad yelled at me to eat something while I filled my thermos with tea and grabbed a Larabar. The drive felt just as stress-laden as I dodged the Plano traffic And walking around the school I went to felt so similar. Except now I had on a visitor’s badge and was actually teaching class.

On January 16th, 2015, members of the IU and Bloomington communities came together to welcome the Tibetan New Year in a celebration held by the Tibetan Studies Student Association. The celebration marked the beginning of the lunar year of the Female Wood Sheep. After a brief prayer by a monk from one of the local Buddhist centers, Dr. Elliot Sperling of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies gave a talk recounting notable events that had taken place during past years of the Female Wood Sheep. After his talk, a member of the Bloomington Tibetan community gifted Dr.

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