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.
News & Events
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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What's New at the IAUNRC
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.
From 2009 to the present, the IAUNRC has reached over 4,000 students and 319 teachers in more than 150 schools in 29 states across the U.S. and in Alberta, Canada through its rich, interactive video programming on topics related to Central Eurasia. This year the IAUNRC is pleased to further enrich its offerings by adding three new programs.
Past Events Highlights
On November 6th, 2013 Nicola Di Cosmo gave the 2013 Yuri Bregel Lecture at Indiana University. Professor Nicola Di Cosmo is a noted specialist on the history of China and Inner Asia; since 2003 he has been the Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.
On November 19th, 2013 Indiana University was proud to host Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States, Elin Suleymanov. Over 100 people attended the Ambassador’s talk, “The Future of Azerbaijan as an Energy and Cultural Crossroads”.
On November 2nd, 2013 the Indiana University community celebrated the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the the Republic of Turkey
On October 17th, 2013 the Bloomington and Indiana University communities gathered to commemorate the 1956 Revolution in Hungary. The 1956 Revolution lasted from October 23rd until November 10th when Hungarians nationwide spontaneously protested against the Soviet policies of the People’s Republic of Hungary and over 200,000 members of the resistance were then forced to flee as refugees. The Bloomington commemoration included the readings of poems from Hungarian poets and refugees including Faludy György and Márai Sándor.
The 2013 Lotus World Music Festival ran from September 25th to September 29th, reaching a large range of audiences through a variety of ticketed and free to the public events. 2013 was a particularly special Lotus as it celebrated its 20th anniversary. This year the IAUNRC was proud to sponsor performances by three groups: Frigg (Finland/Norway), Kardemimmit (Finland), and Srinivas Krishnan, Abbos Kosimov, Homayun Sakhi, and Friends (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, India).