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Past Events Highlights

By Shahlo Seidmedova

On Friday, November 11, the film “Bringing Tibet Home” was screened at Woodburn Hall in IMU followed by a Q&A session with the director, Tenzin Tsetan Choklay. Choklay is a New York based Tibetan filmmaker who won the “Emerging Director Award” at the 2014 Asian American International Film Festival in New York City.

By Jessica Storey-Nagy

In early November, Professor Péter Krekóand I were invited to talk to students and faculty at Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina about the importance of international and area studies and to share our research on Hungarian nationalism.

The Department of Central Eurasian Studies lost two long-time department members this past summer. Professor Emeritus Mihály Szegedy-Maszák and Professor Emeritus Yuri Bregel both made numerous and invaluable contributions to the university over the past two decades, and both were renowned world wide in their respective fields.  “The contributions of Professors Bregel and Szegedy-Maszák , as both teachers and scholars in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, were simply outstanding and will remain firmly fixed in our memory,” said Dr.

Assalom Uzbek classes at IU Bridges Language Program

Shahloh Seidmedova

Learning the Art of Uyghur Dolan Meshrep

By Rebecca Martin


Elisa Räsänen is the new Finnish lecturer in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Finnish Language and Literature and a masters degree in Teaching Finnish as a Second and Foreign Language from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland. 

Last Spring, Dr. Edward Lazzerini was awarded a $71,000 National Endowment for the Humanities grant. The award is allowing him, along with a team of domestic and international scholars, to create a massive relational database for Muslim subjects of the Russian Empire between 1828 and 1918. The data includes longitudinal vital statistics and social information gathered from the nominally-named metrical books found in mosques throughout Russia.  He said this is the first time that this data has been analyzed for Muslim communities in the former Soviet Union.

Dr. András Kappanyos is this year’s György Ránki Hungarian Chair Visiting Professor. Although Kappanyos has been to New York City in the past, this is his first time working and living in the US for a prolonged period of time.  The chair supports visiting professors from Hungary and rotates on a biannual basis. The 2014-15 Chair was János Kocsis, who has returned to his home institution in Budapest.

This weekend, the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) will be hosting the Second Conference on Central Asian Languages and Linguistics (ConCALL-2) at Indiana University.  The main goal of ConCALL is to bring researchers focusing on how Central Asian languages are represented formally, as well as acquired by second/foreign language learners.  Thus, research into both formal linguistics and language acquisition is represented.

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Mongolian FLTA Temuujin Nyamdavaa

On November 10, the IAUNRC sat down with Temuujin, our Mongolian FLTA this year. He is assisting our Mongolian lecturer, Tserenchunt, with teaching the multiple levels (including one post-advanced) that are offered through the department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information about these courses, visit or contact


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