On October 15, 2015 Dr. Willard Sunderland gave a lecture entitled, "Journeys with Baron Ungern: Empire and Bibliography in the Russian Revolution," at Woodburn Hall, Indiana University in Bloomington. This was put on by the Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Fund and hosted by the History Department, REEI, and IAUNRC. Dr. Sunderland has a doctorate from IU and is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.
Past Events Highlights
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the School of Global and International Studies, Niamatullah Ibrahimi gave a lecture on, “Peaceful Activism and Contentious Politics in Post-Taliban Afghanistan.” Niamatullah Ibrahimi has a B.S. in International relations from LSE, is a PhD candidate in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University, and is currently visiting Indiana University as an ANU-IU Pan-Asia Institute Doctoral Fellow.
The following was written by Jason Vincz for the Russian and Eastern European Institute. Reused with permission.
On March 27th, 2015, the Islamic Studies program hosted a talk by IU graduate student Rosemary Pennington entitled “Weaving Together A Socially Mediated Muslim Self.” The subject of the talk was the dynamic process of identity formation among Muslims on the social media site Tumblr. Because of the particularities of Tumblr’s infrastructure, it allows users to create a dialogue about what it means to be a Muslim in the form of reblogs, tags, and likes.
On Thursday, March 26th at Willkie Auditorium, the Navruz Student Association once again hosted Indiana University’s Navruz celebration. The Persian holiday dates back to pre-Islamic times and is now celebrated as a spring festival in Turkey, Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Xinjiang, and myriad diaspora communities. The event was funded by the Indiana University Students Association and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.
On March 23rd, 2015, Dr. Anne Tamm, a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University and Associate Professor at Hungary Károli Gáspár University gave a presentation as a part of the Spring 2015 CEUS Colloquium talks. Her talk was entitled “Negation in Uralic Languages,” and focused on the extensive forms of negation that are a part of various Uralic languages. Of the seventeen languages that Dr. Tamm used as the basis of her research, the majority are endangered.
On March 10th, 2015, the Hungarian Student Association celebrated the 1848 Hungarian Revolution at the University Club. Following an introductory speech by Dr. Bence Ságvári, a visiting Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Hungarian students performed songs and recited Hungarian poems. Afterward, traditional Hungarian food was served for the many attendees.
Funding was provided by the Hungarian Cultural Association, Central Eurasian and Uralic Studies Department, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Russian and East European Institute, and the IU Student Association
On March 9th, the IAUNRC was privileged to have Dr. Mohammad Gharipour from Morgan State University give a talk on “Pavilions in Persian Gardens: Context, Design, and Function” as a part of the Spring 2015 CEUS Colloquium Series. Trained as an architect, Dr. Gharipour’s approach to the history of architecture is unique and pulls from multiple sources of analysis, including art and literature.
On March 7th, 2015, the Indiana University Association of Central Eurasian Students held its 22nd Annual Conference in Hodge Hall. The conference saw increased participation from last year, with over forty scholars and students participating. Participants included undergraduates, graduate students, and professors from Indiana University and other American and international institutions.
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.