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International Women's Month Lecture & Exhibit at St. Louis Community College

On March 10th and 11th IAUNRC Affiliate and Professor of Anthropology at IU-PU Fort Wayne, Dr. Noor Borbieva visited two of St. Louis Community College’s campuses, Florissant and Forest Park. Her visit coincided with International Women’s Day and she gave a talk entitled “Women Spiritual Leaders in Central Asia, Past and Present: Fostering Community, Wielding Authority, Inspiring Devotion.”


Dr. Bobieva described the event in the following statement:

“I was invited and my visit was organized by Chris Sulincevski, International Programs Coordinator at SLCC and by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center. On the first day of my visit, two professors brought their classes to my morning lecture. The turnout was excellent and a lively Q&A session after the lecture suggested students and faculty found the material engaging. On the second day of my visit, I gave a lecture as part of Women’s History Month events. This lecture had been arranged by Zita Casey, instructor in English. She invited a number of her students, and I was able to talk to several of them after the lecture. Chris had also arranged for the IAUNRC’s collection of photographs to be displayed during the lecture. I was particularly excited to meet and exchange information about shared research and teaching interests with Zita as well as Layla Goushey, another instructor who attended my lecture, and we remain in touch.”

In addition to the lectures, St. Louis Community College displayed a photo collection, “Women of Uzbekistan”, from the IAUNRC at their William J. Harrison Educational Center. The display was from a larger IAUNRC collection by Zilola Saidova and Shavkat Boltaev, two Uzbek photojournalists, in 2003 in Uzbekistan. “Women of Uzbekistan” included 25 artistic photographs of women and girls taking part in farming, cultural activities, and wedding ceremonies. The exhibit attracted 400 students, staff, faculty and community members’ attention over three weeks and positive feedback. Chris Sulincevski noted, “Both the presentations and the exhibit enriched our campuses and provided a great global learning opportunity for our students, staff, faculty, and community members.We appreciate the cooperation with the IAUNRC and Indiana University and we look forward to new programming opportunities related to the Title VI project.”