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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.

On February 2nd, 2015, Dr. Paul Losensky gave a presentation for the Central Eurasian Colloquium entitled “Coherence and Cohesion in Two Ghazals by Sā’eb Tabrizi.” The talk centered on the debate between two groups of scholars of ghazals, a form of poetry popular throughout the Islamic word that uses rhyming couplets and a repeating rhyme. The two groups, whom Losensky dubbed “atomizers” and “unifiers,” disagree about the unit of meaning for the ghazal.

On Friday, January 16th, Christopher Atwood, a professor in the Central Eurasian Studies Department at IU, gave a presentation entitled “Repackaging Chinggis Khan: Bilingual Histories of the Dynastic Founding in the Yuan Dynasty.” This talk was the first talk of the spring semester in the East Asian Studies Colloquium. You can listen to the podcast of this talk here.

In Fall 2014, the IAUNRC continued the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, that began last year. These talks were given by graduate student that study the region, who will be discussing their research methods, recent work, and experiences.

As a part of the newly-revived CEUS Colloquium, Dr. Christopher Beckwith, Dr. Kathryn Graber, and Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet gave talks on October 8th, November 17th, and December 1st.

On November 12, Dr. Allen J. Frank gave the 2014 Bregel Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and the Dennis Sinor Research Institute.

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