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Past Events Highlights

by Amita Vempati

 

Laden with stickers, scavenger hunt items (which ranged from silk flowers to a teddy bear to an onion), and flashcards so freshly laminated that they were still warm, Uzbek FLTA Dilnoza Kadyrova and I would be ready every Thursday to teach Uzbek to a group of spirited 5-8 year olds. Thanks to the Bridges Program run through IU’s Center for the Study of Global Change and coordinated by Vesna Dimitrieska, four languages were taught across afterschool programs in Bloomington. Uzbek was one of them, and we were assigned to the class at Girls Inc.

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.”

by Amita Vempati, IAUNRC Outreach Assistant

 

Last November, I, along with IAUNRC Assistant Director Katarzyna Rydel-Johnston and CEUS professor Dr. Paul Losensky, had the privilege of visiting Bennett College in Greensboro, North Carolina to be a part of their Global Studies Series. Bennett is one of two historically black colleges that enroll only women in America. As the IAUNRC began its collaborations with MSI’s (Minority-Serving Institutions), it seemed like a great place to kick-start faculty and, in this case, student visits.

 

by Tenzin Tsepak

Shot mostly in Nagqu and Lhasa, ‘Voices of the Stone’ tells a story about how three entrepreneurs—two Tibetans and one Chinese— negotiate the right to mining and attempt to sell the land to registered mining companies at a price and condition that is agreeable to all the parties concerned. Contrary to popular perceptions that Tibetans are helpless against the face of mining in Tibet, Dorjee Tsering Chenakstang’s (a.k.a. Jangbu) film shows how Tibetans themselves become a part of this growing mining market in Tibet.

 

On April 8th 2016 Indiana University held its first Symposium on Sustainable Development. The symposium brought together scholars, business professionals, government researchers trained in various disciplines to discuss challenges and opportunities in creating a sustainable future for the energy industry. Panel discussions were divided between two sessions “Alternative Energy and Sustainable Development” and “Traditional Energy Sources and Sustainable Development”.

This year the Bloomington community celebrated the Persian holiday of Navruz on Thursday, March 31st at Willkie Auditorium. Navruz falls on the vernal equinox and traditionally has been viewed as the coming of spring in Turkey, Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Xinjiang, and many communities around the world. Due to Indiana University’s unique Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), IU’s Navruz usually entails a wide range of poetry readings, songs, and dances.

The celebration of Mongolian Lunar New Year (Tsagaan Sar) has become an annual event that features performances from the Mongolian community as well as Mongolian Studies’ students and associates. This year people in Bloomington celebrated Tsagaan Sar on February 6, 2016 from 5:00-8:00pm in the University Club at the IMU. Organized by Mongolian Language Instructor, Tserenchunt Legden, and Mongolian FLTA, Gerelmaa Altangerel, this year's celebration began with opening remarks by Dr. Christopher Atwood, Associate Professor in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS).

January 27th at IU East, Richmond

“Discovering Central Asia,” a Nuruz-esque night of performances, food, and friendship. The theme was the cultures of Central Asia including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Xinjiang, and Mongolia. While the IAUNRC does work with schools and faculty all over the country, such large-scale events at other campuses are very rare.

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.

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.

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For many years now at Indiana University, the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) has welcomed Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) from the region into CEUS classrooms. The Fulbright FLTA Program, as part of the larger Fulbright Program, works to deepen U.S. citizens’ knowledge of foreign languages and cultures, while providing an opportunity for international teachers of English as a foreign language to enhance their language instruction skills on U.S. campuses.