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Past Events Highlights

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.

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.

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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight
Elina llmapallo

Today the IAUNRC sat down to speak with Elina, the 2015-2016 FLTA from Finland. Elina llmapallo will assist Finnish Instructor Mikko Taurama with beginning, intermediate, and advanced Finnish language classes for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. These classes are offered through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information please contact ceus@indiana.edu