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Past Events Highlights

The Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East workshop on April 3-4, 2014 was centered around recent revolutionary developments through the Middle East and the important work of feminists in tackling the local and international complexities of the struggle for women’s rights in the face of political Islam, increasing sectarianism and militarism and new forms of authoritarianism.  Eight guest speakers discussed the feminist movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, and Egypt.

On March 12, 2014 the Indiana University and Bloomington communities commemorated the 1848 Hungarian Revolution with poetry readings, musical performances, and traditional foods.  Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the commemorative speech.

On March 3rd, 2014, Professor Laszlo Borhi gave a talk on "The Treaty of Trianon and Its Consequences".  Professor Borhi is Senior Research Fellow, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, former Hungarian Chair and Fulbright Professor at IU.

On March 5th, 2014, Dr. Nikolay Tsyrempilov, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Mongolian, Tibetan, and Buddhist Studies in the Russian Academy of Sciences, gave a CEUS colloquium talk entitled “The Buriat Lamas at the Interface between Two Empires.”  Dr. Tsyrempilov is also currently a member of the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study.

On January 30, 2014, Dr. Barbara Junisbai, Assistant Dean of Faculty at Pitzer College gave a talk comparing opposition movements in post-Soviet Eurasia.

On January 22, 2014 Dr. István Benczes gave a lecture at Indiana University, where he is the Visiting Fulbright Professor in the Central Eurasian Studies and Economics Departments. Dr. Benczes is Associate Professor, Faculty of Economics and Associate Dean and Program Director for International and Scientific Affairs at Corvinus University of Budapest.

On February 24, 2014 Bulgaa Altangerel, Mongolia’s Ambassador to the United States, visited Indiana University to meet with administrators, faculty, students, and Mongolian community members to discuss strengthening economic and educational exchanges between our two countries.

On January 31st, 2014 the Bloomington community celebrated Tsagaan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year. Tsagaan Sar is one of the two most important holidays in Mongolia and is celebrated for three days, where friends and relatives visit each other’s homes to exchange blessings for the new year, small gifts, and lots of food. Because of Indiana University’s robust Mongolian language program, faculty, students, and visiting scholars all contributed to the cultural performances, planned by Senior Lecturer Tserenchunt Legden and Mongolian FLTA Oyungerel Puntsagdulam.

On November 6th, 2013 Nicola Di Cosmo gave the 2013 Yuri Bregel Lecture at Indiana University. Professor Nicola Di Cosmo is a noted specialist on the history of China and Inner Asia; since 2003 he has been the Henry Luce Foundation Professor of East Asian Studies in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

On November 19th, 2013 Indiana University was proud to host Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United States, Elin Suleymanov. Over 100 people attended the Ambassador’s talk, “The Future of Azerbaijan as an Energy and Cultural Crossroads”.

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