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.
Past Events Highlights
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”.
On November 2nd, 2013 the Indiana University community celebrated the 90th anniversary of the proclamation of the the Republic of Turkey
On October 17th, 2013 the Bloomington and Indiana University communities gathered to commemorate the 1956 Revolution in Hungary. The 1956 Revolution lasted from October 23rd until November 10th when Hungarians nationwide spontaneously protested against the Soviet policies of the People’s Republic of Hungary and over 200,000 members of the resistance were then forced to flee as refugees. The Bloomington commemoration included the readings of poems from Hungarian poets and refugees including Faludy György and Márai Sándor.
The 2013 Lotus World Music Festival ran from September 25th to September 29th, reaching a large range of audiences through a variety of ticketed and free to the public events. 2013 was a particularly special Lotus as it celebrated its 20th anniversary. This year the IAUNRC was proud to sponsor performances by three groups: Frigg (Finland/Norway), Kardemimmit (Finland), and Srinivas Krishnan, Abbos Kosimov, Homayun Sakhi, and Friends (Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, India).
Sas Carey, registered nurse and founder of the NGO Nomadicare, talked about the changes she has seen in Mongolia during her 19 years of work there.
As part of Indiana University’s “Human Trafficking Awareness Week”, Ms. Fariba Nawa talked to the IU community about “Afghanistan, Heroin, and Women”. Fariba Nawa is an Afghan-American freelance reporter and author who lived and reported from Afghanistan from 2002 and 2007.