The 21st Lotus World Music & Arts Festival took place on September 19th to 20th of 2014. The festival included twenty bands performed live in both ticketed and public events, as well as a variety of non-musical performers. The IAUNRC was proud to sponsor Arga Bileg (Mongolia) and to co-sponsor Erkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio (Turkey) and Tsuumi Sound System (Finland).
Past Events Highlights
On September 12th, 2014, Dr. Carole McGranahan from the University of Colorado, Boulder, gave a talk entitled “Love and Empire: The CIA, the Dalai Lama, and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance Army,” hosted by the Center on American and Global Security.
On April 25th, 2014 Professor Kereidjin D. Bürgüd gave a lecture on her research on the Chinese transcription of “The Secret History of the Mongols”.
On Monday, April 21st, Professor Enkh-Amgalan Byambajav, who is an Associate Professor at the School of Economic Studies at the National University of Mongolia, and is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics at Indiana University, gave a talk on the “Current Economic Situation in Mongolia.” Professor Enkh-Amgalan charted the recent history of the Mongolian economy, and showed that while GDP and other important economic indicators have increased since the democratic revolution in 1990, its nature remained volatile.
On March 7th, 2014, a special workshop on Romani Studies in the Digital Age was convened by Professor Lynne Hooker. Péter Szuhay, Senior Curator of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography, presented two of his films about the Roma.
April 7th, 2014 in the fourth lecture of Visiting Fulbright Professor Laszlo Borhi’s series, he discussed the “hidden threads” in Hungary that contributed to the end of the Cold War.
On April 5th, 2014 Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the keynote address, entitled "From goulash communism to goulash populism: Path-dependence in Hungarian economic transformation", for the Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association. His talk focused on Hungarian economic history in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that the slow yet steady erosion of Hungary’s economic performance in the new millennium is a direct, though unintended consequence of Hungary’s previous successes (the “good old days” of goulash communism).
Dr. Anna Peczeli, a Visiting Fulbright Fellow and member of the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Institute, gave a lecture on April 4th, 2014, entitled “The Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and Other Regional Treaties as Models for the Middle East.”
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.