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Past Events Highlights

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.

On the second of October, Professor László Borhi began the 2013-2014 Hungary Lecture Series with his talk “The Revolution and War of Independence of 1956”. This series is designed for a general audience and traces Hungarian history starting from the uprising in 1956, and working back through the Holocaust, the World War I Treaty of Trianon, and later examining medieval Hungary as well as Hungarian settlement in the Carpathian Basin.  

Nasir Ahmad Andisha is the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the Commonwealth of Australia, New Zealand and the Republic of Fiji. On the night of Thursday, September 19th at 7pm Ambassador Andisha brought together over 45 Indiana University students and faculty to his talk entitled “Afghanistan Post 2014: Challenges, Opportunities, and the Way Forward”.

On September 18, 2013, Professor İdil Tunçer Kilavuz gave a colloquium presentation entitled “Power, Networks, and Violent Conflict: A Comparison of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan” as part of the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis.

The Consul General of Turkey in Chicago, Fatih Yildiz gave a talk entitled “Turkey and Its Foreign Policy in a Changing World.”

Jaime Bue, Outreach GA at the IAUNRC, gave a short presentation to the audience describing the history and looking at a few art pieces that exemplify the cross-cultural contact of the Silk Road.


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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight
Saulet Alpysbayeva

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.