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Past Events Highlights

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.

In one of the final events of the semester, the Central Eurasian Studies Colloquium 2012-2013 presented a lecture by Dr. Ablet Kamalov, Chief Research Fellow, R.B. Suleimenov Institute of Oriental Studies, Almaty, Kazakhstan. Dr. Kamalov, a visiting scholar at Indiana University’s Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, gave a lecture entitled, “The Eastern Turkestan Republic (1944­-1949) Through the Eyes of Western Diplomats,” which presented an alternative history based on his research in the United States.

On the evening of April 6th, 2013, the conference goers of the 20th Annual Central Eurasian Studies Conference filled a lecture room in Woodburn Hall for the keynote address. This year’s keynote speaker was Professor Tsering Shakya, Canada Research Chair in Religion and Contemporary Society in Asia, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia.


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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight
Gerelmaa Altangerel

Today the IAUNRC sat down to speak with Gerelmaa Altangerel, the 2015-2016 FLTA from Mongolia. Gerelmaa will assist Professor Tserenchunt with beginning, intermediate, and advanced Mongolian language classes for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. These classes are offered through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information please contact


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