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Cholmon spent the 2014-2015 Academic Year as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. (CEUS) The IAUNRC was able to sit down with her for an interview about her time here at Indiana University before she returned to Inner Mongolia last month.

How long have you been a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University? Can you tell us a little about the program that brought you here?

Dr. László Borhi is the Peter A. Kadas Chair Associate Professor of Central European Studies at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Professor Borhi also serves as Scientific Counsellor of the Institute of History, Center for Humanities of the Hungarian Academy. He is the author of Hungary in the Cold War, 1945–1956: Between the United States and the Soviet Union (2004), as well as the co-author and co-editor of Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary and Austria, 1944–1948 (forthcoming).

For many years now at Indiana University, the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) has welcomed Fulbright Language Teaching Assistants (FLTAs) from around the region into CEUS classrooms. The FLTA Program is one part of the larger Fulbright Program, sponsored by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which brings over 1,800 Foreign Fulbright Fellows to academic programs around the United States each year by providing merit based grants. This year CEUS welcomes five FLTAs from Finland, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, and Uzbekistan.

This year at Lotus Festival, Bloomington’s annual international music festival, the IAUNRC is proud to be sponsoring three, folk-inspired acts from Finland and Estonia. Each artist will be playing at least twice within the festival and has been praised for their innovations on more traditional styles. Be sure to check them out at the following venues:

Baltic Crossing ( A folk-dance band combining Scottish, Danish, and Finnish influences.

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center is beginning the 2015-2016 academic year in the new Global and International Studies Building (GISB). GISB, located between Wells Library and the Radio-TV Building on the east side of campus, is home to the School of Global and International Studies (SGIS). Eight departments and 20 programs reside in the new 165,000 square foot facility; though the school consists of four departments, eighteen centers, three language flagships, and the Summer Language Workshop.

Amita Vempati is a graduate student in the Central Eurasian Studies Department and the School of Public and Enviornmental Affairs. She is the Outreach Graduate Assistant at the IAUNRC for 2014-15.

Dr. Mohammad Gharipour is an associate professor of architecture at Morgan State University, a partner institution. In addition, Dr. Gharipour is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. On March 9th, 2015, Dr. Gharipour came to Indiana University to give a talk for the CEUS Colloquium series, entitled "Pavilions in Persian Gardens: Context, Design, and Function." Prior to his talk, IAUNRC Graduate Assistant Alexander Zakel got a chance to talk with Dr.

Doctor Edward Lazzerini gave a presentation on January 16th, 2015 on the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS). Dr. Lazzerini, the director of SRIFIAS, began by talking about the many resources available within the SRIFIAS library. A non-lending institution, the SRIFIAS library contains thousands of texts relevant to the region, including rare manuscripts and imprints. The Institute also contains microfilm copies of Central Eurasian manuscripts that are otherwise unavailable outside of Central Asia.

Through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, six Title VI National Resource Centers plan to award stipends to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop and incorporate greater content about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia into the curricula of the institutions at which they teach. Faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions throughout the U.S. are invited to apply for a course development stipend.

Kenny Linden, a Graduate Assistant at the IAUNRC, shares his experiences in Mongolia over the summer.


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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight
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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.