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Elliott Ubelhor is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Central Eurasian Studies with minors in Religious Studies, Art History, and Chinese. He is currently studying Tibetan through the Foreign Language and Area Studies scholarship offered by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.


Every Thursday in February, my colleague Emily Stranger and I visited a small class at Harmony School in Bloomington. This private school, which is comfortably located close to the IU campus, invited us to their Multicultural Month Celebration. We partnered with Adam Lehman, one of the Harmony School teachers, and put together a lesson plan for the following four weeks. Our goal was to create four lessons that build upon each other and that would give the young audience a multi-faceted introduction to one of the regions in Central Asia. Uzbekistan became our choice.

Jermaine Butler is a graduate student currently pursuing his master’s degree in the Central Eurasian Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Cultures departments. He traveled to Tajikistan in the summer of 2016 on a Critical Language Scholarship.


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Fulbright Scholar Program - South and Central Asia Regional Research Program


Kyrgyz Republic




Samuel Buelow will soon graduate from Indiana University with a PhD in Anthropology. Throughout his time at IU, he has volunteered with the IAUNRC, giving presentations on Kazakhstan to elementary and middle schoolers and on syllabus design for graduate students.


On January 29, the world lost one of the leading historians of Tibet and Tibet-China relations when Dr.

Ben Priest is a graduate student in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures (NELC). He wrote an article for the IAUNRC telling us about his research interests and giving us an insight into his experience as a CEUS student abroad.


Recently the IAUNRC sat down to speak with Aliya Sultanova, the 2016-2017 FLTA from Kazakhstan. She has been teaching Kazakh language classes for the 2016-2017 Academic Year. These classes are offered through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information please contact


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This spring semester, Noora Helkiö joined the Finnish program in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies as a teacher trainee. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Finnish Language at the University of Helsinki with a minor is Pedagogical Studies in Finnish as a second language. The IAUNRC recently talked with her about her teaching experience in Finland and her experiences as a Finnish language instructor at Indiana University.


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Today the IAUNRC sat down to speak with Elina, the 2015-2016 FLTA from Finland. Elina llmapallo will assist Finnish Instructor Mikko Taurama with beginning, intermediate, and advanced Finnish language classes for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. These classes are offered through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information please contact