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May is upon us: another academic year comes has come to an end at Indiana University. At the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, too, another successful semester and year has now been completed. Leading up to its coming fiftieth anniversary (2012-2013), the IAUNRC has been hard at work in the past months improving its resource offerings, revamping its outreach efforts, and staying on the cutting edge of Eurasian cultural events on the IU campus and elsewhere.

As many of our readers will know, the nation’s Title VI Centers were recently the target of sharp cuts. The long-standing congressional mandates supporting international area studies took a notable hit in the last Federal budget, as did federal funding as a whole for language and cultural studies as critical national projects...

Erbil, Kurdistan, October 2017

By Ben Priest


Ben Priest is a graduate student working on Kurdistan and Kurdish nationalism. He is currently in Erbil, Iraq, where there has been unrest as a result of a referendum on independence, conducting dissertation research. The following is a brief summary of his experiences to date.


By Michael Krautkraemer


In addition to in-person outreach and education, the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center also delivers content via video conference. I find myself having taken on responsibility for handling these video conferences this year and feel it appropriate to say a few words about the experience. Initially, I felt a little like I had just jumped into the deep end of a pool to try to figure out how to swim, but the process has gotten much easier the more that I do it.

By Michael Krautkraemer

On Saturday September 30, 2017, the IAUNRC co-sponsored two acts performing in this year’s Lotus World Music and Arts Festival during the public event Lotus in the Park.

By Michael Krautkraemer