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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...

The Center and its staff spent much of the early part of fall semester completing a complicated and time-consuming move from its Goodbody offices to new accommodations in the just-completed building for the School of Global and International Studies. In the process we joined all of the other Title VI Centers and related international departments to create a centralized site for IU’s grand initiative to expand international programming in both Bloomington and abroad.

Ramila Mukshairoeva came to Bloomington this January as a Junior Faculty Development Program (JFDP) fellow. Originally from Khorog, Tajikistan, she currently works as a manager and librarian and at the University of Central Asia’s Resource Center in Dushanbe. Intent on continuing her education and ultimately pursuing a graduate degree in information and library science, Ms. Mukshairoeva saw the opportunity to spend a semester as a visiting scholar here at IU as an important first step towards achieving her goals.

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) increased efforts for student research and professional development during the 2015 fall semester through collaboration with CEUS faculty and other centers on campus. The IAUNRC worked with the Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES) to respond to student interests and requests in organizing these events. These efforts resulted in a small workshop series that the IAUNRC will continue in the spring semester.  

There are currently nine top-notch IU graduate and undergraduate students currently studying on FLAS fellowships under the auspices of the IAUNRC. We’ve asked each of the recipients to share a little bit about themselves here.

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