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George Malacinski has been collecting carpets and woven materials from Central Eurasia for a while now.  “This piece is probably only about fifty years old,” he said at a recent showing of his “Woven Treasures” exhibit at the Ivy Tech Community College’s John Waldron Art Gallery, as he gestured at a carpet on the wall, “which I know because I’ve had it twenty-five years, and when I purchased it, it had a bit of wear as well.”  The carpet, bright red with a pale yellow border and cerulean shades of blue, does show some signs of aging;

Plans have long been in the works, but it was only towards the end of September that a public announcement was made: Indiana University and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies have received the US Defense Department’s only Turkish Language Flagship Program. 

Through the Looking Glass, a film by Monica Whitlock about the scandalously controversial events in Andijan, Uzbekistan in May 2005, was shown at Indiana University on September 14, 2011. Ms. Whitlock herself attended the screening and was available for Q&A afterwards.

In 2011, record numbers – literally hundreds – of students participated in SWSEEL; of them, ninety-nine studied languages from within IAUNRC’s regions of interest.

Joey Shepard is a graduate student in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He recently 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.


On October 21, 2011, Indiana University faculty, students, and community members gathered in the Indiana Memorial Union’s Club to commemorate the events that began that day in Budapest and ultimately grew into the tragic 1956 Hungarian Revolution.

By Jaime Bue


Dr. Elliot Sperling has long been an integral part of the CEUS Department as a Professor of Tibetan studies, MacArthur Fellow, and an academic who is not afraid to speak his mind. After more than thirty years in the department, he will retire at the end of this fall semester. Despite his jokes to the contrary and the temptations that retirement may offer some, Professor Sperling will not be sitting around but will be spending a semester in Vienna, as well as working on a major book translation project.