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IAUNRC Spring Newsletter

Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center

School of Global & International Studies College of Arts & Sciences


Spring 2014 Newsletter

This newsletter highlights the Spring 2014 activities of the IAUNRC.

IAUNRC Outreach

The IAUNRC provides educational programming and teaching training activities throughout the U.S. through nation-wide videoconferencing and local, interactive programs throughout Southeastern Indiana.

Videoconference topics range from the "Soviet Space Race" to the "Music of Inner Asia", and each presentation is tailored to its specific audience. This spring our programs have reached 1191 people in 12 different states (AL, AK, CA, GA, IN, KY, OH, NJ, NY, SC, WI, and WV). Program recipients included retirement communities, public libraries, community colleges, and a range of seconday and elementary school classes.

Our outreach program continues to work with local schools and community organizations to provide engaging and informative programs about the Inner Asian & Uralic regions. Storytelling, learning math with yurts, and other activities provide educators with a variety of ways to incorporate our region into their courses and meet curricula standards. This spring 1553 students around Southeastern Indiana have participated in our programs.

Contact us today to start planning a program with your school!

GA Jaime Bue with a local elementary school class

Student Experiences with the IAUNRC

Elise Anderson, a PhD candidate in the Departments of CEUS and Folklore & Ethnomusicology, describes the foundational assistance the IAUNRC provided in her language and research training. Read more.

Elise AndersonGulhayo Kobilova

Uzbek Fulbright Foreign Langugage Teaching Assistant, Gulhayo Kobilova shares her recent experiences of the many New Year celebrations at Indiana University that showcase IAUNRC countries and languages. Learn more.


List of recent lectures held at Indiana University about Inner Asian & Uralic regions and topics.

Every year our center is proud to sponsor talks from experts around the world that come to Indiana University to contribute to our rich intellectual community. Please click the links below to go to summaries and podcast recordings for each talk.

Europe at a Crossroads: Towards a Fiscal Union

Unpacking the “Competition”: Political Opposition under Competitive (and Not-So-Competitive) Post-Soviet Authoritarianism

The Buriat Lamas at the Interface between Two Empires

The Treaty of Trianon and its Consequences

The Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and Other Regional Treaties as Models for the Middle East

From goulash communism to goulash populism: Path-dependence in Hungarian economic transformation

1989 in Hungary: The Hidden Threads of History

Workshops and Conferences

ACES conference

Association for Central Eurasian Students Annual Conference

On March 8th, 2014, the 21st annual ACES conference was held at Indiana University. ACES President Amita Vempati remarked, "This was the 21st Annual ACES Conference, and we are thrilled that it has lasted this long. There are always problems with organizing conferences, getting submissions, especially in an area as large and understudied as Central Eurasia. But we still had a number of presenters, mostly graduate students from IU, presenting on both contemporary and historical topics, including Environmental Policy and Geography in Mongolian History. The variety drew in large audiences this year, which really speaks to the richness of Central Eurasian Studies promoted at IU through the efforts of CEUS and ACES."

Romani Studies in the Digital Age

On March 7th, 2014 a workshop with film screenings and presentations was organized by Professor Lynn Hooker to discuss the distribution of information on the Roma. Learn more

Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East: A Workshop in Strategies, Alliances, and Challenges

On April 3-4, 2014, eight guest speakers discussed the feminist movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, and Egypt. Read more

Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association

The inaugural conference of the HCA was held on April 5th and 6th, with a keynote address by Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes. Learn more

Cultural Events

Tsagaan Sar

On January 31st, 2014 the IU and Bloomington communities celebrated Tsaagan Sar, the Mongolian Lunar New Year. Learn more

Mongolian Ambassador Visit

On February 24, 2014 Bulgaa Altangerel, Mongolia’s Ambassador to the United States, visited Indiana University to meet with administrators, faculty, students, and Mongolian community members to discuss strengthening economic and educational exchanges between our two countries. Read more

Estonian Independence Day

On February 24th, 2014, IU celebrated the 96th anniversary of Estonia's independence. Learn more

Poetry Recitation Contest in Honor of Babur

On February 28th, 2014 a poetry recitation dedicated to Babur was held. Read more


Losar, the Tibetan New Year, was celebrated on March 2nd, 2014. Learn more

Commemoration of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution

On March 12th, 2014 IU commemorated the 1848 Hungarian Revolution. Read more


On March 29th the IU and Bloomington communities celebrated the Persian New Year and coming of spring. Learn more

Director's Note
Edward Lazzerini Dr. Edward Lazzerini

During the 2013-2014 academic year, we have been preparing our grant for the next four-cycle of Title VI funding. Due to procedural delays, we will not receive final notice about the status of our proposal until the end of summer, just on the eve of the Fall 2014 semester. Nevertheless, we have been devoting much time to formulating our plan for the new cycle, and in the process we have devised certain initiatives, particularly under the rubric of outreach, that will prove innovative if implemented as we plan. We are quite excited about the expected outcomes of this new venture. In keeping with mandates from Washington, we will be focusing on establishing long-term and sustainable partnerships with a handful of four-year and junior colleges that serve substantial numbers of minority students. Collaborating with faculty and administrators at these institutions, which with their own resources would be unable to sustain interest in our Central Eurasian region, we will assist in the development of strategies and resources that will raise awareness of the region and provide opportunities for exposure to its societies and cultures that we hope will prove inspiring to a wide range of students.

Among the activities with which we have had great success this year has been our ever-growing outreach, especially to K-12 audiences. The number of schools across the country to which we have provided video-conferencing has increased, reaching new levels and involving all three of our graduate assistants and those students holding FLAS awards for the academic year. Along with the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies, the IAUNRC hosted an international conference in early April sponsored by the American Research Institute for the South Caucasus (ARISC), which proved a valuable follow up to the November visit to IU of the Azerbaijani ambassador to the U.S., the Honorable Elin Suleimanov. Ambassador Suleimanov gave a standing-room only talk about Azerbaijan, spent significant time with students, and met with campus administrators, including President McRobbie, to discuss ways for IU to develop closer ties with Azerbaijan. Finally, the center has sponsored a full series of talks during the lunchtime hour by CEUS graduate students speaking about their research projects or in-country experiences.

Current events flowing from the western and northern borders of our region, and potentially having longer-term effects on some of the countries within our purview, present a timely reminder of the importance of Title VI and the regional centers it has supported for nearly sixty years. We do not wish for bad times as a reason to remind policy makers of our importance, but bad times are often the only kind that will move those with the authority to respond appropriately.

New Undergraduate Major in CEUS

Professor Choksy

Professor Jamsheed Choksy

CEUS Department Chair Jamsheed Choksy sat down with the IAUNRC to discuss the new undergraduate major in Central Eurasian Studies. You read a transcript and listen to the interview here

The CEUS website has more information about the undergraduate major here.

Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk Series
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The Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk Series is a new discussion series organized and hosted by the IAUNRC that premiered in the fall and continued into the spring with resounding success.

In these series of brown bag talks, graduate students that study the region from a variety of disciplines discuss their research, the projects they are working on, and their field experiences. The series is designed to give an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with their peers in an informal setting, though all are welcome. This allows attendees to learn more about the topics their fellow graduate students work on, as well as learn valuable information about conducting research, the process of writing a dissertation, and more, in a non-classroom setting. The series so far has been a great success.

The speakers this semester were from a variety of departments and disciplines and discussed a wide array of regions and time periods. See the list of presenters with the abstracts here.

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