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The hosting of Central Eurasian themed events is an important component of the IAUNRC's educational outreach efforts. Coverage of events held in the past can be seen at our website's Past Events Highlights page and also in our collection of biannual newsletters. For the latest Center-related news, please see our What's New page.

What's New at the IAUNRC

Shahzad Bashir gave the 2015 Bregel Lecture on Wednesday, November 11, at the Indiana Memorial Union.

Indiana University's School of Global and International Studies hosted an address by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to celebrate the opening of the school's new home on the Bloomington campus. Kerry delivered a speech that highlighted why American leadership abroad remains more important than ever and outlined priorities for U.S. foreign policy in a changing world.

 

Cholmon spent the 2014-2015 Academic Year as a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. (CEUS) The IAUNRC was able to sit down with her for an interview about her time here at Indiana University before she returned to Inner Mongolia last month.

How long have you been a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University? Can you tell us a little about the program that brought you here?

Dr. László Borhi is the Peter A. Kadas Chair Associate Professor of Central European Studies at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Professor Borhi also serves as Scientific Counsellor of the Institute of History, Center for Humanities of the Hungarian Academy. He is the author of Hungary in the Cold War, 1945–1956: Between the United States and the Soviet Union (2004), as well as the co-author and co-editor of Soviet Occupation of Romania, Hungary and Austria, 1944–1948 (forthcoming).

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Past Events Highlights

On October 15, 2015 Dr. Willard Sunderland gave a lecture entitled, "Journeys with Baron Ungern: Empire and Bibliography in the Russian Revolution," at Woodburn Hall, Indiana University in Bloomington. This was put on by the Horizons of Knowledge Lecture Fund and hosted by the History Department, REEI, and IAUNRC. Dr. Sunderland has a doctorate from IU and is Associate Professor of History at the University of Cincinnati.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at the School of Global and International Studies, Niamatullah Ibrahimi gave a lecture on, “Peaceful Activism and Contentious Politics in Post-Taliban Afghanistan.” Niamatullah Ibrahimi has a B.S. in International relations from LSE, is a PhD candidate in the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at The Australian National University, and is currently visiting Indiana University as an ANU-IU Pan-Asia Institute Doctoral Fellow.

The following was written by Jason Vincz for the Russian and Eastern European Institute. Reused with permission.

On March 27th, 2015, the Islamic Studies program hosted a talk by IU graduate student Rosemary Pennington entitled “Weaving Together A Socially Mediated Muslim Self.” The subject of the talk was the dynamic process of identity formation among Muslims on the social media site Tumblr. Because of the particularities of Tumblr’s infrastructure, it allows users to create a dialogue about what it means to be a Muslim in the form of reblogs, tags, and likes.

On Thursday, March 26th at Willkie Auditorium, the Navruz Student Association once again hosted Indiana University’s Navruz celebration. The Persian holiday dates back to pre-Islamic times and is now celebrated as a spring festival in Turkey, Central Asia, Iran, Afghanistan, Xinjiang, and myriad diaspora communities. The event was funded by the Indiana University Students Association and the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center.

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