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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.

Upcoming Events

What's New at the IAUNRC

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University is recruiting Graduate Assistants (GAs) for the 2014-2015 academic year.

On February 17th, 2014, the IAUNRC sat down with Professor Jamsheed Choksy, Chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, to discuss their new undergraduate major.

The full interview is available here.

The Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk Series is a new discussion series organized and hosted by the IAUNRC that premiered this fall. 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.

Here at the IAUNRC, we are very pleased to share the news that our own graduate assistant, Margaret Sullivan, a master’s student in the joint-degree program at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS), has been awarded an Alfa Fellowship to develop her career in social welfare and policy issues in Russia.

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Past Events Highlights

April 7th, 2014 in the fourth lecture of Visiting Fulbright Professor Laszlo Borhi’s series, he discussed the “hidden threads” in Hungary that contributed to the end of the Cold War.

On April 5th, 2014 Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the keynote address for the Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association. His talk focused on Hungarian economic history in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that the slow yet steady erosion of Hungary’s economic performance in the new millennium is a direct, though unintended consequence of Hungary’s previous successes (the “good old days” of goulash communism).

Dr. Anna Peczeli, a Visiting Fulbright Fellow and member of the Hungarian Foreign Affairs Institute, gave a lecture on April 4th, 2014, entitled “The Central Asian Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone and Other Regional Treaties as Models for the Middle East.”

The Feminism and Authoritarianism in the Middle East workshop on April 3-4, 2014 was centered around recent revolutionary developments through the Middle East and the important work of feminists in tackling the local and international complexities of the struggle for women’s rights in the face of political Islam, increasing sectarianism and militarism and new forms of authoritarianism.  Eight guest speakers discussed the feminist movements in Tunisia, Egypt, Turkey, and Egypt.

On March 12, 2014 the Indiana University and Bloomington communities commemorated the 1848 Hungarian Revolution with poetry readings, musical performances, and traditional foods.  Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the commemorative speech.

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