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Past Events Highlights

Dr. Christopher I. Beckwith and Dr. Kathryn Graber gave talks in the Central Eurasian Colloquium's 2014-2015 series.

In Fall 2014, the IAUNRC continued the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, that began last year. These talks were given by graduate student that study the region, who will be discussing their research methods, recent work, and experiences.

On November 12, Dr. Allen J. Frank gave the 2014 Bregel Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and the Dennis Sinor Research Institute.

The Third Biennial Mapping the Landscapes of Islamic Studies at Indiana University conference, which took place from October 31st to November 2nd 2014, featured an array of speakers from both IU and other universities. The talks focused on topics ranging from Arabic translations of Greek philosophical works to the economics of contemporary Islamic piety. Below are summaries of selected talks by CEUS professors and students.

On Monday, November 10th, Dr. Nematullah Bizhan gave a talk entitiled "The Danger of Repeating the History of State-Building in Afghanistan." This talk was sponsored by the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Islamic Studies Program, Department of Political Science and ANU-IU Pan Asia.

On October 20th, 2014, Indiana University hosted Mujib Mehrdad, an Afghan poet. He read selections in English and Dari from his latest collection of Dari poems entitled “Soldiers.” Afterwards, Mehrdad answered questions about his poetry, his political views, and the state of Afghanistan today.

The 21st Lotus World Music & Arts Festival took place on September 19th to 20th of 2014. The festival included twenty bands performed live in both ticketed and public events, as well as a variety of non-musical performers. The IAUNRC was proud to sponsor Arga Bileg (Mongolia) and to co-sponsor Erkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio (Turkey) and Tsuumi Sound System (Finland).

On September 12th, 2014, Dr. Carole McGranahan from the University of Colorado, Boulder, gave a talk entitled “Love and Empire: The CIA, the Dalai Lama, and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance Army,” hosted by the Center on American and Global Security.

On April 25th, 2014 Professor Kereidjin D. Bürgüd gave a lecture on her research on the Chinese transcription of “The Secret History of the Mongols”.

On Monday, April 21st, Professor Enkh-Amgalan Byambajav, who is an Associate Professor at the School of Economic Studies at the National University of Mongolia, and is currently a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Economics at Indiana University, gave a talk on the “Current Economic Situation in Mongolia.” Professor Enkh-Amgalan charted the recent history of the Mongolian economy, and showed that while GDP and other important economic indicators have increased since the democratic revolution in 1990, its nature remained volatile.

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