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For the past six years Dr. Ariann Stern-Gottschalk has been the Director of the Summer Language Workshop (SLW), formerly known as SWSEEL, as well as a faculty member of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Unfortunately she is leaving Indiana University to pursue new opportunities in Washington, D.C. She sat down with the IAUNRC to reflect on her time at Indiana University and the Summer Language Workshop (SLW/SWSEEL). 

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) continued its efforts for student research and professional development during the 2016 spring semester by organizing four workshop events with the Russian and East European Studies Institute (REEI) and the Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES). This workshop series began in an effort to respond to the unique needs of area studies graduate students, including those oriented towards professional careers and those interested in pursuing academic research careers.

In late April and early May of 2014, I spent nine days on a research trip to Kashgar and Yarkend, oasis towns in the southern part of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where I have been living and conducting research since December 2012. When my research plans in Kashgar City fell through several days in, as research plans are wont to do in China, I fell back on my Plan B, one of the things I know best: marching myself into instrument shops and bookstores to see how much I can make my way into arts and intellectual crowds by engaging in the favored hu

Dr. Haidar Khezri is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) at Indiana University Bloomington. He joined IU in 2014 to develop Kurdish language curriculum for North American universities through a U.S Department of Education Title VI grant award from the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME).  The IAUNRC sat down with him to speak about his research and Kurdish studies.

Dr. Seema Golestaneh joined the faculty in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) in the 2015 fall semester. Her research examines the anthropology of religion with a focus on Iran. She is broadly interested in alternative Islamic discourses; particularly how Sufism, with its abstract concepts and esoteric ideas, can be applied by practitioners in the everyday world. The IAUNRC sat down with Dr. Golestaneh to discuss her research and first semester experiences at Indiana University.

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University is recruiting Graduate Assistants (GAs) for the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition to a fee remission (12 credits per semester and 6 credits for summer), GAs receive a stipend of at least $15,000 paid in ten installments during the academic year. GAs are expected to work 20 hours per week.

To be eligible for the GA position applicants must be enrolled full-time in the College of Arts and Sciences.

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?

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Fulbright Language Teaching Assistant Spotlight
Dilnoza Kadirova
Dilnoza

 

Today the IAUNRC sat down to speak with Dilnoza, the 2015-2016 FLTA from Uzbekistan. Dilnoza will assist Dr. Hodjaev with beginning, intermediate, and advanced Uzbek language classes for the 2015-2016 Academic Year. These classes are offered through the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. For more information please contact ceus@indiana.edu

 

Could you introduce yourself and tell us a little about your background?