This program attempts to fill in the gaps in our understanding of the Space Race, as seen from the other side: namely, the Soviet Union. We look at both their successes and failures, as well as the modern reality of the Russian space program being located in the independent country of Kazakhstan.
The following video conferencing programs are available for free through the IAUNRC:
Baikonur and the Soviet Space Race
History of the Silk Road
This program deals specifically with the Silk Road: where it ran, how it came to be named, who traveled it, its importance in World History, and what it can teach us about world trade today.
Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology along the Silk Road
This program engages students to consider the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered during the "Golden Age of Islam" in medieval Eurasia. Audiences will learn about some of the major ideas and figures in math and science during this period, as well as the broader historical context that fostered learning and innovation throughout the Islamic world.
Central Asian Architecture
This presentation provides an overview of architectural history in Central Asia and parts of the Islamic World along the famous Silk Road. We will discuss both artistic aspects of Islamic architectural design, as well as the geographic and historical context of their construction. We will end the presentation with a look at contemporary architecture in the modern-day countries along the Silk Road.
The Aral Sea and Central Asian Ecological Problems
This program deals specifically with the Aral Sea, arguably the greatest ecological disaster in the history of the world. Participants are walked through its case from its beginnings in Ancient History, through the Middle Ages, to the days of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the end for the sea.
Environment and Culture of Tibet: Continuity and Change
This program uses the example of Tibet to explore how physical geography, environment and biodiversity influences peoples' livelihoods and culture, and how this is changing in recent times with urbanization and development.
For more information on this video conference, or to request this video conference, please go to this video conference's page at the CILC website.
Mining and Sustainability in Central Asia
This program discusses the importance of mining and how different mineral and energy sources from Central Asia are used around the world, even in the U.S. An important part of the mining cycle is then considering the impact that international businesses and national governments have on local communities and how we can make mining more sustainable over time.
Afghanistan in Context
This presentation teaches viewers about the history of Afghanistan from the 19th to 21st century, with a focus on explaining the roots of the current situation in the country. We explain the ethnic make-up of the country, its borders, and its role in world politics since the 1800s.
Nationality and Race in Post-Soviet Central Asia
Participants will learn about how the concepts of race and nationality were constructed in the Soviet Union and applied to Central Asia. Embedded in the program are discussion questions about how race and nationality are constructed in our everyday lives.
Traditional Arts of the Silk Road
This presentation is an overview of various cultures on the Silk Road and the pre-colonial art forms that emerged from the religions and lifestyles of individual groups. With examples from visual arts, music, and poetry, we will explore the ways that arts on the Silk Road were integral to group identity and inspired cultural diffusion and adoption.