Amita Vempati is a graduate student in the Central Eurasian Studies Department and the School of Public and Enviornmental Affairs. She is the Outreach Graduate Assistant at the IAUNRC for 2014-15.
News & Events
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
Dr. Mohammad Gharipour is an associate professor of architecture at Morgan State University, a partner institution. In addition, Dr. Gharipour is the director and founding editor of the International Journal of Islamic Architecture. On March 9th, 2015, Dr. Gharipour came to Indiana University to give a talk for the CEUS Colloquium series, entitled "Pavilions in Persian Gardens: Context, Design, and Function." Prior to his talk, IAUNRC Graduate Assistant Alexander Zakel got a chance to talk with Dr.
Doctor Edward Lazzerini gave a presentation on January 16th, 2015 on the Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies (SRIFIAS). Dr. Lazzerini, the director of SRIFIAS, began by talking about the many resources available within the SRIFIAS library. A non-lending institution, the SRIFIAS library contains thousands of texts relevant to the region, including rare manuscripts and imprints. The Institute also contains microfilm copies of Central Eurasian manuscripts that are otherwise unavailable outside of Central Asia.
Through funding from the U.S. Department of Education, six Title VI National Resource Centers plan to award stipends to faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions to develop and incorporate greater content about Russia, Eastern Europe, and Eurasia into the curricula of the institutions at which they teach. Faculty at community colleges and minority-serving institutions throughout the U.S. are invited to apply for a course development stipend.
Past Events Highlights
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.
On March 23rd, 2015, Dr. Anne Tamm, a visiting professor at Johns Hopkins University and Associate Professor at Hungary Károli Gáspár University gave a presentation as a part of the Spring 2015 CEUS Colloquium talks. Her talk was entitled “Negation in Uralic Languages,” and focused on the extensive forms of negation that are a part of various Uralic languages. Of the seventeen languages that Dr. Tamm used as the basis of her research, the majority are endangered.
On March 10th, 2015, the Hungarian Student Association celebrated the 1848 Hungarian Revolution at the University Club. Following an introductory speech by Dr. Bence Ságvári, a visiting Fulbright Visiting Scholar, Hungarian students performed songs and recited Hungarian poems. Afterward, traditional Hungarian food was served for the many attendees.
Funding was provided by the Hungarian Cultural Association, Central Eurasian and Uralic Studies Department, Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center, Russian and East European Institute, and the IU Student Association