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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

Sun, Oct 2
1:00 pm
Oliver Winery 200 E Winery Rd, Bloomington, IN 47404
Mon, Oct 3
8:30 am
Neal-Marshall Grand Hall 275 N. Jordan Avenue Bloomington, IN 47405
Mon, Oct 3
5:30 pm
Fine Arts 015
Wed, Oct 5
3:00 pm
Leo R. Dowling International Center (111 S. Jordan Ave), Room 106
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What's New at the IAUNRC

The Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) is looking for graduate students who would be willing to give three workshops on the topic of “Urban growth in the 21st century: Examining the trajectory and circumstances of urban expansion” in the Middle East.

These workshops will take place in educational centers in Indiana and are targeting middle and high school teachers.

All expenses will be paid for by CSME.

Please contact CSME for any additional information.

Please join the Graduate Mentoring Center in a conversation about mentoring Underrepresented Minority Graduate Students

“Mentorships center on an emotional commitment, which focuses on the protégé’s personal and professional growth. Mentoring relationships, by nature are reciprocal and more enduring than relationships with an academic advisor, supervisor, or dissertation chair” (Lunsford & Baker. Great Mentoring in Graduate School: A Quick Start for Protégés. Occasional Paper Series. Council of Graduate Schools. Number 4. September 2016. Page 3).

CLE Summer Online Language Course
Development Fellowships (2017)

The Center for Language Excellence is soliciting applications for a limited number of summer grants of $5,000 each towards online foreign language development. Half of the grant money will be made available at the beginning of the project and the other half after the presentation of the finalized project.

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) is looking for a presenter for teacher workshops.

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Past Events Highlights

Heavy rain on Friday night and early Saturday afternoon didn’t stop thousands of people from attending the 2016 Lotus World Music Festival in downtown Bloomington this past weekend. The festival, now in its 23rd year, ran from September 15 through September 18. This year, the IAUNRC was proud to sponsor performances by three groups: Söndörgo (Hungary), Aallotar (Finnish-American Folk), and Anda Union (Mongolia). Both Aallotar and Söndörgo gave multiple performances throughout the weekend. Anda Union only performed one set on Saturday evening.

On September 8, 2016, doctoral student Giorgi Papashvili gave a presentation for the Central Eurasian Colloquium titled “The Ethnographic Portrait of the Caucasus around 1900.” His talk focused mostly on paintings and portraits produced during the late 19th century by Georgian artists. He emphasized how outside cultural influences, mainly those from nearby Russia and Iran, played into the human “types” that were depicted in the various pieces.

In mid-April, the IAUNRC brought Karol Taylor to Indiana University to guide students through the federal job application process. With over 28 years of experience in the federal government and eleven in federal hiring, as well as specialized training in career counseling, Karol Taylor was ideal for explaining the ins and outs of searching for federal jobs as well as creating a competitive application.

For the 2015-2016 academic year I received two research grants. The first was a Fulbright U.S. Student Award for research in Kazan, Russia, and the second a Boren Fellowship that has me currently based out of Istanbul, Turkey. Each grant is for six months.


I was selected to be the OVPIA’s candidate for the Fall 2015 Semester at Boğaziçi University. As part of the exchange program, I was allowed to enroll in graduate level courses that would help to facilitate my own research on Ottoman urban and social history. I was particularly excited about taking classes with some of renowned faculty of Boğaziçi’s History Department. Moreover, as a urban historian concerned primarily with changes in the urban fabric of Istanbul, the OVPIA program enabled me to experience the city firsthand.

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