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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.

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Elise Anderson, a PhD Candidate in the Departments of CEUS and Folklore & Ethnomusicology, describes the foundational assistance the IAUNRC provided in her language and research training.

The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) at Indiana University is recruiting Graduate Assistants (GAs) for the 2014-2015 academic year.

On February 17th, 2014, the IAUNRC sat down with Professor Jamsheed Choksy, Chair of the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, to discuss their new undergraduate major.

The full interview is available here.

The Graduate Student Brown Bag Talk Series is a new discussion series organized and hosted by the IAUNRC that premiered this fall. In these series of brown bag talks, graduate students that study the region from a variety of disciplines discuss their research, the projects they are working on, and their field experiences. The series is designed to give an opportunity for graduate students to share their work with their peers in an informal setting, though all are welcome.

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Past Events Highlights

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, he also highlighted its volatile nature.

On March 7th, 2014, a special workshop on Romani Studies in the Digital Age was convened by Professor Lynne Hooker.  Péter Szuhay, Senior Curator of the Hungarian Museum of Ethnography, presented two of his films about the Roma.

April 7th, 2014 in the fourth lecture of Visiting Fulbright Professor Laszlo Borhi’s series, he discussed the “hidden threads” in Hungary that contributed to the end of the Cold War.

On April 5th, 2014 Visiting Fulbright Professor Istvan Benczes gave the keynote address, entitled "From goulash communism to goulash populism: Path-dependence in Hungarian economic transformation", for the Inaugural Conference of the Hungarian Cultural Association. His talk focused on Hungarian economic history in the 20th and 21st centuries, arguing that the slow yet steady erosion of Hungary’s economic performance in the new millennium is a direct, though unintended consequence of Hungary’s previous successes (the “good old days” of goulash communism).

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