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Past Events Highlights

In Fall 2014, the IAUNRC continued the new Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, that began last year. These talks were given by graduate student that study the region, who will be discussing their research methods, recent work, and experiences.

As a part of the newly-revived CEUS Colloquium, Dr. Christopher Beckwith, Dr. Kathryn Graber, and Tóth-Czifra Erzsébet gave talks on October 8th, November 17th, and December 1st.

On November 12, Dr. Allen J. Frank gave the 2014 Bregel Lecture, sponsored by the Department of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University and the Dennis Sinor Research Institute.

On Monday, November 10th, Dr. Nematullah Bizhan gave a talk entitled "The Danger of Repeating the History of State-Building in Afghanistan."

On October 31st, students, faculty, and families gathered to celebrate the 91st anniversary of the creation of the Republic of Turkey.

The Third Biennial Mapping the Landscapes of Islamic Studies at Indiana University conference, which took place from October 31st to November 2nd 2014, featured an array of speakers from both IU and other universities. The talks focused on topics ranging from Arabic translations of Greek philosophical works to the economics of contemporary Islamic piety. Below are summaries of selected talks by CEUS professors and students.

On October 20th, 2014, Indiana University hosted Mujib Mehrdad, an Afghan poet. He read selections in English and Dari from his latest collection of Dari poems entitled “Soldiers.” Afterwards, Mehrdad answered questions about his poetry, his political views, and the state of Afghanistan today.

The 21st Lotus World Music & Arts Festival took place on September 19th to 20th of 2014. The festival included twenty bands performed live in both ticketed and public events, as well as a variety of non-musical performers. The IAUNRC was proud to sponsor Arga Bileg (Mongolia) and to co-sponsor Erkan Oğur’s Telvin Trio (Turkey) and Tsuumi Sound System (Finland).

On September 12th, 2014, Dr. Carole McGranahan from the University of Colorado, Boulder, gave a talk entitled “Love and Empire: The CIA, the Dalai Lama, and Arrested Histories of the Tibetan Resistance Army,” hosted by the Center on American and Global Security.

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”.

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