For the past six years Dr. Ariann Stern-Gottschalk has been the Director of the Summer Language Workshop (SLW), formerly known as SWSEEL, as well as a faculty member of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. Unfortunately she is leaving Indiana University to pursue new opportunities in Washington, D.C. She sat down with the IAUNRC to reflect on her time at Indiana University and the Summer Language Workshop (SLW/SWSEEL).
The Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC) continued its efforts for student research and professional development during the 2016 spring semester by organizing four workshop events with the Russian and East European Studies Institute (REEI) and the Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES). This workshop series began in an effort to respond to the unique needs of area studies graduate students, including those oriented towards professional careers and those interested in pursuing academic research careers.
In late April and early May of 2014, I spent nine days on a research trip to Kashgar and Yarkend, oasis towns in the southern part of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where I have been living and conducting research since December 2012. When my research plans in Kashgar City fell through several days in, as research plans are wont to do in China, I fell back on my Plan B, one of the things I know best: marching myself into instrument shops and bookstores to see how much I can make my way into arts and intellectual crowds by engaging in the favored hu
Dr. Haidar Khezri is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS) and Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME) at Indiana University Bloomington. He joined IU in 2014 to develop Kurdish language curriculum for North American universities through a U.S Department of Education Title VI grant award from the Center for the Study of the Middle East (CSME). The IAUNRC sat down with him to speak about his research and Kurdish studies.
The IAUNRC is a United States Department of Education Title VI grant institution that coordinates resources to increase understanding of all aspects of the diverse region and peoples of the Inner Asia and Uralic Regions. The IAUNRC works in tandem with four other Indiana University organizations focused on Central Eurasia, making IU the nation's paramount academic institution for the study of this region. These partner organizations are:
- The Department of Central Eurasian Studies
- The Sinor Research Institute for Inner Asian Studies
- The Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region
- The Summer Language Workshop
- Turkish Language Flagship Center
Past Events Highlights
by Dilnoza Kadirova
Central Asian people are famous for their hospitality and friendliness, and Uzbekistan is a very good example for this lovely area’s traditions. The main idea behind organizing Uzbek Culture Night was to share Uzbek culture with people in Bloomington enhance the diversity on Indiana University’s campus.
by Amita Vempati
Laden with stickers, scavenger hunt items (which ranged from silk flowers to a teddy bear to an onion), and flashcards so freshly laminated that they were still warm, Uzbek FLTA Dilnoza Kadyrova and I would be ready every Thursday to teach Uzbek to a group of spirited 5-8 year olds. Thanks to the Bridges Program run through IU’s Center for the Study of Global Change and coordinated by Vesna Dimitrieska, four languages were taught across afterschool programs in Bloomington. Uzbek was one of them, and we were assigned to the class at Girls Inc.