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Resources for Partner Institutions

In the current grant cycle, the IAUNRC will partner with a number of higher education institutions, including historically black colleges and universities, community colleges, and other minority-serving institutions to develop sustained and long-lasting relationships. We invite our partners and as well as any other interested schools to utilize our resources on Central Eurasia to increase the international content in curricula and on campuses.

Our current partners:

Morehouse College

Eastern Kentucky University

Morgan State University

Bennett College

Indiana State University

Claflin University

Philander Smith College

St. Louis Community College

Video Conferencing

To supplement your curriculum, we can provide interactive video presentations. All programs available have been successfully presented to many different audiences. The Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration serves as a clearinghouse for our presentations. If you are interested in one of our free presentations, please make the request through the CILC website..  We are willing to work with you to create new video presentations as well as adapt existing topics. The list of video presentations available and instructions on how to request is found here.

Graduate student “office hours”

Our graduate students are available upon request to field questions your students may have about research paper writing, area studies, or preparing for advanced studies. Skype appointments can be made by contacting our graduate students at


For the past eight years, the IAUNRC has regularly recorded important and noteworthy lectures, presentations, and discussion. At present, our publicly available archive includes  recordings about our region from some of the preeminent scholars of the world. The archive may be found here.

In addition to this resource, we are in the preliminary stages of planning two podcasts series, one of which is a narrative history of the Mongol Empire.

The second podcast called “Extra Credit Series,” will feature experts briefly discussing (each podcast will be around five minutes) aspects of Central Eurasian studies, including history, economics, architecture, and religion. Faculty at partner schools can request episodes on a specific topic that ties into their class, which students will be able to then listen to and comment on for extra credit.

For example, a professor can request a presentation on monetary policy. The IAUNRC will then offer several options related to the topic, such as Persian and Byzantine currency, barter economies along the Silk Road, or the changes in contemporary Turkish fiscal policy. The professor can then select from these options. The IAUNRC will record the expert and upload the audio to iTunes. Thereafter, other professors can also use the uploaded podcasts.

This program will allow students to see how the concepts learned in class have played out in a variety of social and political contexts.

Faculty Visits To Partner Institutions

The IAUNRC will make it possible for IU faculty to travel to our partner institutions, where they can give a research talk for the institutional community and meet with interested colleagues, administration, and students. The faculty available to visit are listed below.

Rajendra Abhyankar

Ambassador Rajendra M. Abhyankar is a professor of practice at Indiana University’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies and School of Public and Environmental Affairs. He has served as an ambassador of India to Turkey, and his expertise is in international affairs.

1.         Economic development of the Central Asian Republics

2.         The role of external powers in Central Asian Republics

Noor Borbieva

Dr. Noor Borbieva is an assistant professor of Anthropology at IPFW, specializing in religious anthropology. Her expertise is in gender, identity, and Islamic practice in the republics of Central Asia.

1.         Gender and Social Change in Central Asia: Women Encounter Development" discusses Soviet-era social and economic changes, as well as international post-Soviet development efforts, and their impact on Central Asian women’s lives and roles.

2.         Bride Kidnapping in the Kyrgyz Republic: Anthropological Reflections on a Popular Practice” looks at the treatment of women in Central Asia, in the context of broader discourses about marriage, happiness, love, and stability.

3.         Teaching the  Tradition: Islamic Piety and the Central Asian State”  looks at Central Asian Islam in the pre-Soviet, Soviet, and post-Soviet eras with a particular focus on the ways foreign involvements in the Kyrgyz Republic since its independence have shaped religious trajectories there.

Jamsheed Choksy

Dr. Jamsheed Choksy is the Chair of the Central Eurasian Studies Department, and a Professor in the CEUS, History, Ancient Studies, India Studies, Medieval Studies, and Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies. His work focuses on Iranian or Persian civilization throughout history with an emphasis on religion.

1.         Iran and the West: From the Greek Wars to Nuclear Bombs

2.         Iran’s Civilization: Past and Present

Kathryn Graber

Dr. Kathryn Graber is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology and Central Eurasian Studies Departments. She studies the interconnectivity of media and linguistics, and property relations in Russia and Central Eurasia. Dr. Graber’s area of expertise is in Mongolia and minorities and Russia.

1.         Ethnic and Linguistic Diversity in Russia 

2.         Nomads, Networks & Communities

Paul Losensky

Dr. Paul Losensky is an associate professor of Comparative Literature and Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University. His focus is on Persian and Iranian culture and literature, particularly poetry.

1.         Cinema and Life in Modern Iran;

2.         The Way of the Spirit: Persian Sufism in Story and Verse

Travel Grant for ICCI Attendance

IAUNRC can provide support to travel to the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internalization (ICCI) at Indiana University May 17-20, 2015. We can provide up to five travel grants of $350. The grants will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Click here for information about ICCI.

To apply, please contact

Further Initiatives

We have a number of other planned initiatives that we are developing. These include:

●       Inviting partner institution faculty to participate in the CEUS Colloquium (the departmental lecture series). Interested faculty at partner institutions are encouraged to contact us.

●       Association of Central Eurasian Students (ACES), the departmental student group, has a conference each year, funded in part by the IAUNRC. Interested scholars are encouraged to attend..

●       Video interview series (videos around 30 minutes in length) where CEUS faculty can talk about topics of particular interest, also encourage partner institution’s faculty to produce similar videos and host on one web page.

●       Short videos responding to and contextualizing current news events, encouraging the public to call on IAUNRC expertise

●       Upon request, we can give presentations tailored to the interests of specific student groups, such as veterans, at partner institutions.

●       Curriculum Internationalization. We will work with faculty throughout a semester (through video conferencing) to propose reading list and lesson plans, capped off with an in-person workshop at the partner institution. The IAUNRC will work with the Departments of Central Eurasian Studies and the Center for the Languages of the Central Asia Region to deliver courses taught through distance or online learning to increase partner institution access to less commonly taught languages, such as Persian and Turkish.

These initiatives will be implemented in phases over the next four years. The first stage will focus on curriculum development and guest lecturers, while second stage will focus on language instruction and increased paired visits between IU and partner institutions.

If you are from a different school, and you are interested in working with us, please contact us. We would love to work with you!