As many of our readers will know, the nation’s Title VI Centers were recently the target of sharp cuts. The long-standing congressional mandates supporting international area studies took a notable hit in the last Federal budget, as did federal funding as a whole for language and cultural studies as critical national projects...
Through the Looking Glass, a film by Monica Whitlock about the scandalously controversial events in Andijan, Uzbekistan in May 2005, was shown at Indiana University on September 14, 2011. Ms. Whitlock herself attended the screening and was available for Q&A afterwards.
George Malacinski has been collecting carpets and woven materials from Central Eurasia for a while now. “This piece is probably only about fifty years old,” he said at a recent showing of his “Woven Treasures” exhibit at the Ivy Tech Community College’s John Waldron Art Gallery, as he gestured at a carpet on the wall, “which I know because I’ve had it twenty-five years, and when I purchased it, it had a bit of wear as well.” The carpet, bright red with a pale yellow border and cerulean shades of blue, does show some signs of aging;
Professor Edward Lazzerini, Director of the IAUNRC and the Initiative’s Coordinator at IU, was invited this October to Kazan, where he was able to spend nearly a month working with the VKI’s Russian partners on the future of the Initiative.