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IAUNRC Fall 2011 Newsletter

Word from the Director

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...

Uzbekistan Through a Mirror Darkly

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.

Woven Treasures on Display at the John Waldron

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;

Interview: CEUS Professor Kemal Silay

Professor Silay sat down with the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center’s Willow Spencer to discuss his research, working at Indiana University, and the new Turkish Flagship.

Book Review: A History of the Tibetan Empire

By Drikung Kyabgon Chetsang; translated by Meghan Howard and Tsultrim Nakchu. Dehra Dun: Songtsen Library, 2011. 651 pp. Reviewed by Eric Fry-Miller, Indiana University.

Moving Forward with the Volga-Kama Iniative

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.