This program attempts to fill in the gaps in our understanding of the Space Race, as seen from the other side: namely, the Soviet Union. We look at both their successes and failures, as well as the modern reality of the Russian space program being located in the independent country of Kazakhstan.
The following video conferencing programs are available for free through the IAUNRC:
Baikonur and the Soviet Space Race
History of the Silk Road
This program deals specifically with the Silk Road: where it ran, how it came to be named, who traveled it, its importance in World History, and what it can teach us about world trade today.
Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology along the Silk Road
This program engages students to consider the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered during the "Golden Age of Islam" in medieval Eurasia. Audiences will learn about some of the major ideas and figures in math and science during this period, as well as the broader historical context that fostered learning and innovation throughout the Islamic world.
Music of the Silk Road
This program features a brief overview of the Silk Road before delving into a survey of music and instruments found on the Silk Road. Includes sound of many of the individual instruments showcased.
Other Worlds of Architecture
This presentation provides an overview of architectural history in Central Asia and parts of the Islamic World along the famous Silk Road. We will discuss both artistic aspects of Islamic architectural design, as well as the geographic and historical context of their construction. We will end the presentation with a look at contemporary architecture in the modern-day countries along the Silk Road.
The Aral Sea and Central Asian Ecological Problems
This program deals specifically with the Aral Sea, arguably the greatest ecological disaster in the history of the world. Participants are walked through its case from its beginnings in Ancient History, through the Middle Ages, to the days of the Soviet Union and the beginning of the end for the sea.
The Real-Life Locations of "Three Cups of Tea": Teaching about Afghanistan and Pakistan
This program is designed to aid middle and high school teachers in exploring the book "Three Cups of Tea" by Greg Mortenson. The program presents basic information on the geography, culture, and politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan, along with discussion questions. The materials can be tailored to different grade levels and subjects. The presentation is suited for use both with students and in preparing teachers to discuss the book.
The program is designed to accompany in-class use of the book "Three Cups of Tea" and frequently refers to the book's content. It is not intended as a stand-alone resource on the region, nor is it intended to replace instructor-led discussion of the book.
Environment and Culture of Tibet: Continuity and Change
This program uses the example of Tibet to explore how physical geography, environment and biodiversity influences peoples' livelihoods and culture, and how this is changing in recent times with urbanization and development.
For more information on this video conference, or to request this video conference, please go to this video conference's page at the CILC website.