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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015

INNER ASIAN & URALIC RESOURCE CENTER

Afghanistan in Context

This presentation teaches viewers about the history of Afghanistan from the 19th to 21st century, with a focus on explaining the roots of the current situation in the country. We explain the ethnic make-up of the country, its borders, and its role in world politics since the 1800s. FREE

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Baikonur and the Soviet Space Race

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.

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Central Asian 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 of Central Asia

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Central Asian 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 of Central Asia.

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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.

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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.

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Innovations and Inventions: Science and Technology (Free) along the Silk Road

This program engages students to consider the many contributions to math, medicine, science and technology pioneered in Central Eurasia during the period known as the "middle ages." At the time, the silk road did more than just link Europe to Central Asia and other parts of the world - it brought Europeans many inventions and scientific breakthroughs from the far corners of the Islamic world. Many of remain important even today.

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Mining and Sustainability in Central Asia

This program discusses the importance of mining and how different mineral and energy sources from Central Asia are used around the world, even in the U.S. An important part of the mining cycle is then considering the impact that international businesses and national governments have on local communities and how we can make mining more sustainable over time.

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Music of Inner Asia

This program features a brief overview the Inner Asian region before delving into a survey of music and instruments found today in various countries of the region. Includes music clips and sounds from many of the individual instruments showcased. PLEASE NOTE: This program does not include material related to China, and should not be understood to be focused on Chinese trade with Inner Asia or any other region of the world

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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.

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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.

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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.

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