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Cultural Programming

Workshop courses are supplemented with a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, including language tables, lectures, and films. This page showcases just some of the hundreds of events taking place each summer.

Programming Overview | Workshop Events Calendar

Programming

2016 Events

Art & Music

Wednesday, June 8th
"Highlighting a Century of Ethnographic and Commercial Sound Recordings from the Archives of Traditional Music"
Kathleen Kuo, PhD Student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Monday, June 13th
“Musical Encounters in the Mongolian Countryside”
Kathleen Kuo, Ethnomusicology
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Monday, June 13th
The Hedgehogs Concert (Baltic folk and traditional music)

Tuesday, June 14th
“Material Culture and Music in Ukraine”
Shaun Williams, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Monday, June 20
“Trash to Treasure: Muniz and the “Catadores” of Jardim Gramacho in Rio de Janeiro”
Yara Cluver, Associate Director, Collins Living-Learning Center

Tuesday, June 21st
Special Event: Turkish Drum Workshop
Led by Dena El Saffar and Tim Moore, Salaam Band

Monday, June 27th
Ukrainian Pysanky Workshop

Monday, July 25th
Islamic Art Tour at the Lilly Library
Yasemin Gencer, Department of Art History, Indiana University

Thursday, July 14th
"Baltic Modern: Art in Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania."
Bart Pushaw, Department of Art History and Archaeology, University of Maryland
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Monday, July 18th
Ebru (Turkish paper marbling or water painting)

Tuesday, July 19th
Special Presentation: Azerbaijani Music and Culture
Maestro Abbasgulu Najafzade

Wednesday, July 20th
“Contemporary Baltic Cinema”
Liina-Ly Roos, Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Wednesday, July 20th
Balalaika Workshop and Performance
Tetiana Khomenko, International Soloist, member of the Kyiv Music Institute Orchestra

Thursday, July 21th
“Baltic Auteurs”
Liina-Ly Roos, Scandinavian Studies, University of Washington
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Career & Study Abroad

Tuesday, June 7th
State Department Info Session & Coffee Hour
Robert Neus, U.S. Department of State’s Midwest Diplomat in Residence

Tuesday, June 14th
“Finding and Applying for an International Award – Fulbright, Boren, Gilman etc.”
Paul Fogleman, Associate Director, Undergraduate Scholars Office for Competitive Awards, Research and Engagement, Indiana University

Tuesday, June 28th
American Councils for International Education: Study Abroad Information Session
Sarah Krueger, Program Officer
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Tuesday, June 28th
Peace Corps Info Session
Angela Hamilton, Regional Recruiter, Returned Volunteer
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Friday, July 8th
FBI Info Session & Coffee Hour
Wendy Osborne, Special Agent

Friday, July 15th
CIA Info Session & Coffee Hour
Including recruiters from the Directorate of Operations and Directorate of Support

International Relations

Tuesday, June 7th
“The Middle East: States in Transition”
Ambassador Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi
Founding Director, Center for the Study of the Middle East
Associate Director, Center for Constitutional Democracy
Professor of Practice, Maurer School of Law and the School of Global and International Studies, Indiana University

Thursday, June 9th
Special film screening, Q&A with director: “This Is Gay Propaganda: LGBT Rights and the war in Ukraine”
Marusya Bociurkiw, Associate Professor of media theory
Director of The Studio for Media Activism & Critical Thought, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada

Monday, June 27th
“From Washington to Warsaw: US Policy Toward Central and Eastern Europe”
Lee A. Feinstein, Dean for the School of Global and International Studies

Wednesday, July 6th
“Baltic Security in the Post-Soviet Era”
Toivo Raun, Professor of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Thursday, July 7th
“Snow in September: Will Russians Protest the 2016 Parliamentary Elections”
Regina Smyth, Professor of Political Science, Indiana University

Tuesday, July 12th
“The Social and Human Costs of the War in Ukraine”
Sara Phillips, Professor, Anthropology Department, Indiana University
Director, Russian and East European Institute
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Wednesday, July 13th
“Принято: Russian Language Training at the NASA Johnson Space Center
Or, How I Came to Love the ФГБ”
Tony Vanchu, Ph.D., TechTrans International, Inc.

Cultural & Social Studies

Thursday, June 9th
“Yugoslav Literary Canon and Narratives of Identity”
Marina Antic, Lecturer in the Department of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Cultures

Thursday, June 9th
“A Glimpse into Persian Language, Culture and its Link to the Cultural Heritage of the Modern west”
Mehrdad Mahmoudi Zarandi, Professor of Mathematics and Physics, Ivy Tech State College
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Thursday, June 16th
“Pretos Novos Cemetery, Rio de Janeiro, 1769-1830: a cemetery for newly enslaved Africans”
Della Cook, Professor, Anthropology Department
Director, Osteology and Paleopathology Lab
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Monday, June 20
“Field Research in Muslim Communities”
Frances Trix, Professor Emerita, Anthropology;
Professor Emerita, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures

Tuesday, June 21st
"Geser: An Epic Poem for Communists, Nationalists, and Pan-Mongolists"
Melissa Chakars, Associate Professor, History, St. Joseph’s University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Wednesday, June 22th
“Return to the Western World or Democratic Crisis? Civic Engagement and Media in the Baltic”
Janis Chakars, Assistant Professor, Communications, Gwynedd Mercy University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Wednesday, June 22th
“The Nationalist Transformation in Mongolia: Lessons from the Uyghur Experience”
Christopher Atwood, Professor, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University Bloomington
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Tuesday, July 5th
“Marriage Customs, Kinship, and Ethnicity in Bosnia-Herzegovina: Results from a Recent Study”
Keith Doubt, Professor of Sociology, Wittenberg University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Monday, July 11th
"Animals, Environment, and Fieldwork in Mongolia"
Kenneth Linden, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Tuesday, July 12th
“In Vino Veritas: Privatization, Economic Transition, and the Global Wine Industry at Work in the Republic of Macedonia”
Justin Otten, Director of Global Health Affairs, IU School of Public Health
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Interactive Events

Weekly
Taiji Class Led by Brian Flaherty, Chinese Flagship Center, Indiana University

Weekly
Russian Theater Workshop

Weekly
Russian Radio Show

Thursday, June 23rd
Capoeira Workshop

Sunday, June 26th
Food and Music Festival

Monday, June 27th
Russian Tea Hour
Meet SWSEEL alumni who completed the Workshop in the 1960s

Wednesday, June 29th
Middle Eastern Dance Presentation
Led by Donna Carlton and Amani Jabril

Thursday, July 7th
End of Ramazan (Seker Bayram) Celebration

Tuesday, July 12th
Backgammon (Turkish)

Thursday, July 21st
Arabic Soccer Game

Thursday, July 21th
Turkish Folk Dancing

Sunday, July 24th
Student Talent Show

2015 Events

Art & Music

Thursday, June 18th
Felfel Middle Eastern Ensemble Concert
Music from Andalusia, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and Egypt

Monday, June 29th
Ukrainian Pysanky Workshop

Tuesday, June 30th
"Highlighting a Century of Ethnographic and Commercial Sound Recordings from the Archives of Traditional Music"
Kathleen Kuo, PhD Student in the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology

Monday, July 6th
“Ngoma, Zilizopendwa na Bongo Flava: Spotlighting Sociopolitical Aspects of Musical Expressions in East Africa”
Masatomo Yonezu, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Tuesday, July 14th
Ebru (Turkish paper marbling or water painting)

Career & Study Abroad

Wednesday, June 17th
“Finding and Applying for an International Award – Fulbright, Boren, Gilman etc.”
Paul Fogleman, Associate Director, Undergraduate Scholars Office for Competitive Awards, Research and Engagement, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Friday, June 19th
FBI Info Session
Wendy Osborne, Special Agent

Tuesday, June 23rd
Critical Language Scholarship Info Session
Rebecca Mueller, MA/MPH student, Indiana University

Friday, June 26th
Peace Corps Info Session
Angela Hamilton, Regional Recruiter, Returned Volunteer

Friday, July 10th
CIA Info Session
Including Open Source Officer and Clandestine Hiring Division recruiters

Thursday, July 16th
American Councils for International Education: Study Abroad Info Session
Vladka Shikova, Program Manager, American Councils
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Friday, July 17th
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Info Session
Daniel Newman, Program Manager of the Initiative for the Study of the Holocaust in the Soviet Union, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Friday, July 24th
State Department Info Session
Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, U.S. Department of State’s Midwest Diplomat in Residence

International Relations

Monday, July 13th
“The Drone War in Pakistan”
Purnima Bose, Associate Professor, Department of English, Indiana University

Wednesday, July 15th
“Ukraine One Year after the Euro-Maidan Revolution”
Sarah Phillips, Professor, Anthropology Department, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Wednesday, July 15th
“Making of Military Nation, Making of Secular Modern Society: Gender, Class, and Ideology in Turkey”
Aynur Onur, Anthropology Department, Indiana University

Friday, July 24th
“Russia, the West and the New Security Stakes in Ukraine”
Ambassador Ian C. Kelly, Midwest Ambassador in Residence and former U.S. Representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)

Cultural & Social Studies

Tuesday, June 9th
"Language in the Movies in India"
Rebecca Manring, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies and Dhar India Studies Program, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Wednesday, June 10th
“Food Memories from Caucasus to Greece”
Olga Kalentzidou, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Lecturer, School of Global & International Studies, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Monday, June 15th
"The Qur'an in Traditional Muslim Thought and Practice"
Kevin Jaques, Associate Professor, Department of Religious Studies, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Tuesday, June 16th
"Secret History of the Mongols"
Christopher Atwood, Associate Professor, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Monday, June 22nd
"Vampires 101: Reality or myth?"
Mark Yoffe, Librarian for Russia, Eurasia, Central and Eastern Europe, The George Washington University
(Listen to the podcast recording)

Thursday, June 25th
"Gog and Magog, Jesus, and the End of Time in Islam"
Ron Sela, Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

Thursday, July 9th
“How to Read a Poem by Hafez”
Paul Losensky, Associate Professor, Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

Monday, July 20th
“Negotiating Reproduction in a Contested Area: IVF Technology and Kurdish Women’s Infertility Experiences”
Şafak Kiliçtepe, Department of Anthropology, Indiana University

Wednesday, July 22nd
“A Glimpse into Persian History, Geography, Iranian Languages, and Learning to Sound more Natural in Farsi”
Narges Nematollahi, Department of Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University

(Listen to the podcast recording)

Interactive Events

Weekly
Taiji Class Led by Brian Flaherty, Chinese Flagship Center, Indiana University

Weekly
Russian Theater Workshop

Weekly
Russian Literature Club

Weekly
Russian Radio Show

Bi-Weekly
Arabic and Turkish Coffee Hour with IU's Intensive English Program

Wednesday, June 17th
Game Night in Willkie Dormitory

Sunday, June 21st
Food and Music Festival

Friday, June 26th
Workshop Dance Party

Sunday, July 26th
Student Talent Show

Please refer to the Workshop Events Calendar for a complete listing of upcoming Workshop events.