We at the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region (CeLCAR) are sorry to share the sad news of the passing of Dr. György Kara. Professor Kara was a wonderful instructor and mentor, and his legacy and influence in particular in Mongolian studies and in Central Asian languages in general will extend for years to come. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family at this time.
Congratulations to CeLCAR's Language Instructional Specialist, Amber Kennedy Kent who has been selected by IU's Center of Excellence for Women in Technology and IU Women in IT (IUWIT) as a 2022 Outstanding Staff Mentor/Advocate. She is being honored at the IUWIT Summit Luncheon on March 28 for her work as a diligent and supportive mentor and advocate for women and technology. Amber was nominated by her colleagues Dinara Abakirova and Meaghan Gallegos. Congratulations Amber to an honor well deserved.
Nashville State Community College began offering Kurdish language and culture classes in late October to help Nashville better serve and relate to the Kurdish community and allow Kurdish speakers to continue learning their native language and culture.
A pandemic period of critical shortages, shipping delays and even unfilled prescriptions at CVS reminds all of us that disrupted supply chains thousands of miles away disrupt everyday life on Main Street. It’s exposed vulnerabilities that result from a lack of long-term planning and investment. Quick fixes can only do so much. Two recent experiences here in the Midwest reminded me that the same is true in foreign policy; we must protect our human supply chains because we pay now, or we pay later. read more...
To help meet the needs of refugees in Nashville, Tennessee, CeLCAR has partnered with Nashville State Community College (NSCC). Nashville happens to be home to 20,000 Kurdish families who have settled there over the last two decades, people whom the local Mayor’s Office refers to “New Americans”.
CeLCAR is excited to welcome Gulnisa Nazarova as its new director! Gulnisa has a history of supporting our center and of supporting various important initiatives regarding the languages and people of the Central Asian region.
Dave Baer took the lead in coordinating faculty, staff, students and friends of IU to act as interpreters. Twenty-six potential interpreters were identified, half of whom were women and could work with women and children, and Nowacky sent their names to Atterbury. Some began working on a volunteer basis, some as temporary hires.
Indiana University has taught Pashto since 2004, and CEUS (Central Eurasian Studies) will be teaching it again in Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This will be an intermediate-level course.
Congratulations to our esteemed colleague Tserenchunt Legden (Лэгдэнгийн Цэрэнчунт), Mongolian Senior Lecturer, who has been bestowed the Trustees Teaching Award. A well-deserved honor.
A number of language materials are in process. CeLCAR is excited about these languages and plans to make these materials generally available in 2021 and 2022. Keep an eye out for them at the online shop: Kazakh: An Elementary Textbook, by Gulnara Glowacki, Aliya Sultanova, and Jonathan Washington; Mongolian: An Elementary Textbook, by Tserenchunt Legden and Uvsh Purev
Our guest today is Zia Khoshsirat. Zia is a doctoral student at UCLA, studying Linguistic Anthropology. His research interests include language ideologies, historical-sociolinguisitcs, and language documentation and revitalization, and his primary language of focus is Gilaki, an Iranian language originating from the Gilan province of Iran.
In this episode, we meet Professor Golshat Safiullina, an associate professor at the Leo Tolstoy Institute of Philology at Kazan Federal University in Kazan which is the capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan in Russia. Professor Safiullina tells us about Tatar, including who speaks it and where it is spoken around the world. She even tells us a little about a special connection between Tatar and Indiana University.
In this episode, we meet Dr. Shahyar Daneshgar, a senior lecturer in IU’s Department of Central Eurasian Studies. Shahyar is a native Azerbaijani from Tehran, Iran who is the founder of teaching Azerbaijani at IU’s Summer Language Workshop, harkening back to 1985. Also an interesting tidbit about Shahyar, he is a gifted singer and the maestro of The Silk Road Ensemble, a critically acclaimed musical ensemble that specializes in playing music from Central Asia.
In this episode, we meet Kathryn Graber. Dr. Graber is an Assistant Professor in the Anthropology Department in the College of Arts and Sciences as well as the Department of Central Eurasian Studies in the Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies at Indiana University. She specializes in studying issues related to language, politics, and media in and around Russia, Siberia, and Mongolia, including issues related to minority populations in this area.
In this episode, we meet Gulnisa Navaroza, a senior lecturer of Uyghur at Indiana University. Gulnisa represents a significant population of ethnic Uyghurs who live in different parts of Central Asian, including Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. To learn more about Uyghur, go back and listen to Episodes 6 in which we discuss the Uyghurs from the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xianxiang, China.
Rahman Arman is one of five recipients this year of IU’s Trustees Teaching Award, a recognition of his high achievement as an educator and a reflection of his commitment to his students.
CeLCAR releases Pashto online 101 course providing beginning Pashto learners with a wide selection of materials and task-oriented, communicative activities that facilitate the development of speaking, listening, reading, and writing in Pashto.
Our Director, Öner Özçelik was awarded the 2019 Best Paper Award of the journal Language Acquisition, with the paper ‘Universal Grammar and Second Language Phonology: Full Transfer/Prevalent Access in the L2 Acquisition of Turkish “stress” by English and French Speakers’ – paper will be highlighted on the Language Acquisition website.