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Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center   printer-friendly-version
Program: National Resource Centers
Award Number: P015A060057
Grant Period: 08/15/2006 - 08/14/2010
World Area: Inner Asia
Funding:
2006:  $230,000
2007:  $230,000
2008:  $232,500
2009:  $260,518
Total:  $953,018
Institution: Indiana University-Bloomington
Project Director: Edward Lazzerini
348 Goodbody Hall
Bloomington, Indiana 47405-7005
Tel: 8128565263
Fax: 8128558667
Email: elazzeri@indiana.edu
 
Abstract:
Already in 1956, Indiana University (IU) established a Program in Uralic and Altaic Studies, the forerunner of today's Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center (IAUNRC). For almost half a century, IU has gathered leading specialists, impressive library collections, and other top-quality resources to create the nation's premier program devoted to this region. It has effectively utilized these resources to provide quality training and outreach programs that continue to serve the entire country.

IU's greatest concentration of expertise and instruction is located within the Department of Central Eurasian Studies (CEUS). Center faculty are specialists on civilizations stretching from the Baltics, Hungary, and Turkey to Central Asia, Tibet, and Mongolia. They pursue both historical and contemporary analysis in a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, business, comparative literature, economics, history, journalism, linguistics, music and drama, political science, public administration, and religious studies. During each academic year, IAUNRC offers multiple levels of instruction in all of the following living languages indigenous to the Center's area: Estonian, Finnish, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Persian/Tajik, Tibetan, Turkish, and Uzbek. Other living and classical languages of Central Eurasia are offered less frequently, including Chaghatay, Evenki, Kyrgyz, and Mordvin. Summer workshop offerings include beginning and intermediate Azeri, Kazakh, Tajik, Turkmen, Uyghur, and Uzbek. Together with the Center for the Languages of the Central Asian Region, IAUNRC undertakes projects to develop and test materials for teaching languages of Central Asia, Azerbaijan, and Afghanistan.

IAUNRC offers a strong interdisciplinary training program for students. Undergraduates can earn a certificate or individualized major in CEUS. The Center also trains future specialists through its Master of Arts (MA) and PhD degree programs, which have placed graduates in prestigious positions in education, business and industry, and government, both in the United States and abroad. In addition, IAUNRC provides an area studies dimension to the training of students in professional schools. A combined MA in CEUS and Public Administration/Environmental Studies is also available, as well as an IAUNRC graduate certificate.

Indiana University houses outstanding print and electronic resources for Inner Asian and Uralic studies. The main library holds 100,000 volumes on Central Eurasia, including the largest Tibetan and Estonian collections of any American university. IU's other specialized collections, the RIFIAS and the Hangin, contain another 35,000 items relevant to the Center's area. The Center continues to build its collections, while also using the latest technology to make them more accessible to patrons across the country.

IAUNRC's active and growing outreach program serves several vital constituencies. The Center is creating new print and electronic curriculum materials for teaching about Central Eurasia at the elementary, secondary, and post-secondary levels. Center faculty have an outstanding record of service to government, business, and philanthropic organizations, as well as to other post-secondary institutions, thus making a major contribution to Americans' knowledge about the increasingly important world area on which we focus.
 
Languages: Countries:
Azeri (Azerbaijani)
Estonian
Finnish
Hungarian
Kazakh
Kirghiz
Mongolian
Tajik
Turkish
Turkmen
Uyghur (Uighur)
Uzbek
Azerbaijan
Estonia
Finland
Hungary
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Mongolia
Tajikistan
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Uzbekistan
 
Disciplines: Subjects:
Anthropology
Archaeology
Area studies
Art/art history
Business administration and management
Communications
Ethnic studies
Foreign languages and literature
Geography
Global/international relations and studies
History
Interdisciplinary studies
International business
International/area studies
Journalism
Law
Liberal arts/general studies
Linguistics
Political science
Public administration
Public policy
Religious studies
Sociology
Women's studies
Area Studies
Assessment and Testing
Collaboration
Dissemination
Dissertation Research
Distance Learning
Evaluation
Foreign Language Programs (Domestic)
Graduate Fellowships
Instructional Materials
Interdisciplinary Studies
International Business
K-12 Opportunities
K-12 Teacher Education
Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
Library
Major/Minor/Certificate Programs
Multidisciplinary Studies
Outreach
Professional Development
Professional School Linkages
Research
Summer Opportunities
 
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