Events Calendar

The Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today
May 25 @ 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Identity Crisis of Uyghurs Today @ Room 214, The Elliott School of International Affairs 2

Symposium Agenda

9:00-9:40 Refreshments and Registration

9:40-10:00 Opening Remarks

10:00 – 12:00: Session A: Challenges in Uyghur Education & China’s Harsh Policy towards Uyghurs

Chair: Rishat Abbas, Pfizer, USA
1. Rebecca Clothey, Drexel University, USA, “Education Policy Appropriation, Ethnic
Segregation and Cultural Transmission in Urumqi”
2. Nury A. Turkel, Lawyer, USA, “China’s Re-Education Detention Centers: Examination
Uyghur Rights under China’s Constitution and International Human Rights Law”
3. Lauren Hansen Restrepo, Bryn Mawr College, USA, “The Middle Can not Hold:
Unpacking the Role of Development on the Rising Culture War within Urban Uyghur
4. Memet Emin, Colombia University, USA, “Mental Impact of Chinese Harsh Policy
towards Uyghurs”

12:00 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:45 – 3:45: Session B: China’s Cultural Assimilation Policy towards Uyghurs

Chair: Ilshat Hassan, Uyghur American Association, USA

1. Louisa Greve, Washington Fellow, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, USA, “The
Campaign to “Sinicize Religion” in the XUAR”
2. Abdulhamit Karahan, Uyghur Academy, TURKEY, “Uyghur Language Crisis in
Education both in Uyghur Homeland and Diaspora”
3. Nicole Morgret, Uyghur Human Rights Project, USA,“Uyghur Intangible Cultural

3:45 – 4:00 Closing Remarks

4:00 – 5:00: Post-Symposium Social

This one-day symposium is organized by:

The Uyghur American Association,

The Uyghur Academy,

The Uyghur Human Rights Project


Central Asia in the Era of Sovereignty; The Return of Tamerlane?
Jun 7 @ 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Dr. Therese Sabonis-Helf, Georgetown University

Dr. Dan Burghart, National Intelligence University

Dr. Marlene Laruelle, The George Washington University

Dr. Roger Kangas, National Defense University

Dr. Laura Adams, USAID

Stacie Giles, Virginia Commonwealth University

Gawdat Bahgat, National Defense University

Mr. Robert Timm, Naval War College

This collection provides a broad analysis of social, political, economic, and security issues in contemporary Central Asia. In particular, the contributors highlight the differences and similarities among the region’s states in how they have consolidated statehood since the collapse of the Soviet Union.