Events Calendar

Oct
18
Thu
2018
Orange and Blue: the World of Barzu- Promoting Central Asia through Children’s Literature
Oct 18 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Orange and Blue: the World of Barzu- Promoting Central Asia through Children's Literature @ Voesar Conference Room (4th Floor)

with

Author Marina Abrams

Author Marina Abrams introduces Central Asia through children’s literature in her new book Orange and Blue: The World of Barzu. The story is told through the young boy, Barzu, who lives in the mountains of Tajikistan, and who visits his grandmother. The book is vibrant, featuring the work of prominent Tajik artist Farrukh Negmatzade. Colorful depictions of clay ovens, sun-dried fruit, delicious bread and grandmother’s tale of the merchant Faiz who travels to Hindustan, invite children and all readers into Central Asian lifescapes.
Please join us along with Central Asia diaspora representatives: Dr. Togzhan Kassenova, Non-resident fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Nodir Zakirov, Board of Directors, Uzbekistan Youth Association in America; and Firdavs Nazarov, Outreach Manager, Tajik American Cultural Association for an afternoon celebrating Central Asia culture. Light refreshments will be served.
Marina Abrams was born and raised in Kazakhstan, has lived in Tajikistan and Russia, and traveled extensively around the Eurasia region. She is an international policy professional with fifteen years of experience in multi-disciplinary projects and nonproliferation initiatives dealing with terrorism, the physical protection of former nuclear and biological warfare (BW) facilities, and employment issues for former BW scientists in Russian Federation and Central Asian states. Prior to founding Barzu World, Marina worked at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Monterey, CA and Global Green USA (Washington D.C.).
Nov
2
Fri
2018
Please Join Us For Encounters at the Edge of the Muslim World: A Political Memoir of Kyrgyzstan with author Eugene Huskey and Ambassador Kadyr M. Toktogulov
Nov 2 @ 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Please Join Us For Encounters at the Edge of the Muslim World: A Political Memoir of Kyrgyzstan with author Eugene Huskey and Ambassador Kadyr M. Toktogulov @ Voesar Conference Room, Suite 412

Drawing on three decades of research and travel in Kyrgyzstan, Encounters at the Edge of the Muslim World: A Political Memoir of Kyrgyzstan takes readers on a journey through the unlikely birth and tumultuous development of Central Asia’s most open society. With citizens of independent Kyrgyzstan stripped of their Soviet identity, the book illustrates how alternative loyalties based on kinship, geography, statehood, and religion competed for prominence in ways that often complicated the new country’s political, social, and economic development. Unlike Huskey’s earlier academic work on Kyrgyzstan, this book employs first-person narrative to tell the stories of leaders and citizens trying to navigate the transition from communism, where identities, property, and the rules of the political game were constantly in dispute.

Dr. Eugene Huskey is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Political Science at Stetson University. His research on Kyrgyzstan first took him to the country in 1992, six months after Kyrgyzstan’s emergence as an independent state. He has travelled to Kyrgyzstan regularly since then to conduct research, teach at the American University of Central Asia, train Kyrgyzstani political scientists, and participate in a mission for the International Center for Transitional Justice.

Kadyr M. Toktogulov, Ambassador of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States of America. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Toktogulov served as Press secretary to Kyrgyz Republic’s President Almazbek Atambaev. Before joining the Office of the President, he worked as Chief of Information Policy Department at the Office of the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Toktogulov worked previously as a a correspondent for the Associated Press, Dow Jones Newswires, and contributed stories to the Wall Street Journal. He holds a BA degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the American University of Central Asia.

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