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1150th Anniversary of Al-Farabi: The Legacy of Medieval Wisdom
29 October, 2020 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
The year 2020 marks the 1150th anniversary of Al-Farabi – the most famous Oriental thinker originated from the Kazakh land. His legacy has been a connecting “spiritual bridge” between West and East, combining the works of the ancient and Islamic worlds, and influencing the development of science and the Renaissance in Europe. In these difficult times for the world, Al-Farabi’s legacy is worth rediscovering.
Thursday, October 29 (Time EDT)
10:00 AM – Introductory Remarks by Dr. Marlene Laruelle
Director, Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies and Research Professor of International Affairs.
10:05 AM – Welcome Remarks by Ambassador Erzhan Kazykhanov
Ambassador of Kazakhstan to the United States
10:10 AM Featured Remarks by Professor Peter Rollberg
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Research Initiatives at the George Washington University
10:20 AM Featured Remarks by Dr. Paul Michael Taylor
Curator of European, Near Eastern, and Asian Ethnology at the Smithsonian Institution
10:30 AM Featured Remarks by Professor Aliya Masalimova
Dean of Faculty at Al-Farabi Kazakh National University
10:40 AM Commentary by Mr. Askar Alimzhanov
Director of the national branch MIR TV
10:45 AM Open Discussion
11:00 AM Closing Remarks