Azerbaijan: At the Crossroads of the Continents with Dr. Nina Wieda

Azerbaijan: At the Crossroads of the Continents with Dr. Nina Wieda


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One of the oldest continuously inhabited areas of the planet, today's Azerbaijan is a modern metropolis and a major player in the oil industry. Nestled on the warm Caspian Sea between Iran and Russia, this nation with a rich cultural history is a geopolitical hotspot and a best-kept secret between Russia, Asia, and the Middle East.

Nestled on the Caspian Sea coast between Iran and Russia, Azerbaijan is a nation that developed under the complex influence of several powerful empires wrestling for influence over the region. Its cultural history began at the beginning of human civilization: Gobustan Rock Carvings – one of the earliest records of human activity – is located in Azerbaijan. Dating between 5,000 and 20,000 years, the carvings tell the story of human society and ecological changes in the region.

Located at the crossroads of the continents of Asia and Europe, Azerbaijan’s capital Baku served as an important stop on the Silk Road leading from China to Constantinople.  Today, Baku is a modern city that combines exotic skyscrapers with lively bazaars and Turkish baths.  The Caspian Sea coast is studded with mud volcanoes – a rare natural phenomenon and a popular spa destination.

Led by an expert on Azerbaijan, Nina Wieda, this interactive seminar will bring Azerbaijan to life for its participants. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for this unique and historical corner of the world.

This conversation is part of a four-part series on Eurasian Culture with Nina Wieda. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of a four-week series.

Armenia: Exploring The Cultural Heritage of Eurasia with Nina Wieda

Azerbaijan: At the Crossroads of the Continents with Nina Wieda

The Baltics: An Introduction to Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania with Nina Wieda

Georgia: A Nation of Legends with Nina Wieda

 

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a Ph.D. in Slavic from Northwestern University and an MA in Nationalism Studies from Central European University. She worked as a newspaper journalist in the Caucasus and wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. She teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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