Central Asia surprises global travelers with its elaborate architectural treasures, unique cultural expressions, and some of the most fascinating history in the modern world. Between 800 and 1100 CE, Central Asia was the global center of learning, science, and the arts. Today, the five Central Asian states - Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan - have a combined population of 72 million and are fated to play an important role in the future of Eurasia. This seminar introduces the fascinating history of the region and its impact on the early cultural development of Europe.
Led by Nina Wieda, an expert on the post-Soviet space, this course illuminates Central Asia's rich and diverse world. Designed to inspire curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased fascination for Central Asia and an understanding of its unique cultural and political landscape.
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. Nina also has experience in journalism, advertising, and consumer research – her writing has been published in three languages. She wrote her Master's thesis about the Northern Caucasus region. Dr. Wieda currently teaches at Northwestern University near Chicago.
This conversation is suitable for all ages.
90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.