The Caucasus: A Cradle of Civilization with Dr. Nina Wieda

The Caucasus: A Cradle of Civilization with Dr. Nina Wieda


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Many people describe themselves as “Caucasian,” but don’t necessarily know why. Our discussion will introduce participants to the Caucasus region – the mountainous area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, the home to the earliest uncontested traces of human civilization outside of Africa. The region is small geographically, but enormous in its cultural impact and historical influence.

A meeting place of four religions and over a hundred languages, the Caucasus mountain range is the natural border between Europe and Asia. Featured as early as the eighth century BC in the Tale of Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece, the region still produces cultural forms recognized by UNESCO as the world’s intangible heritage treasure. Today, Caucasus is a coveted geopolitical prize and host to many annual political and business conferences.

Led by an expert on the Caucasus, Nina Wieda, this interactive seminar will illuminate the region – both past and present. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge about the Caucasus and a desire to learn more.

This conversation is part of a multi-part series on Eurasian Culture with Nina Wieda. Each session is designed to be enjoyed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the extended series.

Nina Wieda is a native of the Caucasus living in Chicago, USA. She holds a PhD 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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
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zofia Dziewanowska MD. PhD (La Jolla, US)
Excellent presentation

Fascinating and well presented story. I have visited not long ago this huge and fascinating part of the world thus truly appreciated an interesting delivery of the material by Dr. Wieda. Good slides , clear and concise talk, just not enough time ....

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Debra B. (Casper, US)
Caucasus overview

Excellent overview, covering many aspects of the region including the various ethnic groups, their languages, and their diverse histories. Some excellent tangents.

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Dori (St. Catharines, CA)
Learned lots.!

This was a very good presentation, well researched and well presented. It certainly piqued my interest in an area I have visited and hope to visit again. This presentation was well worth watching!

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Judy (Victoria, CA)
Excellent presentation

Well presented, the history and area are totally fascinating. Now, it's on my travel and reading list. Dr.Wieda, brings it alive.

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Hsien
Excellent overview of the Deep History of Caucasus

Excellent presentation from Nina giving a great overview of the really fascinating history and culture of the area

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
91%
(10)
9%
(1)
0%
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0%
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zofia Dziewanowska MD. PhD (La Jolla, US)
Excellent presentation

Fascinating and well presented story. I have visited not long ago this huge and fascinating part of the world thus truly appreciated an interesting delivery of the material by Dr. Wieda. Good slides , clear and concise talk, just not enough time ....

D
Debra B. (Casper, US)
Caucasus overview

Excellent overview, covering many aspects of the region including the various ethnic groups, their languages, and their diverse histories. Some excellent tangents.

D
Dori (St. Catharines, CA)
Learned lots.!

This was a very good presentation, well researched and well presented. It certainly piqued my interest in an area I have visited and hope to visit again. This presentation was well worth watching!

J
Judy (Victoria, CA)
Excellent presentation

Well presented, the history and area are totally fascinating. Now, it's on my travel and reading list. Dr.Wieda, brings it alive.

H
Hsien
Excellent overview of the Deep History of Caucasus

Excellent presentation from Nina giving a great overview of the really fascinating history and culture of the area