Exploring Central Asia's Silk Road Treasures with Dr. Nina Wieda

Exploring Central Asia's Silk Road Treasures with Dr. Nina Wieda


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Central Asia surprises global travelers with its elaborate architectural treasures, unique cultural expressions, and some of the most fascinating history in the modern world. Together the five Central Asian states (with a combined population of 72 million) offer a unique window into different cultures and the early history of Eurasia. Join us as we reveal the mysteries of this beautiful corner of the world.

Uzbekistan is home to the important Silk Road trading centers Samarkand and Bukhara, where whole city blocks are recognized by UNESCO as world treasures. Kazakhstan is the world’s 9th largest country with a booming economy due to oil and gas exports. Kyrgyzstan is the most accessible place to see and experience the nomadic culture. Kyrgyz nomads are famous for their hospitality; they welcome visitors to their yurts and daily activities. With 93% of its territory covered in mountains, Tajikistan is a stunning landscape of mountain valleys and lakes. Its Persian-speaking population lives in predominantly traditional ways, offering a time travel opportunity to its visitors. Turkmenistan is a unique nation, where one of the national epic heroes is a twentieth-century woman.

Led by an expert on the post-Soviet space, Nina Wieda, this conversation will illuminate the rich and diverse world of Central Asia. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased fascination for Central Asia and a desire to visit it.

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 6 reviews
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Sue (Minneapolis, US)
Wonderful program!

This was another amazing lecture from Dr Wiede who managed to squeeze several ectures into one. A fascinating subject covering so many topics unfamiliar to westerners.

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Dorothy (St. Catharines, CA)
Interesting course

Well taught. Excellent review and revisiting. I missed a story of the horses of Turkmenistan or the polo of the region, but , considering the time constraints, it was well done.

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Arlene Sheskin (Chicago, US)
Fabulous class

Nina is wonderful. I was so impressed with a previous context class of hers that I had to take another. She is engaging, enthusiastic and thorough. Highly recommended

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John Goslin (Marietta, US)
Interesting Look at Central Asia with Dr. Nina Wieda

Presentation was very informative.

It could have been much better with effective PowerPoint use. Slides should have contained key points, making them easier to understand and remember. Pictures were good, but commonly occupied small part of slide. Full screen would have been much better. Dr. Wieda also went back and forth on slides, which was distracting.

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
67%
(4)
17%
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17%
(1)
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Sue (Minneapolis, US)
Wonderful program!

This was another amazing lecture from Dr Wiede who managed to squeeze several ectures into one. A fascinating subject covering so many topics unfamiliar to westerners.

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Anonymous (Georgetown, US)

Guest did not leave comment

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Dorothy (St. Catharines, CA)
Interesting course

Well taught. Excellent review and revisiting. I missed a story of the horses of Turkmenistan or the polo of the region, but , considering the time constraints, it was well done.

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Arlene Sheskin (Chicago, US)
Fabulous class

Nina is wonderful. I was so impressed with a previous context class of hers that I had to take another. She is engaging, enthusiastic and thorough. Highly recommended

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John Goslin (Marietta, US)
Interesting Look at Central Asia with Dr. Nina Wieda

Presentation was very informative.

It could have been much better with effective PowerPoint use. Slides should have contained key points, making them easier to understand and remember. Pictures were good, but commonly occupied small part of slide. Full screen would have been much better. Dr. Wieda also went back and forth on slides, which was distracting.