As a hub of the Silk Road, Tajikistan welcomed merchants and travelers from as far away as China, India, and the Mediterranean. They brought material treasures, as well as cultural influences and ideas, making Tajikistan a cultural hub that rivaled and surpassed contemporary Europe. Tajikistan is the birth place of Rumi - America's favorite, and best-selling poet. Many other celebrated authors and philosophers of the era lived in its cities and created their immortal works there. Tajikistan is also home to the main stretch of the legendary Pamir Highway, a millennia-old road traversing the Pamir mountains and one of the world's most celebrated road trip destinations. Today, Tajikistan's Persian-speaking population lives in predominantly traditional ways, offering a time-travel opportunity to its visitors.
Led by an expert on the post-Soviet space, Nina Wieda, this course illuminates Tajikistan's rich history and present-day life. Designed to inspire curiosity and future travels, participants will come away with an increased fascination for Tajikistan 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.