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*EVENT CANCELED*: Central Asian Cinema Series: East Coast Film Premiere of Centaur

Due to a technical complication, this event has been canceled.

An Evening of Kyrgyz Jazz with Salt Peanuts

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Kennan Institute Central Asia Series

The Kennan Institute and the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada invite you to an evening reception and jazz performance to mark the anniversary of Kyrgyzstan's independence, as well as the launch of the Institute’s fall series of programming on Central Asian culture. 

Kyrgyz Cultural Evening: “Rooted in Felt” & “Salt Peanuts”

The Kennan Institute and the Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United States and Canada invite you to an evening celebrating Kyrgyz art, both contemporary and traditional. The event will begin with a reception featuring a display of artworks at the Wilson Center. The exhibit, titled “Rooted in Felt” has been organized by the organization Voices, a DC nonprofit, and includes felted rugs, wall panels, fashion design, and other objects created by artisans from Kyrgyzstan and this Central Asian republic’s neighbors such as Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, and Russia.

The Adventures of a Rookie in Central Asia’s Archives

A Chinese agent of influence, Yeltsin on a tank, and a bag of stationary

Before embarking to Almaty—my first destination in Central Asia—I talked to many of my Chinese colleagues about my project on the Sino-Soviet border. They all shook their heads in disapproval, believing I would not be able to get much, if any, research done. But ignorance is bliss they say, so I arrogantly brushed off all of their concerns and proceeded with my archives trip to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.

25 Years of Independence: Celebrating the Kyrgyz Journey through Jazz

Please join us for an evening of entertainment and enlightenment with Kyrgyzstan’s leading jazz band, Salt Peanuts. Their performance will showcase the strong bond between the US and Kyrgyz people and their shared love for jazz — music that was once forbidden under Soviet rule. Salt Peanuts' performance will include elements of Kyrgyz and American music to tell the story of the Republic’s nomadic culture, aspirations, and freedom

The Woodrow Wilson Center Announces 2013 – 2014 Fellowship Class

WASHINGTON—Jane Harman, director, president & CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, announced the members of the 2013-2014 fellowship class. The 21 fellows, most of whom are expected to start September 2013 to spend an academic year in residence at the Center, include scholars and practitioners from the United States, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, the Netherlands, and New Zealand.

Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference

The Islam in Eurasia Policy Conference combined the latest scholarship and informed discussion of the critical issues facing the U.S. Government in this key part of the world as 2014 approaches. It was the culminating event of a multiyear research project supported by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Its first half-day was devoted to the project’s up-to-date academic research findings on Islam in the post-Soviet space, followed by a reception.

The End of Ethnic Integration in Southern Central Asia (1981)

Washington, D.C.: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Kennan Institute Occasional Paper Series #159, 1981. PDF 28 pages.