Turkic Connection Weekend

Monday, February 21, 2011

Well folks, it's been a long time, hasn't it? I didn't mean to leave you all hanging, but what can I say? I've been cutting back on my internet usage big-time lately--an act that, well, has repercussions for blog-keeping.

DC is great, the Wilson Center is awesome, and I'm working hard. Less internet means more pages, at least right now.

The only real news from the B.L.E. (Borderlands Lodge, East) is that this upcoming weekend I'll be taking part in a symposium on the Turkic World at the University of Virginia. It's part of a series of events that together are called Bridging World Regions: the Turkic Connection. It should be a fun weekend--I'm especially looking forward to hearing the band.

For those interested and in the neighborhood, here is a copy of the program and upcoming event schedule. As you can see from the future events schedule, there is a lot going on--even Kamil Pasha is scheduled to make an appearance!

I have lots of DC snaps to post but that will have to wait for another day.

Quick note while I've got your attention: I'm reading Langston Hughes' I Wonder as I Wander, a book of memoirs about his travels through the US south and west, Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, the USSR, China, and Japan in the early 1930s. I got the book because the parts about Hughes' travels through Soviet Central Asia had come highly recommended, but I find the entire book to be really absorbing.

Hughes spent around a year, as far as I can tell, in the USSR, traveling from Moscow to Central Asia, where he stayed for several months. He then traveled back to Moscow, and then to Vladivostok via the Trans-Siberian
Throughout--or at least until his return to Moscow from Central Asia--Hughes not only carted around a typewriter, but also a record player and records! Apparently his room was always the party room, where people would congregate, listen to records, and relax.  
That's all for now, but don't give up on the borderlands! I'll have some more stuff up--at least some photos or something--once the work becomes a little less intense.

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