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Susan Whitfield, Former director of the International Dunhuang Project and lead curator of Central Asian manuscripts, the British Library

October 23, 2018 5:30 – 7:00 PM
British Library Digital Dunhuang Project

ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404

The International Dunhuang Project (IDP) is an international collaborative effort to conserve, catalogue and digitise manuscripts, printed texts, paintings, textiles and artefacts from Dunhuang and various other archaeological sites at the eastern end of the Silk Road. The project was established by the British Library in 1994, and now includes twenty-two institutions in twelve countries. As of 1 March 2016 the online IDP database comprised 137,812 catalogue entries and 483,721 images. Most of the manuscripts in the IDP database are texts written in Chinese, but more than fifteen different scripts and languages are represented,including Brahmi, Kharosthi, Khotanese, Sanskrit, Tangut, Tibetan, Tocharian and Old Uyghur.


October 24, 2018 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture along the Silk Road

ZSR Library Auditorium, Room 404

I am a writer, traveller, scholar and lecturer of the Silk Road. Having worked for 25 years at the British Library directing the International Dunhuang Project (IDP) and curating a collection of over 50,000 Silk Road manuscript I have direct knowledge of much of the material and places fro the Silk Road.
When I started out little was written about the Silk Road for a general audience and I enjoyed trying to understand everyday life of individuals as well as the complexities of the many interactions along these great trade routes of the past, hence my book ‘Life Along the Silk Road.’ My new book (‘Silk, Slaves and Stupas’), is a collection of biographies of favourite Silk Road objects that I have been lucky enough to work with over the past two decades. I am now working as editor on a new book celebrating the landscapes, peoples, cultures, technologies and arts of the Silk Road.


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East Asian Studies Minor

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Concert with Latif Bolat, a Sufi Turkish musician and scholar

Latif Bolat, one of the most renowned Turkish musicians in North America , is a native of the Turkish Mediterranean town of Mersin. After receiving his degree in folklore and music at Gazi University in Ankara, Turkey, he taught traditional music throughout the country. He then went on to manage Ankara Halk Tiyatrosu, a musical theater company, which performed traditional musical plays. Mr. Bolat also received additional degrees in Turkish History and Middle East Religion and Politics from Ankara University and an MBA from San Francisco State University.

Tuesday, November 6 @ 7:00PM

Porter Byrum Welcome Center



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