"The 'Silk Maiden' and Kazakhstan: A Century of Contested Identities​​"

Dr. Michael R. Rouland
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Slover Library, 6th Floor
6:30 Reception, 7:00 Program  
A riveting story in novel, opera, and film, the "Silk Maiden" is an iconic tale of heroism, loyalty, and resistance from its Islamic roots through the Soviet experience and finally to autonomy and independence, reflecting broader social and political changes evident today as Russia challenges the existing international order. 
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  1. Dr. Michael Rouland
    Dr. Michael Rouland
    Bio Dr. Michael R. Rouland is the senior historian assigned from the U.S. Army Center of Military History to Headquarters, Department of the Army and the senior historian for the Chief of Staff of the Army. Dr. Rouland has taught history courses on Russia, Central Asia, Islam, and comparative empires at Georgetown, Miami, and Stanford Universities. He has published widely on cinema, culture, and national identity in Central Asia and the former Soviet Union


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