Georgetown University professor, Dr. James Millward, discusses the ancestors of the guitar, viola, mandolin and other members of the stringed instrument family that hail from Central Eurasia and traveled both east and west along what we call the “Silk Road.” Silk Road interactions involved more than the conveyance of a thing from point A to point B; these conversations laid the shared substratum of old world civilization and continue to resonate today.
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Thursday, January 12
Friday, February 10
Morgan Liu is a cultural anthropologist studying Islamic knowledge and practice in post-Soviet Central Asia, focusing on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He is interested in ethnographic approaches to the state, postsocialism, space, and agency. Liu takes a comparative look at notions of just society across the Middle East, Russia, and Asia.
Tuesday, March 21
Blending performance footage, personal interviews, and archival film, director Morgan Neville, and producer, Caitrin Rogers, focus on the journeys of a small group of Silk Road Ensemble mainstays from across the globe to create an intensely personal chronicle of passion, talent, and sacrifice. Through these moving individual stories, the filmmakers paint a vivid portrait of a bold musical experiment and a global search for the ties that bind.
Friday, April 14
Rian Thum’s research and teaching are generally concerned with the overlap of China and the Muslim World. He argues that the Uyghurs - and their place in China today - can only be understood in the light of longstanding traditions of local pilgrimage and manuscript culture.