The Harvard Club holds the first lecture in the Distinguished Speakers Series featuring Dr. Schoeberlein, Director of the Central Asia and Caucasus Program at Harvard University. Dr. Schoeberlein will give a talk on “Central Asia's Future: Radical Islamism or Apolitical Islam?”.
The event organized in partnership with the Kazakhstan Press Club, will take place on Monday, August 6, 2007 at “Jambyl” Conference Room, Hyatt Regency Almaty, from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm. The registration will start on 5:45 pm, refreshments will be provided.
During the lecture, simultaneous translation into English will be provided.
If you are interested in attending the event, please register at firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, August 3, 2007. Please note that the space is limited.
Should you need more information, please do not hesitate to contact us either via aforementioned email or phone: 261-9090 (ext. 5231).
John Schoeberlein is Director of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus at Harvard University. His main area of research is on political, social and cultural aspects of identity, ethnicity, nationality, Islam, and community organization in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. He received his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. He has conducted a total of over five years of anthropological field research in various parts of Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan.
His current research topics include the rise of radical Islam in Central Asia, the impact of national state formation on identity in Central Asia, the factors affecting the potential for violent inter-communal conflict, and means of promoting community-level participation in economic reform.
From 2000 to 2003, he held the position of the first President of the Central Eurasian Studies Society (http://cess.fas.harvard.edu), an international scholarly association supporting the enhancement of research in the social sciences and humanities focused on the region from the Black Sea to Mongolia.
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