Silk Road Ensemble visits Chicago


The Silk Road Ensemble was formed in 2000 by Yo-Yo Ma. Made up of performers and composers from more than 20 countries, this ensemble was heralded as a “roving musical laboratory without walls” by the Boston Globe. 

They are also the subject of the documentary The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble.

The Silk Road Ensemble are bringing their many musical talents to Chicago this summer and playing at Ravinia Pavilion. They will be playing Tuesday August 16th, at 8:00PM CDT. You can purchase tickets at Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to see some incredible Central Asian artists!

CCES at Middle East History and Theory 2016 Conference


We invite you to join the Committee on Central Eurasian Studies TODAY for two CCES-sponsored events at MEHAT:
Saturday, 6 May 2016: 10:30am panel in Stuart 105: Sufism in Central Eurasia: Trends, Developments, and Challenges (John Woods, discussant)
4:30pm reception in Ida Noyes: Hors d’oeuvres and beverages
Click here for the full conference schedule.

CCES Lecture Series: Jeffrey Winters

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You are also invited to:
An open discussion of WintersOligarchy and its relevance to our work in Central Eurasian studies.
12:30 – 2 p.m., Wednesday, 11 November 2015
Pick 105 (CIS Conference Room)
Lunch will be provided
Here is information about Jeffrey Winters. The first chapter of Oligarchy is available upon request from
Jeffrey Winters 
Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University
Director of Equality Development and Globalization Studies (EDGS), Northwestern University

LOCATION CHANGED – Lecture: Michael Frachetti, “Silk Routes Rewoven: Inner Asia at 4000 and 1000 Years Ago”




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Silk Routes Rewoven: Inner Asia at 4000 and 1000 years ago
Michael Frachetti
Washington University in St Louis

Tuesday November 3, 2015
6-7:30 pm

This lecture presents two parallel snapshots of “Silk Road” interaction.  The first snapshot comes from Bronze Age archaeological investigations in Southeastern Kazakhstan (ca. 2500 cal BCE), which reveal the earliest known evidence for interaction networks between East Asia and SW Asia. Such networks are attested in the form of early domesticated grains, which trace the introduction of wheat and barley to China as well as millet into Central and SW Asia.  The second snapshot explores the Silk Routes during the height of their use in the Medieval era and examines the formation of complex political and economic landscapes in Southeastern Uzbekistan.  As both cases are drawn from “nomadic” contexts, they require us to reevaluate the models for social complexity and institutional organization that shape both common and academic ideas about the world’s most extensive ancient overland trade network.