Central Asia’s Diverging National Paths After Communism
Dr. Russell Zanca, Northern Illinois University
June 2, 2017 (Fri) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
UNM Continuing Education Conference Center
Followed by AIA member reception with the speaker at a private residence.
At the end of 1991, the USSR, whose national anthem proclaimed it to be an “indestructible Union of free republics,” self-destructed. In Central Asia five former republics of that Union — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan — suddenly became free. The results of this lightning — and largely unwanted — independence have been varied but almost universally messy. DINO (Democratic In Name Only) regimes are the norm and some, like Turkmenistan, have become genuinely nightmarish. How and why did this happen? What have been the results and what are the prospects for this important region? +More Info
Great Cities of the World: Barcelona
Dr. Marina Oborotova, CFIS/AIA
June 11, 2017 (Sun) 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
ABQ Museum of Art & History, Ventana Salon
Recently Barcelona became one of the top tourist destinations in the world. What is the secret of Barcelona’s attraction? To find out, join Marina Oborotova on a virtual trip through time and space in the fascinating capital of Catalonia. +More Info