Silk Road House:
A Cultural and Educational Center
Silk Road House is a non-profit organization created to promote and support an
impressive array of diverse ethnic cultural traditions. The main goals of the
Silk Road House are:
Silk Road House symbolizes the connections, communications and bonds between peoples and
cultures united by the Silk Road concept, and at the same time, a real network of the modern
day contacts between those peoples and cultures. The Silk Road House is a welcoming cultural
center where everyone who might be interested could find a wide range of accurate information
concerning the history, culture, and everyday life of Silk Road countries.
- to create a center for the collection of pertinent cultural and historical information
- to provide a place where creative activities can bring to life the traditions of the Silk Road here in United States
- to celebrate the Silk Road's tradition of hospitality
A word of appreciation...
Our special and deepest thanks go to those who have made an array of donations to Silk
Road House – by money, various things, books, time, skill or all these together...
Among these generous individuals are (in alphabetical order):
Karen Folger Jacobs
Robert E. Lee
Cariadne Margaret Mackenzie
Semion and Ludmila Mirkin
Aiman and Mairbek Mussipov
Elmira and Werdana Mussipov
Joan E. Norvelle
Chris and Steve Shaw
Zhuldyz and Lloyd Shimabukuro
Omerjan and Aygul Siddik
Santo K. van Ess
...as well as anonymous private donors, the SilkRoad Foundation and the Open Society Institute.
Our cordial thanks to all of you!
- Board of Directors of Silk Road House
The Silk Road House presents a lecture: "The Kalmyks’ Puzzle: Between Russia and Jungaria" by Dr. Gulnar Kendirbai
Our distinguished lecturer, Dr. Gulnar Kendirbai, the double doctorate holder (1987, Hungary; 2003, Germany), since 2004 is working as Adjunct Assistant Professor of History affiliated with the History Department and the Harriman Institute of Columbia University in New York, teaching classes on Nomads of the Eurasian Steppes, the imperial, Soviet and post-Soviet history of Central Asia, Islam and Islamic modernity (jadidism). She is the author of the monograph “Land and People: The Russian Colonization of the Kazakh Steppe” (Berlin, 2002) and a number of articles published in Inner Asia, Central Asian Survey, Nationalities Papers, and others
The return of the majority of the Kalmyk population to their homeland in Jungaria in 1771 surprised contemporary Russian authorities and have also puzzled generations of historians. For more than 150 years, the Kalmyks, who were considered subjects of the tsar, had enjoyed autonomy over their lands and domestic issues. In exchange for their voluntary military service, the Russian authorities granted the Kalmyks numerous important rights and privileges. Subsequently, they came to identify themselves as “Kalmyks” – as opposed to their Oirat brethren, who had stayed behind in Jungaria and adopted the name of “Jungars”. In her talk Dr. Kendirbai attempts at providing fresh insights into the Kalmyk decision to leave Russia.
September 4th, Sunday, 1-3pm
Hope to see you there at the Silk Road House in Berkeley, as always!