On February 22, Sergei Zhuk took an active part in the international event, sponsored by the United Nations Organization: “Ukraine Celebrates United Nations International Mother Language Day with a Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the UN Volodymyr Yelchenko” in New York City.
During the last February Sergei Zhuk made a few presentations based on the material of his book project about Soviet Americanists in the Cold War.: On February 17, at Harriman Institute, Columbia University and on February 23, at Davis Center, Harvard University.
Ken Hall just returned from Bangladesh and India where he was an advisor to the executive board and presenter of the Foundation Lecture of the recently formed Indian Ocean diplomatic cooperative, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) based in Dhaka. This regional alliance consists of the foreign ministries and ambassadors of India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Myanmar, Bhutan, and Nepal. He previously delivered the invited keynote address “Mobility and Circulation in the extended Eastern Indian Ocean: Revisionist Study of Mainland Southeast Asia” at a Kolkata international conference on “Mobility and Circulation in the Eastern Indian Ocean pre-1500” hosted by the Centre (and museum) for Archaeological Studies of Eastern India. There he also chaired a conference session and presented a detailed oral review in “launching” the new book Rethinking Connectivity in the Indian Ocean Realm (Primus Press, Delhi, 2016).
Yaron Ayalon was interviewed about his book on natural disasters. “Events such as earthquakes, floods, and epidemics provide vivid illustrations of the natural world’s impact on human society, but the outcomes of natural disasters also offer a window onto aspects of social and political life in past societies. In this episode, Yaron Ayalon discusses his research on natural disasters in the Ottoman Empire and what such events tell us about Ottoman state and society during the early modern period. “