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Monday, 5 March, 7:30-9:00pm Impressions of Uzbekistan

Monday, 5 March, 7:30-9:00pm, The Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley CA

Impressions of Uzbekistan: From Remnants of the Old Silk Road to Seismic Modernism, illustrated lecture, discussion, and reception at The Hillside Club

Hillside Club member, and historian of Islamic art and architecture, Carol Bier, will share impressions of Uzbekistan, a nation today emerging in the post-Soviet world. Uzbekistan straddles the ancient trade routes of Central Asia that connected East and West, from China to the Mediterranean basin and beyond. The fabled oases of Samarqand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Tashkent, still mark the ways of travelers in centuries past, and these cities today evince the movements of peoples, goods, and ideas over the millennia. An earthquake in 1966 leveled Central Asia’s largest cosmopolitan city, Tashkent, ushering forth a new architectural style called Seismic Modernism, consonant with Soviet ideals. More recent developments and migrations express the place of Uzbekistan in global contexts. Carol’s illustrated lecture and discussion will be followed by a reception, co-sponsored by the Center for Islamic Studies at the Graduate Theological Union.

Carol Bier

Research Scholar, Center for Islamic Studies

Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA

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