Campus Events and Exhibits

The following is a list of campus events and exhibits that might be of particular interest to conference participants.


Film screening: The Iron Ministry, with J.P. Sniadecki, Friday, February 26, 2016 – 7:00pm, Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago

Filmed over three years on China’s railways, J.P. Sniadecki’s masterful documentary traces the vast interiors of a country on the move: flesh and metal, clangs and squeals, light and dark, language and gesture. Scores of rail journeys come together into one, capturing the thrills and anxieties of social and technological transformation. The Iron Ministry immerses audiences in fleeting relationships and uneasy encounters between humans and machines on what will soon be the world’s largest railway network. “Vivid and mysterious and full of life.” — A.O. Scott, New York Times. (J.P. Sniadecki, USA, 2015, DCP, 83 min.)

A reception at 6:00PM will precede the screening. A roundtable discussion, moderated by Dominique Bluher (Cinema and Media Studies), will follow the screening. Roundtable participants will include director J.P. Sniadecki, Julie Y. Chu (Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology), and Paola Iovene (Associate Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations).

Middle East Music Ensemble Concert: The Persian Concert
Saturday February 27th / 7:00 PM, Doors Open 6:30 PM
Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
Free Admission: Suggested donations $10 / $5 students
Director Wanees Zarour leads the 40-piece ensemble, composed of university students and community members, through the music of Persia. Guest vocalists and instrumentalists infuse the stage with a feast for ears and eyes at this standing-room-only event.

Both of these events take place at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. See its location on the camps map HERE.


Envisioning South Asia: Texts, Scholarship, Legacies. On the first floor of Regenstein Library, in the exhibit space to the left after you pass through the turnstile, there is a large exhibit. For Central Eurasian purposes, it includes beautiful Tibetan, Persian, and Pashto manuscripts, maps from the Great Game, and an early printing of a translation by Sir William Jones.

Yiddish in Chicago: A History of Publishing. On the third floor of Regenstein Library, there is a much smaller set of display cases with early Yiddish books from Chicago. Some of these have lovely avant garde prints.

Both of these exhibits are at the Regenstein Library.

Oriental Institute: The regular collection includes a large room of materials from Achemenid Persia, as well as some later artifacts from Iran.

Smart Museum: If you wander through the museum’s regular collection, you will see some early Soviet paintings and chinaware, and a set of small Gandharan Buddhist statues from Afghanistan.