The University of Iowa

‘The Caucasus as a Crossroads’ topic of October 27 WorldCanvass Studio

October 6th, 2011

The ethnically, linguistically and resource-rich region known as the Caucasus is the focus of our next WorldCanvass Studio.

Sitting at the dividing line between Europe and Asia and encompassing parts of Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia, the Caucasus has long served as a crossroads for travelers and traders as well as smugglers and terrorists. It is also home to a culturally complex mixture of peoples with different religions, languages, traditions, political-economic challenges and expectations of the future.

Both the birthplace of great literature and art by such masters as Tolstoy and Pushkin and the point of contact—and sometimes conflict—between opposing forces, the region continues to be of vital importance to contemporary world affairs because of its geographical position and because of its vast natural resources, including oil.

WorldCanvass Studio guests will convene around the topic “The Caucasus as a Crossroads: Dagestan, Russia and Regional Security” in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 27. Admission is free and open to the public.

Joining host Joan Kjaer in conversation will be Kazbek Sultanov, Institute of World Literatures, Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation; Robert Bruce Ware, Department of Philosophy, Southern Illinois University; and William Reisinger, Department of Political Science at the University of Iowa in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.