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March 2016

How the Spice Trade Made the World Modern

March 14, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Kiely Hall, Room 150, Queens College
Queens, 11367
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This lecture looks at how spices became an engine for global connection. It was, after all, spices that Columbus was looking for when he "found" the New World instead, so we are in some senses the result of his quest for the former, as we sit here in the latter. We take the pepper, seasonings, and salt on our dinner tables for granted. What could be more prosaic? Yet those and other spices are one reason we are all here together, talking in the New World about voyages in the Old World long ago.

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New Day: An Intercultural Nowruz Celebration

March 14, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Queens College Student Union Building, 4th Floor Ballroom, Melbourne Ave & Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367

A celebration of the ancient Iranian holiday of Nowruz, which is a festivity marking the beginning of spring and the renewal of nature.

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A Day in the Life of an International Silk Merchant

March 30, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Campbell Dome, Queens College
NY, 11367
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The talk based on unpublished 18th-century merchants’ correspondence, is an inside view of the aspirations and apprehensions, desires for the unknown and fears for the unexpected of a merchant’s journey from London, England to Turkey, in the Middle East, on the legendary Silk Roads. It offers the audience appreciation of how distant but also how near --in terms of people's emotions and modernity in businesses practices – that the Silk Roads Trade was from time immemorial and still is today.

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April 2016

Choikhona: Celebrating Central Asian Music and Dance

April 6, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Queens College Student Union Building, Room 206, Melbourne Ave & Kissena Blvd.
Queens, 11367
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Experience the traditional music and dance of Central Asia during this special edition of the QC Hillel lunch series.

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The Bronze Age and Early Iron Age Mummies of the Tarim Basin

April 11, 2016 @ 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
Music Building, Room 226, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367

Discussion by visiting professor Victor H. Mair.

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