In addition to language courses, all CESSI students are expected to attend regular co-curricular activities including the CESSI Lecture Series, “Dastarkhan” (CESSI’s Central Asian-style community meal), and other cultural activities. See what CESSI has to offer!
CESSI Lecture Series
Each summer, CESSI invites experts on Central Eurasia from across the country and the world to speak at the summer institute. Lectures are on a wide range of topics across many disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, and literature. For lecture descriptions, please see the CESSI Facebook page.
CESSI lectures are part of the CREECA Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. Recordings of recent CESSI lectures are available on the CREECA Lecture Series Podcast (on SoundCloud, iTunes, and Google Play). Recordings of lectures prior to summer 2018 can be found on the CREECA Lecture Archive page. We also livestream the lectures for those unable to make it in person.
In summer 2022, CESSI students and instructors participated in a cooking demonstration, where they all worked together to prepare some popular dishes from Uyghur and Kazakh cuisine.
In CESSI 2019, students participated in a Central Asian pile textiles workshop. Students were able to create their own mini-rug to take home as a fantastic souvenir of their time at CESSI!
In some years, CESSI instructors organize weekly language tables for students of all levels of a given language to attend! These language tables are a fantastic opportunity to allow students to get to know each other outside of class and practice using the target language in a more informal & relaxed setting.