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Queens College Launches "Year of Silk Roads" With Art Exhibitions, Lectures, and Musical and Dramatic Performances

-- Events Include a Photographic Exhibition on Turkey, Uzbekistan and China, and the Performance Mosque Alert, a Unique, First-of-Its-Kind Artistic and Civic Pairing --

FLUSHING, NY, October 6, 2015–As part of its dedication to embracing and understanding the complexity and vitality of our world, Queens College has launched this year’s installment in its “Year of” series. Since 2010, the college has focused on a campus-wide, in-depth exploration of the history, art, and culture of a different country. In the 2015-16 academic year, we will focus on the Silk Roads.  The Silk Roads were routes that linked the civilizations of China, Central Asia, West Asia, and to a lesser extent, Europe, as in the case of Marco Polo, for much of premodern history, as early as the 100 BCE if not earlier. Their cultural significance can hardly be overstated and their political influence has received much attention.  
Among the upcoming events are a photo exhibit, Along the Silk Roads—Lynn Gilbert: Photographs of Turkey and Uzbekistan, and Didier Vanderperre: Photographs of Xinjiang, China, on display at the college’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum from October 15 through December 15, and Mosque Alert, which takes place on October 16, at 10 am. Mosque Alert grew out of an online interactive new play development and civic engagement project that was launched in 2011, exploring resistance to the building of mosques in communities across the U.S. This unique, first-of-its-kind pairing of artistic and civic processes received the 2013 Change Maker Award from South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT). Additional events will be scheduled throughout the academic year. For more information visit
The process of selecting the country for the annual series involves many members of the Queens College community in a campus-wide conversation. The “Year of” initiative began with the Year of China, followed by the Year of Turkey, Year of India, Year of Brazil, and the Year of South Africa. “By bringing in these international programs, we can offer our students meaningful academic content about countries that are vital to the world of nations today,” said Marleen Kassel, program director of the “Year of” initiative since its inception in 2010 and lecturer in the college’s history department.

Other Year of Silk Roads highlights include:
October 14, 12:15 pm: Silk Roads: Fantasy or Reality? An Introduction to Silk Roads, presentation by Queens College Distinguished Professor of History Morris Rossabi November 2, 4:30 pm: Music of the Silk Roads by Dartmouth College Arthur R. Virgin Professor of Music Theodore Levin
April 2016 (date and venue TBD): Mummies of the Silk Roads by University of Pennsylvania Professor of Chinese Language and Literature Victor Mair
All exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.
The “Year of” program was created to support Queens College’s mission to serve and educate our college community about today’s world. It promotes integration, participation, and tolerance among our students, faculty, and community members who come from more than a 150 countries across the globe and make Queens College one of the most diverse institutions in the world.
Queens College enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its nearly 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. Learn more at
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