Global Classroom: What the Rest of the World Can Learn from Turkey Today
With one foot in Asia and the other foot in Europe, Turkey has a unique and fascinating history and culture that impacts the way Turks think and act today. Turkey's meshing of these historical qualities with modern goals has contributed to Turkey developing a vibrant democracy while maintaining its strong historical and religious identity. In the midst of pro-democracy protests in Egypt, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, "No government can remain oblivious to the democratic demands of its people." Can Turkey's democracy serve as a model for countries like Egypt in the Middle East undergoing democratic transitions today?
Join Global Classroom and Professor Resat Kasaba for an evening focusing on Turkey. Resat is a professor of International Studies at the Henry Jackson School of International Studies and was recently appointed as the Stanley D. Golub Chair and Director of this esteemed school. Winner of the Distinguished Teacher Award, he has been described as "one of the greatest teachers the University has had in the last generation." Professor Kasaba will also discuss Turkey's economic boom and the consequent opportunities and challenges. Next, he will give an overview of the diversity of the peoples who inhabit this Eurasian country that stretches across the Anatolian peninsula to the Balkans in southeastern Europe.
Finally, former study tour participants will discuss the knowledge that they gleaned from their travels to Turkey and how to teach this amazing and complex culture. Modern Turkey with all of its richness and complexities as well as Turkey's centuries old history and cultural traditions are often unknown to Americans. Sit back and soak in Turkey as we enjoy the 30-minute documentary Broad Horizons filmed following Seattle teachers on the 2010 Teacher Study Tour. Three educators in the audience will soon be packing their bags. Istanbul or bust!
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Communications Building Room 120
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