The Endowed Turkish Lecture Series

The Turkish Lecture Series at the Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia was launched in 2003 with the financial support of generous donors from the Turkish community. The program’s aim is to raise awareness of issues important to Turkey and the U.S. - Turkish relations to the Emory and Atlanta communities. The lecture series brings intellectuals of the highest caliber in the fields of Ottoman and Turkish studies, including history, politics, culture and economy. 

Prior Turkish Lecture Series Speakers include:

  •  Dr. Bülent Aliriza, Founding Director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C. (2014)
  •  Dr. Hakan Yavuz, Professor of Political Science, University of Utah (2012)
  •  Ambassador Namık Tan, Turkish Ambassador to the United States (2011)
  •  Ambassador Melanne Verveer, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues (2009)
  •  Ambassador Nabi Şensoy, Turkish Ambassador to the United States (2008)
  •  Dr. Ali Çarkoğlu, Professor, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Sabanci University in Istanbul (2007)
  •  Ambassador Murat Sungar, First Deputy Secretary General of the Organization of the Black Sea. Economic Cooperation and former ambassador of Turkey to the United Nations in Geneva (2006)
  •  Dr. Soner Çağaptay, Historian and Senior Fellow and Director of the Washington Institute’s Turkish Research Program (2005)
  •  Ambassador Mark Robert Parris, former US ambassador to Turkey during 1997-2000 (2004)

Since 2005, the American Turkish Friendship Council has partnered with The Claus M. Halle Institute for Global Learning at Emory University to organize the Endowed Turkish Lecture Series to manage events, invitations, and publicity of the program. In 2009, the ATFC has completed its goal of raising $100,000 to endow the Turkish Lecture Series.

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Posted: Tue, Jan 6, 2015