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As part of the premier public university in the most diverse county in America, and affirming our commitment to global education, Queens College offers cultural and academic programming focusing on a different nation each year.

For the 2011-12 academic year, we will concentrate on Turkey, a country with a rich and diverse history, people, and environment. We will explore many facets of Turkey’s past, present, and future: its politics, society, economy, ethnicity, art, literature, music, and film. As a critical part of our programming, we will engage local ethnic communities with historic ties to this region, and include their perspectives in our survey. We will also feature the innovative work being done by Queens College students and faculty in Turkey: archaeological excavation, seismological research, studies of the region’s literature, and analysis of politics and religion.

The year will culminate in a trip in late spring that will help members of the QC community gain direct understanding of Turkey and lay the groundwork for possible future collaborations.

     

Now online: The catalogue and related videos from the exhibit Interwoven Worlds: Domestic and Nomadic Life in Turkey

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum is pleased to announce the online publication of Interwoven Worlds. Click here for the fully illustrated 127-page catalogue.

Online videos of public lectures presented in connection with Interwoven Worlds include:

Belkis Balpinar, Director, Vakiflar Carpet Museum, Istanbul: “Turkish Anatolian Kilims”

Kristina Richardson, Queens College professor of Islamic history: “Medieval Islamic Art: A Closer Look”

Andrew Hale, textile scholar and collector of historical photographs: “Mirror of Another World: Textiles and Costume in Early Central Asian Photography”


   
     



AMULETS, NAZARS & EVIL EYES: ARTISTS LOOKING FORWARD

May 2–June 29, 2012
Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library

Free exhibit.
For more information, call 718-997-3770.

Opening Reception May 2, 5–8 pm; Artists’ Talk 6–7 pm

Many cultures believe an evil eye can cause injury or bad luck for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike. Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye have led to proliferation of talismans around the Mediterranean, especially in Turkey. Contemporary artists, writers, and musicians explore the Turkish evil eye and find commonality within their own culture.

Curated by Tara Mathison
     
 
 
 
     

 
  INTERWOVEN WORLDS:
DOMESTIC AND NOMADIC LIFE IN TURKEY

Friday, March 9–Sunday, April 29, 2012
Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday, noon–5 pm

Opening and Reception: Friday, March 9, 5:30-8 pm

Belkis Balpinar, founding director of Vakiflar Carpet Museum in Istanbul and modern kilim artist, will discuss "Turkish Anatolian Kilims"

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Queens, NY

Free exhibit.

Interlacing the rich aesthetics and significance of Turkic peoples across space and time, Interwoven Worlds highlights the carpets and textiles for which the Turks are celebrated. Pieces are displayed in both exotic and familiar interior tableaux, amid an array of ceramics, glassware, and metalware. These solutions for living reveal the influence of cultural and religious values and practices upon objects of everyday life.

Organized by the Godwin-Ternbach Museum  
     
     



 
  M. SÜKRÜ HANIOGLU

Materialism and Its Influence on Late Ottoman, Early Republican Turkey

Monday, April 30, 2012, 12:15 pm

Science Bldg., Room B137

Free lecture

Introduction: Atomism/Materialism from Epicurus through Islamic Medieval Science to the 19th Century by QC Professor Mark G. Miksic. We follow a secular thread of Atomism from Epicurus and the Greek atomists, to Lucretius, on to that exemplified by Ibn Rushd (Averroes), then to Galileo, Descartes, and Newton into the 19th century.

Lecture: German Popular Materialism and its Impact on Late Ottoman, Early Republican Turkish Intellectuals by M. Sükrü Hanioglu, Garrett Professor in Foreign Affairs and Professor of Near Eastern Studies; chair, the Near Eastern Studies Department, Princeton University. One of the most important aspects of late Ottoman materialism is its heavy debt to the German popular materialism of the mid-19th century. So powerful was the attraction of the doctrine of materialism to late Ottoman thinkers that it became the mainstream approach to philosophy in the late Ottoman Empire.

Hosted by Mark Miksic, QC Physics Department

 
     
     

 
 

FATMA GOCEK

Ottoman Past, Turkish Present, and the Collective Violence against the Armenians, 1789-2009

Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 7:15 pm
Rosenthal 230

Free lecture

Fatma Gocek is a Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on comparative analysis of gender issues in the first and third worlds. She also studies the impact on women of processes such as economic development, nationalism, and religious movements. Professor Gocek has been one of the leading Turkish intellectuals advocating for a greater understanding of the collective violence against Armenians.

Hosted by Professor Mark Rosenblum, Director, Queens College Center for Ethnic, Racial & Religious Understanding 

     
     

 
 

MELINE TOUMANI

The Kurdish Experience in Turkey: Problems and Progress

Monday, April 23, 2012, 12:15 pm
Powdermaker Hall, Room 156

Free lecture

Meline Toumani is a freelance journalist and author based in New York City. From 2007 to 2009, she lived in Istanbul and traveled extensively throughout southeastern Turkey reporting on minority rights. Focusing in particular on Kurdish and Armenian communities, she has published articles in the New York Times Magazine, the Nation, the Boston Globe, and n+1. Her first book, an exploration of Armenians’ and Turks’ clashing narratives about the Armenian genocide, is being published by Random House.

Hosted by Gloria Fisk, QC English Department

 
     
     

 
  FOR RENT
Written by Ozen Yula; directed by Handan Ozbilgin

April 11–14 and 18–20, 2012
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center
33-10 Thompson Avenue
Long Island City, NY

Tickets: $10; $5 students with ID
To order tickets, call 718-482-5151.

In For Rent by acclaimed Turkish playwright Ozen Yula, poor, rural teenagers come to the big city to find prosperity. But in the dark, dangerous public parks of a cosmopolitan city, they are instead led into prostitution and violence. The play explores the criminal underworld of modern-day Istanbul through the desperate lives of the young people who flock there.

Presented by Kupferberg Center and the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at LaGuardia Community College

 
     
     
   

Walter Denny

The Art of Ottoman Istanbul: Creating a Brand in the Sixteenth Century

Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 12:15 pm
Flex Space, The Summit

Free lecture

During the long reign of the Ottoman Sultan Suleyman the Magnificent (1520-1566), artists working in Istanbul under the patronage of the Ottoman court created what we today regard as the iconic Ottoman artistic style. This burst of creativity across a wide range of media can be seen as a conscious attempt by the Ottoman state to develop a distinctive, style, a “brand” that would distinguish its style in architecture and luxury objects from the court-supported style of Safavid Persia to the east, and from the continuing traditions of Mamluk Egypt that endured in Cairo after the Ottoman conquest of 1517. Two main characters—the Grand Vezir Rustem Pasha and the artist Kara Memi—were to play prominent roles in this fascinating story of art, dynastic identity, and commercial competition in the eastern Mediterranean.

Walter Denny is the 2012 David Nasser Khalili Visiting Professor in Islamic Art History at Queens College. Denny's primary field of teaching and research is the art and architecture of the Islamic world, with a particular specialization on Islamic carpets and textiles, the artistic traditions of the Ottoman Turks, and Islamic imagery in European art. He has taught at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for over 40 years and has worked and consulted at, among other places, the Textile Museum (Washington, DC), the Harvard University Art Museums (Cambridge), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York).

 
     
     
   

JEHAN KAMAL

Bellydance Master Class

Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 12:15 pm

Rathaus Hall Dance Studio 101A

Free and open to all

Learn La Karshlima, a traditional Turkish bellydance done in 9/8 rhythm. Find out about the historical significance of bellydance and how the technique has evolved and been influenced by Egyptian and Turkish communities, Sephardic Jews from Spain, and American cabaret performers.

Jehan Kamal is of Iraqi and German heritage. A protégé of the legendary Ibrahim Farrah, she has an extensive knowledge of bellydancing technique and history through decades of study and travels in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, and Turkey. She is the founder and director of the Temple of Jehan Dance School in midtown Manhattan, which is dedicated to sacred bellydance, preserving Middle Eastern dance traditions, and exploring evolutionary styles. Her unique teaching method inspires others to strive for artistic greatness. Many of her students are among the most sought-after professional dancers in the world. Kamal showcases her music and dance in theatrical performances called Goddessdance, featuring a splendid international cast of bellydancers, singers, musicians, and performers.

For more information, visit

www.jehanarts.com

 
     
     
   

Weaving Turkish Textiles (for teens and adults)

Sunday, April 1, 2012, 3:15 pm

Admission: $45 for weaving participants (includes loom and yarns)
Free viewing of demonstration for Flushing Town Hall members and Andrew Hale lecture attendees

Join master craftsman Hayk Oltac for a unique weaving workshop demonstrating the handmade textiles of Turkey and the Near East. Participants will learn to set up their loom, the weft and warp, and receive information on how to continue their rug at home or join Hayk at his Queens-based workshop for more lessons.  

Limited seating, reservations required. 

About the Artist
Hayko (or Hayk Oltaci) was born in Istanbul, Turkey, to Armenian parents. He came to New York City in 1988. With more than 30 years of experience gained in the leading ateliers of Istanbul, Strasbourg, Paris, and New York, Hayko is a master weaver and expert in handmade Oriental rugs and tapestries from around the world. Today, Hayko’s shop in Astoria, Queens, welcomes visitors to browse, investigate his collection, and learn about the ancient art of weaving. 

Learn more at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ypQNkno5hI&feature=email

 
     
     
   

ANDREW HALE

Textiles and Costume in Early Central Asian Photography

Sunday, April 1, 2012, 2 pm
Flushing Town Hall

Andrew Hale’s Central Asian photo archive is the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th-century photographs in the United States. Hale will draw from this incredible resource to discuss how early photographs document Central Asian costume and textile traditions. A renowned textile scholar and photography dealer, he has published numerous studies with his wife, Kate Fitz Gibbon--including Uzbek Embroidery in the Nomadic Tradition (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) and Ikat Silks of Central Asia--and lectured throughout the world.

 
     
     

 
  ARON AJI & MURAT NEMET-NEJAT

Writing and Translating Turkish Literature

(Part of Interwoven Worlds: A Symposium Celebrating the Literature of the Middle East)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012, 3:15 pm

Rosenthal Library, President’s Conference Room #2

Free lecture

Aron Aji has translated works by Turkish authors including Bilge Karasu, Murathan Mungan, and Elif Shafak. His translation of Karasu’s The Garden of Departed Cats received the 2004 National Translation Award. He has just completed translating Karasu’s A Long Day’s Evening, supported in part by an NEA Translation Fellowship; it is scheduled for publication this fall by City Lights. Aji is the Dean of Arts and Sciences at St. Ambrose University–Davenport, Iowa, and teaches as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa’s MFA in Translation program.

Murat Nemet-Nejat has translated the work of a number of modern and contemporary Turkish poets. His book of translations of the poet Orhan Veli, I, Orhan Veli, was published by Hanging Loose Press. Sun and Moon Press has just published his translation of Ece Ayhan's books A Blind, Black Cat, and Orthodoxies. Issue #14 of Talisman magazine featured his versions of the work of a number of modern Turkish poets, including Ece Ayhan, Cemal Sureya, Ilhan Berk, Behcet Necatigil, and Melisa Gurpinar.

Hosted by Roger Sedarat, Queens College MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation

 
     
     
   

ALEXANDER A. BAUER

Turkish Material Culture in Historical Context

Thursday, March 22, 2012, 12:30 pm
Flushing Town Hall

The homes of nomadic and settled peoples, and weaving, pottery and other craft traditions highlighted in Interwoven Worlds, have their origins in practices going as far back as the Neolithic period of the Ancient Near East. Queens College Anthropology Professor Alexander Bauer—co-curator of the exhibition and an archaeologist who co-directs a field project in the Black Sea region of Turkey—will discuss the long-term history of these traditions. He is also a specialist in cultural heritage law and policy as well as museum studies, ethics, and preservation.

     
     

 
  TALÂT S. HALMAN

City of Cities: Byzantium, Constantinople, Istanbul

Wednesday, March 21, 2012, 12:15 pm
Campbell Dome

Free lecture

Talât S. Halman, who served as the first minister of culture of the Turkish Republic, will be making a presentation on “City of Cities: Byzantium–Constantinople–Istanbul.” Professor and chairman of the Department of Turkish Literature at Bilkent University, Halman has published more than 50 books (including 12 collections of his own poetry in Turkish and English) and 3,000 articles in Turkish and English. Currently he is president of the UNICEF Turkish National Committee.

Hosted by Alex Bauer, QC Anthropology Department

 
     
     
   

KRISTINA RICHARDSON

Medieval Islamic Art: A Closer Look

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 2 pm
Flushing Town Hall

Queens College Professor Kristina Richardson, a specialist in Islamic history, will provide a close examination and discussion of key medieval pieces included in the Interwoven Worlds exhibit to outline an emerging Islamic visual aesthetic that only crystallized in the 16th century.

     
     

 
  JAKLIN KORNFILT

Turkish: How a Language Migrated from Central Asia to the Mediterranean

Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 12:15 pm
Campbell Dome

Free lecture

Jaklin Kornfilt is Professor of Linguistics at Syracuse University, specializing in syntactic theory and Turkish and Turkic linguistics. The author of numerous journal articles and the book Turkish Grammar, she will address how Turkish migrated from Central Asia to the Mediterranean.

Hosted by Professor Robert Vago, QC Linguistics and Communication Disorders Department 
     
     

 
  Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 12:15 pm


Turkish and English: Salient Differences in Sound, Word, and Sentence Structure

Discussion of Jaklin Kornfilt’s talk led by Professor Robert Vago, Chair of QC’s Linguistics and Communication Disorders Department

Powdermaker Hall, Room 156   
     
     

  INFLUX: TURKISH CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 8 pm
Goldstein Theatre

Free performance

Mustafa Kaplan and Filiz Sizlani, considered to be two of the most outstanding and innovative choreographers to have emerged from Turkey, will perform Sek Sek, which investigates the equilibrium and opposing forces that emerge when bodies interact.

Ayşe Orhon, an up-and-coming choreographer, will perform Çok, a meditation on the question, How many bodies can a body embody? The dance is narrated through the personal reflections of dancers, choreographers, and visual artists from Istanbul. Orhon physicalizes their voices, gestures, attitudes, and what is verbally inexpressible about them.

The performance will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Gurur Ertem, a specialist in contemporary dance culture and the artistic co-director of Bimeras Culture Foundation, which promotes international collaborations in contemporary dance and performance. She is also a founding member of iDANS Festival in Istanbul, the only international transdisciplinary festival encompassing visual and live arts in Turkey.

Hosted by Edisa Weeks, QC Drama, Theatre & Dance Department, in collaboration with the Kupferberg Center

     
     

 
  GURUR ERTEM

The Contemporary Dance Scene in Istanbul

February 22, 2012, 12:15 pm
Campbell Dome

Free lecture

Gurur Ertem, the artistic director of programming and research at iDANS (Istanbul International Contemporary Dance and Performance Festival), will discuss contemporary dance practices in Istanbul and their relation to the transnational art scene. A sociology doctoral student at the New School for Social Research, Ertem is developing a thesis on the sociology of contemporary dance. She frequently writes about contemporary choreography and is the editor of 20.YY’da Dans Sanatı: Kuram ve Pratik (2007, Bogazici University Publications, Istanbul; Turkish); Çağdaş Dansta Solo? In Contemporary Dance (2007, Bimeras Publications, Istanbul; Turkish and English); and Dance on Time! (2009, Bimeras Publications, Istanbul; Turkish and English).

Hosted by Edisa Weeks, QC Drama, Theatre & Dance Department, in collaboration with the Kupferberg Center
     
     

 
  Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12:15 pm

The Importance of the Black Sea

Discussion of William B. F. Ryan’s talk led by Professor Cecilia McHugh.

Powdermaker Hall 156

Cecilia McHugh is a professor of marine geology and geophysics in QC’s School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. McHugh and her students study earthquakes and faults along tectonically active margins—such as in Turkey, Haiti, Japan, and Bangladesh—to understand the long-term risk that earthquakes have on populated regions. McHugh also studies past climate, global sea level changes, and coastal and estuarine processes to understand anthropogenic impact on both the urban environment and future climate change. To achieve these goals, McHugh and her students explore the oceans worldwide. 
     
     
     

 
 

WILLIAM B. F. RYAN

The Prehistory of the Black Sea and the Interaction between Climate and Humans

Wednesday, February 8, 2012, 12:15 pm
Campbell Dome

Free lecture

William B. F. Ryan of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University will discuss the prehistory of the Black Sea and the interaction between climate and humans. He has investigated the connection between the Mediterranean and the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea approximately 8,000 years ago, when the Black Sea was a freshwater lake isolated from the world’s oceans. The flooding of the Black Sea by marine waters through the Bosphorus Strait may have submerged coastal areas, driving farmers out and leading to the development of agriculture in other regions.

Hosted by Cecilia McHugh, QC School of Earth and Environmental Sciences

 
     
     
     


CERAMICS MATERIAL AND MATERIAL CULTURE

Saturday, November 19, 2011–Thursday, January 19, 2012
Gallery hours: Wednesday–Sunday, noon–5 pm
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Queens, NY

Free exhibit

Ceramics is not only a material for sculpture, pottery, and architecture, but is also a cultural material. Queens College’s Year of Turkey and the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts co-present this exhibition of selected contemporary ceramic artists who draw inspiration from the culture and history of Turkey and its surroundings.

Curated by Sin-ying Ho
 
 


MARK PETTIGREW

What is Sufism and Why is Rumi so Popular?

Wednesday, December 7, 2011, 12:15 pm

Powdermaker Hall, Room 156
 
 


THE THWARTED KISS: A PANORAMA OF ART IN TURKEY
DOCUMENTS OF VISUAL CULTURE IN THE QUEENS COLLEGE LIBRARIES

October 5–December 16, 2011
In display cases throughout the Benjamin Rosenthal Library.

Free exhibit
For more information, call 718-997-3770

Lord Byron described the location of Constantinople (now Istanbul) on the Bosporus as “the thwarted kiss of two continents.” His description is geographically accurate as well as poetic: The territory occupied by modern Turkey has been, for millennia, a stage where many cultures from east and west have met, resulting in a particularly rich and complex heritage in the arts. The exhibition, drawn from the holdings of the Art Library, displays a sampling of the abundant diversity of visual art to be found in this bridge of civilization.

Curated by Paul Remeczki, Suzanna Simor, and Stevie Kasparian, Queens College Art Library
 
 


Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 12:15 pm

The Role of Turkey in Today’s Political World.

Discussion of Stephen Kinzer’s talk led by Professor Joel Allen.

Powdermaker Hall, Room 156

 
 


STEPHEN KINZER

Will the 21st Century Belong to Turkey?

Monday, November 14, 2011, 12:15 pm
Campbell Dome

Free lecture

Stephen Kinzer, author of the acclaimed book Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, will speak about the sudden emergence of Turkey as an ambitious and hyperactive regional power, how this happened, and what it may mean for the Middle East, the United States, and the global balance of power.
For a preview of what Mr. Kinzer will be discussing, see his recent article in the New York Review of Books.

Hosted by Joel Allen, QC History Department
 
 


ELENA FRANGAKIS-SYRETT

The Turks: From Empire to Nation-State—A Journey through History

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Powdermaker Hall, Room 156

The lecture will explore the culture of the Turks and their exceptional and long journey through history. Frangakis-Syrett is a specialist on the history of the Ottoman Empire. Her publications include 18. Yuyilda Izmir'de Ticaret (Izmir, 2006) and Trade and Money: The Ottoman Economy in the 18th and Early 19th Centuries (Istanbul, 2007).
 
 


Wednesday, November, 2, 2011, 12:15 pm

Who owns cultural antiquities (the country of origin or the museum housing the objects)?

Discussion of Lawrence Kaye’s talk led by Professor Alexander Bauer.

Powdermaker Hall, Room 156
 
 


LAWRENCE KAYE

Future of the Past: Turkey’s Efforts to Safeguard and Recover Its Cultural Heritage

Wednesday, October 26, 2011, 12:15 pm
Campbell Dome

Free lecture

Lawrence Kaye is a recognized expert in international art litigation and the repatriation of cultural property. He represented the Republic of Turkey in its successful efforts to recover the fabled Lydian Hoard antiquities, long held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and some 1,800 ancient Greek and Lycian coins which Connoisseur Magazine called “The Hoard of the Century.” He will discuss his work helping Turkey to preserve and claim its cultural heritage, the importance of that heritage to Turkey and the world, and the international problem of antiquities looting.

Hosted by Alexander Bauer, QC Anthropology Department
 
 


ORHAN PAMUK
Conversation moderated by Gloria Fisk.

Monday, October 17
Campbell Dome, 5 pm, free.

Orhan Pamuk, the author of eight novels, the memoir Istanbul, and three works of nonfiction, is the winner of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature. One of Europe's most prominent novelists, his work has been translated into over 50 languages.
 
 

Gloria Fisk is an assistant professor of English at Queens College. A founding member of the Department of English and Comparative Literature at Koç University in Istanbul, she has written about Orhan Pamuk and world literature in n+1 and New Literary History.
 
 


RAYMOND ERICKSON
Turks and Turkish Influence in Bach's World

Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Music Building, Room 226, 12:15 pm

Free illustrated lecture, followed by a performance of Bach's Coffee Cantata under the direction of QC Professor Emerita of Music Drora Pershing

Although the Ottoman Empire was in decline during the lifetime of J. S. Bach (1685-1750), its people and culture held great fascination for his world. The beloved beverage of the Turks, coffee, became—because of its reputation as an aphrodisiac—an enormously popular and controversial center of social life and discourse, as reflected in Bach's humorous Coffee Cantata. Raymond Erickson is professor emeritus of music at Queens College, a former dean of the arts and humanities, and editor of The Worlds of Johann Sebastian Bach (Amadeus Press, 2009).
 
 


OPENING YEAR OF TURKEY EVENT
WITH POST-CONCERT RECEPTION

Selim Giray, violin
Gulimina Mahamuti, piano

Wednesday, September 21, 2011, 3:30 pm
LeFrak Concert Hall

Free event
To reserve seats, call 718-544-2996.

Turkish-born Selim Giray has performed extensively on four continents and has appeared frequently on radio and television. Soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and orchestral player, Giray serves as concertmaster and assistant conductor of the Ohio Light Opera and is music director and conductor of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra.

Soloist and chamber musician, pianist Gulimina Mahamuti has performed in the Midwest, East Coast, and Canada, and has appeared on numerous occasions on China State Television. Mahamuti has received many honors and awards, including first place at the Second China Solo Instrument Competition in Beijing (2002).

The program will feature music by several of the most notable Turkish composers of the 20th century, such as Adnan Saygun, referred to as the "Turkish Bartok" for his inclusion of national folk elements in his works. The program presents a rare view of traditional Turkish culture from several corners of the country as interpreted by major composers.

Turkish Airlines Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism Go Turkey Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism
 

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Marleen.Kassel@qc.cuny.edu 

For Event Parking at Queens College,
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 Related Events in the Area

 
 

 Armenia To Send Relief Aid To Turkey

 

27.10.2011
 
Armenia said on Thursday that it will send a planeload of humanitarian aid to survivors of a powerful earthquake in southeastern Turkey that killed more than 500 people and left thousands of others homeless.
 
The Armenian Ministry of Emergency Situations announced that a transport plane hired by it will deliver 40 tons of tents, sleeping bags, blankets and other aid to the western Turkish city of Izmir on Friday.
 
A ministry statement said that the Turkish government requested such assistance through the Turkish Red Crescent Society and NATO’s Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center.
 
The Armenian government offered to send relief aid and rescuers immediately after the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck the area around the Turkish city of Van on Sunday. President Serzh Sarkisian reiterated the offer in a phone call with his Turkish counterpart Abdullah Gul the following day.
 
With the epicenter of the quake located only 150 kilometers south of the Turkish-Armenian border, strong and unusually long tremors were also felt in much of Armenia. But they caused no devastation.
 
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday thanked foreign nations offering help, including Armenia and Israel, but said Turkey can cope with the disaster by itself.
 
Erdogan’s government has since faced growing accusations of neglect or ineptitude from scores of earthquake survivors whose homes were destroyed or seriously damaged by the quake.
 
Reports from the disaster zone spoke on Thursday of an acute shortage of tents badly needed by thousands of people sleeping in the open in freezing temperatures.
 
Answering Turkey’s call for help to supply tents, prefabricated housing and containers, foreign aid began pouring in with the first planeloads landing from France, Ukraine and Israel, Reuters news agency reported. Both Israel and Armenia have poor relations with Turkey.
 
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