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Twenty-First Century Turkey 

in Fact and Fiction


In a 2004 speech in Istanbul, former President George W. Bush praised the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk for “creating a bridge between cultures,” by writing novels that demonstrate “that other people in other continents and civilizations” are “exactly like you.” The Swedish Academy echoed those sentiments with its 2006 announcement of Pamuk’s Nobel Prize, which honored him for peering “into the melancholic soul of his native city“ and discovering “new symbols for the clash and interlacing of cultures.” These are big claims to make on behalf of any novelist, but Western readers make them routinely when we praise novelists who write about the Islamic world. They convey truths that we value across a border that seems dangerous, so we credit them with bridging the troubling gap between East and West. 

With guest speakers and site visits, you will learn about contemporary Turkish culture and politics (e.g., minority rights; the rise of the Islamic Justice Development Party; and the significance of the headscarf to women across the political spectrum). As a witness to that living history, you will enter into a critical debate about the ways that literature makes its readers feel closer to people and places that would otherwise seem disconcertingly foreign. ​


Location: Istanbul, Turkey

NY departure and return dates: July 1 - July 30

Arrive in Istanbul morning of July 2nd

Course: 3 credits 

Faculty: Dr. Gloria Fisk, Assistant Professor, Queens College Department of English

Program Costs

Cost (includes all expenses below except airfare): $3627

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $690

Travel insurance: $37 

Consolidated fee (includes housing, excursions, welcome and farewell dinner): $2900

Total cost with airfare: $4627

Airfare: $1000 (estimate)

Additional costs:

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $20 to $25 per day (approximately $600)

Application Deadline: April 8, 2013


This scholarship is awarded annually by TSA from a separate fund. The aim of the Adivar Scholarship is to introduce to Turkey students who have not had extensive prior experience in Turkey or Turkish studies. This $1,000 scholarship is awarded to a qualified undergraduate in any discipline in support of travel to Turkey for the purpose of study or research. The successful applicant may use the scholarship to support participation in a Turkish language program or a work internship, or for study or research in Turkish culture and society. A scholarship applicant must be currently enrolled in a degree program at an institution of higher education and must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada. The winner must make use of the award within a twelve month period, beginning the summer after the award is granted. Thus, a scholarship awarded in March 2013 is to be used in the summer of 2013 or the 2013-2014 academic year. 

Applicants need to submit the following as one attachment to an email: 

 - Statement of Purpose: To include how the applicant intends to use the scholarship and how the experience ties into his or her academic experience and goals; 

 - Curriculum Vitae Academic Transcript: One scanned electronic copy 

 - Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation. The recommenders should address the letters to the Adivar Selection Committee and send them directly to Dr. Brian Silverstein via email. 

*NOTE* A signed, sealed copy of the academic transcript must also be mailed to Dr. Brian Silverstein and postmarked by April 1, 2013. Award: $1000

Deadline: April 1, 2013

All nominations and submittals should be sent electronically to: Dr. Brian Silverstein at bsilver@email.arizona.eduThe academic transcript should be mailed to this address:

Dr. Brian Silverstein

Associate Professor

School of Anthropology

University of Arizona

P.O. Box 210030

Tucson, AZ 85721-0030

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
Kiely Hall, Room 183
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad​​

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