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Turkey: The 2016 Coup Attempt and Its Aftermath and Implications

FedEx Global Center #4003 301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC

A failed coup d'état in Turkey on July 15, 2016 made world headlines and left hundreds dead or injured. Nearly a month later, tens of thousands of military personnel, journalists, judges, prosecutors, professors, university administrators and teachers have been fired … Continued

Don’t Make Me Laugh: The Role of Humor in Turkish Society

FedEx Global Center #4003 301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC

Melike Eğilmezler Boylan is a Turkish sociologist specializing in contemporary satire. Her first book, Güldürme Beni! Mizah Üstüne Ciddi Söyleşiler (Don’t Make Me Laugh! Serious Conversations About Humor) is a collection of interviews with legendary Turkish writers, directors, actors, stand-up … Continued

Politics and Journalism in Turkey: Between the EU and Middle East

FedEx Global Center #4003 301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC

Cüneyt Özdemir co-founded CNN Türk and hosted the 5N1K program in Turkey. There will be a coffee hour starting at 4:30pm that students, faculty, staff and members of the general public are welcome to attend. A public lecture will follow at 5:30pm. … Continued

Authoritarian Backlash: An Interregional Comparison of Turkey and Venezuela

110 Old Chem, Duke University Duke University, Durham, NC

In this public talk, former US Ambassador to Turkey Robert Pearson and Former US Ambassador to Venezuela Patrick Duddy will provide a comparative analysis of authoritarian government, civil society, and political crisis. Free and open to the public. For more … Continued

Kedi Film

209 East Duke Duke University, Durham, NC

Join Duke Middle East Studies for Kedi, a film about cats in Istanbul. This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series. Location: 209 East Duke, Duke University

The Formation of Turkish Republicanism

FedEx Global Center #3009 301 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC

Presenter: Professor Banu Turnaoğlu of the University of Cambridge. This event is part of the Turkey Today Fall 2017 series.

Subduing the Saints: State Control over Sufi Lodges in Late Ottoman and Modern Turkey

West Duke 101, Ahmadieh Family Conference Room Duke University, Durham, NC

A lecture by Prof. Brett Wilson (CEU). Increasing state control over religious institutions has played a pivotal role in modernization projects in Turkey dating back to the early nineteenth century. In 1925, the Turkish state abolished Sufi orders (mystical brotherhoods) … Continued