Turkish Studies Workshop Takes Place at Niagara University

March 30, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

  • Turkish Studies Workshop

    Dr. Hung Le, Vice President for International Relations

  • Turkish Studies Workshop

    Father James J. Maher, C.M., President

  • Turkish Studies Workshop

    Dr. Tim Ireland, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

  • Turkish Studies Workshop

    Dr. Mustafa Gokcek, Associate Professor History

  • Turkish Studies Workshop

    Dr. Vefa Erginbas, Assistant Professor of History, Providence College

  • Turkish Studies Workshop

    Dr. Levent Koch, Director of the North East Turkish American Scholars

An in-depth discussion of current Turkish issues was held at Niagara University on Saturday, March 29.

The Turkish Studies Workshop featured nine speakers who presented research papers pertaining to Turkey. The papers addressed issues ranging from Turkish history and anthropology to philosophy and political science.

Talks included the present political struggle facing the transcontinental nation, including the recent ban on Twitter and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s attempt to hold power in the face of corruption charges.

In addition, a series of 90-minute panel discussions were held on the following topics:

  • Explorations on the Ottoman Social and Intellectual Life
  • Mapping a Unique Modernity and Its Challenges
  • Turkish Spirituality Across Boundaries

Opening remarks were offered by Dr. Levent Koch, director of the North East Turkish American Scholars; Dr. Hung Le, NU’s vice president for international relations; Dr. Timothy Ireland, dean of NU’s College of Arts and Sciences; and the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University.

For more information, please contact Dr. Mustafa Gokcek at ude.aragainnull@keckog or 716.286.8195.