Chargé d’Affaires J. M. Hovenier’s Speech at “Gypsy Girl” Mosaics Repatriation Event

December 8, 2018 “Merhaba. Burada olmaktan mutluyum. First, I want to thank Minister of Culture Mehmet Ersoy, Governor of Gaziantep Davut Gül, and Mayor of Gaziantep Fatma Şahin for inviting me to participate in this important event. As Ataturk said, “The foundation of The Republic of Turkey is culture.”  Turkey is home to some of ...
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Closing Ceremony of “Local Code, Global Aims” Project

July 30, 2018 Deputy Consul General Barbara Thomas and Şişli Mayor Hayri Inonu attended the pitch competition and closing ceremony of the Roma Rights Association’s “Local Code, Global Aims” project. With support from the U.S. Government and Şişli Municipality, these high school students attended workshops on design-oriented thinking, presentation techniques, business models, analysis techniques, and ...
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Chargé D’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett visits Dr. Serkan Golge in prison

Chargé d’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett visited detained U.S. citizen and NASA physicist Dr. Serkan Golge in prison on June 20.  On February 8, 2018, Dr. Golge was convicted and sentenced to seven and a half years in prison for alleged involvement in terrorism.  We have seen no evidence to indicate wrongdoing and remain deeply concerned ...
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Consulate Adana Celebrates U.S. Independence Day

U.S. Consulate Adana hosted the 242nd anniversary of U.S. Independence with a reception at Sheraton Grand Adana Hotel on July 21, 2018. U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Philip Kosnett hosted the event, together with U.S. Consul Adana Linda Stuart Specht. Guests from government, business, media, education and civil society, as well as American citizens in Consulate Adana’s ...
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Southeast Businesswomen Summit Took Place in Mardin

U.S. Consulate Adana, in cooperation with Junior Chamber International (JCI) Diyarbakır, organized the fifth Southeast Businesswomen’s Summit in Mardin. Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB) Women Entrepreneurs Council Mardin Provincial Chair Deniz Hitay, U.S. Consul Adana Linda Stuart Specht, JCI Turkey President Nihan Zoroğlu and JCI Diyarbakır President Semih Çetintaş, as well as ...
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Remarks by Christina Higgins at Gala Screening of Turkish Film Ayla: The Daughter of War

Christina Higgins Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State Remarks at Gala Screening of Turkish Film Ayla: The Daughter of War Friday, March 30, 2018, 7 p.m.   Thank you for your kind introduction and for inviting me to speak at today’s screening ...
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Susan Straight on Eliminating Gender-Based Violence

Susan Straight is a professor, author, and mother of three. On the International Day to End Violence Against Women and throughout the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign activities, she shares some of her thoughts and experiences on gender, women’s rights, and violence against women through a series of videos.  For more information ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett’s Remarks at Education Week in Adana

November 15, 2017 Good evening and thank you all for joining us tonight.  I’d especially like to thank Mr. Murat Bilal, the Adana Deputy Provincial Director of National Education, for supporting our event and being here tonight.  I’d also like to thank Consul Linda Specht for hosting us in her home this evening. Tonight we ...
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Adana Consul Linda Stuart Specht Delivers Speech on Investing in the United States at TABA

On November 17, during Global Entrepreneurship Week, U.S. Consul to Adana Linda Stuart Specht delivered a speech on how to invest in the United States at the Turkish American Business Association (TABA) trade summit in Adana.  Consul Specht highlighted the SelectUSA program as a way to gain more information to strategize investments.  More than two ...
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Chargé D’Affaires Philip S. Kosnett’s Remarks at International Education Week in Adana

November 15, 2017 Good evening and thank you all for joining us tonight.  I’d especially like to thank Mr. Murat Bilal, the Adana Deputy Provincial Director of National Education, for supporting our event and being here tonight.  I’d also like to thank Consul Linda Specht for hosting us in her home this evening. Tonight we ...
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‘Smart Campus’ cooperation between the METU and the USTDA

‘Smart Campus’ cooperation between the Middle East Technical University (METU) and the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) On Friday September 22 at the U.S. Ambassador’s Residence in Ankara, USTDA Regional Director Carl Kress and the Vice President of METU, Prof. Doc. Mehmet Zeyrek, signed an agreement that will provide $830,000 USD in technical ...
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Consulate Adana Hosts Independence Day Reception

U.S. Consulate Adana hosted the 241st anniversary of U.S. Independence with a reception at Adana Hilton Hotel on July 13, 2017. U.S. Ambassador John Bass and his spouse Holly Holzer-Bass hosted the event, together with U.S. Consul Adana Linda Stuart Specht. Guests from government, business, media, education and civil society, as well as American citizens ...
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Ambassador Bass’ Remarks at U.S. Consulate Adana’s Independence Day Reception

U.S. Ambassador John Bass Remarks During an Independence Day Celebration Hilton Hotel Adana, Turkey July 13, 2017 [As delivered] [Sayın Vali, Sayın Belediye Başkanı,] Değerli Konuklar, Hanımefendiler, Beyefendiler, hoşgeldiniz. Thank you all very much for joining us this evening to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our independence. Let me first express our deep appreciation to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Bass with Consul General Davis at Independence Day Celebrations in Istanbul

On July 6, the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul hosted the Fourth of July Reception at Fairmont Quasar Hotel to mark the 241st anniversary of Declaration of Independence this year. Speeches: Consul General Davis: Merhaba. İyi akşamlar misafirlerimiz ve arkadaşlarımız. Hoşgeldiniz. It is a great honor for us to have you all here tonight as ...
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Consul General Davis Brought Her Sports Diplomacy Challenge to Izmir.

June 2, 2017, Izmir During her June 2 visit to Izmir, U.S. Consulate General Istanbul held meetings with the Turkish-American Business Association (TABA), Association for Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants (ASAM), the American Collegiate Institute (ACI), and the Association for Supporting Slow Living (YAYADE).  The breakfast with TABA provided an opportunity to better understand ...
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Donna De Cesare: “Journalism is a vocation, it is not just a hobby” [VIDEO]

Renowned documentary photographer Donna De Cesare came to Ankara May 9th, 2017. De Cesare, Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, is known for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of U.S. gangs in Central America. De Cesare said, “Journalism is a vocation, it is not just a hobby or something ...
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Renowned Documentary Photographer DeCesare in Istanbul

May 11-12, 2017 With work spanning more than thirty years, author, documentary photographer and educator Prof. Donna DeCesare discussed the importance of bearing witness to history while being respectful to interviewees, to audiences, and ourselves. As part of her Turkey tour Prof. DeCesare came to together with academicians, students, NGO leaders, journalists, artists and psychologists ...
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Consul General Davis Visits Şahinkaya Schools in Bursa

May 8, 2017 Consul General Davis was honored to speak with more than 500 Sahinkaya Education Foundation students in Bursa using their time, intellect, and hearts to solve tough global challenges and foster peace. Congratulations to the students and to their parents and teachers who are developing such bright minds!    
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Consul General Davis at TurkishWINTalk

April 11, 2017 “Clearly women can, and in fact are, transforming economies and society for everyone’s benefit.”  Consul General Jennifer Davis delivered encouraging remarks at #TurkishWINTalk to women bringing positive impact to their communities and businesses.
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Consul General Davis with Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar

March 23, 2017 Consul General Davis met with Robin Chase, Co-founder and Former CEO of the largest car sharing company, Zipcar. After her participation in a conference on “Smart and Innovative Business Models in Transportation” at ITU Magnet, Robin Chase answered Consul General Davis’ questions on start-up business challenges and advice to young entrepreneurs at ...
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Gaziantep Solid Waste Transfer Station Opening

On March 20, Adana Consul General Linda Stuart Specht joined Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Deniz Köken, Islahiye District Governor Ramazan Yıldırım, Islahiye Mayor Kemal Vural, along with UNDP’s Country representative Claudio Tomasi to inaugurate a waste transfer station in Fevzipaşa, Gaziantep. The waste transfer station is part of a $ 3 million project, funded ...
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Gender Equality in Business Reception

“We believe that women’s participation in every aspect of society is essential to the development of a more peaceful, prosperous, and just world.” -CG Davis Consul General Jennifer Davis hosted “Gender Equality in Business Reception” in honor of March 8th International Women’s Day. The event brought together leaders from business, civil society, and universities to ...
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Consul General Davis at AmCham Turkey/ABFT

January 19, 2017 Consul General Jennifer Davis delivers remarks at the American Business Forum in Turkey (AmCham Turkey/ABFT) New Year Reception on the importance of collaborating with AmCham Turkey/ABFT to support the relationship between Turkey and the U.S.  
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Art From Exile: Syrian refugees find their voices through art

If civil war forced you to flee your homeland, how would you live? That question is at the heart of an exhibition at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Ankara, Turkey, showcasing the work of eight Syrian artists now based in Istanbul. Titled Living, the exhibition — part of a larger project called Art From Exile — opened December 2 ...
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Art from Exile

Syrian artists living in Turkey came together for an exhibit titled “Living,” unveiled and hosted by Holly Holzer Bass in the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Ankara as part of the “Art in Exile” program. Displaying works of art by Syrian artists, the event attracted numerous art aficionados, cultural center directors, gallery owners and artists from ...
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Elimination of Violence Against Women

In recognition of the 16 Days of Activism, on International Human Rights Day December 10, the State Department will highlight on social media the ways in which the United States and others have worked to confront this crime—in its many forms—and call on others to join us in ensuring this vital work continues. The United ...
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#SWTTurkey Photo Contest Winners

Our Summer Work & Travel Turkey Photo Contest Reception took place with the participation of our Consul General Jennifer Davis and Ambassador John Bass where the runner-ups of our contest received their prizes. We would also like to congratulate our winner, Ipek Dolu! Thank you to all who shared their photos this summer with #SWTTurkey ...
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TechCamp Istanbul

October 13-14, 2016 | Istanbul The U.S. Mission to Turkey in partnership with International Medical Corps hosted “TechCamp Istanbul: Digital Solutions for Displaced Populations” on October 13-14 in Istanbul.The event brought together more than 80 service providers and tech experts from Turkey, Greece, Jordan, Lebanon, Italy, and the U.S. to empower NGOs and civil society ...
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Consul General Davis Visited Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin

Jennifer Davis officially began her tenure as U.S. Consul General in Istanbul on October 14 after her introductory meeting with Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin. “Very honored to meet Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin and discuss the importance of the U.S.-Turkey bilateral relationship”, Consul General Davis said after the meeting.
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Presentation on U.S. Elections 2016 – Hacettepe University on October 11, 2016

U.S. Embassy Consular Officer, Joseph Yackley gave a talk on the U.S. election system on October 11, 2016 at Hacettepe University to American Culture and Literature Department students.  His presentation focused on the U.S. election system, selection of candidates and general information about electoral system. After his presentation, Yackley opened the floor for questions and engaged ...
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Ambassador Bass Visited The Resettlement Support Center in Turkey

September 23, 2016 | Istanbul US Ambassador John Bass and Holly Holzer Bass visited the Resettlement Support Center (“RSC”) in Turkey where refugees who are referred to the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program (“USRAP”) have their cases screened and then adjudicated for resettlement by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”). Once they are found eligible ...
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“My City” Creativity Workshop With Youth From Turkey and Syria

“My City” youth creativity workshop was organized on May 10-12 in collaboration with the Tarlabaşı Community Center and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. Syrian and Turkish youth participants (ages 11-15) engaged in the workshop led by American strategist Lina Srivastava who combines media, technology, art, and storytelling for social transformation. They first focused on ...
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“Peace Mosaic” Final Launch Ceremony in Beykoz

Consul General Chuck Hunter and Mayor of Beykoz Yücel Çelikbilek attended the “Peace Mosaic” final launch ceremony on May 11th. The mural mosaic project  was carried out by Beykoz Municipality in collaboration with Meridian International Center and the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul. American mosaic artist Laurel True created this amazing artwork with students and volunteers ...
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Ambassador Bass Visits RandD Centers in Istanbul and Kocaeli

On April 19th, Ambassador Bass visited three cutting-edge R&D centers in Istanbul and Kocaeli that showcased U.S.-Turkey cooperation. GE’s Aviation Center and Applied Materials lab showed us what the future of engine manufacturing might look like. Ford Otosan showed off their EcoTorq fuel-efficient line of diesel engines that they’ve developed in-house for Ford’s entire global ...
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Preventing Domestic Violence with Mark Wynn

Mark Wynn, 21 year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department spoke at events organized by Women’s Education and Culture Foundation (HEKVA) and then the Maltepe Municipality during his Istanbul visit on April 14-15. He presented an overview of training services to prevent domestic and sexual violence, and shared his professional experiences on effective intervention ...
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Ambassador John Bass’ Speech At the 240th Independence Day Reception

"It has been a difficult, painful year since Holly Hanım and I hosted many of you last year at this event. Both of our societies have suffered pain and loss at the hands of terrorists. We feel the losses here in Turkey deeply, and we again extend our deep condolences to everyone here and across ...
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Let’s Up Demo Days

Student entrepreneurship is on the rise and becoming even more important, both for students as they develop long-term leadership skills, and business connections in Turkey. Additionally, entrepreneurship is an activity that cannot only enhance students’ success academically, but strengthen confidence and instill qualities and skills conducive to success upon graduation. To foster the ecosystem in ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at “Let’s Up Entrepreneurship Demo Day”

Dear Bogazici Rector, Umit Bey; TEB CEO Ümit Leblebici; and future entrepreneurs; Entrepreneurship is a way of life.  It’s a powerful force, driving individuals to achieve their dreams, despite the odds and the doubts of others. I love entrepreneurship.  There is nothing like the excitement, glory, fun and sheer thrill of starting something from scratch ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at US Speaker Mark Wynn’s Presentation on Countering Domestic Violence

It is a great honor to be here today and to have the opportunity to introduce Mark Wynn, a man who dedicated his life to both law enforcement and to protecting society against the scourge of domestic violence. As you have heard, he has more than 20 years of experience in law enforcement as a ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Remarks at Peace Mosaic Inauguration, Beykoz Municipality

Sayın Belediye Başkanı, Çok Sevgili Öğrenciler, Hanımefendiler, Beyefendiler. Bu projenin gerceklestirilmesinden cok buyuk bir mutluluk duyuyorum.  Hepiniz hosgeldiniz. It really is an honor for the U.S. Consulate General in Istanbul to be working with Beykoz Municipality on a project such as this. I’m very certain that this project is going to be extremely meaningful to ...
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Domestic Violence Expert Mark Wynn | Ankara

Mark Wynn, a retired Nashville police officer and an expert on domestic violence was invited by the U.S. Embassy to participate in speaking events with women’s NGOs and federations, experts at municipalities , provincial directorates and the ministry of family and social policies, advisors at shelters and violence prevention and monitoring centers, lawyers, social service ...
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Panel on Eliminating Domestic Violence

U.S. Consulate Adana partnered with AKDAM (Adana Women’s Solidarity and Shelter Homes Association) in hosting Mr. Mark Wynn for a co-panel on Eliminating Domestic Violence. The panel, held in Divan Hotel in Adana, was titled: “Domestic/Sexual Violence Intervention, Effective Investigation, Community Collaboration and Response” Twenty-one year member of the Nashville Metropolitan Police Department, Wynn, shared ...
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Consul General Hunter Visits the Çanakkale Region

On April 1-2, Consul General Hunter traveled to the Çanakkale region to meet with local government officials and community leaders and to visit cultural and historical sites.The Consul General held meetings with the Governor of Çanakkale Ahmet Çınar and Mayor Ülgür Gökhan to discuss the important relationship between Çanakkale and the U.S. Consulate General in ...
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Congratulations to the BorderlessHack Winning Team

Congratulations to the Borderless Hack winning team from Istanbul&I!! The judges loved their Hand to Heart winning project — using powerful storytelling to connect Syrian refugee women craft makers with a transparent, online marketplace. We’re looking forward to supporting them with this incredible endeavor! Thanks to all of our fantastic participants, mentors, jurors, and sponsors ...
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Borderless Hack

  Congratulations to the BorderlessHack winning team from Istanbul&I!! The judges loved their Hand to Heart winning project — using powerful storytelling to connect Syrian refugee women craftmakers with a transparent, online marketplace. We’re looking forward to supporting them with this incredible endeavor! Thanks to all of our fantastic participants, mentors, jurors, and sponsors for ...
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Basketball at Adana Girls High School

In honor of Women’s History Month, U.S. Consulate Adana brought Americans currently playing in Turkey’s professional Women’s Basketball League to visit Adana Girls’ High School. The players answered questions, had countless selfies taken and played basketball with the high school team, after which they spoke to the girls about the importance of hard work, perseverance, ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Sakarya Visit

During his visit to Sakarya on March 23, Consul General Hunter discussed opportunities for greater cooperation between Turkey and the U.S. with members of the Sakarya Chamber of Commerce, toured the Earthquake and Culture Museum, and also visited ASAS Aluminum Factory where he was presented art created by U.S. artist Dennis Lee Mitchell during his ...
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Consul General Hunter Together with Fellow Consuls General Expressed Condolences

Consul General Charles F. Hunter Hunter together with fellow Consuls General expressed condolences for the victims of the tragic bombing on Istiklal Street and the terror attacks in Brussels. “Whether it’s American, Turkish, whatever nationality, we stand united in the face of extremism and in our determination to fight that scourge.”      
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Baskent Radio Interview on International Women’s Day

Consul Linda Specht and Public Affairs Officer Eric Atkins conducted a joint interview with Baskent Radio in recognition of International Women’s Day. The discussion focused on the history, milestones, and current statistics related to women’s rights in America. Rather than comparing the U.S. to Turkey, this was an opportunity to emphasize that in any country ...
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World-renowned U.S. Artist Leroy Campbell visits Ankara for International Women’s Day Activities

U.S. artist Leroy Campbell arrived in Turkey to hold a series of creative workshops between March 6 and 21 as part of International Women’s Day (March 8) activities. After holding a creative workshop under the theme of “Happy Memories” at the Children Care House for Girls in Ankara, Campbell met youngsters in Isparta, Burdur, and ...
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Consul General Chuck Hunter Delivered Remarks at 2016 Hannover Messe Promotional Meeting

Consul General Chuck Hunter delivered remarks to promote the United States’ role as the Partner Country of the 2016 Hannover Messe, the world’s largest B2B event for industrial technology, and SelectUSA at a press conference organized by Hannover Messe representatives in Istanbul on February 23. The 2016 Hannover Messe will take place in Hannover, Germany, ...
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Ambassador John Bass Delivers Remarks at the Regional Environmental Center/TUSIAD Post Paris Analysis Event

Ambassador John Bass delivered remarks at the Regional Environmental Center/TUSIAD Post Paris Analysis Event at the Tekfen Tower Conference Hall in Istanbul on February 22. Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, this event brought together business leaders, NGOs, and academic representatives to discuss climate change and the COP21 Paris Agreement. Ambassador Bass highlighted U.S. ...
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Dennis Lee Mitchell and “Smoke-On-Paper”

As part of the “Art in Embassies” program, American artist Dennis Lee Mitchell presented the works he created with the “smoke-on-paper” technique to Turkish art aficionados. Over 150 fine arts students and teachers from Marmara, Sakarya, Kocaeli and Eskişehir Anadolu Universities attended a live demonstration at ASAŞ aluminum factory. Mitchell later shared the story of ...
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Ayman Jarjour and Syrian Musicians in Istanbul

U.S Consul General Chuck Hunter’s home filled with the beautiful sounds of music by Syrian Juilliard alumnus, Ayman Jarjour and three young and talented Syrian refugees – Al Hasan Al Nour (qanun), Burhan Alkhateeb (oud), Bashar Balleh (guitar). —————— Ayman Jarjour  After his Master of Music degree at The Julliard School Jarjour received his Bachelor’s ...
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Consul Linda Stuart Specht’s Southeast Turkey Visit

U.S. Consul to Adana Linda Stuart Specht travelled to southeastern Turkey, January 25- February 1, 2016. During her travel, Specht visited the cities of Sanliurfa, Mardin, Sirnak, Batman and Diyarbakir. In addition to her official visits, Consul Specht visited the Mor Gabriel Monastery in Midyat, learned firsthand the refugee situation in the region and had ...
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65th anniversary of the Turkey Fulbright Commission

On January 13, Ambassador Bass hosted a reception attended by over 160 guests from all over Turkey to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the U.S.-Turkey Fulbright Commission.  In his remarks to the assembled Turkish officials, Fulbright alumni, staff, grantees, and guests, Ambassador Bass highlighted the invaluable contributions that Fulbright educational exchanges have made towards “opening ...
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Summer Work & Travel Presentation

On January 12th, Consular Officer Susannah Wood gave a presentation on ‘Summer Work and Travel Program and the Visa Process’ to students at Yildirim Beyazit University in Ankara. Woods told the students about the program’s details and advantages and answered questions about the U.S., job opportunities and the application process. Follow our U.S. Embassy Ankara ...
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Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar Visits Istanbul

The U.S. Department of State’s Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar visited Istanbul on December 14-17. Following his presentations on “Gapping the Bridge”, he held lively discussions and Q&A sessions with academics and students at Kadir Has University/Faculty of Communications and Marmara University/Faculty of Theology. Sharing his experiences as a Muslim American, he answered ...
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Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik H. Zafar’s Ankara Visit

Special Representative to Muslim Communities Shaarik Zafar, visited Ankara on December 14, 2015.  He held range of meetings with both government interlocutors and members of Turkey’s vibrant civil society.  Among other things, Special Representative Zafar discussed anti-Muslim sentiment, ways to better combat extremism, and explored ways the United States and Turkey can work together on ...
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University Partnership Workshop | Ankara 2015

On December 10, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass and the Rector of Ankara University, Prof.Dr. Erkan Ibis, opened a one-day workshop on creating partnerships between Turkish and American universities.  The workshop was attended by more than 40 representatives of Turkish higher education institutions from across the country as well as delegates from the Turkish ...
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Jonathan Rosenbaum | Festival on Wheels 2015

Festival on Wheels’ advisor and Bilkent University’s Communication and Design Department’s chair Ahmet Gurata introduces Rosenbaum as a “legendary name” in the movie business. Rosenbaum, as the guest of honor for the 21. Festival on Wheels in Ankara, teamed up with another movie critic, from a younger generation, Ehsan Khoshbakht to construct the content for ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken Visits Turkey

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken visited Turkey on November 19–21 to discuss key political, economic, and security issues with government officials and non-governmental experts. The Deputy Secretary first visited Adana where he continued to engage with refugees, local stakeholders and government officials on the U.S. response to the regional refugee crisis. Following that, Deputy ...
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American Cartoonist Kevin Kallaugher (KAL) Visits Turkey

Kevin (KAL) Kallaugher, the world-renowned editorial cartoonist for The Economist and The Baltimore Sun, has visited Ankara and Istanbul to meet cartoonists, journalists, academicians, and students at various events on October 5-9. KAL’s Istanbul program began with a digital event organized in collaboration with  Bobiler.org  on October 8 at Komünite. KAL engaged with young cartoonists and  bobiler.org ...
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Enjoying Turkish and American Cuisine with Chef Marc Murphy

As part of U.S. Department of State’s “Culinary Diplomacy” program, the famous American chef, who brings American cuisine together with international delicacies, Marc Murphy visited Istanbul and Ankara on September 30-October 5. Marc Murphy began his culinary diplomacy tour in Turkey with a back street tour by Turkish culinary expert Tuba @istanbulfood. On the second ...
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Consul General Hunter Visits Edirne

Consul General Charles Hunter visited the former Ottoman Capitol of Edirne on Monday. September 28. The Consul General took the opportunity to explore some of the city’s rich archeological and artistic heritage at the Turkish-Islamic Art Museum and the Archeology Museum. He then met with civil society and government representatives to discuss opportunities for cooperation ...
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Special Envoy Randy Berry Visits Turkey

Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy Berry visited Turkey on September 11-16. He met with government officials, business leaders, civil society representatives in Ankara and Istanbul to highlight the U.S. commitment to advancing and defending the human rights of LGBTI persons worldwide. Special Envoy Berry learned about the challenges facing Turkish ...
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Consul General Hunter’s Visit to Balıkesir

The U.S. Consul General in Istanbul Charles Hunter, who visited Balıkesir on August 13th and 14th, was presented with an opportunity to get closely acquainted with the historical, cultural and economic structure of the city. The Consul General paid courtesy calls to the Governor of Balıkesir Mustafa Yaman, the Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Ahmet Edip ...
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Klasik Keyifler Music Festival in Cappadocia

Klasik Keyifler returned to Cappadocia for its 6th International Music Festival, filling a myriad of magical spaces and historical venues with music. For a 3-week period from August 1-23, travelers and residents of the region were treated to daily musical events, with small ensemble repertoire ranging from classical western genres through classical Turkish and classical ...
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LA Street Artists at Mural Istanbul Festival

Kadıköy Municipality sponsored Kristy Sandoval and Levi Ponce, two LA street artists, for this year’s Mural Istanbul Festival. This year’s theme was Human Beings/Being Human. Kristy is the first female participant. The Turkish artists will be painting in LA, in August. Syrian girls at the Istanbul ASAM center (Association For Solidarity with Asylum Seekers and Migrants) spent ...
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Celebrating the Fourth of July in Istanbul

On June 1, we hosted the Fourth of July Reception at the U.S. Consulate Istinye building to mark the 239th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence this year. The U.S. Ambassador to Turkey John Bass and Holly Holzer Bass with Consul General Charles F. Hunter and Ramadan Çaysever welcomed guests before the official ceremony. The ...
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LGBT Pride Week – “Love is Strange” Film Showing

As part of the U.S. Consulate General’s LGBT Pride Week programming, executive film producer Ali Betil presented “Love is Strange”, a film directed by Ira Sachs, to over 70 audience members at Studio-X in Tophane, Istanbul. After the film, Ali answered questions from the audience about the challenges of developing a storyline focused on LGBT ...
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“Beraber Az Mı Tuz Ekmek Yedik”

On June 20th, 2015, people from several different backgrounds and beliefs came together around an iftar table in Kars. They broke their fast with a menu consisting of a selection of delicious food prepared together by Armenians and Turks, representing both nations’ kitchen and culture. Women on the two sides of the border between Turkey ...
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Passion for fashion

American entrepreneur Susan Gregg Koger visited Izmir on June 3-4 to share the ModCloth success story, an online vintage inspired clothing and accessories retailer launched in 2002 during her college years with a passion for fashion. Susan Gregg Koger, the co-founder with her husband Eric Koger and CEO of ModCloth which is among the fastest ...
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“To Turn Your Passion into Profit in Mobile Life” with @Modcloth founder Susan Gregg Koger in Istanbul

American entrepreneur Susan Gregg Koger visited Istanbul on June 2-3 to share the ModCloth success story, an online vintage clothing and accessories retailer launched in 2002 during her college years with a passion for fashion.  Susan Gregg Koger, the co-founder with her husband Eric Koger and CEO of ModCloth which is among the fastest growing ...
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Street Photographer Cheryl Dunn Visited Ankara

American documentary maker and street photographer Cheryl Dunn completed her three-day Ankara visit. This visit is made possible by U.S. Embassy Turkey’s Cultural Affairs Department in partnership with American Film Showcase. After Turkey debut of Everybody Street documentary on May 10, 2015, Dunn visited two universities in Ankara where she talked to students about her ...
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“Everybody Street” – Filmmaker and Photographer Cheryl Dunn Visits Turkey

Renowned American documentary filmmaker and photographer Cheryl Dunn visited Turkey on May 6-8, 2015 as part of the American Film Showcase, the premier American film diplomacy program organizing screenings and workshops with American filmmakers in more than 35 countries. AFS is a partnership between the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and ...
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U.S. Secretary of the Air Force James Attends IDEF 2015

U.S. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James attended the 12th International Defense Industry Fair which takes place on May 5-8 this year at TUYAP Expo Center in Istanbul. After attending the inauguration ceremonies on May 5, Secretary James participated in the opening of the USA Security and Defense Pavilion organized by the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA). ...
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Independent Film Maker Jason DaSilva in Istanbul

During his time in Istanbul, DaSilva participated in film screenings and discussions at Istanbul Commerce University, SALT Beyoğlu and at StudioX on the AXS Map he developed (a Google based mobile app to “map” locations based on their accessibility to people in wheelchairs) and the first “Mapathon” for people with disabilities in Istanbul. DaSilva also ...
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Sazli Cazli Performances

Turkish-American jazz musician and teacher Emre Kartari and his group of Turkish and American jazz musicians performed at various universities in Izmir, Ankara, Kirikkale, Kirsehir and Kayseri. Sazli Cazli’s jazz band group consists of Ayca Kartari, Kevin Simpson, Onur Puza, Taylor Barnett and Yahya Geylan. The group successfully combined Tuirkish folk music with American jazz ...
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Sence/From Your Perspective

Art in Embassies, Ankara 2015 Ambassador John Bass: Hoş Geldiniz.  Holly and I are pleased to present Sence/From Your Perspective Sence/From Your Perspective is about you – it is about what you see and what you experience.  For all of us,  how we see the world around us begins with where we stand, our past ...
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Assistant Secretary Nuland Traveled to Istanbul, Turkey

Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland traveled to Istanbul on April 15-16, 2015. During her visit , she discussed a range of strategic bilateral and regional issues with senior government officials. She also engaged with business leaders to strengthen bilateral economic ties, hold a roundtable with civil society representatives, and participated in ...
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Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band Performs in Turkey

Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole Band’s day in Ankara started with a food cooking sesion at a vocational school located in Ovecler, Ankara. Band’s lead Cedric Watson cooked “Gumbo” under the curious and information-hungry students’ watch. While we all waited for the “Gumbo” to fully cooked, the band members grabbed their instruments and played Creole music. ...
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“Unsettled” Modern Dance Performance in Istanbul

A special dance performance by David Dorfman Dance, Korhan Başaran & the Artists with guest dancers from Armenia Davit Grigoryan & Karen Khachatryan took place at Zorlu Center PSM Drama Theatre on March 23, 2015. “Unsettled” examines what it is to say “I’m sorry”. A company of Turkish, Armenian and American dancers have tackled this ...
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Paul Zaloom Antalya Workshop

Paul Zaloom, American object theater artist, visited Antalya for a workshop after two performances and workshops in Izmir within the frame of İzmir International Puppet Days Festival. After the completion of the two performances in Izmir, Paul Zaloom and his team went to Antalya for a 3-hour long workshop with 17 theater and fine arts ...
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Turkey’s U.S. Exchange Programs Alumni Association Organizes Its First Event

Turkey’s U.S. Exchange Programs (USEP) Alumni Association organized its first event at the Turkish American Association on Friday, February 27 in Ankara. Around eighty alumni and thirty possible future U.S. exchange program nominees from various Turkish educational, governmental and non-governmental organizations participated in the networking opportunity.  U.S. diplomats and staff from the Embassy and representatives from ...
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Remarks by Consul General Charles Hunter at the Prometric Testing Services Turkey Office Opening

Merhaba! It is a pleasure to be here today at the opening of Prometric Turkey together with officials from the Istanbul Provincial Directorate of National Education, chair of the Turkish Human Resources Management Association, as well as administrators from Turkish universities and high schools. I’d like to thank Jerry Young and Gökyar Karşit for your ...
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Two consecutive conferences on Teaching English

Two consecutive conferences organized by the U.S. Embassy Ankara on Teaching English were held in Antalya 28 English Language Fellows – American expert English teachers and teacher trainers – serving in Europe and the Middle East gathered in Antalya for the Fellows Mid-Year Conference on January 26 – 28, 2015. This conference was organized so ...
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Canan Dagdeviren – An Inspiring Story

This article was published in Fulbright Newsletter – Jan.-June 2015, Volume 4, Issue 1 Canan Dağdeviren received the Fulbright Doctorate Grant in 2009 and received her Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate under the supervision of Prof. Robert Langer at MIT. ...
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Embassy Speaker Program – Jonathan Henick

Jonathan Henick, U.S. Embassy Turkey Public Affairs Officer, made a presentation at Ankara University’s Faculty of Communications on December 19th on the topic of “U.S. Public Diplomacy” and how public diplomacy works for foreign offices. In his presentation, Henick touched on how U.S. Embassy has been using public diplomacy means, how successful firms use the ...
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Öğrenci Liderliği Programı – Fatma Sara Kara

Adım Fatma Sara Kara. Atatürk Üniversitesi İngilizce Dili ve Edebiyatı öğrencisiyim. 2012 yılında beş hafalığına Amerika’ya gittim ve  sosyal girişimcilik konusunda Öğrenci Liderleri için Birleşik Devletleri Kurumlarının İncelenmesi” adlı programa katıldım. Nijerya, Fil Dişi Sahilleri, Tunus, Mısır, Sudan, Senegal, Fas, Libya ve Türkiye’den toplam altmış öğrenci bu programa kabul edilmişti. Türkiye’den katılan yirmi öğrenciden biri ...
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Öğrencilerle Yabancı Dil Eğitimi Üzerine

Basın ve Kültür Konsolosu Dr. Craig Dicker, 1 Aralık’ta Ortaköy Zübeyde Hanım Kız Meslek ve Teknik Anadolu Lisesi’ni ziyaret ederek “Yabancı Dil Eğitimi” Üzerine bir konuşma yaptı. Dr. Dicker, öğrenciler ve eğitimciler ile yabancı dil öğrenmenin insan yaşamına kattığı zenginlikler konusunda sohbet etti; özellikle tüm dünyadaki gençler arasında kültürlerarası diyalog ve karşılıklı anlayışın arttırılması açısından ...
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Trio Chicago & Friends Ankara Journey

Trio Chicago & Friends continued their visits in Ankara. On December 10th, the group visited Buyukhanli Kardesler Middle School in Cankaya, Ankara. After two mini concerts, the group answered questions fired by curious and music enthusiastic middle school students. The y asked “When did you start performing?”, “When did you discover that you have music ...
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“Learning Foreign Languages” by Dr. Craig Dicker

Our Public Affairs Officer Dr. Craig Dicker visited the Ortaköy Zübeyde Hanım Girls’ Vocational & Technical School and made a speech on “Learning Foreign Languages on December 1, 2014. Chatting with a group of students and educators on the enriching aspects of learning foreign languages, Dr. Dicker emphasized the importance of learning foreign languages in ...
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Three Doors Opening on Reality- Murathan Mungan

Murathan Mungan, a poet, author and a prominent cinema critic personally gathered special section called “Three Doors Opening on Reality” for 20. Festival on Wheels. The selection consists of movies as Blow Up (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1966), The Conversation (Francis Ford Coppola, 1974) ve Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950). The U.S. Embassy Ankara Turkey sponsored the screening ...
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Vice President Joe Biden’s Visit to Turkey

During his visit the Vice President had an opportunity to meet individually with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu. At these meetings, the Vice President and the leaders discussed a range of important bilateral issues: Fighting ISIL in Syria and Iraq Coping with the regional humanitarian crisis Countering the threat posed by ...
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Izmir Education Advising Center Opened its Doors

A new EducationUSA advising center is now open in Izmir. Prospective students can get free-of-charge advise and assistance from this center. The center was managed my Nathaniel Davis who is also known by his students as “Nedim”. Mr. Davis, who speaks Turkish, is ready to assist students. He warns students for being not too late ...
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Remarks @ Science and Technology University Adana

As part of  International Education Week activities, U.S. Consul to Adana John Espinoza visited Adana Science and Technology University, where he spoke to an audience of students about the U.S.-Turkey relationship. He pointed out the long friendship between our two countries, and noted that our relationship with Turkey is one of our most important friendships ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Bass at the Atlantic Council Summit in Istanbul

November 21, 2014 Orhan Taner, the Director of Atlantic Council, Energy and Economy Summit:  Ambassador floor is yours Ambassador John Bass: (Turkish) Çok Teşekkürler Orhan Bey , Mr. President, Sayın Bakanım, Mr. Secretary, Ministers  Hanımefendiler ve Beyefendiler, Good morning. I am delighted to be here on behalf of the United States Embassy here in Turkey, to ...
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US Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz Participates in Atlantic Council’s 2014 Energy & Economic Summit

The Atlantic Council’s Sixth Energy & Economic Summit brought together the region’s energy and economy ministers, senior government officials and corporate opinion leaders in the field of energy from more than 40 countries in Istanbul on November 20-22, 2014. Participating in the Summit for the second consecutive year, the U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz ...
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Education Week Reception

As part of International Education Week activities, U.S. Consul to Adana John Espinoza welcomed local high school principals, English teachers and top students to his residence for a dinner reception, where he spoke about the importance of studying abroad and exchange programs in building stronger ties of friendship between the United States and Turkey.
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Two Friends in Ankara Jazz Concert

A Fulbright Scholar, Hafez Modirzadeh, is in Ankara to work with Prof. Dr. Ertugrul Bayraktarkatal from Baskent University on music collaboration. The duo calls themselves as “Two Friends in Ankara”. On November 17th, 2014 marks their first public performance that also commemorates the 15th anniversary of International Education Week 2014. Dr. Hafez Modirzadeh is a ...
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he Sixth International Istanbul Street Dance Carnival

The 6th International Dance Street Carnival was amazing! We were proud to bring American legends Buddha Stretch and Suga Pop to Istanbul to judge the competition AND three talented Turkish rising stars for a residency at The Broadway Center in NYC. The Sixth International Istanbul Street Dance Carnival brought amateur and professional dancers from all ...
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The Apple Hill String Quartet in Istanbul!

Representing one of America’s most highly respected performing ensemble traditions, the Apple Hill String Quartet met music lovers on October 31-November 2 in Istanbul. The quartet (Elise Kuder and Colleen Jennings/Violins, Michael Kelley/Viola, Rupert Thompson/Cello) wins international praise for their rich repertoire of the chamber music literature from 18-20th century masterpieces to contemporary works by ...
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“Can Turkey Become an Education Hub?”

Organized by Horizon Education Group in collaboration with the Provincial Directorate for National Education in Istanbul, “The Higher Education Workshop II” was held on October 19th at Kabataş High School in Istanbul with representatives of prestigious Universities from various countries, educators, educational administrators, students and parents. Our Public Affairs Officer Dr. Craig Dicker was among ...
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Reading Abroad: American Writers on Tour 2014

As part of the International Writing Program (IWP) Reading Abroad: American Writers on Tour 2014, six American writers and poets (Peter Balakian, Christopher Merrill, Mary Hickman, Maureen Freely, Gregory Orfalea, and Gish Jen) visited Turkey and met with Turkish writers, poets, academicians, students, and journalists in Istanbul on October 18-20, 2014. American writers first joined ...
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“Good Solutions to Disability Problems – Examples from the U.S.” Symposium

U.S. Consulate Adana was proud to support Arti Volunteer Association’s “Good Solutions to Disability Problems – Examples from the U.S.” symposium, held in partnership with the Adana Greater Municipality’s City Council. The Consulate was especially pleased to bring children’s disabilities expert Dr. Marilyn Espe-Sherwindt, director of the Akron Children’s Hospital Family-Child Learning Center, who participated ...
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Science Workshop at TUBITAK supported by the USA

The interdisciplinary  workshop ‘Genetically-Based Immune Disorders’ was conducted  between October 15th-17th 2014 in TÜBİTAK, (the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey), with the support of TÜBİTAK, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institute of Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services ( NIAID/NIH/HHS), and by the ...
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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Delivers Remarks at AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10th Anniversary Gala

Istanbul, Turkey – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks at the AmCham Turkey/ABFT 10thAnniversary gala. In her remarks, Secretary Pritzker addressed the need to enhance bilateral trade and  investment opportunities between Turkey and the U.S. Secretary Pritzker is in Istanbul, Turkey with a delegation of some of America’s top CEOs who are members ...
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Consul Espinoza’s Travel to Southeast Turkey

U.S. Consul to Adana John Espinoza travelled to eastern and southeastern Turkey, September 6-14, 2014. During his visit, Espinoza visited the cities of Van, Hakkari, Sirnak, Midyat, Siirt, Batman and Diyarbakir. In addition to his official visits, Consul Espinoza attended the Armenian Orthodox mass on Akdamar Island in Van, visited the Mor Gabriel Monastery in ...
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Under Secretary Catherine Novelli’s Istanbul Visit

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli has visited İstanbul to participate in the UN’s Ninth Annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) Meeting in Istanbul on 2-5 September, 2014. The Under Secretary met with government, business, information technology and civil society representatives from various countries and discussed Internet governance related ...
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