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Contact Nafiye Karaaslan 202 887 6198 at 301-277-1916. Maryland American Turkish Assoc. , MATA President Orhan Suleiman ATA-DC BOARD MEETINGS (410) 750-7735 SECOND WEDNESDAYS OF EACH Turkish American Islamic MONTH Foundation (TAIF) (301) 459-9589 ATANEWS PAGE 3 EDITOR’S CORNER This month I'd like to share with you some of the e-mails I received after our annual Teacher's Workshop on March 12. What teachers wrote is what makes volunteering all the worthwhile. It is what makes us volunteers want to work harder and harder for the community. I am glad our work is appreciated by one of the most important groups in the community-the teachers. They are the ones who educate our children, they are the ones who bear the everyday hardship of dealing with children and teenagers and they are the pillars of the society. I'd like to thank ATA-DC volunteers, all the teachers who came, ATA-DC members for supporting us, Ambassador Logoglu and Mrs.Logoglu, Justin and Carolyn McCarthy, Soner Cagaptay, Serap Rada and all who were involved. It was delightful meeting you at today's workshop.....I am so pleased to have made your aquaintance as I have during recent years become very interested in going to Turkey as a teacher. Currently I am doing advanced writing re: URDU language and I was a Fulbright Scholar to India. I also read my writing at a number of locations and am very much involved in poetry. I would absolutely adore studying poetry of Turkey and sharing my writing in some way as well. I read of the summer scholarships to Turkey but am not sure how travel is since 911 ( I was at the Pentagon when the impact came and have written about what I observed). I have many Muslim friends and have completed a program at seminary which addresses "belief systems" and as a public school teacher I want to say how wonderful Muslim students are and often how misunderstood (and how similar) belief systems can be I find. I just had to express the above to you and want to again express my appreciation for today's event. Your Ambassador is very, very impressive and what a human being he seems to be--down to earth and approachable. AND I LOVED HIS RESPECT FOR TEACHERS....I come from a family of teachers and we speak often of how "disrespected" teachers are here in the US. Can you please provide the e-mail for the Ambassador as I want to communicate my appreciation to him. Blessings-Darlene Ferguson I have been thinking about your workshop since yesterday, and two items in today's (3/13) Washington Post were of particular interest, BECAUSE of the workshop. First is an article in the Outlook section which echoed one of the discussions yesterday, called, "A Woman's Head Scarf, a Continent's Discomfort". Thanks to that discussion, the meaning of secularization in Turkey, and it's struggle have become much clearer for me. In addition to providing appreciation of Turkey as a nation, I think your group might contribute greatly in helping people in the US to understand and live in a multi-ethnic, multi-religious society (of course, through the agency of teachers). In fact, may I suggest that you include in your next workshop a TURKISH feature film, made by a good Turkish director, which shows life....whether in an urban setting (which would dispel impressions that Turkey is not modern) or a historical film, or one which shows village life and the traditional ways still prevalent in some parts of the country. I have seen only one Turkish film ("Yol"), but I know there are many of fine quality that are not well-known here. I think showing such a film would give teachers a much better impression of the truth of Turkish society. Also, in today's Post book section, is a review of a new book on Turkey, written by your speaker Soner Cagaptay. I surely would have missed this review had I not attended the workshop yesterday. Again, thank you for your workshop and the work you do in helping people in the US to better understand your country. Best, Nora Bawa (continues on page 23 ) ATANEWS PAGE 4 THANKS For CONTRIBUTING TO OUR ANNUAL TEACHERS WORKSHOP For all your real estate Binnur Karatas needs, call a name you trust Deniz Ozulu Didem Muslu Member, President’s Club, NVAR, Multi-Million Dollar Emel Dizdar, Club; licensed in VA, MD & DC Mirat Yavalar Office:703-938-4200 Cellular: 703-625-7344 Fax: 703-938-6076 Mukrime Postacioglu Email: Didem@longandfoster.com Ulku Gaglio Vienna Office 305 W. 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I’ll be happy to serve you… ATANEWS PAGE 8 Looking to Europe Mar 17th 2005 From The Economist print edition After decades of trying, Turkey has at last got a starting date for EU entry negotiations. Tim Hindle (interviewed here) explains what membership will mean for Turkey, and for Europe WHEN Europe's leaders agreed last December that negotiations for Turkey's entry into the European Union could begin in October this year, they brought cheer to some parts of Europe and fear to others. Marek Belka, Poland's prime minister, said it was “a fantastic economic opportunity” for his country, which joined the EU only in May 2004. Others were much less enthusiastic. Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, a former French president, said he objected to Turkish membership because Turkey has “a different culture, a different approach, a different way of life”. Indeed it has. But so has France, and so has every other member of the European Union. The EU was never designed to impose rigid uniformity. The memoirs of Jean Monnet, one of the EU's founding fathers, quotes him on the dust-jacket: “Nous ne coalisons pas des états; nous unissons des hommes.” (We are not combining nations; we are bringing together people.) The draft EU constitution, drawn up by a convention chaired by none other than Mr Giscard d'Estaing, recalls the EU's motto: “Unity in diversity”. Turkey's entry into the EU will increase that diversity, but not by as much as some people fear. For the EU itself is changing as it takes on board the ten new members who joined in May 2004 (ranging from Estonia to Cyprus), even as Turkey is becoming more like an EU member state in order to prepare for membership. Moreover, change on both sides is bound to continue. The Turkey of today is not the one that may eventually become the first Muslim nation to join the largely Christian EU, any more than the EU of today is the club that Turkey may eventually join. Istanbul taxi drivers, a sure barometer of the state of their nation, know that the mere prospect of EU membership has already transformed their country. “It doesn't matter now if we never get into Europe,” says one. “Look at the tremendous changes that we have already seen just by trying to get in.” Turkey has been trying to get in ever since 1963, when it was admitted as an associate member of the then European Economic Community. It formally applied for full membership in 1987. But its hopes rose only in 1999, when it was officially recognised as a candidate country, and were further boosted in 2002, when it was told that if it met certain conditions by December 2004 it would be given a firm date for talks to begin. By then the Turkish people were overwhelmingly in favour of membership, although different groups had different reasons. Last December, on the day after the EU set a date for the start of membership negotiations, Milliyet, a mass-circulation Turkish daily, quoted Nazim Hikmet, an iconoclastic 20th-century poet: “Beautiful days beckon us, lads, sunny days beckon.” In a deeper sense, Turkey (or rather its ruling elite) has wanted to be seen as European for very much longer. In the mid-19th century the Ottoman empire introduced a series of reforms known as tanzimat, or reorganisations. These were modelled on European ideas about things such as property rights, ATANEWS PAGE 9 education and taxes, and were meant to help the ailing empire's economy catch up with its peers to the west. At the Paris Conference of 1856 to negotiate peace after the Crimean war, the Ottoman empire was described as “part of the European concert”. But the tanzimat did not get very far, and by the 1870s the empire was famously labelled “the sick man of Europe”. The origin of the phrase is disputed, but Tsar Nicholas I of Russia seems to have the strongest claim. Over the years many Turks have quoted this with perverse pride. They may have been sick, but at least they were part of Europe. Parental guidance When the empire crumbled after its disastrous alliance with Germany in the first world war, Turkey resumed its European aspirations under General Mustafa Kemal, the charismatic founder of the republic. Subsequently known as Ataturk, “father of the Turks”, Mustafa Kemal was determined to turn his metaphorical children into a nation of thoroughly modern European-oriented citizens. He was not, for instance, going to let Turks wear silly clothes such as the fez, the brimless hat that allowed them to bow their covered heads in prayer. So he outlawed the rather charming headgear and imposed a uniformity that denied his country's rich multicultural past. One nation, one language, one culture: that was his vision. Turkish students are taken to Ataturk's mausoleum, Anit Kabir, to be taught the official, politically correct version of the republic's history. On a hill in the capital, Ankara, the great man's remains are laid to rest pointing unequivocally towards Europe, not to any religious monument in Arabia or in Turkey's Anatolian heartland. Ataturk died in 1938 of a modern European complaint, cirrhosis of the liver. Just before the beginning of the second world war, it was not a time for pushing on with revolutionary nation-building, but for battening down the hatches. In his book, “The Turks Today”, Andrew Mango (who has also written an authoritative biography of Ataturk) says that the first concern of Ismet Inonu, Ataturk's successor and loyal follower in the early years of the new Turkey, “was to safeguard the achievements of the republic”. To do that, he had to exercise stronger controls because he did not have “the unrivalled prestige Ataturk had won...The approach of the [second] world war brought on a siege mentality and a siege economy.” Thus Turkey turned inwards for decades, its leaders fiercely determined to preserve the work-in- progress that Ataturk had left them in 1938. Inonu stayed on as head of his party until 1972, the year before he died at the age of 89. His successor was a youngish man called Bulent Ecevit, who served as prime minister on and off for the next 30 years until he was finally ousted in the general election of 2002. A series of coups and military interventions in 1960, 1971, 1980 and 1997 helped to preserve the Kemalist heritage. The great man's aura is undiminished. The new Turkish notes and coins, introduced on January 1st this year, are dominated by his image. He is on the front of every single note and also appears on the watermark. The back of the one-lira note shows the Ataturk Dam and the five-lira note the Ataturk Mausoleum. The ruggedly handsome leader, looking a bit like the actor Ralph Fiennes with wrinkles, is set to continue to shape the destiny of Turkey's 70m people in the 21st century. ATANEWS PAGE 10 TEACHER’S WORKSHOP 2005 Serap Rada, our speaker on Turkish Woman ATA-DC organizes a workshop for elementary, middle and high school teachers every year in March. This year’s event was on March 12 at the Turkish Embassy. Around 80 teach- ers participated and learned more about Turkey and the Turks. Tjis year’s topic was “Who Are The Turks?” a book by Professor Justin McCarthy and Carolyn McCarthy. Indeed, the McCarthy’s traveled from Louisville for the workshop and their presentation was an eye- opener for many in attendance. The teachers loved the book and many said they’d love to travel to Turkey. Soner Cagaptay of the Washington Institute talked about Turkey’s accession to the EU and the attendees bombarded him with questions on the issue. ATANEWS PAGE 11 Teacher Marilyn Hernan- dez (left) won the round trip ticket to Istanbul and was very excited. She is planning to go to Turkey next Spring. Last year’s winner Jose Ramirez spent a week in Istanbul (March 19-26) and loved every minute of it! TUSIAD paid for the airline tickets and ATA-DC covered hotel expenses. Ambassador Faruk Logoglu (right) focused on the importance of a secu- lar, democratic Turkey in its region and Turkish-American relations and later on spent time with the teachers who found him very charming. The hard working ATA-DC workshop volunteers found time to pose with Justin McCarthy and Carolyn McCarthy right after the event. (left to right) Patsy Jones, Hulya Polat, the McCarthys, Feriha Istar and Guliz Imre. There were many volun- teers behind the scenes and we thank them all! ATANEWS PAGE 12 Huseyin Celik, Turkish Minister of Education who was visiting the US, also stopped by. Flutist Ozlem and guitarist husband Serdar Keskin played classical Turkish songs and the folk dancers presented their best for the audience. The lunch was “fabulous” as described by the teachers. The Turkish press also covered the work- shop. The Anatolian Agency, TRT, Skyturk, Hurriyet, Zaman correspon- dents were there, too. ATA- DC thanks everyone for coming! ATANEWS PAGE 13 1593 Spring Hill Road • Suite 300 • Vienna, VA 22182 LAURIE TUGBERK SERKAN KARAMETE Phone: (703) 663-1024 Phone: (703) 663-1322 Toll Free: (800) 289-4260 Cell: (240) 899-1967 “WE HAVE A LOAN FOR EVERYONE…” 100% Home Purchase First-time homebuyers OK! 100% Investment Properties and 2nd Homes Interest-only loans No income and/or assets verification No closing cost refinances Cash-out refinancing Home Equity Lines of Credit Debt consolidation Credit Scores as low as 500! 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His persona is present as a character in two current hit films — Beyond the Sea and Ray, both stories about careers in which he had a profound influence. His wife Mica is the noted interior designer whose work is known around the world. The couple have been prominent here in New York for decades and their sophisticated and very often hip “entertainments” are a must-go because they are always fun interesting, and draw a brilliant array of people from all over the globe. Monday night they brought us The Whirling Dervish Dancers who made a special trip from Turkey to perform their hypnotic movements in the traditional Sufi manner. We’ve all heard the term “whirling dervish” with most of us never knowing what it meant and whom it was referring to. They also brought Sami Goz, the French orchestra leader who has entertained at so many fabulous events all over the world, to provide the dinner and dance music. Mr. Goz is famous for being able to sing almost any popular song in the language and the style (and often the similar sound) of its creator. Alem Magazine, which co-sponsored the evening, is Turkey’s most widely read lifestyle publication. Now they are expanding worldwide, beginning with New York because in their words, it is “the center of fashion” and the “center of the world.” Their photographers were on hand, along with Patrick McMullan and his corps of lensmen, and JH and the Digital to cover the event which will be featured in multiple pages in an upcoming edition of Alem. The magazine also made a generous contribution to the scholarship program at Columbia University under the direction of Dr. Mehmet Oz of New York Presbyterian Hospital. The cocktail reception featured a runway fashion show in the Great Hall of jewelry by Atasay, one of the greatest manufacturers of Turkish jewelry. The Turks have an age-old tradition of gold jewelry, ancient and timeless, as the models demonstrated so easily. About eight-thirty, the crowd of 400 moved on throug the galleries of the Sackler Wing to the Temple of Dendur, with its moat bathed in candlelight and its ruins illuminated by spots. The décor and flowers were provided by David Monn. Once everyone had found their seats at table, Mr. Ertegun introduced the evening and pointed out that the work of the American Turkish Society, which was founded in 1949, was to build a bridge between the US and Turkey. Turkey, which sits on the borders of Iraq, is a bridge between East and West and offers opportunities to help bring stability to a troubled world. As a prosperous, secular, democratic and open society with a Muslim majority, she serves as an example of other countries in its region to dispel the notion that Islam and democracy are incompatible. Then he introduced the Whirling Dervish Dancers, asking also that there be no table talk while they performed. This seems to be an impossible task for quite a few of even the most sophisticated adults. Be they bored or suffering from ADD, I cannot determine, but some just won’t shut up, no matter what. However: a band of special musicians for the Dancers took their seats in front of Sami Goz orchestra, tuning up while the Dancers took their traditional places on the plaza of the temple, and it began. The performance lasted about twenty minutes and was mesmerizing whatwith the combination of the costume, the music and the turning (it’s a very simple but highly disciplined step that allows the dancers to continue twirling for so long without getting dizzy and falling — don’t try it). ATANEWS PAGE 15 After their exciting performance, the dinner was served. And soon thereafter everyone was up and dancing to Sami Goz. It was an amazing evening, with the fresh fallen snow lit up outside the galleries skylight. 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For further details, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org ATANEWS PAGE 17 TURKS ARE HAPPY AND OPTIMISTIC INTERVIEW with BINNUR KARAEVLI Esin Ozdag By Esin Ozdag Binnur Karaevli is a Turkish filmmaker whose most recent film, “Searching for Paradise,” which she directed and produced, has won the Best Documentary Award at both the Winfemme Film Festival in Los Angeles and the Moondance International Film Festival in Colorado in 2002. It also received the Audience Award in 2001 from Leeds International Film Festival in England. Her award winning documentary is a search for identity as she is torn between a Middle Eastern family and childhood and a Western education. Having been born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey, she moved to the United States to study drama at Carnegie Mellon University and later attended Univer- sity of Southern California Film School for a Master of Fine Arts in their production program. She has directed and produced several short documentaries including, “Global Friendship Through Space Education,” “California Culture” and “Sabanci Calligraphy Collection.” Karaevli is the writer and director of two short narratives, “Evelyn of the Desert,” which won the Best Short Film Award in the 1997 Cine 5 International Film Festival in Turkey and the Jury Award in 1996 from New Orleans and Albany international film festivals, and “Dance of the Whirling Der- vish,” a finalist in the 1996 Nuremberg International Film Festival in Germany and the Jury Award in the same year from Claremont-Ferrand Short Film Festival in France. The following interview with Binnur Karaevli reflects her past work, her thoughts and feelings about her personal documentary “Searching for Paradise,” and her current project, “Where East Meets West: Women who Dare.” Q: You started a theater company in Istanbul when you were 15-years-old producing and directing plays. What made you start a theater company and what was this experience ATANEWS PAGE 18 like? BK: I was always interested in literature and the arts ever since I was a young child. When I started attending a private school at the age of 12, I signed up with their drama club. And thus, I fell in love with theater. By the time I was 15-years-old, I was writing plays and performing it with my friends. Q: How has attending a private American high school in Istanbul instigated the recurring theme of cultural identity you address in your filmmaking? BK: Attending Robert College, which was a private American high school in Binnur Karaevli Istanbul, gave a different perspective on life. While many other Turkish schools educated their pupils by teaching them to memorize, my school taught us to question, to become individuals and to think for ourselves. It is no coincidence that the famous Turkish author, Orhan Pamuk who explores the issues of identity in his work, is also a graduate of my alma mater. Q: Since you started out studying theater at Carnegie Mellon University, how did you decide you wanted to be a film director? BK: When I was growing up in Istanbul in the early-‘80s, the old American classics were con- stantly shown on TV and the movies of Frank Capra, Billy Wilder and William Wyler were the rea- son why I was so interested in theater and films. After I graduated from CMU, I directed a lot of theater and then veered into film via USC Graduate Film School. The transition was a very natu- ral progression for me. Q: Can you tell me about “Platform,” the political cabaret you founded in 1991 at the Los Angeles Center Theatre Group? BK: When I graduated from CMU, I had several internships that led to a position at the Los Ange- les Theatre Center as their literary manager. One of my responsibilities was to find and develop new plays. I was right out of college and completely enthusiastic and energetic so I managed to convince a group of my fellow writers, actors and musicians to work on a political cabaret. When I was growing up in Istanbul, my family used to take me to the theater a lot and one of my favorite theater groups was “Devekusu Caberet,” literal translation would be, “The Ostrich Cabaret.” There was some political oppression in Turkey at that time and these brilliant comedians would come up with the funniest and seemingly innocent political satire that was so sharp. They were like the Turkish Monty Python with a stronger political bend. So, I wanted to capture that style when I created the “Platform” with a group of collaborators. Our first show was right after the first Gulf War so we had a lot of material that we worked with. Q: In your documentary, “Searching for Paradise,” you are looking for a “çayhane,” a teahouse, from your childhood in Turkey called “The Paradise Garden” only to find ATANEWS PAGE 19 that it had been razed. Why did you choose to make “Searching for Paradise” a personal tale? BK: My initial idea was to make “Searching for Paradise” a straightforward documentary about Istanbul. The film had a different name at first. But in the editing room, I realized that I needed to find a way for the non-Turkish audience to understand the emotional context of the documentary. One of my choices was to make the film into a character-driven documentary. And the only charac- ter I had footage of was myself. So at that moment, I decided to make the film a personal one and ended up shooting more footage to achieve my goal. Q: What is the meaning and importance of this film for you having received awards and been rec- ognized internationally? BK: The film means a lot to me because I put my heart and soul into it. I really did it for myself. I had to get it out of my system. And also, I was and am still quite uncomfortable about the fact that it is a very personal film. It is not very easy to put yourself up there for everyone to see. It is really against my personality. I am a very private person. It is also against my culture. Nice Turkish girls don’t talk about themselves. So I had so many hesitations about my choices but I went along with my conviction. Therefore, the recognition and the awards were such great validation. Q: What were the reactions you got for “Searching for Paradise” from your main audience? BK: I got terrific reactions from my target audience, who were North Americans, Europeans and Australians. I received so many letters and e-mails from many people all over the world sharing their own cultural experiences. I received so much positive feedback after screenings and festivals and the one feedback that made me the happiest was when people said, “We want to go and visit Istanbul, it looks like a magical place.” Many people said that they connected with my character and they felt that they got a very warm and honest picture of the Turkish culture through my eyes. Q: It must be hard making a name for yourself as a director in the United States being a woman. Did you meet with many challenges because of your gender? BK: It is difficult to be a woman in this business. I belong to several women’s film organizations in Los Angeles and we all know that women still lag far behind men when it comes to positions of power in the entertainment industry. Q: You are currently working on a film called “Where East Meets West: Women who Dare,” a se- quel to “Searching for Paradise.” Can you give me some more detail about this project? What stage of production is this film currently in? BK: “Women who Dare” is a sequel in spirit to “Searching for Paradise,” but it is a very different film. It is highly visual like my prior film and of course music will play a great role in it. But unlike “Paradise,” the new film will take us to different parts of Turkey. I am currently in production for ATANEWS PAGE 20 the film. We already shot 25 hours of footage and will finish shooting the film this summer. "Where East Meets West: Women who Dare" is an intimate feature documentary about the compelling lives of three Turkish women, Belkis, 63, Nur, 55 and Banu, 27, living in Istanbul. Each woman juggles Eastern and Western cultures daily, in her own unique way, grappling with the enormous challenges of tradition as she tries to establish her own identity. The film reveals the complex issues that are faced by these educated Muslim women as they embrace modern global values. The film also ex- plores Istanbul and the interesting coexistence of Eastern/Islamic values and Western culture through the lives of its women. Q: How do you think your audience will respond or react to “Where East Meets West: Women who Dare”? How will it challenge viewers? BK: “Where East Meets West: Women who Dare” will appeal to a wide range of audiences such as the Turkish-American community, Middle Eastern and Levantine communities, female viewers and to anyone who is interested in the Eastern/Islamic world, and to those who have multicultural back- grounds. While the film provides a historical perspective, viewers will gain fresh insights into the challenges currently faced by people with Eastern/Islamic heritage trying to combine their traditions with Western values. Q: Your educational film “Global Friendship Through Space Education” was filmed at Space Camp Turkey. You have said, “I have produced and directed many film projects in the past; however, I am truly touched by what I have experienced at Space Camp Turkey…Space Camp Turkey gives me hope for the future of humanity and our planet… And one more thing, when I have a child, I am sending him/her off to Space Camp Turkey.” Why did Space Camp influence and inspire you so much? BK: Space Camp was terrific. I saw young kids coming from Greece thinking that all Turks are their enemies and at the end of one week leaving the camp with a totally different view. By that time, they made great friends with other Turkish kids and discovered that they were more similar than they thought. Most of the hatred in the world comes from ignorance. A place like Space Camp Tur- key demystifies “the other” in a safe and neutral environment. The kids realize that they are the same even though they might be Turks, Greeks, Arabs or Israelis. Doing the promotional films for Space Camp Turkey made me realize the importance of producing works about different cultures and its impact on the global society. Q: You say, “Turkey is a bridge between the East and the West but Turks are caught on the bridge—they haven’t left the East, they haven’t gone to the West, either. It’s like we are living on the bridge itself.” What do you mean by this? How have your films addressed this issue? ATANEWS PAGE 21 BK: Living on the bridge is an interesting place to be and it makes us unique. By trying to join the European Union, Turkey is now making a tremendous effort to join the West. However, this is not the first time Turkey has made such efforts. Ataturk was very clear in his stance to shift the direc- tion of the country towards the West. But even today, some parts of Turkey are still very traditional and culturally very Eastern. It is essential that the Turkish government implements new laws and reforms the economic and judicial systems in the country. Once Turkey deals with its internal po- litical and economical problems, then it will deal with its multiethnic and multicultural issues. In the long run, I don’t think that Turkey needs to choose between East and West. Turkey is a very com- plex and unique country and can stay that way. My two films about Turkey reflect this uniqueness of the Turkish culture and history. Q: What advice can you give to women in the search for identity while torn between a Western up- bringing and an Eastern family culture? BK: I would advise these women to fight for themselves and to fight for their sisters and daughters so that they can all live authentic lives. As I was doing research for my film, “Women who Dare,” it became very clear to me that women from patriarchal societies have to fight for their rights. Esin Ozdag is a 20-year-old junior at Virginia Tech (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univer- sity) in Blacksburg, VA. She will be majoring in Communications. (Psychology minor) Born in Istan- bul, Turkey, moved to US at age 8. Currently lives in Arlington, VA. Esin wants to become a film di- rector. SAVE THE DATE! ATA-DC 40th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT IS COMING UP ON MAY 4… STAY TUNED FOR MORE…. ATANEWS PAGE 22 (continues from page 4/ Editor’s Corner) “As always a GREAT workshop. Thank you." Jose Ramirez Trip winner, 2004 Saturday I attended the workshop schedule for the day at the Embassy of Turkey and I won the raffle of a round trip ticket to Turkey. Thanks for this opportunity given to me. I'm really looking forward for this experience. Marilyn Hernández (Trip Winner, 2005) Foreign Language Teacher Magruder High School Merhaba -- Thanks so much for including me on Saturday. It was a very interesting program and I enjoyed it very much. I thought the mix of current issues, history and culture was great and, of course, I especially enjoyed the food! It was wonderful to see such a great turnout for the event, too. Congratulations! Best regards, Stephanie Thank you, thank you for a delightful day. Your group is so generous to share the Embassy and your expertise. The program was very interesting. I was especially moved by the movie. The folk dancers were wonderful....such vibrant costumes and such fancy footwork. And the food was delicious as usual. I will look forward to sharing what I've learned with others and to attneding another workshop next year. I really liked the suggestion someone made for next year that would include telling us what a day in the life of an elementary student would be like. What happens in the schools and what happens in students lives after school would be of great interest. My students would love knowing that. Thank you again so very much for all your work to make workshops like these possible. Linda White Music Specialist Haycock Elementary School Falls Church, Va. 22043 Once again, let me thank you for allowing me to attend the Saturday workshop on Turkey. The program was well prepared and right on target for secondary school teachers. I will be sharing the wonderful materials with other Grade 10 world literature and world history teachers in my building. I filled out the bottom of the evaluation form with my contact information. Please keep me informed about future activities. Sincerely, Harry Cook, English Chairman Eastern Technical High School Baltimore County Public Schools ATANEWS PAGE 23 COME EXPERIENCE A MONTH—LONG CELEBRATION OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE ATA-DC proudly announces an exhibit by Professor Zeki Findikoglu, Turkish-American artist and scholar. The artwork exhibited is based on Turkish folktales from his native Turkey. Starting Sunday March 20, 2005 and continuing until Sunday April 17, 2005 Target Gallery presents “Fertile Earth: A Celebration of Cultural Exchange & Ceramics at the Torpedo Factory Art Center”. The month long event will end Sunday, April 17 with a Turkish Festival (co-sponsored by ATA-DC) 3-6 PM that will include literature, music, and dance from different regions of Turkey. Experience Turkish culture, meet Turkish artists., and enjoy art during this month long event! The Torpedo Factory Art Center is located in Alexandria, Virginia at 105 N. Union Street. The gallery is open Monday-Sunday 11AM-5PM. For more information please visit www.zeki.biz ATANEWS PAGE 24 COMING CULTURAL EVENTS AS PART OF THE "JEWISH COSTUMES IN THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE" EXHIBIT Katherine Neville, March 31, 2005 – 12:00pm – Room 310/Elliott, MARVIN CENTER George Washington University 800 21 st. NW, Washington DC 20052 Organized by the Anatolian Artisans and Turkish Student Association GWU Writer Mary Lee Settle will be introducing Katherine Neville on March 31st. Ms. Settle is the founder of the Pen/Faulkner Awards and a winner of the National Book Award by her novel the Blood Tie, set in Turkey. She is also the author of the Turkish Reflections: Anatomy of a Place. RUMI RE-ENTERS THE WORLD THE FIRST MEVLANA SYMPOSIUM In December of 2000, at Ankara and Konya, the Culture Ministry of Turkey held the first-ever Mevlana Symposium, on the 727th Anniversary of the death of Jalal al-Din Rumi. Katherine Neville was one of only three Americans invited to present a paper at the three day event, which included several sheikhs of the Mevlevi order of "Whirling Dervishes", and the Celebi family--the descendants of Rumi.Katherine will tell us about the occasion. So come. Katherine Neville completed her postgraduate studies in African literature. THE EIGHT, her first book, remains a bestseller in more than twenty languages, A CALCULATED RISK was also a New York Times Notable Book, her third novel, THE MAGIC CIRCLE, also a USA Today bestseller, was among the top ten books in France, Spain and Australia, and will soon be published as well in Russia, Bulgaria, Holland, Greece, and Thailand. GUL IREPOGLU – Istanbul University, Art History Department April 1, 2005 – 12:00 pm – Room 310/Elliott, MARVIN CENTER George Washington University, 800 21st St. NW, Washington DC 20052 Organized by the Anatolian Artisans and Turkish Student Association GWU TRADITIONAL OTTOMAN JEWELRY Ottoman jewelry tradition reflects some complex characteristics of a wide spread empire as well as the splendors of courtly life. Prof. Gul Irepoglu teaches European and Ottoman art. She has publications about history of painting, history of jewelry and artistic relations between the East and the West. She is the author of a widely read recent novel in Turkish, I Left My Shadow at Tulip Gardens, soon to be available in English. The novel is the fictionalized life of court painter Levni who lived in the 18th cen- tury that is called the Tulip Period in Ottoman History. "THE LAST SEPHARDI" FILM SCREENING April 19, 2005 7 pm Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center 1529 Sixteenth Street NW Washington DC 20036 www.dcjcc.org TURKISH WOMEN'S RIGHTS, EQUALITY AND TOLERANCE- A UNIQUE CASE IN THE MUSLIM WORLD Panel Discussion April 28, 2005 7pm Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center 1529 Sixteenth Street NW Washington DC 20036 ATANEWS PAGE 25 ATA-DC New Membership American-Turkish Association of Washington D.C. 1526 18th St. NW Washington DC 20036 www.atadc.org Name: ______________________________________________ Street Address: _______________________________________ City: ___________________ State: __________ Zip: __________________ E-Mail: ____________________________ Home phone: _______________________ Work Phone: ___________________ Congressional District (optional): ___________________________________ Would you like to volunteer for ATA-DC events? Yes No, thanks. 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