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Alfred University summer course in Istanbul open to alumni, community members

Hagia Sophia at night

Hagia Sophia at night

"Istanbul 2012: Crossroads of Civilization," a four-week summer course offered by Alfred University, is open to faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community.

An information session on the course will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. in Olin 210 on the Alfred University campus.

The course, which is offered just north of Istanbul on the Black Sea campus of Isik University, will take place between July 2 and July 27, 2012.

Students will be accompanied by an Alfred faculty member who has worked with the faculty of Isik University to design the course. In addition to the six credits earned over the summer, Alfred University students will earn another two credits for a spring class on Modern Turkey that precedes the summer travel to Turkey.

As ancient Constantinople, Istanbul was once the capital of the Roman Empire and the most powerful city in Europe. With one foot in Asia and one in Europe, modern Turkey is in many respects the center of today’s world, and it plays a vital role in world politics.

With its strong economy and democratic political culture, it is an important bridge to the Middle East for the democracies of the West. The summer course at Isik University offers students an opportunity to learn more about the country and its cultural capital, Istanbul.

Students in the class will study the Byzantine Empire, Ottoman and early Republican Turkey; Politics and Culture of modern Turkey; the role of Turkey in world politics; and elementary Turkish language. One day a week will be reserved for guided site visits of places such as the Old City of Istanbul (including the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and Grand Bazaar), the Princes Islands, the Bosphorus, and the Dardanelles.

Community members, including AU faculty, staff and alumni, may take the course without taking the two-credit spring semester course on campus.

More information will be available at the Oct. 12 information meeting with Profs. Laura Greyson and Jeffrey Sluyter-Beltrao.

Those who are interested, but who are not able to attend the information session are asked to contact Prof. Greyson ( or Prof. Sluyter-Beltrao (