Friday, October 10, 2014: A Portrait of Turkey

A Portrait of Turkey: A Special Event for WorldQuest Team Advisers 

Modern Turkey with all its richness and complexities, as well Turkey’s centuries old history and cultural traditions are often unknown to Americans.  Join us for a day of celebration and education as we discuss Turkey’s history as well as modern Turkey’s challenges and successes. Enjoy Persian music and Turkish food catered by Aya Sophia restaurant, and get the chance to meet with local teachers who have just returned from a study tour in Turkey and hear about the lessons they’ve learned and plan to share with St. Louis students.

Dr. Denise Elif Gill is an ethnomusicologist at Washington University whose work focuses on the musical and cultural practices of Turkey and the Ottoman Empire, with particular attention to the relationship between music and affect/emotion, gender and sexualities, spirituality, health and dis-ease, memory, and social justice. Professor Gill is deeply invested in critical pedagogies, and teaches classes on music, gender, and sexuality, music and Islam, Muslim media practices, music and healing, and ethnomusicological theories and methodologies.

Dr. Tahmineh Entessar of Webster University is recently retired from the position of assistant Director of the Graduate Program in International Relations, where she also taught Politics of the Middle East and Politics of Development.  Currently she is serving as part-time faculty for Webster, working with graduate students on their master’s thesis.  Her areas of interest include international relations, Middle Eastern politics, third world politics, comparative politics, political theory, foreign policy, and research methodology.

 Date and Location

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Ethical Society
9001 Clayton Rd, St Louis, MO 63105


11:00 - 11:30 AM
Registration and Reception
Tour several booths where you can learn about Turkish history and art 
Tea and coffee service

11:30 - 12:15 PM
Presentation on “Listening for the Ottoman Empire, Hearing the Republic of Turkey” by Dr. Denise Elif Gill, Washington University

12:15 - 1:15 PM
Lunch catered by Aya Sophia with musical performance by Farshid Etniko

1:15 - 2:00 PM
Presentation on “The Challenges and Successes of Modern Turkey”  by Dr. Tahmineh Entessar, Webster University

 Registration Info

Cost: $20.00 per person, includes a lunch buffet catered by Aya Sophoia 

Contact: 314-727-9988 or email Jessica Bellomo at