Friday, June 15, 2007

Seattle NGO Recommends EH for its Global Classroom

In its Global Classroom two part lecture series Turkish Culture and Society in March and April this year, the World Affairs Council of Seattle listed Expat Harem in its selected Turkish literature resources for teachers. The event was part of a professional development training to inform educators about world regions, cultures, and issues; provide access to people from the regions being discussed; and disseminate up-to-date curriculum that supports bringing these ideas into the classroom.

We were honored to share this list with Turkey's famed poet
Nazim Hikmet, celebrated novelist Elif Shafak, award-winning author Louis de Bernieres and Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk. We look forward to Expat Harem becoming part of (even more) school curricula.

The non-profit, non-partisan
World Affairs Council is the leading foreign affairs forum in the Pacific Northwest. Members of the Council include schools, public institutions, businesses, and individuals, who want first hand information on global issues and direct participation in international exchange. Winner of the 2000 KCTS Golden Apple Award, the Global Classroom program reaches thousands of students through speaker programs and resources provided to Washington teachers.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Editor Appears on Top Turkish Talk Show
Jennifer was in notable company Thursday, 31 May, as the only female and only foreigner on that night's panel of "Biri Bana Anlatsin", a two hour live prime time talk show/panel discussion hosted by two of Turkey's top comedians/presenters, Beyazit (Beyaz) Ozturk and Kadir Copdemir.

In addition to EH Editor Jennifer, other guests that evening included the Mayor of Beyoglu (the center of Istanbul's downtown) Ahmet Misbah Demircan, noted architect Ugur Tanyeli, night club entrepreneur İzzet Çapa, renowned writers Selim Ileri and Murat Belge, and writer/poet/journalist/tv presenter Sunay Akin.
The evening's topic was ISTANBUL, with (somewhat heated) discussions of the megacity's growing infrastructure problems, the need to preserve its cultural heritage, and reminiscence of "Old Istanbul".

Friday, June 01, 2007


Editors Featured on Rolf Potts' Vagabonding
Anastasia and Jennifer are featured in Rolf Potts' June 2007 installment of his interview series with top travel writers, among them National Book Award winners and Pulitzer Prize winners.
A popular world travel site on the BootsnAll Travel Network , the Vagabonding site was created by the author of Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel.

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