November 2015
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Dear friends,

As you'll see from the latest edition of our newsletter, it's been a stimulating and busy fall season here in Istanbul. Several of our activities this semester have focused on issues critical to Turkey and our region. We are continuing to devise ways to meaningfully engage with topics that are at the forefront of lives, such as democracy, public health, gender, cities and refugees. Thank you for supporting and joining us in this journey.

All the best,
Ipek and the Istanbul Center Team
Refugee Health in the Syrian Crisis
Representatives from the Ministry of Health, scholars and civil society representatives working on public health participated in a workshop examining policies and practices guiding access to health services for Syrian refugees. Responding to Changing Health Needs in Complex Emergencies: Workshop on Refugee Health is part of a long-term initiative to share knowledge and experiences across Turkey and the region, in partnership with ICAP and the Program on Forced Migration and Health at the Mailman School of Public Health and the Amman Center.
An Archive of Extravagance
Dean of Humanities Sharon Marcus spent a week in Istanbul exploring ways to strengthen humanities programming at the Global Centers. As part of her visit, she met with several distinguished scholars, publishers and editors and participated in a public panel, "Theater, Performance and Celebrity: An Archive of Extravagance."
Together with other colleagues, she examined how theater and performance contribute to the development of modern celebrity and how celebrity revitalizes theater and performance.
Cultural Heritage in Iraq and Syria: "The Absent Past"
Prof. Zainab Bahrani's moving and insightful keynote lecture
on "The Absent Past: Heritage Destruction and Historical Erasure Today" is now available in Arabic, Turkish and English on the Global Center website. The lecture kicked off the joint cultural heritage workshop,"The Future of the Past: Addressing the Cultural Heritage Crisis in Iraq and Syria,"  held in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations and Columbia Global Centers | Amman, featuring specialists from Jordan, Iraq, Syria and Turkey.
Arts and Culture in Istanbul
Leaders from cultural institutions, curators, practitioners and scholars
explored factors influencing the arts and culture field in Istanbul, covering cultural policies, dynamics around public and private engagement in the arts, new forms of participation and issues around impact measurement in a Global Think-In led by Prof. Vishakha Desai. After New York, Mumbai, and Rio, Istanbul is the fourth city to host the program, supported by the Ford Foundation and the Committee on Global Thought.
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