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July 2015
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Dear friends,

Summer months are here but that doesn't mean that we're losing steam. In fact, there are a number of exciting programs and activities to share, ranging from human rights to soft power.

In the meantime, have a listen to a short and groovy clip from our recent jazz concert with Önder Focan and Standard a la Turc, which capped off the "Blue Voyagers" exhibition.

Last but not least, congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Sincerely,

Ipek & the Istanbul Center team

Historical Dialogue Continues
The Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Truth Justice Memory Center and the Istanbul Center inaugurated the Training Program in Historical Dialogue and Dealing with the Past, with NGO leaders from Turkey, Algeria, Armenia, Georgia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia. Prof. Elazar Barkan and experts from the region gave lectures on historical and truth commissions, transitional justice, truth seeking and gender, and peace processes. >>
Scholars Investigate "Soft Power"
Scholars and graduate students from Brazil, China and Turkey came together for a workshop on "Deprovincializing Soft Power: a Global-Historical Approach" led by Prof. Victoria de Grazia and featuring fellow Columbia scholars Prof. Jack Snyder and Prof. Richard John. The workshop is a collaboration with the European Institute at Columbia University, and is supported by the President's Global Innovation Fund. >>
Students Explore Democracy
Columbia launched its summer program on "Democracy and Constitutional Engineering", led by Prof. John Huber and held in Tunis and Istanbul. Students from the US, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and Tunisia engaged with leading scholars, activists and politicians, learning firsthand about the challenges of democractic transition. >>
Documenting Cultural Heritage
Prof. Zainab Bahrani continued her pioneering study, Mapping Mesopotamian Monuments, through fieldwork in southeast Turkey with a team of graduate students. The Global Center collaborated with the Association to Protect Cultural Heritage and Mardin Artuklu University to organize lectures in Istanbul and Mardin. >>

Other News from the Global Center

President Lee Bollinger's 2015 Commencement Speech.
 
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