Join us for a private reception and lecture on the special exhibiton, Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs.

This event includes an hour long private lecture on the exhibition given by YSL Class of 2012 and Assistant Curator of Islamic Art, Dr. Deniz Beyazit, which will culminate in a reception.

For more information on the exhibiton please click here

When: Friday, May 20, 2016, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028

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Join us for "Turkey and its Role in the Global Economy: Revisited," a one-on-one conversation with Dr. Nouriel Roubini and Mr. Murat Köprülü on the current state of Turkey's economic/financial outlook.  It promises to be an enlightening evening!

When: Thursday, April 28, 2016
Registration: 5:30pm
Event: 6:00pm
Followed by a light reception
Where: Herrick, Feinstein LLP
2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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Curriculum Grant Development Application

Application Deadline: June 30, 2016

Notification: Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis

The American Turkish Society is pleased to announce the open call for the Fall 2016 cycle of Curriculum Development Grants.  Launched in Spring 2010, The American Turkish Society's Curriculum Development Grant Program aims to encourage the development of Turkey-related curriculum by offering funds to elementary and secondary school teachers in the U.S. to develop innovative curricula, projects, and other classroom activities about Turkey.

Grants range from between $250 to $2,500 and cover the costs of classroom materials, speakers, and other expenses incurred by the teacher. The amount of each grant is determined by the project's scope, the availability of total funds, and the number of projects selected through a competitive process. 

Once selected, grantees will be free to develop and teach their proposed projects without editorial input from The Society. They will, however, be required to participate in follow-up activities for evaluation purposes. All lesson plans, handout materials, and classroom activities that are developed through the Curriculum Development Grant Program must be shared with The Society, and will be made available online to other U.S. educators interested in teaching curriculum on Turkey. The most qualified curriculum development grantees will also have the opportunity to participate in exchange program trips to Health and Education Foundation (SEV) schools in Istanbul, Izmir or Tarsus to dialogue with teachers and students in Turkey and to attend teacher workshops in support of their curriculum development.

Required Grant Application Materials:

Please see the Curriculum Grant Development Application to learn more about the grants procedure & requirements once selected as well as the selection process for exchange program trips to Health and Education Foundation (SEV) schools in Turkey.

Health and Education Foundation (SEV), in Turkish "Saglik ve Egitim Vakfi,” is a partner organization of The American Turkish Society and the sponsor of the Curriculum Development Grant Program as well as the exchange trips organized for the benefit of selected Curriculum Development Grantee teachers. SEV was founded by the graduates of Üsküdar American Academy in Istanbul, American Collegiate institute in Izmir, and Tarsus American College in Tarsus, referred to as the "SEV American Schools," and Talas American Middle School in 1968. For more information concerning SEV and its affiliated institutions, see http://www.sev.org.tr/


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This internationally renowned program offers artists an opportunity to work intensively in a private studio, receive individual critiques from faculty, and attend weekly lectures given by guest artists, critics, and gallery directors. The selected participant has exclusive use of a small studio located in the School of Visual Arts Chelsea Building. Faculty visits the studios Mondays through Thursdays. Exposure to the New York art world complements this on-site residency program. The program culminates in an open studio exhibition, which enables the participants to present their work to the public.

The application package should include the following:

  • a) 10 print-outs of recent work (slides, discs, laser prints, photos, big photo albums, published books or any other format than print-outs of images will not be accepted). Please include only 10 print-outs. If more than 10 print-outs are included, that application will not be considered. 
  • b) A list of the included recent works in English (name of the work, dimensions, year, materials used) 
  • c) Artist's statement in English 
  • d) CV (in English and stating date of birth, education, exhibitions and publications) 
  • e) Optional: press clippings or other materials showing artistic activity (No catalogs please) 

For information on the application and selection process (in both Turkish and English), please click here.

The American Turkish Society will sponsor the expenses listed below:

  • Round trip air fare 
  • Accommodations 
  • Stipend ($500) 
  • Materials ($500) 
  • Visa application expenses 
  • One-month unlimited metro card 
  • Transportation from and to the airport in New York

*Please note that the scholarship is for advanced artists with an established studio presence, and that the scholarship is open to active professional artists residing in Turkey who are not represented by a gallery. As such, current undergraduate students are ineligible to apply. Applications from graduate students are welcome. Qualified applicants must have basic fluency in English sufficient for engaging in meaningful dialogue with other participants.

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The American Turkish Society will present the 15th Annual New York Turkish Film Festival from Thursday, March 31st to Sunday, April 3rd at the SVA Theatre in Chelsea.

Thursday, March 31
Nadide Hayat /A Unique Life 
5:30pm: Pre-screening reception 
6:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Yetkin Dinkinciler

Friday, April 1 
5:30pm: Pre-screening reception 
6:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Zeki Demirkubuz

Saturday, April 2 
Motör/Remake, Remix, Rip-Off 
12:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Cem Kaya

3:00pm: Screening

5:30pm: Pre-screening reception 
6:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Nadir Saribacak

Sunday, April 3 
12:30pm: Screening

3:00pm: Screening

Kar Korsanları/Snow Pirates 
5:30pm: Screening 
Post-screening Q&A with Faruk Hacıhafızoğlu

For more information please go to www.newyorkturkishfilmfestival.com
For tickets please go to www.americanturkishsociety.eventbrite.com

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Thank you to all who came to support The American Turkish Society and participate in our panel discussion, "Turkey's Pivotal Role in an Uncertain Global Context."

Despite the weather, attendance was greater than expected, and the discussion certainly benefited from the diversity of opinions and ideas from our audience.

We'd like to give a special thanks to our panelists, Dr. Bulent Aliriza, Ms. Elmira Bayrasli, (though unfortunately absent) Ambassador James Jeffrey, and our intrepid moderator, and Young Society Leaders Class of 2011, Dr. Joshua Walker.

To see photos of our event please click here.

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Foreign Policy Event
Event Date: 
Monday, January 25, 2016 - 5:30pm
Herrick Feinstein LLP (2 Park Avenue, New York)
$35 for Non-Members / $30 for Members

The American Turkish Society is pleased to present a panel discussion on the pressing foreign policy and security demands of Turkey in a changing and challenging global climate. Join us as we discuss with experts the pivotal geopolitical role that Turkey plays today in the Middle East and across the globe. Light reception to follow.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Bulent Aliriza (Founding Director of the Turkey Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, CSIS)
  • Elmira Bayrasli (Co-Founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, World Policy Institute Fellow)
  • Ambassador James Jeffrey (Former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey and Iraq, currently at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy)

Moderated by:

  • Dr. Joshua Walker (Transatlantic Fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, YSL Class of 2011)


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Come check out the latest in contemporary photography in Istanbul!

The Young Photographers Award is given annually since 2010 by The American Turkish Society though a generous donation by Haluk Soykan to encourage and support undergraduate students of photography in Turkey.  The American Turkish Society is proud to announce this year's exhibition dates and winners.  

Exhibtion Dates:  December 22, 2015 - January 8, 2016
Mixer, Mumhane Caddesi, No:48, Karaköy, İstanbul

Opening Reception:  Friday, December 25, 2015

The Winner of The Young Photographers Award is determined through a rigorous selection process, and is the recipient of a $5,000 award, in addition to having their submitted photography exhibited. Two Honorable Mentions are the recipients of a $2,500 award, and will have their submitted photography exhibited. The awards are used to cover the recipients' tuition and/or photography equipment purchases. 

Winner: Murat Kahya
Honorable Mentions: Ümit Erdem and Melih Aydemir
Contributing Artists: Sinan Arslan, Zeynep Boyan, Bekir Dindar, Eda Emirdağ, Özgür Hiçyılmaz, Türker Körük, Pınar Küskü, Doğan Şahin, and Kaan Sofuoğlu

For more information about the Young Photographers Award, please visit the website here

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Open Call for Winter 2016 Moon & Stars Project Grants

Application Deadline: January 31

Applications are evaluated on a rolling basis.

The American Turkish Society's Moon and Stars Project is pleased to announce the availability of Moon and Stars Project (MASP) Grants for Winter 2016. The American Turkish Society's MASP grants aims to encourage the development of Turkey-related art by offering funds for creative arts projects and residencies. The amount of each grant is determined by the project's scope, the availability of total funds, and the number of projects selected through a competitive process.

Required Grant Application Materials:

  • A completed Moon and Stars Project Grant Application
  • Cover letter detailing funding request
  • Supporting materials (eg, music, literature, scripts, etc)
  • Artists's CV (if applicable)
  • Visuals of past projects (if applicable)

 Please see the Moon and Stars Project Grants Application to learn more about the grants procedure & requirements.

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Elif Key Book Signing Invitation

Elif Key, author of Bize İki Çay Söyle, will be signing her latest book in New York City on December 11, 2015.

The event begins at 6:30pm at 31 East 79th Street, New York. Books and refreshments will be provided.

To RSVP please send an email to info@americanturkishsociety.org with your name and number of guests by Monday, December 7.

Book Synopsis: 
Çocukluk, büyümek, şehirlerin boğuculuğu, anneler-babalar, anneanneler-dedeler, kadir kıymet bilmek, her şeyi unutmak, sürate yenik düşmek... Yalnızlıklar, öfkeler, umutlar, heyecanlar, ölümler, küçük intihar notları... Ama en çok naiflikler, yanından fark etmeden geçip gitsek de aklımızın bir yanına takılıp kalan güzellikler... Elif Key anların, olayların, sıradan gibi görünen başkalıkların fotoğraflarını çekip kalemini oynatıyor. Bize İki Çay Söyle, bir çocuk naifliği içinde eğlenceli ama bir o kadar da yakıcı anlatılar, bir iç dökme, dertleşme.

About the Author: 

Elif Key: 1972’de İstanbul’da doğdu. Marmara Üniversitesi Ekonomi Bölümü’nü bitirdi. 1992 yılında bir kadın dergisinde gördüğü ilanda “Bir gençlik dergisi için yazısına güvenenleri bekliyoruz” yazıyordu; kalktı gitti, kapıyı Kanat Atkaya açtı. O yıldan bu yana çeşitli gazete ve dergilerde, televizyon ve radyolarda muhabir, editör olarak çalıştı. 2013 yılından beri New York’ta yaşıyor.

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