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Spotlight on Turkey

Spotlight on Turkey

Spotlight on Turkey, sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation in collaboration with the World Affairs Councils of America runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of Turkey's rich culture. It consists of a spring Teacher Workshop, a Teacher Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall.  


2016 Teacher Workshops

Tennesse World Affairs Council - February 27, 2016
World Affairs Council of Seattle - March 5, 2016
Santa Fe Council on International Relations - March 5, 2016
Dayton Council on World Affairs - March 12, 2016
World Affairs Council – Washington, DC - March 19, 2016
International Relations Council - April 2, 2016
Cleveland Council on World Affairs - April 9, 2016
International Center of the Capital Region - April 9, 2016

Pacific and Asian Affairs Council - April 9, 2016
WorldDenver - April 16, 2016


Program Description

The program runs a full calendar year and focuses on giving an overview of the history of Anatolia and Turkey with a special emphasis on Turkish culture to American educators and the general public.

With a spring Teachers Workshop and a Teachers Study Tour in the summer, and public cultural programs in the fall, the program emphasizes classroom learning and public education about Turkey and its contributions to the global community.


Phase I: A full-day Teachers Workshop on Turkey held by each participating council. This workshop must have a minimum of 15 educators in attendance. Councils are responsible for developing the content of the workshops, which is subject to review by WACA and TCF. TCF and WACA provide support, resources and a database of experts for the workshop agenda. 


Phase II: Each participating council has an opportunity to nominate at least three teachers to participate in a Study Tour of Turkey during the summer. The final teacher quota for each council depends on the number of the participating councils.


Phase III: Participating councils conduct one (previously two) public program showcasing Turkey and Turkish culture. These programs draw on the teachers who participated in the study tour and can consist of a variety of cultural activities, including (but not limited to): film screenings, performances, food, discussion groups, book groups, etc. for WAC members and the general public. The TCF has a large network of affiliates and partners throughout the U.S. and has offered to provide Councils with assistance in finding appropriate local partners to showcase Turkey's unique and diverse heritage. Programs offered by participating Councils are subject to prior approval by World Affairs Councils of America / Turkish Cultural Foundation for suitability to the grant's objective.



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Carlson & The Carlson Family Foundation

Carnegie Corporation of New York


The Claremont Group

The Coca-Cola Company

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) 

Delegation of the European Union to the United States

Eden Hall Foundation


Foreign Policy Association

The Gambrinus Company

Global Ties U.S.

Goldman Sachs


The Holmes Organisation

Johnson + Sterling

Mr. Michael Phillip


Rational Middle Energy Series


Rosetta Stone


Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center  

Thomson Reuters

Tomassian, Throckmorton & Inouye LLP

Turkish Cultural Foundation


Van Andel Institute