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Educator Workshop on Turkey to be held at KU

Friday, September 27, 2013

The KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES), in collaboration with the Center for Global & International Studies (CGIS), USD 497 Division of Teaching and Learning, Johnson County Community College, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Lied Center of Kansas, will present the cross-curricular educator workshop “Tactile Turkey,” on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9am - 3:30pm, as part of the Lied Center’s Caravanserai project. This event is free and open to educators. Registration is required (creesoutreach@ku.edu).

The workshop is intended to increase the global competency of K-16 math, history, geography, art, and design educators and assist them in cross-curricular development through the study of Turkish history, current events, art, and music.

Morning sessions (Kansas Union, Malott Room) will feature KU Center for Global and International Studies Assistant Director, Mike Wuthrich, who will provide context to current political events in Turkey, focusing on the contested space and symbolic importance of Gezi Park.  JCCC Graphic Design Professor Terri Erickson-Harper will provide historical context to the visual language and geometric symbolism of Turkish architecture and textiles.  USD 497 Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA), Cathryn Monroe, and LPS Learning Coach, Teresa McKinley, will lead educators in an interactive session on how to develop international, cross-curricular education.  Afternoon sessions will take place at the Spencer Museum of Art where participants will be treated to a private tour of the Teaching Gallery, as well as participate in a curriculum activity. 

The workshop will conclude with celebrated Turkish world musician and Lied Center Caravanserai artist, Omar Faruk Tekbilek. Joined by his son Murat on percussion and renowned Turkish kanun (zither) player Bahadir Sener, this trio will introduce traditional Sufi, folk, and contemporary music that celebrates Turkey’s rich cultural and musical heritage.  This afternoon demonstration and lecture is free and open to the public (no registration required), and will take place in the Spencer Museum of Art auditorium from 2:00-3:00pm.  Interested members of the community are welcome to attend – seats on a first come, first served basis.

This workshop is held in association with the Lied Center’s Caravanserai project, an innovative cultural exchange program made possible by a grant from ArtsMidwest.  The Caravanserai project creates new pathways for Americans to experience the diversity of contemporary Muslim art by introducing audiences to exciting and dynamic artists from this region.  To learn more, go to: http://www.caravanserai-arts.org

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