Far Away Places presents John Dizgun and “Istanbul: Crossroads of the World”

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John Dizgun, the new Executive Director of KIIS, talked about Istanbul, Turkey, the former capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empires on the evening of November 17, 2016 at Barnes & Noble, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

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The city has many of the most stunning architectural monuments of these great empires.  The city was built on the shores of the Bosporus and the Sea of Marmara.  These beautiful bodies of water continue to define the life of the city from its fabulous food to its mode of transportation.

Aya Sofia

Aya Sofia during Ramadan

John made his most recent visit there last summer during the period of Ramadan where each evening he observed families gathering on the lawns in front of the Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque to break their daytime fast with beautiful picnics.  He writes that it was a glorious scene each evening.

Istanbul food market

Istanbul food market – Turkish Delight is a sweet candy treat

KIIS has hosted Study Abroad programs here in the summers of 20013 and 2015.

Istanbul public transportation

Bustling section of Istanbul, where historic architecture is contrasted with modern buildings such as a Burger King

The U.S. State Department this week issued a travel warning for this region based on security information indicating extremist group efforts to attack U.S. citizens.

Join us on Thursday, November 17 to hear John Dizgun talk about “Istanbul, Turkey: Cultural Crossroads” at Barnes & Noble at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, as well as ‘swipeable’ for WKU students, with door prizes to follow!

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