OCTOBER 19, 2013: MEET THE ROME-ISTANBUL 2014 CREW
Here they are – our Spring 2014 Rome-Istanbul Group! We had our first meeting two weeks ago and some of our inaugural group (thank you Rachel, Keara, Haydar, Hannah and Nick) swung by to offer some insights into their experiences this past March. We talked a little about the program, about what they would be doing/working/eating and seeing, and I think it’s safe to say that they’re mildy excited about the trip. WE, however, are very excited with this new cohort; it’s a bigger group than last year (20 of them), but they’e already got a great dynamic. Each student is going to be posting to this blog when we get moving on our study abroad; we’ll ask them to introduce themselves in short little profiles before that. Looking forward to getting to know them and to share our experiences with you all –
The Huffington Post recently posted an article (By David and Veronica from gypsynesters.com – a couple who decided to untether from a sedentary life now that their kids are all grown up and gone) on a highly abbreviate must-do list for Istanbul. Check it out here!
Stay tuned for our an announcement of our Study Abroad Roster; we’re finalizing our student list for the program and we’ll introduce our intrepid bunch on our (soon to be THEIR) blog soon.
AUGUST 17TH, 2013: WHOOP, THERE IT IS.
Travel and Leisure Magazine just released their ranking for top cities. Guess who holds top spot for Europe? That’s right people – Istanbul/Constantinople. A supremely close runner up though is…Florence. Yep, might be going there. And rounding up the top three? Why, it’s Rome. We’re going there too. Barcelona and Paris follow, but in 6th spot? Funny you should ask, that’s Venice. A short jaunt from Roma. Come on this trip and you can knock out 4 of the top 10 in one trip!
AUGUST 17TH, 2013: ART AND CULTURE IN ROME AND ISTANBUL
Of the great advocates for our program, and generous co-benefactor through the terrific SPQR fellowship for one of our students going to Rome (congratulations to last year’s deserved recipient: Satavee Kijsanayotin) passed these links along. I thought they would be terrific additions to our snippets page for some additional reading (potential students: look out for an announcement soon on the website under a forthcoming ‘funding’ page about the SPQR Fellowship for 2014)
JULY 31, 2013: NPR INTERVIEW WITH JOSEPH KANON
The first word I heard as I switched to Minnesota Public Radio during my morning commute to the University today was “Istanbul.” The Daily Circuit was doing an interview with the author Joseph Kanon about his book Istanbul Passage (Atria Press), which has just been released in paperback. I didn’t catch all of Kerri Miller’s piece, but heard enough to get interested in perhaps picking up a copy of Kanon’s book at the library. The writer Jason Goodwin (who has written extensively on Turkey – both fiction and non-fiction) has a review in the New York Times from last year and in his review wrote that “Istanbul Passage” is anchored convincingly to locations around the shores of the Bosporus: a clinic in Bebek, a flat in Laleli, a party in Kanlica. Kanon has gotten to know the city well, and he uses its history to good effect — the Ottoman years, the Byzantine sights, the influx of Germans in the 1930s, the exodus of Greeks. There are echoes, too, of Istanbul’s long imperial past as the capital of the Ottoman Empire” and that “…”Istanbul Passage” is enlivened by intelligent plotting and its vivid evocation of the city itself, a setting rich in centuries of intrigue.”
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