Our graduate Landscape Architecture and Architecture students arrive on Monday. A group of travelers hosted by the Weisman Art Museum is arriving today and tomorrow for a week long cultural tour of Istanbul. We’ve got a workshop in the works for our undergrads (reviews on Friday!), and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
We’ve just come off a busy week – students were working through a charette to develop potential proposals for their sites in Eminönü and our very own Dr. Kristine Miller (head of Landscape Architecture) rolled into town on Thursday. As part of coursework for both groups of student – for the Visual Culture class for the undergrads and for the Immersion Coursework for the graduate students, we’re especially pleased with one upcoming event in particular.
This coming Tuesday (March 24), we will be hosting the 2015 Istanbul Forum Lecture. Last year, we had two of our alums kick off the event (Michael Gordon and Jamuna Golden) and this year, we are very lucky to have gotten the noted American journalist Andrew Finkel.
Andrew has been a journalist based in Turkey since 1989, corresponding for a variety of print and broadcast media including The Daily Telegraph, The Times, The Economist, TIME, and CNN. More unusually, he has worked in the Turkish language press both in the news room and as a featured columnist (Sabah, Milliyet, and Taraf) and appears frequently on Turkish television. He is a weekly contributor to the Latitude section of the international edition of The New York Times and corresponds for The Art Newspaper from Istanbul. His free-lance articles and editorials have appeared in a large number of publications including The Washington Post, The Guardian, the Observer, Foreign Affairs, The Financial Times, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He is a founder member of Platform24 – an initiative to support media independence in Turkey. His opinions have been sought for a variety of broadcast current affairs programmes from the BBC to CBS. He is also the contributing editor and restaurant critic of Cornucopia Magazine. His latest book Turkey, What Everyone Needs to Know is published by Oxford University Press.
Andrew will be talking about Turkey, questions of identity and geopolitics and answering questions about current events in the country and in Istanbul – speaking in the Nedret and Mark Butler Design Studio at 5:30pm. We’ll be joined by our group of Weisman visitors too – including Lyndel King – the director of the WAM and a number of Minnesota business, philanthropists and community leaders. It’s a great honor to have Andrew join us and we’re looking forward to talking Turkey on Tuesday. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture and School of Architecture and co-hosted by ACCENT Istanbul and Sumahan on the Water. It promises to be a great evening; swing by if you’re in the neighborhood!