KSU to host international U.N. Alliance of Civilizations conference on Turkey

"Year of Turkey" event will bring to campus leading scholars and dignitaries to discuss Turkey's global role

Georgia (Jan 6, 2009) — Kennesaw State University will host on Jan. 29−31 the first United Nations Alliance of Civilizations International Conference dedicated to an examination of Turkey’s unique role in promoting world peace and eradicating extremism.

Co−sponsored by Kennesaw State‚ Istanbul Center and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations‚ the conference marks a highlight of the “Year of Turkey” at KSU. The U.N. Alliance of Civilizations is a global initiative launched by Turkey and Spain in 2005 under the auspices of the United Nations.

More than 40 scholars from universities in the U.S.‚ Turkey‚ Cyprus and Algeria will participate on panels and present papers on the theme “Turkey at the Crossroads of Cultures.” Turkish government and U.N. officials — including former U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Mark Parris‚ and Mehmet Aydin‚ state minister and United Nations Alliance of Civilizations co−chair — will address the conference.

Turkey straddles Europe and Asia and its culture is a unique blend of East and West. The country’s rich history encompasses the rise of major civilizations in the area comprising modern Turkey‚ including the Hittite‚ Byzantine and the Ottoman empires. Today‚ Turkey is a democratic‚ secular republic with a majority Muslim population.

The three−day conference‚ to be held in the Social Sciences Building‚ will cover topics including Turkey’s unique role and experience in promoting peaceful coexistence and multiculturalism; the role of media; the impact of migration; the plight of youth; separating mosque and state in educating to promote peace; and the tension between modern and traditional values in gender relations.

Through its 85−member Group of Friends — governments‚ regional and international organizations‚ foundations and private donors — the Alliance of Civilizations works to improve understanding and cooperation across cultures and religions and to counter the forces of polarization and extremism.

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Kennesaw State University

Istanbul Center

United Nations Alliance of Civilizations


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