Fulbright Hays Participants in Istanbul

Fulbright-Hays participants take a group photo near a Byzantine Wall in Istanbul

American Issues in a Global Context: Turkey in the World

2011 MEC GPA Program in Turkey
The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a travel seminar in Turkey for educators in the US. The seminar focused on themes of American civics education, such as how race, ethnicity, borders, and national identity play out amongst the diverse population of Turkey, with the goal of collecting materials and developing curricula for the classroom. The program took participants across Turkey from Istanbul to Ankara to Van, highlighting local and regional issues through meetings with scholars and political figures, as well as cultural and historical contexts through such activities as walking tours, industrial visits, and sightseeing. Seminars and workshops aimed at combining knowledge and experiences with American classroom curricula and lesson plans.

The program took place for six weeks between July 8th, 2011 and August 17th. A pre-departure phase introduced participants to topics and issues, providing basic Turkish language instruction and team-building exercises. After returning to the United States, a series of workshops helped participating K-12 teachers and administrators from across the country build lesson plans combining experiences, topics, and issues covered during the six weeks in Turkey with broader ideas of American and global identities.

Click here for more information about the pre-departure Fulbright Workshops, which were open to the public.


Several of the lesson plans developed by participants (in PDF format):


Please email mec-info@sas.upenn.edu for more information.