Turkey: Through a Bobcat’s lens

Short Term can be the best time of the academic year at Bates, and one reason is that it allows students in a course to travel together.

This past Short Term, I took the course “Turkey: From Empire to State” with Assistant Professor of Politics Senem Aslan. The class explored the ethnic and religious diversity of the country and current developments in Turkish politics. For part of the course, we ventured forth to Turkey to engage in conversation with different groups of people there, and to visit the historic mosques and Gobeike Tepe, a stone structure built 11,000 years ago for, it’s believed, religious purposes.

After two weeks in Turkey we had acquired vast first-hand knowledge and taken a lot of photographs. This slideshow documents our experience in Turkey.

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