With one foot in Asia and the other foot in Europe, Turkey has a unique and fascinating history and culture that impacts the way Turks think and act today. Much of Turkish culture embodies these traditional values through dance, music, literature, art, architecture, theater, and other forms of artistic expression.
This afternoon we will journey back in time to this fascinating culture. Craig Jacobrown will introduce us to the Karagoz tradition of shadow puppets. Karagoz and Hadjivat, famous comic folk heroes from the Ottoman Empire, served as “living newspapers” as Ottoman puppeteers brought their stories alive. This artistic form of drama and social commentary was popular for centuries in coffee and tea houses all across the empire. Even today Karagoz and Hadjivat maintain a strong role in the lives of Turks and other Middle Eastern cultures where they can be found on television and at Ramadan festivals. Craig will take us into this world, performing his own unique shows with a traditional flair. Craig has been in theater as a professional and a teacher for over twenty years and has traveled to many parts of the world including Turkey, other countries in Europe, Bali, and British Columbia to study world mask and puppetry styles. He was born in Turkey and has always felt very close to his Turkish roots as he writes and performs the Karagoz plays. For fifteen years the Turkish American Cultural Association in Seattle has sponsored Craig to write and perform ‘Karagoz’ performances on the issues he feels are current and pertinent to Turks. He offers workshops and performances to schools ranging from one to four hours.
Finally, 2013 study tour participants will discuss the knowledge that they gleaned from their travels to Turkey and how to teach this amazing and complex culture. Modern Turkey with all of its richness and complexity—as well as Turkey’s centuries old history and cultural traditions—is often unknown to Americans. They are bringing Turkey into their classrooms and they encourage you to do the same. Receive four free lesson plans from the 2013 study tour participants.
Brandon Frederick (Social Studies) Bonney Lake High School, Bonney Lake, WA,
Lesson Plan: What is a Turk? A Question in Ethnic Identity
Rebecca Nelson (English) Eastlake High School, Sammamish, WA,
Lesson Plan: Progress and Preservation: A Problem-Based Learning Study on the World Heritage Status of Istanbul
Susan Westberg (Social Studies) Stadium High School, Tacoma, WA,
Lesson Plan: The Sound of Istanbul: An Experience through our Five Senses
Chuck Woletz (Social Studies) St. Josephs’ School (MS), Seattle, WA,
Lesson Plan: Ramadan – The Holy Month
Five educators in the audience will soon be packing their bags. Istanbul or bust! Stay for popcorn and a post-program screening of documentary Broad Horizons or leave with your own copy.
Teachers who attend this program will have an opportunity to apply for a summer study tour to Turkey in July 2014. Completed applications must be received by or at the March 11th program.
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, marks the third anniversary of the magnitude 9.0 earthquake that hit the Tohoku region of Japan producing a massive tsunami that killed an estimated 18,000 people, caused $122B dollars of damage, and led to the eventual meltdown of three reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The environmental, social, and economic impacts of this historic disaster will be felt for decades.Find out more »
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Spend an evening exploring Israeli culture through one of our most popular courses, “Life in Israel”! Taught by Prof. Naomi Sokoloff of the NELC Department and Jewish Studies Program, the “Life in Israel” class showcases contemporary Israeli life through diverse cinema and television screenings.
On March 12, you can attend a special screening being offered by the “Life in Israel” course. The screening will present two episodes of the television series “Arab Labor,” Season Four.
Tickets: $12 [**Free admission to UW students and JConnect members!]
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This event is cosponsored by Seattle Jewish Film Festival and the Stroum Jewish Community Center. We thank them for providing this cultural opportunity for students and the community.Find out more »
Thursday, March 13, 7:00 p.m.
Linda Strever has created a book of narrative poems in the voice of her maternal grandmother Gunnhild Olavsdatter Breland, who emigrated from Norway to America in 1913. Strever’s strong narrative skills allow her Norwegian grandmother to tell the family stories in a lively voice that is faithful to land, custom and country, Norway’s mythology, and a stern church. The poetry in this collection is highly accessible, painstakingly researched, and culturally accurate. Strever will talk about her research and read from her book, which will be for sale at the talk.
Cost: $5 suggested donation.Find out more »
Celebrating the work of folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of the country’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea chanties, African-American a cappella singing from the Georgia Sea Islands, Old World weavers’ work songs, ancient Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, game songs and ring shouts. Collaborators include Grammy-winning songwriter Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky,Margaret Glaspy, Moira Smiley, Eli West, Brittany Haas, Julian Lage,Greg Garrison and Pharis and Jason Romero.
The Lomax Project transforms performing arts centres, theatres and festivals into creative hubs where eminent musicians gather to explore their roots, create new music and celebrate their collective cultural heritage. They offer educational programs, outreach activities and residencies for K-12 schools, universities and the general public and will be at Tufts University, Berklee College of Music, East Tennessee State, Arkansas State and others next season.Find out more »