To deepen their understanding of Muslim societies, nine journalism students from the University of Illinois are reporting from Turkey under the direction of Professor Nancy Benson and with the advice of the IHT’s Susanne Fowler.
The first story, an interview with Ahmet Sik, a Turkish journalist and author recently released from prison, was filed from Istanbul by Latifah Al-Hazza.
The second story, posted today from Antioch, Turkey, was written by Tuli Taiwa about her experience as a black woman in Turkey.
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This University of Illinois international reporting field program is funded by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). This project focuses on Turkey’s central role in determining the trajectory of the global Muslim revival and its growing political and economic influence in the larger Middle East. It has featured a semester-long seminar on Turkey for journalism students in Spring 2012, culminating in a three-week field reporting assignments in Turkey. The SSRC grant was awarded to the Centre for Global Studies, a U.S. Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center (NRC), who collaborated with several UIUC units including the European Union Center, on this grant.