Welcome to the website for the 2015 Summer Institute in Istanbul which will be held from July 5 to 25, 2015.   This Institute is funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.   In Summer 2013, UC San Diego Prof. Matthew Herbst led the first “Istanbul Between East and West: Crossroads of Culture” Institute.    As in 2013, the 2015 Summer Institute will bring 25 middle and high school social studies, arts, geography, and humanities teachers to Istanbul for a three-week intensive program where they will learn from leading scholars on Roman, NEH Logo MASTER_082010Byzantine, Medieval Mediterranean, Ottoman, and modern Turkish history.   The 2015 Institute faculty team is drawn from University of California San Diego, University of California Riverside, Ohio State University, University of Michigan, Arizona State University, and from Boğazici and Özyeğin Universities in Turkey.   As in 2013, this team is comprised of distinguished scholars and recognized leaders in their respective periods of historical study.   Equally important, these scholars are also outstanding and passionate teachers.

This Summer Institute provides teachers with a better understanding of a city and region that has been at the crossroads of regional and world history from antiquity to the present.   The Institute used Istanbul as an intellectual point of departure to explore the Roman/Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and modern Turkey. With its emphasis on cross-cultural encounters and global comparisons, the program situated this history in the larger context of the Mediterranean and Middle East and in the even broader framework of world history. The Institute integrated readings, lectures, and discussions with the most important text, Istanbul itself, making its monuments, museums, and urban geography part of the academic design.   Participants generated ways to incorporate the Institute content, which corresponded to the National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, into their classroom instruction.


8 thoughts on “Introduction

  1. Julia Perlowski

    I am pleased to learn that you welcome teachers from the arts. I teach middle and high school theatre. I am an arts intergrationist who is keen to teach children aspects of Turkish history through the tools of theatre…especially through tableaux and role-play techniques. I am a proponent of history being taught kinesthetically.

  2. celticswanangel

    Will you accept applicants that are elementary teachers?

    • The program is currently designed for middle and high school teachers, though perhaps a subsequent seminar could broaden this.

  3. Kelsey Jimerson


    I am middle school English teacher. However, a lot of my content necessitates history lessons to build my students’ background knowledge.

    Does this program specifically favor social studies and humanities teacher?

    • It is aimed at topics in those areas. If there is a connection with a field beyond, make the case for relevance in your application.

  4. Harriet Wallen

    Will you consider high school librarians who work with all departments, especially Social Studies?

  5. Roger

    Would this program be applicable for teachers of a high school World Religions course?

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