Turkish culture official to speak at University of Bridgeport on Thursday, November 18

Emre Kongar, popular Turkish TV personality, professor of sociology at Yildiz University in Istanbul, and the former Undersecretary for the Ministry of Culture of Turkey, will speak at the University of Bridgeport on Thursday, November 18.

His presentation, “Is there a place for a secular modern democracy in the Middle East?” begins at 3 p.m. in room 253 at Carlson Hall, 303 University Avenue.

The event is free to the public and is sponsored by UB School of Engineering and the International College as a part of International Education Week.

Professor Kongar is a writer and a columnist for the Turkish daily Cumhuriyet. He has published more than 100 articles and 23 books on cultural, economical and social changes in Turkey. His memoir, While I Was the Undersecretary, was a bestseller.

“Professor Kongar is a strong proponent of liberal democracy and a person who can provide us with valuable insights into the Turkish democratic experience, the challenges it has faced, and the relevance that it may have for the Middle East. We feel fortunate to host him at UB,” said International College Dean Thomas Ward.
Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu.