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Turkish Culture Day at Penn Museum – Today

For those who might  be interested in stopping by after/during College Day, or for those who are looking into a delightful afternoon:

September 28, 2013
Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm
World Culture Afternoon
Turkish Delight!

Visitors are invited to an afternoon of pure Turkish delight! The event features Turkish dancing and music, talks on ancient and modern Turkey, an authentic cuisine demonstration, crafts, and more. This GlobalPhilly 2013 event is sponsored by the Turkish American Friendship Society of the United States, the Middle East Center of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Turkish Cultural Foundation. The event is FREE with Museum admission.

Penn student dance group Penn Yalla promises to shake things up-with an open Belly Dance Workshop at 1:30 pm. At 1:00 pm and again at 3:30 pm, the Turquoise Turkish Folk Dance Group from Penn State University performs traditional Turkish dances-and invites the audience to join in.

Brian Rose at Gordion Dr. C. Brian Rose, Penn Museum curator and excavation director at the famous archaeological site of Gordion, Turkey-where Alexander the Great is said to have cut the Gordion knot, and King Midas to have met his end-is just back from a 2013 season at the site. He will share what he and his colleagues have recently learned at a 2:00 pm talk. Mr. Halil Demirdelen, Deputy Director of the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations, Ankara, offers an interactive table to explore more about the rich archaeology of Turkey, throughout the afternoon.

At 2:45 pm, Dr. Mehmet Darakcioglu, Associated Director of Penn’s Middle East Center, and Wharton senior Naz Özbek offer insights and perspective at a short panel discussion that focuses on “Democracy in Turkey Today.”

Kids of all ages can stop by at an open crafts table, where they can create a whirling Turkish dancer-using paper plates, marshmallows and craft sticks-to play with and take home.

Turkish food is yet another delight included in the day. The Museum’s Pepper Mill Café features Turkish cuisine on its menu, as well as other family-friendly foods and snacks.

One more delight! Visitors can try a free sample of Turkish delight, a popular sweet enjoyed in Turkey and around the world-while supplies last!

Written from:
Prema Deshmukh
Manager of Outreach
International Classroom (IC) and
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Lecture Programs
Penn Museum I 3260 South Street I Philadelphia I Pa 19104
215-898-4065 (T) I 215-898-4262 (F)<><>
IC -Winner of the Pennsylvania Council for International Education’s 2013 Bringing the
World to Pennsylvania: K-16 Collaboration Award

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