Consul General of Turkey visiting Indiana University Bloomington

  • Sept. 11, 2013


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Fatih Yildiz, consul general of Turkey, will visit Indiana University Bloomington Thursday and Friday to learn more about IU's Turkish Language Flagship Center and give a public talk.

Yildiz will speak on the topic, "Turkey and its Foreign Policy in a Changing World," at 4 p.m. Thursday in the State Room East of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. A reception will follow.

In 2011, the National Security Education Program within the U.S. Department of Defense chose IU Bloomington as the only location for its program in Turkish and other Turkic languages. The program is led by Dr. Kemal Silay, director of the Turkish Studies Program and the permanent holder of the Ottoman and Modern Turkish Studies Endowed Chair in the IU College of Arts and Sciences.

The program is designed for students who wish to achieve advanced professional proficiency in Turkish while pursuing a degree in their chosen field. Modern Turkish has been taught at IU for more than four decades.

During his visit, Yildiz also will meet with IU President Michael McRobbie, Vice President for International Affairs David Zaret and directors of the Center for Constitutional Democracy in the IU Maurer School of Law, the Center for the Study of the Middle East and the School of Global and International Studies.

Yildiz has been consul general of Turkey, based in Chicago, since 2010. Born in Ankara, he graduated from the Department of International Relations at Middle East Technical University in 1994 and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that same year.

He has served as an attaché at the Deputy Directorate for Balkan Affairs from 1994 to 1997 and held posts at Turkey's embassy in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United States and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. 

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