Stories

Getting Educated or Getting Schooled? Phoenix New Times, September 21, 2017. Grand Canyon University’s rapidly growing campus in Phoenix looks perfect. But some online students have a different view of the for-profit, Christian school.

The Idiot. Reorient Magazine, May 24, 2017. Early on in Elif Batuman’s debut novel, The Idiot, the gimlet-eyed protagonist considers how she thinks differently in different languages.

Turkey Settles for Sidelining Syrian Kurds. Muftah Magazine, March 22, 2017. As the multi-sided Syrian war rages on, Turkey has pivoted to a familiar adversary: Kurdish fighters across the border.

Istanbul’s love of street cats. The Economist, February 9, 2017. A new documentary shows how Turkish strays always land on their feet.

‘No Hate, No Fear:’ New York After the Muslim Ban. Muftah Magazine, January 31, 2017. After reports that newly-arrived refugees and visa holders were being denied entry and deported or detained for hours at U.S. airports, a spontaneous protest emerged at JFK’s Terminal 4 arrivals zone.

Former Newspaper Editor Can Dündar Says There is ‘Cloud of Fear’ Hanging Over Journalists in Turkey. Muftah Magazine, December 15, 2016. The former editor-in-chief of the opposition daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, Can Dündar, has become a symbol for journalists in Turkey and the immense pressure they face from the Turkish government.

Erdogan’s Perpetual State of Emergency. Muftah Magazine, October 21, 2016. Throughout his political career, Erdogan has displayed a shrewd ability to use instability to his advantage. In the case of the failed coup, Erdogan has used the last few months to rebuild state institutions from within.

 

Where Gods and Kings Turn to Stone. BBC Travel, August 9, 2016. Massive statues of gods, kings and creatures stare down visitors to this little-known Unesco site in southeastern Turkey.

The Earthquake that Altered Turkey’s Political Landscape. Muftah Magazine, June 7, 2016. The consequences of the 1999 earthquake continue to reverberate today within Turkish politics, economic development, and, above all, local memory.

Fables for Adults. Reorient Magazine, May 31, 2016. For the better part of 20 years, the artist CANAN (formerly Canan Şenol) has been creating art probing history, myth, and gender politics in a variety of shifting media. A feminist artist of Kurdish descent based in Istanbul, she made her reputation working with miniatures of the Persian and Ottoman traditions, as well as photography, video, needlework, and sculpture.

Beneath the Snow. Reorient Magazine, March 29, 2016. By following in novelist Orhan Pamuk’s footsteps and by talking to the people of Kars, I wanted to find out two things: what questions Kars posed to Pamuk back then, and what Snow had to say nearly a decade and a half after it was published.

The Empire the World Forgot. BBC Travel, March 16, 2016. Ruled by a dizzying array of kingdoms and empires over the centuries, the former regional power of Ani is now an eerie, abandoned city of ghosts.

 

Honor, Identity, and Administration. The Middlebury Campus, March 11, 2015. The forgotten history of Middlebury’s Honor Code. Over the past year, the Campus has investigated the untold story of the creation of the Honor Code. Although the story of the origins of the Honor Code at Middlebury is often that of a system fashioned by students and for students, the historical picture is much murkier.