Turkish Identity will be the topic of the second talk in the DCA’s Winter Global Issues Series “Turkey at a Crossroads” at the Darien Community Association on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.

Dr. Lisel Hintz, assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, specializes in the people of Turkey--society, politics, and nationalism. Historically a bridge between Eastern and Western cultures, Turkey is again changing under the strong control of President Recep Erdogan. Hintz’s talk is called: “National identity contestation—from Ataturk’s Republic to Erdogan’s New Turkey.” She will detail her own “inside-out” approach to explaining Turkey’s complex identity politics and its effect on the world.

Hintz has taught at Barnard College, Cornell University and the University of Kent, Brussels. Her Ph.D. is from George Washington University, where she was also a researcher at Bilkent University in Ankara and her B.A. is from Northwestern University in German Language.  She is fluent in Turkish and speaks French, Spanish and German.

The professor’s latest book from Oxford University Press teases out the complex link between identity politics and foreign policy, using an in-depth case study of Turkey.  A featured speaker on many international panels, Dr. Hintz has also published many articles.

“The Kurds of Turkey, Syria, and Iraq” will be the topic of the third talk by Dr. Amy Austin Holmes in the DCA’s Academic Lecture Series on Global Issues 2019: “Turkey at a Crossroads” at the Darien Community Association on Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. Holmes plans to discuss the connections between the Kurdish minorities in these three countries.

 Holmes is a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, and a fellow at the Wilson Center, while on leave from the American University in Cairo. She is a former Fulbright scholar, and finished her Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University. 

Having spent a decade living in the Middle East through the period known as the Arab Spring, she has published numerous articles on Egypt, Turkey, Bahrain, and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Syria. She has testified in the House of Lords of the British parliament on the situation in Bahrain. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, South Atlantic QuarterlyJournal of Arabian Studies, Social Movement Studies, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to name a few. 

The following week will not have a Thursday morning presentation. Instead, the popular evening lecture will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 8 p.m. with a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Aaron Stein, of the Atlantic Council, will present “Divergent Interests: The Erosion of the U.S.-Turkish Alliance.” The series will conclude with the fourth and final morning lecture on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 10 a.m. by Amanda Sloat, called “Between Ankara, Brussels and Moscow.”

Registration for the four-week series is available online at dariendca.org or through the DCA office. Tickets for the Thursday morning series are available at $100/public and $75/DCA members through Jan. 2. Tickets for the Wednesday evening lecture and reception are $35/public and $30/DCA members.  Single tickets for the Thursday morning series ($30) and the evening lecture ($30/DCA members, $35/public) will be sold at the door on a space-available basis. Prepaid tickets will be available at the door prior to the first lecture. No tickets will be mailed in advance. The DCA’s 2019 academic lecture series sponsor is Ring’s End.

For more information contact the DCA at info@dariendca.org or 203-655-9050 extension 10.  The DCA is located at 274 Middlesex Road in Darien.