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Özyeğin Forum on Modern Turkey


The Özyeğin Forum on Modern Turkey was established in 2015 at the Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies through a gift by the family of Hüsnü Özyeğin, a leading Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist. The Özyeğin Forum provides a platform for the study of Turkey and its relationship with Europe. It consists of two components:

  • the Hüsnü Özyeğin Annual Lecture, a high-profile public event.
  • the Özyeğin Speaker Series, which supports the inclusion of themes related to Turkey in seminars and workshops at CES throughout the academic year.

To learn more about the Forum's establishment, refer to the press release.

About Hüsnü Özyeğin

Hüsnü Özyeğin (MBA 1969), Founder and Chairman of Fiba Holding & Chairman of Özyeğin University

The gift to establish the Forum was provided by members of the Özyeğin family to honor Hüsnü Özyeğin, a prominent alumnus of Harvard Business School (MBA 1969) and recipient of its 2011 “Harvard Business School Alumni Achievement Award.” Özyeğin is Founder and Chairman of Fiba Holding and Chairman of Özyeğin University. He has been a generous supporter of Harvard University for over 20 years. He has received international acclaim for his charitable endeavors that support Turkey’s social and economic advancement, primarily in the fields of education, rural development, health and culture.


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Forum Events Calendar

Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?: Turkey-EU Relations in Turbulent Times Özyeğin Forum on Modern Turkey — Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off?: Turkey-EU Relations in Turbulent Times
April 5, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
  • Dimitar Bechev – Research Fellow, The Center for Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Chair Elaine Papoulias – Executive Director, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, European Election Monitor Series, CES, Harvard University
 Fears, Anxieties and Resources: Parental Strategies for Securing Children's Social Mobility in the Turkish Educational System Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion — Fears, Anxieties and Resources: Parental Strategies for Securing Children's Social Mobility in the Turkish Educational System
April 25, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Çetin Çelik – Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Scholars Program, Harvard University; Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, Koç University
  • Gökce Yurdakul – Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University; Visiting Scholar, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University
  • Chair Natasha Warikoo – Associate Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion, CES, Harvard University and Kathrin Zippel – Associate Professor of Sociology, Northeastern University; Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University; Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion and Inclusion, CES, Harvard University

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