PROGRAM OF THE OPENING CEREMONY

JULY 1, 2013 

Welcome address :

  • Mr. Enver Yücel, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Bahçeşehir University
  • Mr. Abe Radkin, Executive Director of the Aladdin Project
  • Mr. Osman Kavala, Chairman of Anadolu Kültür
  • Prof. Tudor Parfitt (Harvard, FIU), Chair of the Academic Committee

Keynote speeches :

  • Mr. Jacques Rao, Special envoy of the Director General of UNESCO, Director of the Division of Relations with the Member States and International Organizations
  • Prof. Gülay Barbarosoğlu, President of Bogazici University
  • Prof. Ndioro Ndiaye, Advisor to the President of Senegal, former minister
  • Prof. Bekir Karlığa, Chairman of the National Coordination Committee of the Alliance of Civilizations

Roundtable :

“2013-2022, INTERNATIONAL DECADE FOR THE DIALOGUE OF CULTURES: WHAT ROLE FOR UNIVERSITIES?”
Moderator : Dr. Şahin Alpay, Columnist and lecturer at Bahçeşehir University

Participants :

  • Prof. Şenay Yalçın, President of Bahçeşehir University
  • Mr. Jacques Rao, Special envoy of the Director General of UNESCO
  • Prof. Wael Benjelloun, President of Mohammed V University, Rabat
  • Prof. Mark Rosenberg, President of Florida International University
  • Prof. Ilber Ortayli. Professor of History at Galatasaray University

Opening Lecture followed by discussion : “WHITHER THE MIDDLE EAST AFTER THE ARAB SPRING?”

  • Prof. Tudor Parfitt, Chair of the Academic Committee
  • Prof. Sari Nusseibeh, President of Al Quds University
  • Prof. David Katz, Director of the Lessing Institute for European History and Civilization, University of Tel Aviv, Fellow of the Royal Historical Society of England