Inside the Global Humanities Project: Istanbul

See inside our Global Humanities Project as we meet for the second time at Bogazici University in Istanbul.


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“These abilities are associated with the humanities and the arts:  the ability to think critically; the ability to transcend local loyalties and to approach world problems as a ‘citizen of the world’; and, finally, the ability to imagine sympathetically the predicament of another person.” 
-Martha Nussbaum

The Global Humanities Project seeks to highlight the importance of the global humanities in higher education, provide a platform for ongoing meaningful dialogue and create a network of globally-connected universities working to shape global humanities as a central commitment in higher education.  The objectives of the initiative are not only a call to action, but also a celebration of the humanities. 

Since the spring of 2014, GW has collaborated with two of our international partners, Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and Al Akhawayn University (Ifrane, Morocco) to produce a series of interconnected events drawing on the humanities in different national and cultural contexts. These collaborations were designed to highlight the value and celebrate the contributions of the humanities to society around the globe. 

Each institution appointed a Faculty Advisory Council to participate in colloquiums focused on different topics in the humanities. 

Each institution hosted a celebration of Global Humanities in turn, providing participants the chance to explore and express the key ideas that are most significant for their time and place, and to share both the community and landscape in which they come to these ideas as well as the influences of the global society. 

Special thanks to President Steven Knapp of the George Washington University, President Gulay Barbarosoglu of Bogazici University and President Driss Ouaouicha of Al Akhawayn University for their commitment to the humanities in higher education across the globe.

The Global Humanities Project also deeply appreciates the support of His Excellency Namik Tan, Ambassador of the Turkish Embassy and His Excellency Rachad Bouhlal, Ambassador of the Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco.

We also extend our gratitude to the visitors whose participation enriches the project, deepens the discussion, and widens the conversation. 

For more information about the Global Humanities Project, please contact the Office of International Programs at

Past Programs:

Global Humanities Project Spring 2014 Program