Of Interest

Items of Interest

quran “The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts” exhibition is being presented by the Sackler and Freer Galleries from October 15, 2016 until February 20, 2017. Over 60 exceptional Qur’ans from the eighth through the 17th century are highlighted.
chasse Opening at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 26, the landmark exhibition “Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven” will demonstrate the key role that the Holy City, sacred to the three Abrahamic faiths, played in shaping the art of this period.
FreerSackler Forty thousand items, the entire famed collections of the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian, have been digitized and are available for online browsing and downloading. Some three-dimensional items have been recreated in 360˚ images and more are being added. Take a look
Gordion_page “The Golden Age of Midas” exhibits a superb collection of discoveries from the ancient city of Gordion, the capital of Phyygian ruled by King Midas 750-700 BCE. The Penn Museum in Philadelphia, February 13 through November 27, 2016.
AnatolianArtisans In the D.C. area, Anatolian Artisans supports the efforts of Ark of Crafts to provide a gateway to local artisans in Turkey who create exquisite one of a kind hand-made arts and crafts. The online store features master artisans’ creations of traditional and contemporary jewelry, textiles, ceramics, glass and more. Visit the store
recipe-1016 Stew of Saffron Milksop Mushrooms is the Turkish Cultural Foundation’s Culinary Arts Center recipe of the month for August. Recipe
Politic and Prose, the D.C. bookstore, is focusing on Turkey in an on-going series of current classes: “Understanding Politics of the Middle East through Literature.” Participants will explore the decline of the Ottoman Empire and the rise of the Republic of Turkey through the eyes of five 20th century Turkish authors. The class sold out the day it was announced, but the reading list is included in our Books page.
Phil Williams Professional Photo BOARD SPOTLIGHT: Phil Williams Visiting Lecturer at Koç University — AFOT’s longest-serving Board member, Henry (Phil) Williams of Charlottesville, VA, will soon be leaving to resume his lecturing at Koç University in Istanbul, a position he began last spring. “Turkey and America, East and West – Where the Twain Meet” a course he created, was so popular on campus, Phil was asked to return and repeat the course this fall.

Phil joined the AFOT Board of Directors in 1993, shortly after returning to the U.S. from four years in Istanbul where he was instrumental in establishing the Turk Merchant Bank, a joint venture between Bankers Trust/ NY Bank. Is Bank and Dis Bank were minority shareholders in the Turk Merchant Bank.

Phil was responsible for developing the Corporate Finance business, drawing on his extensive experience on Wall Street in international investment banking. While undertaking 11 privatization advisories for the Turkish Government, including Egreli Demir Celik, clients also included private sector Turkish companies and foreign clients such as Tuborg, Marriott and efferson Smurfit and Foster Wheeler.  Phil led the acquisition of Is Bank’s Aslan Cimento on behalf of French client LaFarge Coppee, concluding what was then, in 1991, the single largest equity purchase in the history of Turkey at $90,000,000.

A native of Michigan, Phil is noted for his impressive education and intellect. He has received degrees and diplomas from the University of Virginia, the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), the University of Florence (Italy), and two Masters and a Doctorate in International Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, a joint Tufts and Harvard program. Phil has been featured and interviewed on National Public Radio, has written newspaper articles and published in scholarly journals on Ottoman and Turkish Law.

Professionally, Phil is now a licensed realtor and operates a small consulting business. He is a popular lecturer on Turkey and the Middle East. He continues to take an active role in civil society, serving not only in AFOT, but also as the State President of the Sons of the American Revolution, and on the national board of the English-Speaking Union. An avid racquet sportsman and swimmer, he has inherited a love of Antique and Classic cars.

We wish him “bon voyage” and look forward to his return in December..

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