University of South Alabama, Office of Public Relations
April 9, 2012
Contact: Jennifer Z. Ekman, USA Public Relations, (251) 460-6360

Turkish Language and Civilization Expert to Speak at USA April 16

Should Turkey be considered part of Europe or part of the Middle East?  Bridging the two, Turkey and the Ottoman Empire have occupied a unique role in the history of both.  Turkey has often played a strongly humanitarian role in the midst of conflicts between nations.  A distinguished historian with roots in Alabama will address these issues and more in a lecture “Safe Haven in the Ottoman Empire and Modern Turkey 1492-2012” at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16 in the USA Library Auditorium on the main campus.

Dr. Richard Leon Chambers is associate professor emeritus of Turkish Language and Civilization at the University of Chicago.  He is former director of the University of Chicago’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies and former president of the American Research Institute in Turkey.   He grew up in Alabama and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from the University of Alabama before earning his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.

The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Peace Valley Foundation Distinguished Speakers Series, and is being co-sponsored by the USA Turkish Student Organization and the USA Department of Earth Sciences.

For more information about his speech, contact Hank Caddell at (251) 478-8880.


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