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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Islam and Democracy: A Closer Look at the Turkish Model

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

photo of Turkish flag flying in the city

 A day-long conference co-sponsored by: The Boisi Center • The Islamic Civilizations and Societies Program • The Peace Islands InstituteThe Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe at Harvard Kennedy School The Turkish Cultural Center Boston.

Date: Friday, March 16, 2012
Time: 8:00am-5:30pm
Location: Gasson Hall 112 and 305
Boston College, Chestnut Hill Campus

This event is free and open to the public. To register, contact


Parking and Directions:

Visitor parking is available in the Commonwealth Garage on levels 3 - 6 and the in Beacon Garage on Levels 3 - 4. The first 20 minutes are FREE and every hour after is $3.00. The daily maximum is $25.00. Click here for more parking information.

Click here for directions to the Chestnut Hill Campus.

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Conference Schedule:

8:00-8:30am, Gasson 112
Registration, coffee and pastries

8:30-10:00am, Gasson 112
Panel 1 - Islam and Politics in Turkey

Berna Turam, Northeastern University

Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University

10:00-10:15- Coffee Break

10:15-11:45am,  Gasson 112
Panel 2
- Turks Abroad: Political and Religious Interests

Ahmet Yukleyen, University of Mississippi

Jonathan Laurence, Boston College

12:00-1:00pm, Gasson 305
Keynote The Spectrum of Contemporary Islamic Renewal and Reform in Turkey

Scott Alexander, Catholic Theological Union

1:00-2:00pm - Free lunch for registered attendees.

, Gasson 112
Panel 3 - Turkey and the Arab Spring

Ömer Taşpınar, Brookings Institution & National War College

Joshua Walker, German Marshall Fund & Harvard University

Reception to follow.