International Conference
January 29-31, 2009
Social Sciences Building
Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw (Atlanta suburb), Georgia, US


Preliminary Program

NOTE: This preliminary program is subject to change.


Thursday, January 29, 2009

Tour of Atlanta (Optional) - 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Note: Tour buses depart from the hotels

Registration Opens - 6:00 PM

Opening of the Exhibition "Turkey: Where Civilizations Meet" and Light Reception for Conference Delegates - 6:30 PM - 7:30PM
Social Sciences Building Atrium

Friday, January 30, 2009

Registration and Refreshments - 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Social Science Building Atrium

Opening Ceremony Room #SO 1021- 9:00 AM - 10:30AM

Welcome Address
Daniel S. Papp, President, Kennesaw State University

Message from Istanbul Center
Tarik Celik, Executive Director

Message from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
To be delivered by Thomas Uthup, Research Manager, UN Alliance of Civilizations

Greetings from UN Alliance of Civilizations High Representative President Jorge Sampaio
To be delivered by Thomas Uthup, Research Manager, UN Alliance of Civilizations

Message from U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson
To be delivered by Barry Morris, Director of Cabinet Strategic Projects, KSU

Video Address from Turkey
Honorable Mehmet Aydin, State Minister and Alliance of Civilizations Co-Chair

Plenary Address
Honorable Suat Kiniklioglu, Member of Turkish Grand National Assembly

Break -10:30 AM - 11:00 AM -SO Atrium
Concurrent Session #1 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 1A Room # SO 1021
 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 1B Room # SO 1020A
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM

The Alliance of Civilizations: Theoretical Frameworks #1
Chair & Discussant: Barry Morris, Director of Cabinet Strategic Projects, Kennesaw State University
Chair & Discussant: Dan Paracka, Director of International Services and Programs, Kennesaw State University


“Sharing More Than Just the Prophet: Changing Turkish Policy Towards Muslim Countries”
 Pinar K. Tremblay, CLA

“Mapping the Boundaries of International Society in the Nineteenth Century: Expansion or Stratification?”
Edward Keene, Georgia Institute of Technology

"International Relations Theory and the Challenges of the Civilizational Paradigm"
Mohiaddin Mesbahi, Florida International University

“The Progressive Perception of Islam in Turkey: A Hermeneutical Approach to Alliance of Civilizations”
Alparslan Acikgenc, Fatih University






“The Philosophy of the Turkish Muslim immigration to the west: From dialogue to alliance of civilizations”
Abdelmadjid Amrani, Batna University, Algeria

“The Turkish linkage between Europe and the rest of the world: theorizing transit migration”
Juliette Tolay, University of Delaware

“Key Dynamics of Assimilation among First Generation Turkish Immigrants Residing in Romania”
Hasan Aydin, University of Nevada




Lunch - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM - SO Atrium
Concurrent Session #2 - 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Session 2A Room # SO 1021
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Session 2B Room # SO 1020A
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Session 2C Room # SO 1020B
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Foreign Policy
Chair & Discussant: Metin Heper, Bilkent University
Women and Gender Issues
Chair & Discussant: Sandra Bird, Kennesaw State University

The Alliance of Civilizations: Theoretical Framwork 2
Chair & Discussant: Akanmu Adebayo, Kennesaw State University


“Turkey’s New Activism in the Middle East: Neo-Ottomanism and the Kurdish challenge”
Omer Taspinar, US National War College and Brookings Institution

“Alliance of Civilizations as the New Turkish Foreign Policy Doctrine”
Hasan Kosebalaban, Lake Forest College

“Bargaining Identities: Explaining Turkey’s Foreign Policy Discourse of ‘Alliance of Civilizations’”
Ramazan Kilinc, Michigan State University






The Headscarf Ban and its Effects on Women/s Subjectivity”
Zeynep Akbulut Kuru, University of Washington

“Turkish Women: In the Past, Present and the Future”
Gul Celkan, Eastern Mediterranean University

“Headscarf Ban and the Alliance of Civilization”
Hassina Hemamid, Batna University, Algeria






“From the Alliance of Economies to the Alliance of Civilizations: Turkey's Importance and Contribution”
Murat Doral, Kennesaw State University

“Turkey as a catalyst for the Alliance of Civilizations”
Umut Uzer, Harvard University

“Global Response to Terrorism & Crises: Alliance of Civilizations”
Naim Kapucu, University of Central Florida, Vener Garayev, University of Central Florida, & Tolga Arslan, University of Georgia,

Break - 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM - SO Atrium
Concurrent Session #3 - 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session 3A Room # SO 1021
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Session 3B Room # SO 1020A
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Session 3C Room # SO 1020B
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Religious Education
Chair & Discussant: Dr. Alparslan Acikgenc, Vice President, Fatih University
The Turkish Experience of Alliance of Civilizations
Chair & Discussant: Honorable Dr. Suat Kiniklioglu, Member of Turkish Grand National Assembly
Chair & Discussant: Honorable Cuneyt Yuksel, Member of Turkish Grand National Assembly


“Religious Education and the Secular State: The Turkish Experience”
Ahmet Kuru, Columbia University

"Educating Emotional Intelligence: A Bridge Between Mosque and State "
Alan Godlas, University of Georgia

“Cross-cultural Contributions: Turkish Educational Networks in Central Asia”
Victoria Clement







“The missed dialogues of the Euro-Turkish relationships”
Juliette Tolay, University of Deleware

“The Turkish Thesis: Dialogue among Civilizations and “Linguistic-Operational Corridors”
Gokhan Bacik, Fatih University

“Through an Epic Journey East Meets West: Homage to Istanbul’s Multinational History”
Nilgun Anadolu-Okur, Temple University


“Comments on the Turkish Experience with EU Accession Negotiations and Prospects for Eventual Membership”
Vicki Birchfield, Director of the EUCE at the Georgia Institute of Technology

“The Problem of Turkish Identity in the Novels of Orhan Pamuk”
Michael Mcgaha, Pomona University

“Turkish Delight or the Stickiness of the European Union?”
Sam Cherribi, Emory University



Dinner and Plenary Address Room SO Atrium - 7:00 PM -9:00 PM


Greetings from KSU
Lendley Black, Provost, Kennesaw State University

Introduction of Plenary Speaker
Isa Afacan, Director of Academic Affairs, Istanbul Center

Plenary Address
"Prospects for U.S.-Turkish Relations under Obama"
Ambassador Mark Parris, Formerly U.S. Ambassador to Turkey 

Reflections on Plenary Speech
Honorable Dr. Suat Kiniklioglu, Member of Turkish Grand National Assembly

Q & A Session  

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Registration and Refreshment - 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Social Sciences Building Atrium

Plenary Address Room# SO 1021 - 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Theme: “Turkey at the Crossroads of Cultures”

Introduction of Panelists
Barry Morris, Director, Cabinet Special Projects, Kennesaw State University

Plenary Panelists:
Mustafa Akyol, Deputy Editor, Hurriyet Daily News
Abdulhamit Bilici, Executive Director, Cihan News Agency
Metin Heper, Dean of Faculty of Economics, Administrative, and Social Sciences, Bilkent University

Q & A Session

Break - 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM - SO Atrium
Concurrent Session #4 - 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Session 4A Room # SO 1021- 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Session 4B Room # SO 1020A- 11:00 AM - 12:30 AM
Religion and Peace
Chair & Discussant: Ahmet Kuru, Columbia University
Religion and Interfaith Harmony
Chair & Discussant: Peter Cohen, Clemson University


“Liberal Islam in Turkey”
Metin Heper, Bilkent University

“Tolerance and Co-Existence: Islamic Tradition and Ottoman Practices
Asma Afsaruddin, University of Notre Dame

“Turkey’s Imperial Legacy: Understanding Contemporary Turkey through its Ottoman Past”
Joshua W. Walker, Princeton University


“The Abraham Path Initiative”
Joshua N. Weiss, Abraham Path Initiative, Harvard University

“Building Bridges and Crossing Barriers”
Ted Masburn, University of Mobile

“Religion, Violence, and Inter-faith Harmony: Islamic Education in Indonesia”
Florian Pohl, Emory University


Lunch and Plenary Address - 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM - SO Atrium


Plenary Address
“Turkey and the EU”
Honorable Cuneyt Yuksel, Member of Turkish Grand National Assembly

Q & A Session

Concurrent Session #5 - 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Session 5A Room # SO 1021- 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Session 5B Room # SO 1020 A- 1:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Religion, Identity and Multiculturalism
Chair & Discussant: Dr. Ted Mashburn, University of Mobile
Media and Perception
Chair & Discussant: Dr. Abdulhamit Bilici, Executive Director, Cihan News Agency


“M. Fethullah Gulen's Blueprint for World Peace”
Richard Penaskovic, Auburn University

“From Millet to Multiculturalism: Reflections on Turkishness in the 21st Century”
Lisa DiCarlo, Babson College

“Open Civilization: Civilizational Pluralism in the Ottoman Practice”
Recep Senturk, Fatih University


“The Role of the Media”
Ali Hadi Aslan, Today’s Zaman, Turkey

“Islamaphobia, New Media and the Dialogue between Civilizations”
Radwan Ziadeh, United States Institute of Peace

“Combating Defamation of Religions: A Step Forward for International Human Rights and Dialog of Civilizations”
Turan Kayaoglu, University of Washington, Tacoma

Closing Remarks - 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Tour of Atlanta (Optional) - 4:00 PM   - Buses depart from hotels



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