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Middle East Studies Center Lunch & Learn: Passing Through Istanbul
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 12:00pm
Middle East Studies Center Lunch & Learn: Passing Through Istanbul

Wednesday, March 12, 12 p.m.
Smith Memorial Student Union room 296/8, 1825 SW Broadway
Free & open to the public


Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Architecture, Alison B. Snyder will present aspects of her architectural field work-based research that focuses on the notion of passing through the city in order to explore the transforming local and global culture.  Her investigation of Istanbul’s street spaces traces the history of three inter-related arterial conditions—the avenue, side street, and internal passage—located in the prominent and news-worthy district of Beyoğlu, across from the Old City.  She documents how the architecture that defines the streets and the spaces they create have changed since the 18th century, and she suggests they embody both western and eastern sensibilities.


Alison B. Snyder is Associate Professor and Director of the Interior Architecture Program in the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Her teaching interests consider how architecture, interior architecture and the arts inter-relate and her scholarship reveals how places, buildings, and interiors transform over time.  Most of Snyder’s current research projects are field work-based and take place in both rural and urban locales in Turkey.   She works with a range of scales and building types while analyzing small settlements, city streets, domestic spaces and sacred places.


The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.

The Center’s Lunch & Learn series offers students, faculty, and members of the community an opportunity to learn about events in the region from experts in the field.  Through informal presentations followed by discussion, scholars offer academic analysis of current events including subjects such as the Egyptian revolution, humanitarian aid in Libya, and the UN vote on Palestinian statehood.  These conversations provide a forum for the community to engage in thoughtful dialogue about the region, ask questions, and share their opinions.  This responsive series fosters an increase in international awareness and a community of learning with a shared interest in the Middle East. | | 503-725-4074