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“Turkey: A Country in Turmoil”: A Panel of Experts at First Unitarian

Saturday., Oct. 22, 2016, beginning at 1 p.m.

All are invited to attend an informative, stimulating panel discussion, “Turkey: A Country in Turmoil,” in the church sanctuary.

The panel includes presentations by two experts on Turkey’s international affairs and foreign policy, Rashid Telbisoglu and Mahir Zeynalov, followed by a question & answer session. This event is sponsored by American Turkish Friendship Association of Delaware (ATFA-DE).

After the panel discussion, you will also have an opportunity to learn how to make and then enjoy two traditional Turkish treats:  sweet Baklava and savory Lentil Balls. Members of ATFA-DE will be preparing the two treats in Parish Hall, while giving all those interested a hands-on learning experience.

Rashid Telbisoglu, a native of Turkey, is program director at the Rumi Forum in Washington, D.C., responsible for programming as well as managing academic and international affairs. He had been program director at TUSKON’s D.C. office, focusing on Turkish-American trade relations. He holds an M.A. degree in Economics from the University of Virginia.

Mahir Zeynalov, a native of Azerbaijan, is a correspondent for Today’s Zaman Daily, as well as a weekly columnist for Al Arabiya and a blogger at Huffington Post, based in Washington, D.C. He has twice been recognized among 100 people to follow on foreign policy by Foreign Policy magazine and among 14 ‘reliable sources’ regarding Syria.

ATFA is a non-profit organization located in Newark, Del., and serving to the community since 2009. Inspired by the Gulen movement, the group is mainly interested in interfaith/dialogue activities as well as cultural and educational events. They organize panels, cooking classes, coffee nights, friendship dinners, Ramadan iftar dinners, Turkish classes and Turkish cultural days to bring people of different backgrounds together, foster diversity and promote positive social environment in Delaware.