Center's Assistant Director travels to Turkey

September 15, 2012
Hans and Ozer
Dr. Ozer Asdemir (UST Dept. of Accounting) and Dr. Hans Gustafson (Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning)

Hans Gustafson, the Jay Phillips Center’s assistant director traveled to Turkey in June with the Niagara Foundation of Minnesota, a foundation which promotes global fellowship, intercultural exchange, as well as peace and bridge-building between Turkey and Minnesota.  The trip was sponsored by BAKiAD located in Istanbul and was led by Professor Ozer Asdemir, a native of Turkey who now serves as a professor of accounting at the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas.  The tour visited Istanbul, Izmir, Ephesus, Ankara, Cappadocia, Kayseri, and Konya.  In addition to visiting the ancient sites, the group had the privilege of visiting families, businessmen, a high school, a university, a non-profit, and a television station.  These included Samanyolu High School in Ankara, Mevlana University in Konya, and Kimse Yok Mu in Istanbul.  On behalf of the Jay Phillips Center, Hans made connections with Turkish academics, businessmen, and social workers, many of whom are inspired by the interfaith outreach initiatives taught by Fethullah Gülen.