The Istanbul Project

The Institute for Education in International Media (ieiMedia), a pioneer in journalism education, has been taking students abroad since 2002. It was founded by Andrew Ciofalo, now a professor emeritus at Loyola University Maryland.

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    Janset Karavin - A Pantomime in Istanbul

    Janset Karavin – A Pantomime in Istanbul

    Janset Karavin has been performing pantomime in Istanbul for the past seven years. Today she performs on the street, in hopes of bringing the art into Istanbul’s cultural mainstream. By Kat Russell

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    Politics

    Asserting Kurdish Identity Meets Resistance
    Asserting Kurdish Identity Meets Resistance

    By Eve Hersh When he was a child, Çekdar Türk and his family lived in fear of the Turkish military. Türk remembers looking for places to hide when the military came to his village. “We knew that when the military would come they would take someone,” he said. Türk was born when Turkey still had […]…

    News

    Roma Minority Faces Urban Renewal
    Roma Minority Faces Urban Renewal

    By Willa Hine In 2010, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stepped on to the podium exclaiming: “I don’t want to see my Roma brothers in tents any more. I want them to enjoy a decent standard of living.” This was the democratic push that the Justice Development Party (AKP) made to reach out to […]…

    Economics

    Who Will Fix the Grand Bazaar?
    Who Will Fix the Grand Bazaar?

    By Samantha Baranowski The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul’s famous covered market, is falling apart — but it’s not clear who will foot the bill for an estimated $100 million in repairs. Hasan Firat, president of the Bazaar Traders’ Association, claims the government isn’t doing anything to fix the 550-year-old his…

    Food

    Local Foodie Favorites
    Local Foodie Favorites

    By Laura McCabe After overpaying for dinner on the Bosphorus once too often, I decided my next destination would be anywhere but the packed, noisy streets of the principal Taksim or Sultanahmet districts. I was ready to eat, and eat well. I wanted to find the best little hole-in-the wall restaurants, and dine with the [&hel…

    Culture

    Greek Immigrants Trickling In
    Greek Immigrants Trickling In

    By Karissa Bell Once-vibrant Greek neighborhoods in Istanbul are now practically relics. Houses that belonged to Greek families lie in ruins; many schools for Greek children are closed, and covered in dust. Greek Orthodox churches are often the last reminders of this shrinking community, which once numbered in the hundreds …