On April 5th from 11am to 2:30 pm students from the various languages and regions in the Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies gathered to exchange information about the languages and countries and recruit new students to join their programs. This was an excellent opportunity for students of Central Asian languages to learn more about other languages and cultures from this vastly diverse overall region, as well as for students from other departments to learn about the many benefits of studying a language from Central Asia.
The Turkish Flagship program set up a table for this event which showcased many of the advantages of the unique opportunity here at Indiana University to study Turkish and become immersed in the culture and world of Turkish speaking peoples. The unique blend of European and Middle Eastern cultural influences, distinguishing features of the language such as the use of the latin script and history of language reform, and fascinating blend of both Ottoman and Republican historical influences were some of the unique aspects of Turkey and Turkish that were emphasized when talking to students. Overall, this event was a great opportunity for recruitment and cultural exchange, and the Turkish program was well represented.