The Trip Experience

Sample Curriculum




Monday: Ankara, Istanbul

  • TALK with Kemal Cicek, Director of Armenian Studies in the Turkish Historical Society.  Meeting took place at the Journalists and Writers Foundation.

  • TALK with Ambassador Reha Keskintepe, director of US and Europe desk at Foreign Ministry, with 2 analysts on the Caucasus

  • VISIT Tomb of Ataturk and museum with lunch following

  • TALK with Ömer Engin Lütem (AV?M)

  • TALK with Burcu Gültekin-Punsmann (TEPAV Economic Policy Research Foundation)

  • Leave for airport to Istanbul

  • Flight from Ankara to Istanbul (dinner at airport)

  • Arrival in Istanbul

  • Arrival at hotel and check-in, Old City, Istanbul




Tuesday: Istanbul

  • TALK with Sabine Freizer (International Crisis Group) at TESEV office

  • TALK with Aybars Gorgulu (who is writing his PhD on the South Caucasus) and Sabiha Senyücel Gündo?ar (TESEV)

  • TALK with Noyan Soyak, Turkish Armenian Business Development Council (meeting in TESEV office)

  • VISIT to Armenian Church.

  • TALK with Cengiz Akta, academic and journalist who is a leading figure in the apology campaign– = ozurdiliyoruz means apology.


Wednesday: Istanbul

  • Check out of hotel

  • VISIT to Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia

  • TALK with Professor Mehmet Altan (economics professor) at Istanbul University

  • TALK Barcin Yinanc, previously editor in chief of Hurriyet Daily News (previously Turkish Daily News), currently Special Projects Editor of Hurriyet

  • TALK with Armenian freelance  journalist




Thursday: Yerevan

  • TALK with David Hovhannisyan Yerevan State University, Centre for Civilization Studies

  • TALK with Ruben Safrastyan, the Institute of Oriental Studies, National Academy of Sciences of Armenia

  • TALK with Vardan Marashlyan, Deputy Minister of Diaspora

  • Dinner and Reflection

Friday: Yerevan

  • TALK with Ombudsman Karen Andrasyan (Office of the Human Rights Defender)

  • TALK with Salpi Ghazaryan (Director of Civilitas Foundation)

  • VISIT Genocide Memorial and museum. TALK with director.

  • TALK with Alen Amirkhanyan, American University of Armenia

  • TALK with Susanna Harutyunyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation.

Saturday: Yerevan

  • VISIT Matenadaran (library of ancient manuscripts), meet with Levon Chookaszian

  • TALK with Aram Manukyan, President of the Armenian National Movement and Arshak Banouchyan from Armenian National Congress

  • TALK with Vahan Hovannesian, Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF)

  • TALK with Gevorg Ter-Gabrielyan, Eurasia Partnership Foundation

Sunday: Yerevan

  • VISIT Echmiadzin Cathedral and Palm Sunday service

  • ARRIVE in Vanadzor (talk with local population and have traditional Armenian lunch with family)

  • ARRIVE back in Yerevan

  • flight leaves for Istanbul



Monday: Istanbul

  • TOUR of the Old City

  • TALK at Hrant Dink Foundation with Delar Dink, daughter of Hrant Dink

  • TALK with editor-in-chief of Agos, Rober Koptas (husband of Delar Dink)

Tuesday: Istanbul

  • Leave from Istanbul to LAX