April 24, 2018
Turkish and Ottoman Studies Program presents a slide show. Streetwise Istanbul is a collaboration between an American author and Turkish photographer featuring images, stories and wisdom of everyday people who make a living on both sides of the Bosporus, and to whom Istanbul owes its color and vibrancy. Quotes and anecdotes offering glimpses into the hearts and minds of street vendors, metro musicians, artisans and others will surprise and enlighten and show us what we all have in common.
Meghan Sayres has given author talks about her books set in the Near and Middle East in schools, community centers, and at conferences in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. As a member of the International Board on Books For Young People she's presented at their recent World Congress in London, and at Iran’s first International Children's Book Festival in 2005. Streetwise Istanbul: Seeing ‘Other’ As Self is a collaboration with the Turkish photographer Aramis Kalay, featuring the wisdom of street vendors, artisans, musicians and others who earn their living on both sides of the Bosporus. For this presentation at UW she is accompanied by one of her two Streetwise Istanbul interpreters, Alara Çelik, who studies at the University of British Columbia.