CIR Portrait Of Turkey With Authentic Turkish Buffet

The Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Turkish: Sultan Ahmet Camii) is a historic mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the walls of its interior. It was built from 1609 to 1616, during the rule of Ahmed I. Its Külliye contains a tomb of the founder, a madrasah and a hospice. The Sultan Ahmed Mosque is still popularly used as a mosque. Courtesy/wikipedia

CIR News:

The Council on International Relations (CIR) was accepted for a sixth consecutive year to participate in the Teacher Study Tour of Turkey. 

The program will begin with a workshop scheduled 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., March 7 at the Jemez Room at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC), 6401 Richards Ave. At this workshop, CIR Board President Dr. John Dobson will discuss the historical background of Turkey and the SFCC Culinary Institute will provide an authentic Turkish luncheon. Anyone interested in the history of Turkey, Turkish cuisine, meeting and supporting local teachers who will participate in this travel opportunity, are invited to attend.

Five local area teachers will be able to travel to the country this summer. CIR has previously sent18 Santa Fe teachers on this program and each participant enjoyed a positive, rewarding experience. The main goal is to enable teachers to learn from a travel experience that starts in Istanbul, and to enrich their classroom and curriculum with a culture that has made great contributions to world history.

The tour is sponsored, organized and funded by the Turkish Cultural Foundation which partners with the World Affairs Council (WACA) to bring this opportunity to local chapters. There are about 15 other local chapters from around the country that also will be joining the tour.

The Santa Fe Council on International Relations is the local organizer for Santa Fe teachers and is a member of WACA.Seating at the workshop is limited and registration is due March 2. The cost for the lunch and presentation is $18. For more informatioon on registering for this event or to view the lunch menu, visit or call 505.982.4931.

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