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Intensive Turkish Language Course- Intermediate Level A1.2 @ Yunus Emre Institute
Jan 22 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm





ENDS : May 30, 2019


MANDATORY ORIENTATION : JANUARY 17, 2019, 6pm-7pm at Yunus Emre Institute


1. How long does the course last?

  • Lessons take place twice a week (Tue/Thu) over 18 weeks and last 2 hours each.

2. Who is the course for?

  • The course is aimed at those who have studied Turkish before and are looking to expand their knowledge of the language. Prior knowledge of the Turkish language is required. Students should be familiar with basic vocabulary, speaking, and understand grammatical structure.

3. What are the objectives of the course?

  • To acquire basic language skills and to achieve the equivalent of the A1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

4. By the end of the course you will:

  • Better understand the use of everyday spoken Turkish and increase vocabulary.
  • Be able to converse about topics such as work, school, and be able to give directions. Be able to converse with shop owners.
  • interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

5. How is the course taught?

  • A communicative approach is used. All four skills (speaking, reading, listening and writing) are practiced, with the main emphasis on speaking. Students engage in interactive language activities, participating in group and pair work according to a syllabus based on systematic grammatical progression.

6. What course can I do next?

  • After completing this course, students should be ready to join an A2.1 course at the Yunus Emre Institute

7. Textbook and exercise book

  • Students are required to purchase their own Yunus Emre Isntitute’s textbooks from the institution during their first week of the course.

“The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion @ JCC of Northern Virginia
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
“The Road to Babi Yar”: Film Screening and Discussion @ JCC of Northern Virginia

On the Road to Babi Yar

A Film Screening and Conversation Series in honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

With the invasion by the German Wehrmacht into the Soviet Union on June 22, 1941, a new stage of the Holocaust began—mass execution by bullets. Documentary film “The Road to Babi Yar” (Israel, 2018) presents events of the first 100 days of the occupation of Soviet Ukraine, as well as the evolution of the mass murder system at hundreds of killing sites symbolized by Babi Yar. Conversations with historians such as Timothy Snyder, eyewitnesses, and Jewish survivors help recreate a comprehensive picture of the fate of the 1.5 million Jews of Ukraine who died in the Shoah.

107 minutes | Ukrainian, Russian, English, Hebrew, subtitles in English

Q&A with director Boris Maftsir and dessert reception to follow. Registration kindly requested. 

Boris Maftsir, Israeli documentary filmmaker
Izabella Tabarovsky, Senior Associate, Kennan Institute



Organized by the Kennan Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center with support from the Embassy of Israel in the United States and Rabin Chair Forum at George Washington University

Israel’s Theatrical Scene with Roy Horovitz @ Library of Congress, Madison Building, West Dining Room, 6th Floor, Room LM621
Feb 4 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Join Roy Horovitz for a discussion on modern Israeli theater, its multiculturalism (with plays in Hebrew, Arabic, English, Russian, and Amharic), and the distinctive features of the repertoire it presents. The presentation will be complimented by live readings and screened examples of outstanding theatrical performances including readings from Dan Clancy’s “The Timekeepers” which examines a relationship between a Jew and a homosexual in a concentration camp in 1941.

A question and answer session will follow the presentation. This program is free and open to the public.

An actor, director, and dramaturge, Roy Horovitz has been touring the world with Dan Clancy’s The Timekeepers for the past several years. He has directed on the stages of both the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv and the Habima National Theater, two of Israel’s leading theaters, among others. Horovitz has taught theater at several institutions, including the University of Haifa, and has a regular spot on a radio broadcast, “Front Row,” which he also edits.

The program is sponsored by the Researcher & Reference Services Division & LC- GLOBE at the Library of Congress in cooperation with the Embassy of Israel and the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, D.C.- GLOE.

Tuesday Talk: George Washington, Entrepreneur @ DAR Museum
Feb 12 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Tuesday Talk: George Washington, Entrepreneur @ DAR Museum

We all know of George Washington’s contributions towards the founding for our nation, but did you know he was a visionary farmer, inventor, and owned a prolific distilled spirits business? Find out about the first president’s business ventures with Sam Murphy, Manager of Historic Trades at George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

Clara Barton at Andersonville @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Mar 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Historian Mary Kate Robbett will discuss Clara Barton and her relationship with the infamous Confederate prison in Georgia at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:00 PM.

The current historiography on Civil War prisons discusses Andersonville’s uses and meanings during Reconstruction, but offers only passing mention of Barton. Robbett’s presentation will look at the ways Barton’s public work fits into the larger story of Americans’ memories of Andersonville as well as Barton’s contributions to the postwar conversation and rhetoric about the treatment of POWs.

Mary Kate Robbett graduated from George Washington University’s Museum Studies M.A. program in May, 2017. While there, she received the program’s Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Award. She currently works at the National Museum of American History as a Spark!Lab Facilitator.

The Wound Dresser – Walt Whitman and the Civil War @ Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum
Jun 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

“Oh Captain, my Captain”–Walt Whitman’s words about President Lincoln and the Civil War continue to echo in our ears and in our pop culture. On Thursday June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office, discover the man behind the poetry, as Garrett Peck introduces us to Walt Whitman the poet, the nurse, the brother, the lover, the clerk, the myth, and the man.

Garrett Peck is the author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and earned his M.A. at the George Washington University. He leads local tours, including the Walt Whitman Tour and Alexandria’s Historic Breweries Tours.

The pay-what-you-please program begins on June 13 at 6:00 PM at the Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office Museum.