Smith Hall, 107
For many centuries Istanbul had been a capital city for different imperial powers such as the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and it retains traces of those past civilizations.
This historically and culturally rich city was built in a most beautiful and enchanting landscape. Istanbul is the only city that connects two continents Asia and Europe, united by the Bosphorus.
History of Istanbul as a city will be our main theme. We will study Istanbul’s history with Istanbul’s formation, population, architecture, monuments, music, art, literature in Istanbul and on Istanbul, and affects of politics. Using history as a base, we will also discuss Istanbul in the global sphere, and observe how it fits into both Asia and Europe, and the efforts of politicians, civil society, and the media to either further or limit this projection.