The Center for International and European Studies (CIES) hosted a wide-ranging event to celebrate Europe Day on 9 May 2013. In partnership with the Katadrom Arts, Culture and Social Politics Association, the CIES arranged a film screening titled “Changing Perspectives” consisting of a short movie showing the experiences of Erasmus students in Turkey. The event included two panel discussions.
The first panel, held in partnership with the Corporate Social Responsibility Association of Turkey and the International Cooperation and Education Office at Kadir Has University, is titled “Is there a common ground on which a European citizenship can be constructed?”. It involved a discussion with European and Turkish representatives from the media, public office, the private and the non-profit sectors. The use of Google’s Hangouts technology was used to bring this panel to fruition.
The second panel on “Unity in Diversity: European Identity through the Lens of Erasmus Students” focused on Erasmus students and their experiences. This panel was moderated by the Editor in Chief of Le Petit Journal d’Istanbul.
Finally this event signalled the launch of the “Catching Europe in Istanbul” photography exhibit, in partnership with Katadrom and the Erasmus Student Network at Kadir Has University. The best photographs were awarded a prize by the organizers.