On a Trip to Turkey, Protests Provide Unexpected Lessons

“There was  this feeling of, What’s going to happen next, what are we going to do, will the trip be canceled?”

Deborah Salmon Brandeis International Business School

Deborah Salmon expected an up-close look at an emerging economic market when she traveled to Turkey through the Hassenfeld Fellows Overseas Immersion Program with the Brandeis International Business School this summer. But Ms. Salmon and her peers also got an up-close look at an emerging social movement. Supervised by Professor Can Erbil, who is from Istanbul, the group watched the protests surrounding Taksim Square unfold just a few blocks away from their hotel.

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Photo: Deborah Salmon (left) and Bilal Mankea (right), also a student in the program, pose during their trip abroad. (Courtesy of Sidra Ahmed)  Music: Theme by John Gravois

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