Three lectures will be offered by Dr. Paul Kaldjian on Friday, Sept. 5, as part of the Turkey Semester.

Dr. Paul Kaldjian

Dr. Paul Kaldjian

He will present “An Armenian Geographer in Turkey: What am I Doing Here?” at 9 a.m., explaining why he has made Turkey his place of research, teaching and learning. At 11 a.m., “Urban Food Systems and the Changing Place of Istanbul’s Neighborhood Markets” will share how the neighborhood markets in Istanbul challenge our contemporary assumptions of “efficiency” by meeting people where they are.

“Anatolian Aphorisms and Honorifics: Navigating Relationships through Language” will be presented at 1 p.m. Kaldjian will explore why we study other people and places and how it can help us to better understand our relationships with each other.

Kaldjian is an associate professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is currently the department chair of the Department of Geography and Anthropology.

All three lectures will be offered in Webster Hall’s Corley Auditorium. Admission is free and open to the public.