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Gareth Winrow: Whispers Across Continents: In Search of the Robinsons

April 1, 2021
19.00 Istanbul time
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Friends of the American Research Institute Turkey (FARIT), Kallavi Sokak, Ece Han No. 30, 6th Floor, Beyoğlu


Through the lens of’ an extraordinary member, a number of fasciпatiпg stories relating to the wider tumult of late-19th-century Europe and beyond are revealed. Originally Lincolnshire tenant farmers, the lives of the Robinsons are traced from the tea estates of Darjeeling, the palaces of Istanbul, the streets of New York, and life in Wilhelmine German. The best known member of the family was Ahmed ‘Robenson’, who played an instrumental role in the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic. The celebrated sportsman, goalkeeper for Galatasaray, and found of the Scouting movement developed close ties with the YMCA before later emigrating to America in the late 1920s.

Gareth Winrow is a writer and tutor for the Department of Continuing Education at Oxford University. He previously worked in Turkey for 20 years where he was Professor of International Relations at Istanbul Bilgi University.


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