Sephardic Jews in Turkey were told to assimilate. Today’s generation is reclaiming its identity through the Ladino language

For student Nesi Altaras, studying Ladino isn't only about learning the language of his family: it means reversing an assimilationist agenda against Turkish Jews that began in the 20th century — and continues today.

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Learning from the history of Ottoman Jews & 19th-century cholera outbreaks during COVID-19

Grad fellow Canan Bolel explains the unfortunate parallels between responses to 19th-century cholera outbreaks in Ottoman Izmir (present-day Turkey) — especially for Jewish communities— and responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How Jewish residents of Seattle remembered the Armenian massacres in the Ottoman Empire

Looking at how Sephardic Jews in Seattle recalled massacres of Armenians in Ottoman Turkey shows why it's important to go beyond "good guys" and "bad guys" in interpreting history, writes graduate fellow Oya Rose Aktaş.

“Can we discuss Turkey-Israel relations without mentioning this crisis?”: Interviewing foreign policy makers during a crisis

Talking about sensitive issues during a diplomatic crisis is hard but possible, Graduate Fellow Berkay Gülen found, while interviewing Israeli policy-makers during the tense spring of 2017.