Upcoming HasNa Events
Join us for our upcoming event…
HasNa presents: the premier of …
“Digital Stories Across Borders”
Date: Wednesday, May 29th 2013
Time: 6 pm to 8pm
Place: Busboys and Poets (14th St. & V St., NW, Washington, DC)
Come see more than 50 photographs, 6 short documentaries and sound recordings that will be presented at the event.
HasNa Inc.’s program, Side by Side: Digital Stories, seeks to foster cross-cultural connections between Turkish and Armenian youth.
Twelve young Turks and Armenians spent one week traveling around their home regions where they collected digital stories from the people living in the area.
“Digital Stories Across Borders” is a compilation of the individual digital materials obtained from various communities throughout Turkey and Armenia.
Recent HasNa Events
Turkish Movie Showing! On Feb. 28th, 2013, HasNa presented the 2011 Turkish film "My Grandfather's People", directed by Cagan Irmak to help raise money for HasNa's programs. The film is a cross-generational account of a family exiled during the 1923 population exchange agreement between Turkey and Greece, which led to the emigration of approximately 2 million Turks from Greece. Thank you to everyone who helped make our event a great success. We look forward to our next movie showing and your continued support, stay tuned…
For more information about HasNa's past movie showings e-mail: email@example.com
HasNa Discussion: Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation On April 12th, 2012, HasNa’s event Armenian-Turkish Reconciliation: Where we are now & where we need to go brought together over 100 attendees interested in building better futures for the Armenian and Turkish peoples. Keynote speaker, Omer Taspinar, discussed the state of Armenian-Turkish relations and his view on what paths must be taken by both governments and citizens to improve them. Members of the press, including Voice of America (Armenia) and the Turkish daily Today’s Zaman covered the talk as well as the ensuing conversation. At the event, President Nevzer Stacey launched HasNa’s three new Armenian-Turkish peacebuilding programs that aim to bring Turks and Armenians together from various walks of life for joint training and partnership-building. If you did not have the chance to attend the HasNa event, please check out the VOA recording now on YouTube of Omer Taspinar’s remarks and audience questions. We encourage you to follow our e-Bulletins and our website for more information on how you can support this dialogue and keep the critical conversation going.
HasNa premiered the critically acclaimed Turkish film Cogunluk (Majority) at the Avalon Theatre in Washington, DC on November 13th, 2011, . The film daringly approaches some of the most critical topics in contemporary Turkish society while capturing the universal struggle for belonging and acceptance. Cogunluk won three of Turkey's prestigious Golden Orange awards in 2010 for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor in addition to the sought-after Lion of the Future Award for debut films at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival. Thank you to all supporters who came out to make the event a huge success.
HasNa Fundraiser at Madam's Organ 2010
HasNa held a fundraiser and school supply drive at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar on July 8th, 2010. HasNa raffled off handicrafts other items and collected school supplies for students in Zambia. The Cyprus Friendship Program 2010 teenagers shipped the school supplies to Zambia two weeks later. Madam’s Organ gave $1 for each drink order and 20% of food sales to HasNa. It was truly a full night of fun and philanthropy! Thank you to all those who came to support us.
Iran, Turkey, and the US: Power Triangle for the 21st Century HasNa hosted the event which featured best-selling author Stephen Kinzer on June 15, 2010. Kinzer argued that the end of the Cold War required a new approach to the Middle East. In its search for partners there the US should be looking for countries that share its long-term strategic goals and that have societies based on democratic values and traditions. The two that best fit this description, he argued, are Iran and Turkey. Kinzer's provoctive arguments sparked a lively Q & A after the presentation. HasNa Movie Screening: Bliss HasNa screened the Turkish movie, Bliss, on November 2nd, 2009 at 8:00 pm at the Avalon Theater. Thank you to everyone that was able to come and support us. HasNa Fundraiser at Madam's Organ 2009
HasNa's fundraiser was held at Madam’s Organ Blues Bar on September 24th, 2009 between 5:00-9:00 p.m. Madam’s Organ gave $1 for each drink attendees ordered and 20% of food sales to HasNa! Thank you for those that were able to join us and for taking part in our raffle.
Panel on the Property Issue in Cyprus HasNa hosted a panel named “Pieces of Peace: Property in the Cyprus Conflict” on April 17, 2009 to discuss one of the most crucial issues affecting peace on the island. The panel included Rebecca Bryant, Associate Professor of Anthropology at George Mason University and Mete Hatay, Project Leader at the International Peace Research Institute, Oslo (PRIO) Cyprus Centre. Dr. Ronald Fisher, Professor of International Relations at American University and Director of the Division of International Peace and Conflict Resolution in the School of International Service at American University, moderated the panel. The discussion was preceded by a cocktail reception at which attendees had the opportunity to speak with the panelists. HasNa Movie Screening: Stolen Eyes On March 2, HasNa, in collaboration with the American Turkish Association of Washington, DC (ATA-DC) screened a film entitled "Stolen Eyes" at the Avalon Theatre. "Stolen Eyes" deals with a dark chapter in Bulgarian history, when, in 1985, the government of Todor Zhivkov decided to "Bulgarianize" its Turkish minority by outlawing Turkish names, customs, language and dress, and follows an unlikely love story that develops against this traumatic backdrop. Ticket proceeds will go to support HasNa and ATA-DC programs.
HasNa Discussion: Turkey’s Role in the World and How its Internal Politics Affect that Role
HasNa hosted a panel discussion on January 14, 2008 featuring three distinguished experts with three very distinct views of Turkey: Stephen Kinzer, author of Crescent and Star: Turkey Between Two Worlds, Omer Taspinar, director of the Turkey Program at the Brookings Institution, and Yektan Turkyilmaz, a Ph.D candidate in cultural anthropology at Duke University. The panelists spoke about recent changes in Turkey's political order and its commitment to democracy; Turkey's expanding global role and relations with the U.S.; and the changing popular and political perceptions of ethnic differences in Turkey. The event commanded a diverse audience of over 150 people and provided useful and interesting information for those present.
Discussion on Women in Migration from Rural Turkey
On Wednesday, April 19th, 2007 HasNa, in cooperation with the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, hosted a discussion with presentations from two Turkish researchers, Dr. Sebnem Koser Akcapar and Dr. Bulent Gulcubuk. This event explored the issue of integration and focused on women from rural Turkey. Click here to see event flier.
HasNa Movie Screening: Hejar The movie "Hejar", which was screened on February 18, 2007, is a compelling tale of a retired Turkish judge and Hejar, a small, lost Kurdish girl, gently illustrates the difference between these characters’ two worlds. Despite the cultural and language barriers this unlikely pair finds comfort and understanding in each other. All proceeds from this event will be used to develop HasNa's programs in Turkey and Cyprus. HasNa Movie Screening: Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds
On October 18, 2005 HasNa screened a Turkish movie called "Boats Out of Watermelon Rinds." This was an award-winning movie about the story of two boys who share a great love for the cinema. The movie event was a great success, with over 300 people attending. All proceeds from this event will be used to develop HasNa's programs in Turkey and Cyprus.