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The first Mount Holyoke European Alumnae Virtual Symposium, taking place on November 6, 2021, will offer participants an exciting opportunity for social and intellectual interaction with Mount Holyoke alums from all over the world. Join us for an afternoon filled with inspiration and energy. This year’s focus will be Turkey: Perception and Reality.


(Timing below is Central European Time)

1-1:15 p.m. CET

Welcome from Silvia Maulini ’80, chair of the Mount Holyoke European Alumnae Council, and Zeynep Kurmuş Hürbaş ’96, event lead and European Alumnae Council delegate for Turkey

1:15-1:30 p.m. CET

Breakout groups for participant introductions

1:30-3 p.m. CET

Women in Turkey: Perception and Reality

Prof. Dr. Zeynep Alemdar, Istanbul Okan University, Faculty of Business and Administrative Sciences, Dean

Rana Birden, Head of Corporate Communications, Kale Group of Companies

Q&A Session

3-3:30 p.m. CET


3:30-4:15 p.m. CET

Attendees select one of the following meetings:

Session option 1—Crossroads: Climate Change and Turkey

Gökşen Şahin (Climate Action Network Europe)

Session option 2—Culture & Society: From Cultural Motifs to the Journey of Anatolian Alcohol

Lale Gorunur, (Sadberk Hanim Museum), "Motif" and Traditional Museum Exhibition Design in Turkey

Gozdem Gurbuzatik (Alcoholic Beverages Innovation Consultant)

4:15-5 p.m. CET

Closing remarks from Sonya Stephens, president of Mount Holyoke College, and Ellen Hyde Pace ’81, president of the Alumnae Association

Closing by Zeynep Kurmuş Hürbaş ’96

This event is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. Central European Time. A timezone converter is available via

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