Tale of Two Turkeys
Friday, 24 October, 2014
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times . . . ". These are the opening words of Dickens' novel "A Tale of Two Cities" but could be applied to month-long travels by Beth Hammons and David James through Turkey in the summer of 2014.
Hammons, a senior Spanish education major at Missouri Southern State University, received a McCaleb Initiative for Peace grant to participate in the Missouri State University program, "The History and Politics of Identity in Turkey." This was her second study abroad experience; she spent the spring of 2013 at the University of Murcia in Spain. Hammons hopes to go on to graduate school after MSSU and obtain a master's degree in applied linguistics and then pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State. When she is not traveling or studying, she enjoys playing soccer for the MSSU women's team and planning her next adventure.
James, a 2013 graduate of Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor of arts in history, is working toward a master's degree in global studies at Missouri State University. He participated in MSU's "History and Politics of Identity in Turkey" study abroad trip in May and June 2014. James spent the summer of 2010 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. He hopes to pursue a career that interacts with international non-profit organizations and the United Nations, focusing in human rights.