AWAC Presents: Turkish Travels, Traumas and Triumphs

Returning from an educator’s tour of Turkey, three Anchorage school district teachers and a UAA professor share what they learned abroad and how it will be incorporated into their Anchorage classrooms. Sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Foundation and the Alaska World Affairs Council, Alex Bortnick, Irene Bortnick, April Susky and John Trampush were chosen to participate in the first annual Teacher Study Tour to Turkey program this past summer. Representing all levels of Anchorage educators, from kindergarten, to high school to a university professor, this week on AWAC Presents, local teachers reflect on their Turkish travels and share how it will be used to enhance Anchorage’s school curriculum and our students understanding of Turkey. Listen now and follow along with the photos from the trip, presented and taken by the Anchorage teachers.

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RECORDED: October 3, 2008 at the Hilton Anchorage

AIRED ON KSKA: October 9, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.


  • Alex Bortnick, teacher, East High School
  • Irene Bortnick, kindergarten teacher, Anchorage School District
  • April Susky, professor, University of Alaska Anchorage
  • John Trampush, social studies curriculum, Anchorage School District


Alaska World Affairs Council Presents is a public service partnership of the Alaska World Affairs Council and KSKA Public Radio. You can attend a variety of live AWAC speaking events in Anchorage. Check out the list of upcoming speakers and topics on the AWAC Events Calendar.


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