7th Annual Dialogue and Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony
Atlantic Institute (TN) held the 7th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner and Award Ceremony entitled, “The Value of Dialog in our Changing Society” at the Hermitage Hotel on November 13th 2013. Program started with the prayer for the victims of Philippines typhoon by Dr. Richard Nelson.
We would like to special thanks to, Consul General Motohiko Kato, Senator Bill Ketron, Senator Reginald Tate, our state representatives: Mr. G.A. Hardaway, Ms. Sherry Jones, Mr. Johnny Shaw, Mr. Tilmon Goins, Mr. Vance Dennis, Ms. Johnnie Turner, Mr. Mike Sparks, President of Middle Tennessee State University, Dr. Sidney McPhee, Assistant Commissioner Mr. David Purkey, President of United Nations Associations Mr. Klint Alexander, US Ambassador Charles Bowers, Councillady Ms. Erica Gilmore, and Assistant Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies of Belmont University Dr. Mimi Barnard, MTSU Honors College Dean Dr. John Vile, Senior Vice President of BB&T Bank John Harris, Founder and Artistic Director TN Woman's Theater Project Ms. Maryanna Clarke, Mr. Celal Avsar, Lifetime Education Advocate and Businessman from Turkey, Businessman and Head of Turkish Delegation came all the way from Turkey Mr. Mehmet Ozmen, Executive Director of Turkish American Chamber of Commerce Mr. Alp Levent, and Executive Director of Tennessee Istanbul Cultural Center Dr. Ismail Fidan, and all of our guests for joining us tonight.
Dr. James Harrington, human rights attorney, founder and director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, professor of the University of Texas School of Law, and the author of Wrestling with Free Speech, Religious Freedom, and Democracy in Turkey: The Political Trials and Times of Fethullah Gülen talked about the keynote, "The Value of Dialogue in our Changing Society". Dr. Harrington talked about the importance of dialog, mutual understanding, and the contributions of the Hizmet Movement to the world peace and education. He also emphasized the contributions of the Hizmet Movement to the education especially at the southeast region of the Turkey.
Dr. Elvan Aktas, representative of the Atlantic Institute, was also talked about the keynote, "The value of dialog". Dr. Aktas also talked about the importance of the Dialogue and Cultural Trip to Turkey programs to eliminate the prejudices and stereotypes for both Americans and Turks.
After the dinner Mr. Nomad Ovunc and Mrs. Mare Wakefield brougt us a special treat with an inspirational live Turkish musical performance.
Award ceremony section moderated by Dr. Kathryn Skinner from Belmont University took place then.
THIS YEAR'S AWARDS
Atlantic Institute pleased to present Community Service Award to Chief Steve Anderson, Chief of Police of Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
Atlantic Institute pleased to present Education Award to Dr. Sidney McPhee, President of Middle Tennessee State University
Atlantic Institute pleased to present Peace Award to Dr. Sharon Lee, Supreme Court Justice of Tennessee Supreme Court.
Atlantic Institute pleased to present Media Award to Ms. Beth Curley, President and CEO of Nashville Public Television
Atlantic Institute cordially invites you the 7th Annual Dialogue & Friendship Dinner entitled "The Value of Dialogue in our Changing Society".
Keynote Speaker (Dr. James Harrington)
Live Turkish Music Performance
Keynote Speaker (Dr. Elvan Aktas)
Trip to Turkey 2013 Impressions
Please join us for a relaxed evening of dialogue and other refinements!
The Hermitage Hotel / Grand Ballroom
(231 Sixth Avenue North Nashville, Tennessee 37219)
A three-course menu will be served.
DATE and TIME
Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Reception starts at 5:30 p.m.
(Refreshments will be served)
Valet parking: $12
Meters are available at free of charge
(6th Ave, Church St., Union St., Capitol Blvd.)
This is not a fund-raiser dinner.
This is an invitation-only event.